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WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights – They’re the best at what they do

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Creative Team

Writer: Chris Claremont; Artist: Edgar Salazar; Color Artist: Carlos Lopez; Letterer: VC’s Cory Petit; Cover Artist: Phillip Tan & Sebastian Cheng; Variant Cover Artists: John Bolton & Richard Isanove; Carlos Gomez & David Curiel; Carlos Magno & Espen Grundetjern.

WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights

This comic takes place right after the infamous comic book, The Uncanny X-Men #268. The cover of said issue reads, “Wolverine – Captain America – Black Widow – together again – – for the first time!” However, WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights, says “together again – – for the last time?!”

To enjoy this current comic, you don’t need to go looking for a comic that is over 30 years old (although it definitely wouldn’t hurt, and if you don’t think you know that comic, chances are you’ve seen the cover). Before WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights kicks off, we’re caught up and learn that Wolverine, Black Widow, Jubilee, and Psylocke have made plans to celebrate a recent success in Madripoor. However, it doesn’t go as planned.

Check out a review for another Wolverine comic.

The Uncanny X-Men #268 released in 1990. WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights takes place right after the events in this issue of The Uncanny X-Men. All images by Marvel Comics.
The Uncanny X-Men #268 released in 1990. WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights takes place right after the events in this issue of The Uncanny X-Men. All images by Marvel Comics.

The Story for Issue 1 of 5

As evidenced by the title, this comic takes place in Madripoor: a fictional and special place in the world of Marvel. We finally got to this magical city in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the Disney+ show: The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. There is so much to explore there, and this comic gave us a great taste of the fancier side of Madripoor. Right away we see our crew dressed in their Madripoor best, however, instead of toasting the success of a recent mission, Wolverine, Black Widow, Psylocke, and Jubilee find themselves fighting a somehow more advanced group of the Hand.

Variant Cover for WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights. Variant Cover artists: Carlos Magno & Espen Grundetjern.
Variant Cover for WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights Issue 1. Variant Cover artists: Carlos Magno & Espen Grundetjern.

The Art

I can’t say enough about how beautiful the art is. It somehow stayed consistent with the art of the 80s/90s (where this story began), yet felt and looked modern as well. Right away we open to a gorgeous shot of the Hightown area in Madripoor. Next thing we know there’s an amazing panel of Captain America busting through glass, and the Hand everywhere. The detail and the colors were all incredibly complimentary.

WOLVERINE Madripoor Knights, Issue 1, Rating: 9.5/10

There’s a special place in my heart for Wolvie, and this comic just felt so perfect. Throughout the entire issue you get backstory to why these characters are so close, all the while the action, and the story move along perfectly in sync. Furthermore, the entire comic is littered with pop culture references, and funny little moments that all felt natural. And we get Wolverine’s iconic line: “I’m the best at what I do. And what I do best, it isn’t very nice.”

This comic should be at the top of any Marvel movie or comic book fan’s pull list. I’m hoping (and expecting) to see more Madripoor on the big screen, and if you’re unfamiliar with that island, this is a great comic to start to get a feel for it. This run will only be 5 issues, and I can’t think of a better trio team than Captain America, Wolverine, and Black Widow to create a kick ass 5 issue run with. 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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