@super_soldierxii: Hey man, it's kind of hard to have faith with how dreadfully weak and boring the series has been so far during Marvel NOW, but you do bring up a fair point in regards to remaking the standard around Wolverine's martial talent. Cornell does have a pretty great opportunity to reestablish that Wolverine can actually utilize his prodigious martial talent, and it is an important addition along with the ludicrous healing factor and adamantium skeleton to make him the best there is. If Cornell plays it right, he could set a golden standard for Marvel editors and writers to follow regarding his skill. Something of a Manifest Destiny type story just on a much, much wider scale. If Cornell does do something like that, I can forgive the man for the last couple of months of his out of character Wolverine. Might even write him a thank you letter :D
Yeah. Logan was terribly out of character. I cringed half the time.
But, y'know what, when I think back to some of the classic Wolverine stories, he's been out of character an awful lot the past few decades (I'm not THAT old, was just really young when I started reading comics. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it). Which is why many are tired of him. He's grown, and I hate to say it, too one dimensional.
I think what I like about the character most remains trapped in the 80's. I'm a fanboy of the ethos behind the character; a gruff, tough as nails bastard with a heart of gold and an unshakable moral compass, enforced by a deep rooted sense of honor / bushido - an ideal that's been butchered to hell far too often by terrible writing (depth prostituted for shock value) and a shallow grasp of the character to be blunt.
Truth be told, the only real great story I've read in recent years was Old Man Logan. He's had a few good stories, but far too few truly great ones.
All that said, I do agree that Cornell has a whole lot of catching up to do, and a lot to answer for, before I too begin to sing his praises.