“This became what all of us in comics strive for – that special moment where writer’s vision merges with penciler’s, the two complementing each other, strength building on strength, counterbalancing weakness, to create a whole which is much, much greater than the sum of the parts.”Writer Chris Claremont, on his collaboration with penciler Frank Miller
(From the introduction to the Wolverine trade paperback, January 1987)
Synopsis: After tearing his way through the Japanese underworld, Wolverine heads for an ultimate showdown with the criminal overlord Shingen.
Writer: Chris Claremont
Penciler: Frank Miller
Inker: Josef Rubinstein
With this excellent final chapter (see reviews of earlier issues), Chris Claremont and Frank Miller conclude their master class in action-packed, character-driven storytelling. Collectively, this miniseries is near perfect: it works as a crime drama, character piece and, ultimately, romance. On the art side, Miller continues to build on already-strong work he did on Daredevil; his design mastery serves both the nonstop action and character moments. This powerful conclusion leaves our protagonist truly changed – a rarity in comics. This issue earns the rare A+, as does the series as a whole.
Cool factor: Everything.
Not-so-cool factor: Other than the fact it’s over? Nothing. This one is as cool as it comes.
Second opinion: Recommended by The Slings & Arrows Comic Guide (second edition).
“Hey Elf – don’t forget the BEER!”Wolverine, classing up that wedding invite
Published and © by Marvel, December 1982
Cover by Frank Miller and Josef Rubinstein