Narrative Twists and Powerful Love in Hunt for Wolverine 1

By Michael DeLaney

This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!

Modern storytelling loves a narrative twist — you could argue that most stories are exclusively centered around them. With that in mind, do we let the success of a twist dictate the overall reception of a story? Hunt for Wolverine 1 may be such an example.

Charles Soule was the man who laid Logan to rest, so it only makes sense that he’s the man to bring him back. The main conflict of the story is a fight between the X-Men and the Reavers, who have been hired by a third party to retrieve Wolverine’s adamantium headstone/body.

The Reavers manage to cut open the adamantium shell only to find that there is no body inside.

It’s later revealed that Logan’s fellow X-Men didn’t feel right leaving their comrade all alone on display in Canada, so Kitty Pryde phases him out of the shell and they bury him back at the X-mansion.

It makes sense that they wouldn’t want Logan’s body out in the open for anyone to see and tamper with. But why do the X-Men leap into action to defend Logan’s empty statue — let alone the cream of the X-Men crop? I suppose you don’t want anyone trashing your friend’s memorial, but the framing of the whole thing feels like it was based on the reveal that Logan’s body is elsewhere.

Nevertheless, I was happy that Soule and David Marquez placed Kitty at the center of the “Logan excavation.” Likewise, I liked the emphasis placed on how hard it was for Kitty to pull Logan’s body out, making a reference to her most difficult phase from Joss Whedon’s Astonishing X-Men.

The dynamic between Kitty Pryde and Wolverine is as comics-sacred as Batman and Robin. Depicting her Herculean efforts to lay her friend to rest is the perfect display of her affection for the ‘ol bub.

The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?


One comment on “Narrative Twists and Powerful Love in Hunt for Wolverine 1

  1. I did like Logan’s reintroduction in LEgacy, but mostly because of the Infinity Stone complication – a complication quickly removed and given to Natasha. But this issue really through any chance of making the resurrection work away.

    I mean, this is the start of four miniseries all individually hunting Wolverine, but what are the stakes? What is such a big deal tha tsomehting so big is happening? Yeah, Logan’s body being stolen isn’t the greatest thing ever. But the story also doesn’t do a good job at showign why the events that are about to happen are important.

    Ultimately, this comic is built on the idea that readers find Logan an important enough character, that they don’t need to be invested in events by any reason other than ‘It is Logan’. Which means you have a story that there is no reason to get invested or care about, because if you really, really want to read about LOgan, you can just wait till this event (which will not contain Logan until the end) is over.

    They had possibility, at the start. But this seems to be a bad resurrection

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