Covering Issues #1-6
The series keeps pretty true to the basic tenants of Wolverine’s personality: save innocent people from bad people at the sometimes necessary (in his opinion) expense of life. Throughout the story told in these first few issues, he’s been trying his best to lower the collateral damage done by a new enemy—a force that he’s never encountered before during any of his journeys—but doesn’t go out of his way if it means the deaths of more people. While he may seem like a man who doesn’t care, he really does; he just seems to care so much to the point where other people’s lives aren’t as important as, well . . . other people’s lives. This series shows his somewhat more practical and pragmatic side, coupled with his ever-ready vigilance against danger; there’s nothing new to see or experience, except for the new enemy on the block.
I must say that I’m rather disappointed in the new series so far; there doesn’t seem to be anything but a combination of action and deductive reasoning (not exactly Wolverine’s strongest ability), whereas in other stories involving him (such as Astonishing X-Men and Wolverine and the X-Men) there are thought out and well-executed interactions and introspection on the part of our Canadian mutant. Interestingly enough, the in-depth nature that Savage Wolverine is beginning to take is the kind of style I had expected from this series: introspection, investigation, journeying the world with wonder and interest, whereas here all we get is slash, stab, and snikt! Sure, he’s best described as an action hero with a tortured soul, but there is a mind at work behind that ludicrous hair style of his; surely there’s more to him than claws and cowl, and hopefully the new nature of his biology in the end of issue #6 will help show it.
Going forward, I would love to see Wolverine go back on his journeys that were pretty famous throughout his previous volumes of this title; he always seemed to have the best adventures when he was out in the world trying to find peace with himself for his past deeds. Likewise, I think some one-on-one with his students from the school would be great for this series. Perhaps some headmaster-student interaction in an awkward way to try and replicate Xavier’s methods in the beginning, to show that he has a gentle side. Just because he has to kill someone in order for ten thousand others to live, that doesn’t mean he’s a bad guy. He just has to work on his people skills, and what better way to do so than by talking it over with his fellow professors and students?