Wolverine: Patch #1: Marvel Comics REview

Mar 21, 2022

With how well the Wolverine main line and the whole X Lives/X Deaths of Wolverine event is going, Wolverine Patch seemed like a great idea. It’s a way to dig into the character’s past more while that’s front of mind, and it’s a side of Wolverine that will allow the creative team to have fun. However, the series-opening issue didn’t exactly deliver from a writing aspect.

Marvel Comics
Written by: Larry Hama
Pencils by: Andrea Di Vito
Inks by: Le Beau Underwood
Colors by: Sebastian Cheng
Letters by: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Reintroducing readers to Wolverine’s Patch persona is done well enough — not much time wasted there. The plot is grounded, which makes sense for the character and this time in his life. But outside of this being centered around one of the all-time comic book characters, there isn’t much compelling about the story.

More importantly, this is one of the rare instances where it’s bothering me that the story doesn’t have an internal monologue/narration. Excluding that from a story always helps with pace, but there’s a point where Wolverine starts talking out loud to himself about things that feel very much like thoughts rather than things a person would vocalize to themself.

Now, when it comes to the artwork, Geoff Shaw’s main cover is absolutely outstanding and Andrea Di Vito and Le Beau Underwood make a good tandem on interior line art. But the colors on the interior art don’t do much to enhance their work or the story. Things seem too bright for a Wolverine story — especially one set in Madripoor.

An underwhelming start to this miniseries. Have to take some time to figure out if I’ll give the second issue a shot.

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