Title: Wolverine Vol. 2: Killable
Writer: Paul Cornell
Artists: Mirco Perfederici, Alan Davis (pencils), Karl Kesel, Mark Farmer (inks), Andres Mossa, Matt Hollingsworth, Lee Loughridge (colors), Alan Davis, Mark Farmer, Matt Hollingsworth (covers)
Collects: Wolverine #7-13
Volume 1 of this new series was OK. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t terrible, either. I can’t say I’ve ever been a big fan of Paul Cornell’s scripts, so I guess I wasn’t expecting any better than that to begin with. I had the same feeling about this second volume, and once again, my expectations were realized in the reading. While someone who isn’t a regular reader of Wolverine might enjoy this more than I, I just found it to be too commonplace. Cornell is trying a bit too hard, here, and really doesn’t do anything new. In fact, this book is stuffed to the brim with almost nothing but the most frequently used Wolverine tropes that we’ve all seen so many times. Here’s a short list of examples:
1. Wolverine loses his ability to heal.
2. Wolverine teams up with Kitty Pride.
3. Wolverine flirts with an X-Men teammate.
4. Wolverine has a short fight with another hero before eventually having a team-up.
5. Wolverine fights Mystique.
6. Wolverine fights Hand ninjas.
7. Wolverine fights Sabretooth.
8. Wolverine wields a sword.
9. Wolverine goes into a berserker fury.
10. Wolverine heads out into trouble on his own.
Yes, all of the above events happened in this one book. Of course, at the same time, Wolverine has to stop a world-ending threat at the same time as he is dealing with his personal problems. It was a tiresome read, for me, and I just really didn’t enjoy it. The whole time I was reading the book, I was thinking to myself” Really? We’re going to do that AGAIN?” Also, a lot of the dialogue just seemed a bit off or unnatural. Long story short, Cornell has an unbroken streak of delivering unsatisfying stories to me. It’s a shame, too, as I wanted to like this book, more, and I did enjoy Davis’ work on the art. If Cornell is staying on this book for another year, you can count me out. Jason Aaron had this title for years, and he managed to concoct some pretty stupid and uninteresting stories. Cornell isn’t faring a whole lot better, now that he’s got the writing reins. How much longer do I have to wait for some truly great Wolverine stories?
Overall, this isn’t a book that long-time Wolverine fans will enjoy, though newer readers might find it more interesting.
Cool Factor: 5/10