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Wolverine #42: Sabretooth War – Part Two

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Creative Team

Writers: Benjamin Percy & Victor LaValle; Penciler: Cory Smith; Inker: Oren Junior; Colorist: Alex Sinclair; Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit; Cover Artists: Leinil Francis Yu & Romulo Fajardo Jr.

Wolverine by Marvel Comics

If you’re a Wolverine fan, then this current run should 100% be on your pull list. Benjamin Percy writes the perfect Wolverine. It’s like he’s the best at what he does. If you haven’t read the first 40 issues, this is the perfect time to jump in, as the Sabretooth War has just begun. While I recommend reading this run in its entirety, you can enjoy the Sabretooth War story stand alone, which kicked off in the last issue.

Previously, Sabretooth was sent to the pit in Krakoa, and is now out for blood as his revenge. Alongside a group of doppelgangers from across the multiverse, he finds Logan and other mutants hiding at the North Pole (mutants are currently illegal). Alongside his army of trained “Sabreteeth,” the main Victor Creed delivered a little birthday surprise at the end of issue #41. 

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Variant Cover by Arthur Adams, for Wolverine #42. All images by Marvel Comics.
Variant Cover by Arthur Adams, for Wolverine #42. All images by Marvel Comics.

The Story for Issue 42

We immediately pick up where the last issue left us, and Wolverine has gone into full berserker rage at the presence of his “birthday surprise.” Logan’s Achilles’ heel is the people he loves. It’s what has made so many fans fall in love with Wolverine over the last 5 decades. Sabretooth knows this, and absolutely loves to torment Wolverine, and use this to his advantage. From calling him runt, to making sure his birthdays are never enjoyed, he may be the most petty enemy Logan has ever encountered. However, Sabretooth knows this Achilles’ heel is his best shot at breaking Wolverine, and seeking out his revenge.  

Variant Cover by Tyler Kirkham, for Wolverine #42. All images by Marvel Comics.
Variant Cover by Tyler Kirkham, for Wolverine #42. All images by Marvel Comics.

The Art

The cover of Sabretooth Part One says: “THE MOST VIOLENT WOLVERINE STORY EVER TOLD.” While I initially assumed that to be an exaggeration, this issue made me think otherwise. The art in this issue, #42, was amazingly gruesome and detailed. There were times I had to look away for a second. Nevertheless it showed what so many love about Logan: he does whatever he can to get back up. From beginning to end it was classic Wolverine style art with a very heavy and dark setting. It then ended with a very simple yet possibly tragic scene with the words, to be continued. 

Wolverine #42 Rating: 9.5/10

If you love a good Wolvie story, I can’t recommend this one enough. The past few issues have been some absolutely amazing team ups from T’Challa to Spider-Man. To go from that to an all out gruesome berserker rage filled fight scene up against Sabretooth (and many different versions of him), has been a great turn of events, and yet still stays consistent with Wolverine. Whether you start at issue 1, or issue 41, this is a comic all Marvel fans should be reading. SNIKT!

Lauren is half of Hops GEEK News: a weekly podcast that discusses all things geek pop culture, while enjoying a craft beer of the week. They also interview many different people from the comic book world and beyond.

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