magmagazer's Wolverine #301 - Back In Japan, Part 2 review

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"Big" In Japan...

The Goods

Leading on from the previous issue, there is still much chaos abound. It's Hand ninja verses Yazuka gangsters in a guts-for-glory fight to the bitter end!

As with last time, the ish is divided up into 'chapters.' The first chapter of this ish allows the book to get off to a running start with artwork and the occasional dialect greatly complimenting each other.

Move onto chapter's 9 & 10 and there's a notable shift in the artwork. This chapter commences by formally introducing the new Silver Samurai seen up to mischief in the last ish. I wasn't as moved by this section of the book, as I am not as fond of Sander's art. The book is also slightly weaker here, as the Silver Samurai is revealed to be a bit of an upstart and partly fulfilling of a much overused cliché hero/villain. Our short and tough protagonist also has his cliché moments, but it is only briefly.

Progressing onwards, I am pleased to see that the title's artwork returns to the awesome duo of Tan & Keith, who I feel should be doing the artwork for this book the whole way through. Chapter 11 contains a humorous miniature story -- a ninja feigning comatose, and later on, cue the mother of all stare off's! -- that helps pave the way for the 12th and final chapter, with the last page picturing a familiar pair of Wolverine villains, surrounded by new ones. (well, it's the first time I saw those guys, anyway!)

The Verdict

If you wish to have a peek at the ol' Canuck's misadventures in the far east, severely outnumbered and embroiled in a battle of massive proportions waged between some classic fractions of enemies abundant to the region, then I recommend you at least have a read through this latest instalment. Though the book's quality stumbles mid-way through in my opinion, it's still worth a glance or two. Boasting a few age old rouges from Wolverine's gallery, albeit for brief intervals, combined with new contenders and action and humour that delivers with each and every turn of a page, this is fastly becoming a tale worthy joining the ranks of Wolverine's classic Japan & Madripoor misadventures at the start of the '90ies. And besides, who doesn't want to see Yazuka goons riding motor bikes go crazy with chainsaws?!

3.5//5.0 Stars.


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    Overview:This issue continues 5 seconds after #300 left off with a huge gang war between Logan, Yakuza gangsters, Hand Ninjas, Sabertooth, and the new Silver Samurai. Sounds like nothing new for Wolverine. Does my last sentence sound cliche? Thats because it is and its the main problem with this issue. The action is great but a tad too predictable.The Good:Im a fan of the art. The artists like Sanders and the others really do a good job of having Sabertooth and Logan tussle. Lets face it a battl...

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