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Death of Wolverine #4 - History

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Is this really the end for Logan?

The Good

When it comes to the death of a character, it's rare that it comes as a surprise. We usually hear about it, such in the case of Wolverine, well before the death actually occurs. We've known for some time his death was coming. We've even been wondering if he's really going to be dead and how long it'll be until he returns. That's why you have to put aside the notions we've developed for the death of comic book characters. It's not so much about the actual death of the character anymore, it's more about the journey leading up to it and the aftermath afterwards. That's what Charles Soule has been giving us.

For his final confrontation, he comes across a fitting enemy. Throughout this story, we've seen enemies from Logan's past target him because someone put the word out they wanted him alive. The reason for wanting him might not be what you would think. As Wolverine makes his final confrontation, you can see how tired he's become on this journey.

Since losing his healing factor, Logan has changed his tactics. That works to his favor when forced to fight a threat when he's clearly outmatched. That doesn't mean he's lost his edge. With Steve McNiven's art and Justin Ponsor's, Wolverine still looks fierce. There is no fear as he's prepared to jump in and put a stop to the villain's mad scheme.

As for the ending, it's something you'll want to stop and think about. If this is truly the death of Wolverine, there's many many ways it could have played out. Some would have been more obvious than others. In some ways, it was a fitting death. I'm sure there will be some that don't approve. That's the joy of reading comics. Sometimes things happen differently than you might expect. We know the story is not over as other series will be looking at the consequences and aftermath of this moment.

The Bad

This is where the thinking and digesting part comes in. There's a bit that could be said about the events of this issue but some wouldn't really fall into the category of a review. This is a story that isn't quite over just yet. Seeing the aftermath can strengthen or weaken the actual moment of death. It could be argued that this was a perfectly fitting. The desire to see him go out in a blaze of glory due to his violent past battles leaves you wanting a little more.

The Verdict

It feels like it's been a long time coming but DEATH OF WOLVERINE has come to an end. There's many ways this could have happened and Charles Soule gives us an interesting ending. Because of the history of the character, there's a lot to think about over what this issue means and whether or not it hits the mark that fans may have wanted. I am intrigued with the route Soule took and it should be interesting to see what the aftermath of this is for everyone close to Logan. McNiven's art is great, as usual. It's almost a little difficult to see Wolverine in this state but that's why we paid the price of the admission. Wolverine is dead. It didn't happen quite as we expected. Now we get to see what happens next.

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R.I.P. Wolverine ;( see you in 2016.

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Worst death ever.

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The last spread page was pretty cool

The issue was well paced in my opinion

A death, especially an event death, is never satisfying so I wasn't disappointed

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I facepalmed.

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Enjoy your rest Logan!

You'll be back soon to take up the fight.

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Loved it. Very simple death. He didn't save a whole city or world. He gave his life for just a few

Mcniven is the freaking man and he made this event even better. I wonder how they are going to bring him back from that sort of death. Can't really regen from that

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That was awesome.

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This whole four issue mini series was great overall and this last issue was something that I didn't see coming but we knew that he was going to die but this was a surprise.

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@mogo1 said:

Loved it. Very simple death. He didn't save a whole city or world. He gave his life for just a few

Mcniven is the freaking man and he made this event even better. I wonder how they are going to bring him back from that sort of death. Can't really regen from that

They already foreshadowed his return when Cornelius said he had discovered a way to break down the adamantium after it had already settled. Take that and the fact he was left alive and you have someone finding him and forcing him to break down Logan's body. Then I bet his healing factor kicks in since the virus probably died with Logan.

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Not a very climatic ending. I was hoping the ending would tie all the issues together but didn't happen. At least he got to see that sunset.

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: @mrshway88: I was thinking that too then he died, but there is always a cure for that

Still I thought it was a good ending.

Oh an I loved the re-bar claws. They looked amazing

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R.I.P Bub

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I thought the death fit. He shouldn't have died in combat. Instead, he died saving innocents. It's a turnaround from his beginning as a feral killer, and imo it helps bring home the idea of Wolverine's attempts at reformation.

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When Wolvie comes back in 2016, please bring Soule and McNiven with him.

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My theory...the Age of Ultron Wolverine will take his place, or the Age of Ultron Wolverine was the one who died. Remember back to the last issue of AOU, there were two Wolverines at the end of the book (thank you Bendis for continuity).

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@mogo1 said:

Loved it. Very simple death. He didn't save a whole city or world. He gave his life for just a few

Mcniven is the freaking man and he made this event even better. I wonder how they are going to bring him back from that sort of death. Can't really regen from that

They already foreshadowed his return when Cornelius said he had discovered a way to break down the adamantium after it had already settled. Take that and the fact he was left alive and you have someone finding him and forcing him to break down Logan's body. Then I bet his healing factor kicks in since the virus probably died with Logan.

