Synopsis: Wolverine learns an ally has been playing both sides and vows to take down the Japanese kingpin Shingen.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Frank Miller
Inker: Josef Rubinstein
It’s hard to remember a time when the comics market wasn’t saturated with Wolverine appearances. Now, if only they were all a fraction as good as this one. The Canadian X-Man’s 1982 miniseries offers an excellent character study, and this third issue doesn’t let up. Writer Chris Claremont’s story hits all the right notes: hints of back story, internal conflict, crime drama and, of course, a little romance and lust. Artist Frank Miller turns in another superlative effort, as well, with expert pacing and exceptional fight choreography. Colorist Glynis Wein’s palette work also deserves a nod. Collectively, great stuff!
Cool factor: Great pacing, both story and art.
Not-so-cool factor:Only one issue to go.
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
“You’d better kill me now, Yukio. You won’t get a second chance.”Wolverine, jilted lover
Published and © by Marvel, November 1982
Cover by Frank Miller and Josef Rubinstein