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Sunday, April 14, 2013

Wolverine Volume 2: Coyote Crossing




Title: Wolverine Volume 2:
Coyote Crossing





ISBN: 0785111379


Price: $11.99


Publisher/Year: Marvel, 2004


Artist: Leandro Fernandez


Writer: Greg Ruka


Collects: Wolverine (Vol 3)
#7-11





Rating: 3/5




This isn’t a storyline that does much to advance the Wolverine mythos. It’s
not about his past or his returning memories or his eternal fight with
Sabretooth or anything like that. It’s a stand-alone storyline in which Wolvie
is forced to face the fact that he’s stuck somewhere between being a man and an
animal. The story itself is about Logan dealing with the leader of a Mexican
gang and being tailed by the DEA agent who made her first appearance in the
previous Wolverine story arc, “The Brotherhood”. I won’t go into the story,
because a lot of it is meant to surprise you, but I will say that this story
does a LOT to establish Logan’s humanity. Even after killing dozens of men in a
rage, he is forced to deal with the fact that he’s not all animal… nor is he
all man. This is a nicely complex character development story that I enjoyed
immensely.



The art is also better, IMO, than Robertson and Palmer’s work on “The
Brotherhood.” I know Wolvie’s short and stocky, but I don’t like art that makes
him look like he just stumbled out of his cave. The art in “Coyote Crossing”
captures his stature, but also conveys the elegance and ease of movement that
he’s known for. I’m a bit ambivalent on the fact that his face looks a lot like
Hugh Jackman’s; I prefer a bit more separation between the movie and comic
‘verses, but I really like that he’s drawn with long hair. That needs to be
done more often.

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