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My theory...the Age of Ultron Wolverine will take his place, or the Age of Ultron Wolverine was the one who died. Remember back to the last issue of AOU, there were two Wolverines at the end of the book (thank you Bendis for continuity).

One Wolverine killed the other Wolverine.

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Long Live the Wolverine!!!

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@humanrocket said:

My theory...the Age of Ultron Wolverine will take his place, or the Age of Ultron Wolverine was the one who died. Remember back to the last issue of AOU, there were two Wolverines at the end of the book (thank you Bendis for continuity).

One Wolverine killed the other Wolverine.

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Not what I was talking about. When this wolverine^ goes back to his time(into the future), he arrives at the time that the Avengers ( Bendis' Avengers 12.1) are fighting Ultron. So there's two Wolverines at this time, the one that went through time who is wearing the AOU uniform, and the one fighting Ultron with the Avengers. We see the regular Wolverine fight against Ultron and the AOU Wolverine witness the time stream being broken.

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I was disappointed: (

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I thought the issue should have been longer, but it made sense in an ironic sort of way. The adamantium that made him virtually invincible, was the thing that killed him. Still, it did not quite satisfy. I got to the end and was like, "Oh, that's it. Huh."

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I enjoyed the ending. It would have been impossible to live up to the six-month long hype train Marvel rolled out for this, so I think keeping his death simple and honest was the best choice Soule could have made.

Mad respect for how Soule handled this series, he let wolvie go out with some class. Hopefully we will get to see him pick up the character again in the not-too-distant future.

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Last page of book 4 was fine but the real question is: How can they tell that Logan is dead when entire of his friends don't know where his body is? It was left in the lab on the roof top?

I wanna know how did they found out his dead body.

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Soule did a great job writing Wolverine, and the art was beautiful. The first 3 issues were great, but this one felt very anti-climatic. It was still a good comic though. I think there should have been at least a few more pages to expand things. I will probably skip most of the tie ins till they hit Marvel Unlimited.

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Great series and a fitting ending. He died doing what he felt was morally right, villain was taken care of, and he is now an unbreakable statue! Which means he is now solidified on planet earth for all to see. The legend of Wolverine will never die.

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Was not happy. I wanted something to the degree of Old Man Logan

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The man died becoming his own monument

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@humanrocket: Yeah I thought this too. Also seeing how his DNA is all over the place in Cornelius' lab it would be quite easy to clone (ugh..I know) or recreate him. Where the hell is Sinister when you need him. But the biggest question I've had since AOU has been where is the other Logan. I guess if two are running around it would be easy to explain away how he's in all these books and multiple teams lol.

Something G-man mentioned in his review regarding the death was interesting. I think we all look at comic book death as a gimmick and it is. I for one hate that Wolverine is gone though I'd be the first to say he hasn't been written well for a while now and the overexposure was a bit ridiculous. But its interesting to look at the journey and aftermath as opposed to the death itself. Still I can't say I like this at all, I say why kill the icons of the series? Why not get rid of some other ridiculous characters like Fantomex and some of the kid abominations that have been created as opposed to an icon. The x-franchise has become too bloated and quite redundant for my taste but for me the solution is better writing and character development as opposed to meaningless character death that, let's face it, no matter how much we try and trick ourselves into believing its about the "journey" or whatever other clever spin we try to put on it to justify what we read, in the end will be retconned or just won't stick thus reducing the significance of the journey and sacrifice that we're supposed to believe was so heroic.

All in all had Soule been the writer of the Wolverine solo, from the beginning of the latest run, I think it would have been great and we probably wouldn't be talking about his death right now as I'm sure he would have been able to find some creative use for the character. I think it was inevitable that the death would be anticlimactic because its been talked about forever and comic death means nothing anymore

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Are they going to display him in the school now or something ?

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@superior_prime_maybe: nothing will beat old man Logan. That was great

At least this ending was way better than Wolverine :the end

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@humanrocket: so the time stream broke and the AOU wolverine just...went to go get a drink for awhile, maybe go on a vacation?

Then hears about Logan's death and pops up. Lol

I kind of hope not tbh. I like this ending and just want it to stick for awhile. No alternate universe wolverines or clones.

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The after credits scene must clearly be someone walking in with Antarctic Vibranium to free Wolverine of his Adamantium prison before he actually dies.

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i read this while walking around walmart while my lady bought stuff we didnt need. I was in awe, this was a beautiful issue.

Rip logan, my first hero and the man who made this nerd right here.il miss you, rest easy brother.

