Review: Wolverine #13

A once-promising arc from Jason Aaron has gotten painfully repetitive as it's worn on and on.

Iann Robinsonby Iann Robinson

Wolverine 13

I’m guessing that Jason Aaron, having spread himself so thin with X-Men: Schism and work on his upcoming Hulk run, has given up on Wolverine. It’s the only reason I can see for him to take what started as such a good idea and beat it to death until the bruises of boredom set in so deep the story becomes unrecognizable. The original idea, a group of people dedicated to killing Wolverine for his crimes against them, was a stroke of genius in how it married the vicious and human aspects of who Wolverine really is and the penance he always tries to serve for his crimes.

It’s interesting how much this Wolverine story arc has in common with what happened to Shadowland. Both took really daring ideas in dealing with major characters and both have sloughed off what started as something based on the frailty of human nature into a story with spooky demons and snakes and guys with dark robes and cryptic sayings. What makes Wolverine even more unbearable is that, issue after issue, it’s the same thing repeated. Wolverine #13 is just another step in a journey that should have ended two issues ago.

So, let’s see if we can catch up to what’s going on in issue #13. Wolverine is hunting down the Red Right Hand.


He has to face some hired killer that is supposed to be unbeatable.


He beats him while uttering some kind of threat or speech.


We get to learn the history of a member of the Red Right Hand and why they hate Wolverine.


Wolverine makes it almost to the Red Right Hand but doesn’t.


Supposedly the next issue will put a merciful bullet in this story but by now, who cares?  The Red Right Hand have gone from a great idea to this goofy wannabe cult and the battle Wolverine faced is too drawn out to elicit any reaction besides frustration.  At this point, Wolverine is turning into Groundhog Day, which would actually be more enjoyable.

I’d rather see the man also known as Logan learn to play piano, ice sculpt and drive with a hedgehog than deal with anything else in the spectrum of the Red Right Hand.  Aaron is a solid writer when it comes to getting a story going but just can’t close the deal; his stories inevitably fall apart along the way.

Renato Guedes once again does a fine job with the pencils.  Not to be repetitive myself, but I do love the way he draws Wolverine. It’s a nice mix of the old school high-hair and new school more subdued-coiffed hero. Guedes attempts to bring a sinister to vibe to the Red Right Hand, but it’s hard beneath such dull writing. The action scenes are nice, the violence is realistic to the subject matter. In short, the whole issue is really fun to look at. I want to like Jason Aaron’s work, I started out as a big fan, but he’s just not measuring up. How do you take one of the most violent, insane and action oriented characters and manage to make them boring issue after issue? Pick up Wolverine #13 and find out.