Wolverine #1

Wolverine #1

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“I told (Frank Miller) the idea that had been swirling about in my skull for some time – that the essence of Wolvie’s character was a ‘failed samurai.’ ”Writer Chris Claremont, on initial conversations for the Wolverine miniseries
(From the introduction to the Wolverine trade paperback, January 1987)


Title: “I’m Wolverine”
Synopsis: In Japan, Wolverine finds girlfriend Mariko trapped in an arranged marriage – and battles her father, Lord Shingen.

Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Frank Miller
Inker: Josef Rubinstein

This one was a game changer. There had been other miniseries – beginning with World of Krypton and Marvel Super Hero Contest of Champions – but Wolverine was a different beast. Taking full advantage of the format’s narrative power, this limited series established the Bronze Age’s breakout character as a solo force. Writer Chris Claremont is in fine, hardboiled form here, serving up a tightly plotted, well-narrated gem. The art, by then-rising star Frank Miller, is up to the task, with masterful design and pacing. Out of the gate, it was clear this series was going to be special.

Grade: A

Cool factor: Claremont. Miller. Wolverine. ’Nuff said.

Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).

Notable: First Wolverine solo series. (Seems quaint now, doesn’t it?) … First appearance of Yukio amd Lord Shingen.

Character Quotable
“I’m the best there is at what I do.”Wolverine, nothing if not consistent with his internal monologue
Wolverine #1

Published and © by Marvel, September 1982
Cover by Frank Miller and Josef Rubinstein)

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