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Fantastic ending... i did not see that coming. Looking forward to seeing what the future holds for logan and the school..

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Do me a favour, Marvel, in 2016, when you bring Wolverine back, bring Charles Soule with him... Please...

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I was waiting to see what the response to this series would be as I found the whole concept interesting, especially with the idea of making a death temporary for a while instead of just for a few months. I think I'll definitely get this now.

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Meh

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@mogo1 said:

Loved it. Very simple death. He didn't save a whole city or world. He gave his life for just a few

Mcniven is the freaking man and he made this event even better. I wonder how they are going to bring him back from that sort of death. Can't really regen from that

QFE. People who don't like the ending/his death are missing the point. Like Cornelius, the perception of Wolverine is that he's nothing but a killing machine (albeit a heroic one), and so we all assume he would just die as he lived - in a violent blaze of glory. But even as Cornelius asserts that all he is is a killer and it's all he ever amounted to, all Wolverine can do is reflect on the happy moments of his life and die in peace. It brings the story full circle, which is that of an immortal rediscovering his humanity. That's what makes this story, and the ending, awesome - it has the reader empathize with and see the humanity in a character that we have only really appreciated for his feats and combat exploits.

Personally, I hope he comes back soon - this story shed an important new light on Wolverine, and I think this story would still impact Wolverine whenever he does come back. For him to face his humanity - to reflect on an incredibly long, violent life, to think about the things that made him truly happy and then to face the end would certainly make him a different person should he return. I'm rooting for it.

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i will never get that time back again

terrible issue, blah blah ... ends

4 issues of ****

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Wouldn't metal that hot have killed him soon as he was covered in it?

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As fitting as this ending may have been for the now reformed Wolverine, I was disappointed. It was anticlimactic for such a build up over the prior three issues; maybe that was the downfall of this issue. There was so much going on, so many revelations in the prior issues, and this one really didn't seem to tie them in, other than his final act. It felt as though there was going to be a final climactic battle for Wolverine, whether that would be how he died is not so important. The idea that Cornelius had been continuing his work on making a supreme warrior feels like no revelation at all, though he was assumed dead. Even if it wasn't Cornelius doing the actual experimentation, it was his work that opened the door to make more warriors like Logan. His healing factor and adamantium were sought after all of his life, so this piece of the story just felt contrived and like so many other issues of Wolverine. I was hoping for something truly unique or surprising to be revealed when Wolverine confronted Cornelius; this was not delivered upon.

And while we did see Wolverine as we knew him in the top of the issue (storming into the facility), his final fight was poorly done. Wolverine was facing a foe that should have easily been able to defeat him without his haling factor, but Wolverine took him out with a single punch. This made no sense as we saw Wolverine hit the glass that separated him from Cornelius but could not break it. All of a sudden his single punch can knock out an opponent who could actually smash through the same glass. This made no sense and ruined the fight for me. Then as Cornelius runs out his pilot just chooses to abandon him and leave him to die of his wounds. It all felt too set up, completely unnatural, scripted. This was a complete change from the other three issues that felt a lot more natural.

I will agree that him being encased in adamantium was a fitting end as it was the adamantium infusion that made him near indestructible. But even that ending just didn't have the oomph I would have hoped for. And while many of you had pointed out that his final act was heroic, it was not something that was out of character or even new for Wolverine. There are plenty of examples of Wolverine acting selflessly and saving people from certain death in his past. It was his internal conflict with the killing he had always been a part of that made Wolverine who he was. So this final act felt as though he was going to pull through it like he had done so many times before.

One last comment is that in his final flashbacks there was not a single memory of Silver Fox. We saw him with Jean and Mariko but not a single frame of him with Silver Fox. Not really sure why that decision was made.

I would give this issue 2 1/2 stars at best. It just fell short of the mark, mostly because the prior three issues seemed to be right on point.

Ok, I actually have one final thought; when Logan first enters the lab we see what looks to be a clone, or at least a look alike, of Wolverine in a tank. This is the last we see of this person. If it is a clone of Wolverine it may be how he is reintroduced to the Marvel Universe.

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Finally got around to reading this issue. I enjoyed it. Thought it was a fitting end, loved the flashback and sunset scenes, really the entire rooftop scene was very well done. Thought the final battle was a little anti climactic though, Logan's "final" battle should have been epic, maybe with a classic foe? So that was my only gripe. Overall great 4 issue arc. As far as how he returns? A lot of good ideas, but I think it will tie into Secret Wars. A version of Logan from a past even will be brought to the present and will stick around. Maybe Charles Xaview and a few other dead characters as well.

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Boring issues. Lame, boring death. Never been a fan of the art style. Just all bad. Shoulda had WAY more action and Wolverine badass-ness. Sneh....