With the brand new Wolverine movie “Logan” set to open later this week, I thought this would be a good time to head into my favorite comic store, and browse their dollar bins for some quality Wolverine comics.
Everyone knows some of Wolverine’s more famous story arcs like “Old Man Logan” and “Origin,” and then there are the classics like the Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s 1982 mini series. But for my list I’ve chosen a few stories you probably missed when they first came out.
But to be clear: these comic stories are by no means necessary to enjoy “Logan” on the big screen. These are just good comic stories you might enjoy before or after seeing the movie. Got it? good, and away we go:
Wolverine and the X-Men #1 (2011)
“Welcome to the X-Men! Now Die!”
Written By: Jason Aaron Art by: Chris Bachalo
After the events of X-MEN: SCHISM, the X-Men are split in two. Wolverine takes one half of the X-Men back to Westchester to start the school for gifted students over again. But the new Hellfire Club plans to make the school’s first day, its last.
This 2011 series from Jason Aaron and artist Chris Bachalo has everything I used to love about the X-Men: humor, games, insane moments, and characters that acted like the characters I used to love. If that’s not enough to get you interested, you at least need to see Wolverine as the school’s principal.
Uncanny X-Men #268 (1990)
Written By: Chris Claremont Art By: Jim Lee
Today we know that Wolverine’s shadowy past extended back decades, but in the early nineties it was pure speculation on readers part. Issue #268 of Uncanny X-Men pulled the curtain back (maybe for the first time) and confirmed everyone’s suspicions.
This comic takes us to World War II, and offers a team-up between Logan, and Captain America. Plus a modern-day team-up with the Black Widow, who shares a past with Logan. Yup, you read that right.
Uncanny X-Men #268 is one of the best issue from the Chris Claremont and Jim Lee era, and features his best cover in my opinion. Every Wolverine fan should have a copy of this issue in his or her collection.
Wolverine #119-122 (1997-1998)
“Not Dead Yet”
Written by Warren Ellis Art by Leinil Francis Yu
The story features Wolverine being hunted by a man who for years planned to take down the Canadian mutant with adamantium bones. But he doesn’t know that Wolverine lost his adamantium skeleton some time ago, and Logan is much more vulnerable than he used to be.
After taking a break from the X-Men in the mid 1990’s, I found my way back with this arc which is one of my favorite Wolverine stories. “Not Dead Yet” was Written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu, and they were the reason I came back to the X-universe.
By this time Ellis was already one of my favorite writers in the business, and Leinil Yu was a new face. But man, could he draw!
Wolverine The Jungle Adventure (1989)
“The Jungle Adventure!”
Written by Walt Simonson Art by Mike Mignola
Hard to believe now, but I found this one shot at a church yard sale in Randolph Ma. It was buried in a box full of old WWF The Magazine issue. The comic cost me only a quarter and it was money well spent on an issue by Walt Simonson and Mike Mignola.
In the The Jungle Adventure, a group of primitive natives in the Savage Land, celebrate the arrival of Wolverine, who has to make an emergency landing in a small plane and is heralded as a child of the gods. He is challenged to combat by the chieftain of the tribe, and after a furious fight, Wolverine prevails, winning leadership of the tribe.
The story itself is pretty straight forward, but liked seeing Wolverine settling down and living a normal life, at least for a while. Then ending of the book though, shocked me at the time. I don’t know if this story was ever revisited or not, but its a cool issue nonetheless.
Deathblow Wolverine (1996)
Written and drawn by Richard Bennett and Aron Wiesenfeld
The now nearly forgotten Deathblow Wolverine series, was a two issue crossover between Marvel and Image Comics. In the comics, Deathblow and Wolverine cross paths in San Francisco’s Chinatown.
That’s all I’m going to say because I’d rather not spoil too much The story is good, but the art? The art is gorgeous. No wonder this was an Eisner Award-nominated crossover.