The New Marvel: 'Savage Wolverine'

Savage Wolverine 1 Marvel NOWThe New Marvel is a series that looks at the changes that the mega-comic empire made following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men and the impact that those changes have on the stories of Marvel NOW!  Six issues (or more) into each Marvel NOW! title, we see what our favorite characters are up to and what to keep an eye out for in the future.

Trapped in the most vicious, uncivilized part of the world, Logan teams up with a scientist and a she-devil to figure out why he’s been discarded at Earth’s South Pole. Facing monsters, genetic mutations, and indigenous tribespeople, the man who won’t die has to learn to work well with others to figure out what’s going on, but that won’t be easy for the Savage Wolverine.


Covering Issues #1-6

So, the idea of Logan being caught in some nefarious plot is not something new, nor is him being separated from his fellow X-Men or his students, but usually there’s some indication as to why he’s been put in a precarious situation. Throughout the first six issues of this series, however, there’s no clue as to why Logan’s in the Savage Land to begin with (although, if he’s there, it means there’s trouble; nothing good ever happens in the Savage Land) and aside from the fortuitous meeting of Shanna and Amadeus Cho, there’s been very little indication of what’s what. To be perfectly honest, the end of the first five issues was rather disappointing, and abrupt.

I really do like the fact that Frank Cho was both writing and drawing the comic; I’ve always enjoyed his artwork since Liberty Meadows, and I am sure that it has to make it easier since he doesn’t have to go back and forth with someone else to make sure that it turns out the way he wants it to. However, perhaps because he didn’t have to work with someone else in his core creative team, the story didn’t seem to be going as fast as I would normally have liked (as mentioned above). Keeping readers interested and on their toes is great, but at some point you really want to give them part of what they want to keep them coming back for more. Now, with a new creative team in place, we shift away from Cho’s work to see what’s going on in Wolverine’s life.

Going forward in the comic, however, I have to wonder just why it is still being called Savage Wolverine. At first the story took place in the Savage Land—giving credence to the name of the series—and while the ferociousness of Wolverine is not to be taken lightly, why is there a separate title for it than his regular Wolverine series. The basic premise of Wolverine as a character has always been that he’s a killer trying not to be one anymore, but I don’t see how this title is any different than the others he’s been in. What is the new hook, the new gimmick, that is supposed to keep me coming back for more, especially now that Frank Cho’s no longer involved; what’s the deal, Marvel?




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