By Benjamin Percy, Scot Eaton, JP Mayer, Oren Junior and Matthew Wilson
Sometimes having a character in several titles a month can take away something from them. With the case of Wolverine, there was a time when he was in easily 5-7 titles a month, which was way too many. Currently, Logan is only in a few books and it doesn’t seem like he’s as overexposed as he used to be. His solo title has been some of his best representation in recent memory.
We’ve seen Wolverine fight vampires before, this was the first story arc of a re-launched X-Men title some time ago. The difference this time around is that Benjamin Percy has put Logan in a leadership role. Percy shows us a soft side with Logan as he handles Louise’s situation and transition into a vampire. I also like that Percy has been utilizing Forge in his books. Forge is just a great character and can pretty much do anything, I have no idea why isn’t used more often. Percy has also been building Omega Red up, and this issue he showcases that Red isn’t just a dumb henchman. He actually allows to concoct a plan and work both sides of the dilemma. Wolverine has been a solid series since it debuted, and issue twelve has been one of the finest so far.
The pencils this issue are handled by Scot Eaton with help from JP Mayer and Oren Junior. The colors are handled by Matthew Wilson. The pencils, although split up by several different artists, look great. The styles are similar, so when there is a trade off, you can’t really tell. Mayer takes over on page 15, and his intro is great since he has Louise giving Forge a kiss on the cheek. The look on Forge’s face sells the panel. Eaton draws most of the action in the first pages, including Wolverine impaling a vampire with a giant cross. The panels work well and set the tone for the issue. The colors by Matthew Wilson are fantastic as usual. The shading in the book is great, and there is a really good panel from the pointe where Logan and Louise are silhouetted. The pencils and colors work well and support the story that Percy is telling. An all around good effort from the art tea helps this book excel.
Wolverine #12 continues it’s streak of must read issues. Percy has been building up to something good since issue 1 and we’re starting to see more of that with each passing book. The pencils and colors rule and enhance the reading experience. Wolverine continues to be one of the most fun books Marvel puts out.