Title: Wolverine Vol 1: Hunting Season
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artists: Alan Davis, Mirco Pierfederici (pencils), Mark Farmer, Karl Kesel, Zach Fischer (inks), (Matt Hollingsworth, Andres Mossa colors), Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Matt Hollingsworth (covers)
Collects: Wolverine #1-6
Well, here we go… Yet another Wolverine re-launch. In my opinion, this is just really stupid. I don’t understand the reasoning behind re-setting the numbering back to a #1 issue every time a book sees the departure of a long-time writer. Sure, the readers are going to see a shift in direction and story-telling, but why re-number the book? Everyone knows that the book will shift back to its original numbering system any time it reaches a “milestone” issue, such as 200 or 250 or 300 or whatever. It’s nonsense like this that makes me really glad I am no longer a collector of comic books. But, I digress…
When I heard that Paul Cornell was going to take over as the writer of this book, I was both relieved and disappointed. I was relieved that Jason Aaron was finally off this title. He wrote around fifty issues of Wolverine, and of those I probably approved of about three of them. Most of his work on this title was rubbish. On the other hand, I can’t say that I’ve been overly impressed with anything Paul Cornell has written in the past few years. So, it’s safe to say that I really wasn’t expecting great things from him on this title, either.
Having read the book, I can say that the writing was a bit better than I expected it to be. It was nothing flashy, shocking, or overly memorable, but it was OK – which is to say that it was better than I expected. Cornell doesn’t break any new ground, here, but tells a decent Wolverine story.
It’s nice to see Alan Davis working on a Marvel title again. I don’t know if it’s just me or what, but it seems like he has not been working for Marvel for some years, now. As a kid growing up, it was easy to find his artwork on Marvel titles nearly every month. His style is one that is pretty clean and recognizable, and reading this book brought back many memories of stories I had read in my younger years. The other artist on this book – Mirco Pierfederici – is not an artist I am familiar with. I gathered from the book’s notes that he has illustrated the X-Men Legacy book at some point, but that isn’t a title I am a reader of. His art style was not too dissimilar to that of Davis, which made for a nice flow to the book. Colors and inks on the book were fine.
Though there is nothing particularly WRONG with this book, there isn’t anything particularly outstanding, either. As far as book re-launches go, this one starts with a whimper. At least the price on this book isn't as shockingly high as on some other Marvel books...
Cool Factor: 4/10