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Wolverine #17 - Goodbye Chinatown, Part One

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A brand new story arc launches in issue #17 of 'Wolverine,' and it's taking the character in a whole new direction.

The Good

If SCHISM did anything it was leave a lot of fans with a lot of unanswered questions ; but more importantly, SCHISM established an opening in the story lines of several characters associated with the rift within the X-Men, one being Wolverine. Issue #17 of Wolverine opens a whole new chapter of Wolverine's life. How he will deal with the rift within the X-Men as well as the direction the character will take as he moves reverts back to Westchester to re-open what was once Charles Xavier's school.

This issue is as much about new beginnings as it is about saying goodbye to od friends. Too often we see writers make the mistake of leaving questions unanswered by jumping from one story arc to the next -- failing to tie their loose ends. You get the sense that this is something Jason Aaron wants to avoid in issue 17 of Wolverine. Even the cover which shows Wolverine wearing a backpack crossing the San Francisco city line infers that the character is on the move. He is both putting his past behind him as well as stepping forward into his new adventure. But before he makes his way back to New York, he's going to have to accept his new role as the Black Dragon.

This new story arc feels like a cross between Wolverine and Indiana Jones; and if you watched Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom you'll definitely understand the reference I am making here. Ron Garney's art and Jason Keith's colors are absolutely stunning and compliment Aaron's story perfectly. The way Garney captures expressions and emotions in the characters faces is gorgeous, and the colors are vibrant making the action scenes in the book even more thrilling and hard hitting.

The Bad

As much as I trust Jason Aaron as a storyteller, I wonder why Wolverine is so adamant about ending his relationship and moving on to Westchester in the first part of the issue, only to stick around long enough to get sucked into a drug den. I'm sure it will all be explained, but it just seemed as though the relationship ended abruptly and without reason.

The Verdict

Overall, this is a fun issue and a really great start to Wolverine's new adventures. The story is very fluid with solid pacing, and the art is absolutely gorgeous. Both Wolverine fans as well as new readers will appreciate this title; and if you aren't yet reading Wolverine, this may be a good place for you to start.

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Wattup

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I didn't love the issue too much but I have to say that there's an interesting guest star that I didn't see coming, which led to some fun exchanges with Logan. 8 )

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the makes me think of the old icredable hulk theme song

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I wonder why Wolverine is so adamant about ending his relationship and moving on to Westchester in the first part of the issue, only to stick around long enough to get sucked into a drug den. I'm sure it will all be explained,

Wasn't it mentioned that he went to get his money but it was gone?

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I didn't think Logan ended his relationship. They were taking some time off as both are busy with their own ventures. Anyway, Agreed with everything else! Love how Aaron and Gillen are doing what they can to make sense of all the X-Books in relation to one another. Awesome read!

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The single greatest part of this whole book was the line "Is it true that kung fu related deaths are already up 200% over last year?" I nearly died laughing.

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It's so Jean (or AoA Jean can come back, I'm sure)

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@tiger26 said:

the makes me think of the old incredible hulk theme song

ROFL!!!