Artist: Daniel Acuña
Letterer: Cory Petit
Designer: Jared K. Fletcher
Editor: Jody Leheup, Jeanine Schaefer, Nick Lowe
Cover: Jae Lee with June Chung
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Cover Date: May 2011
Cover Price: $3.99
As Wolverine fights for control of his demonically possessed soul, Cyclops, Magneto, and Namor are about to execute a failsafe protocol that will take down Wolverine permanently. In his mind, Logan is locked in battle with the demon that seeks to destroy everything he is and Logan doesn’t exactly have the upper hand. Razing everything around it, the demon chases Wolverine to a place where he will make his last stand – the wall he’s built around his heart. It contains all the shame and secrets he’s been burying deep within himself. All the different incarnations of Wolverine – fighting as a team in order to protect what’s left of himself.
While this epic battle rages within, Magneto is attempting to extract the Adamantium from Wolverine’s skeleton. Things don’t go as planned and it’s Magneto on the defensive, cowering in fear at a monstrosity long buried in his memories. Namor surprises Wolverine and tries to drown him in San Francisco Bay. That, as you can imagine, does not go well either; forcing Cyclops into Plan “B.”
At this point Mystique arrives with the women of the X-Men in a last ditch effort to save Wolverine before he’s destroyed. With the help of Emma Frost they enter Logan’s psyche ready for battle… or is it too late?
This second part of a three part story arc ‘Wolverine vs. The X-Men’ by Aaron and Acuña reads better than the previous issue, but I find it still carries over the same uneven art style. The tension seems to be ratcheted up a bit more than in Wolverine #6 and it carries through the entire book.
Artistically the book looks great and there seems to be more backgrounds than in the last issue, but the lack of fully drawn faces in many panels tends to be distracting. It’s not a consistent trend either and varies greatly from page to page. Daniel Acuña has a style that works with this series, but it’s not with it’s flaws.
All-in-all it’s a good read and I’m looking forward to reading the last chapter in this arc. If not just to see what comes out that last door in Wolverine’s psyche – it should be a doozy!
– The Comic Book Critic
Comic Book Critic Rating: 7.0