by Jason Aaron (writer), Ron Garney (art), Jason Keith (colors), and Cory Petit (letters)

The Story: Logan and Bucky Barnes battle Deathloks to save the future.

What’s Good: It was clear last issue and it’s even more clear this issue: Jason Aaron loves the old Terminator movies.  The influences run throughout, and given that those movies are two of the greatest science fiction films of all time, that’s far from a bad thing.  We have the dystopian near future with a hunted group of underground rebels, and when one character discusses the Deathloks’ plan of coming to the present to snuff out the future leader of the rebellion, well, it’s just all kinds of cool.  The idea of taking a classic plot like that of Terminator and tossing it into the Marvel Universe and involving Wolverine as a kind of wildcard is just total genius.  It shouldn’t work, but it does, and it’s all kinds of fun.  If you have any love for the Terminator films, it’s hard not to totally geek out.

There certainly is a kind of frenetic, madcap feel to it.  Take for example the future version of Logan.  I won’t spoil it, but the character has suffered a kind of disfigurement that almost feels like the sort of perverse comedy that Garth Ennis would employ.  It’s absolutely absurd, but I won’t say any more.

Beyond that, this is the sort of book that’s just basically a peppering of cool moments.  Bucky Barnes discussing his affinity for Russian food… One particular Deathlok showing an intriguing, but touching, moment of humanity before meeting his end… Logan’s always gritty resolve and heroic last stand in the future…  There are so many little moments that show Aaron’s mastery of this corner of the Marvel U.

Then there’s the art.  Garney continues to show himself to be the perfect artist for Wolverine.  Gritty, scratchy, and uncompromising while still rooted in the modern comics style, Garney’s art is a blast.  It’s also worth noting that this book, for a non-MAX title, is very, very violent.

What’s Not So Good: This issue isn’t quite as good as last month’s.  That’s not to say this isn’t a totally awesome issue. It is; but it just has a very tough act to follow.  It’s hard not to miss the level of emotion and retrospective that was present in Logan and Steve Rogers’ dynamic.  I sort of wish that Steve was in this month’s issue as well, to follow that up was sort of disappointed by his absence.

I’m also not really sure I’m buying the Miranda Bayer character just yet, at least not the present-day version.  Her powers–or “visions,” since she’s not a mutant– are a bit ambiguous in how they work and she’s coming way too close to being a clear narrative tool for Aaron to use.  Her visions are at times conveniently, and awkwardly, specific in her knowledge of the future.  Visions or not, it’s a stretch to think she’d be able to know and comprehend some of the info she has based on dreams alone.  It’s obvious that Aaron is just using her as a means to link the past and future in the comic and to keep present-day Logan as informed as he needs to be.  This transparency just feels a little awkward.

Conclusion: Another great Weapon X issue.  This continues to be a comic that”ll make you fall in love with Wolverine all over again.

Grade: B+

-Alex Evans

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