by Dylan Duarte, CMRO Contributing Writer
Written by Jeph Loeb, Art by Simone Bianchi
Published: September 2012
Jeph Loeb is one of the most well-known comic writers working today and for Wolverine #310 he sinks his figurative claws into Wolverine. It’s not surprising that when a big time writer comes to the title he brings back a big time villain. Initially I was a little concerned that Loeb felt like he had to do something grandiose; that maybe he was too high profile to do a smaller, more personal story. Fortunately, Loeb’s story is both grandiose and personal, as he resurrects Logan’s greatest enemy of all time – Victor Creed, otherwise known as Sabertooth.
Sabertooth isn’t alone, however. How could he be? He was dead. He died when Wolverine literally took his head off. Creed didn’t stay dead though, thanks to Romulus, a villain created by Loeb himself. For those unfamiliar with Romulus, he’s the leader of a group of human that evolved from canines. He made his first appearance just a handful of years ago and he’s been a pain in Wolverine’s neck ever since.
Loeb proves that whatever direction you take Wolverine in, no matter how large the story may be in scale, Logan always makes it personal. Wolverine is and always has been rage personified and that comes out of him in every situation he’s in. I actually think it might not be possible to do a Wolverine story that isn’t character based. Every conflict he finds himself in is a direct result of who he is as a person.
Comic book resurrection is a running joke. Nobody stays dead. Readers who take the medium seriously, such as myself, aren’t crazy about this. It goes without saying that it weakens the emotional impact every time a character is brought back from the dead. That’s still the case here, but at least Loeb has found a clever and organic way to go about it.