Wolverine #1: Facsimile Edition
Illustrated by: Frank Miller
Cover Art by: Frank Miller
Written by: Chris Claremont
Release date: December 27, 2023
*Minor Spoilers Ahead
He’s Wolverine. He’s the best there is at what he does. And what he does best isn’t very nice. Revisit the classic, character-defining story that burned that phrase on the collective consciousness of comic book readers! A pair of industry legends – Chris Claremont and Frank Miller – show how the breakout star of the X-Men could also be a solo series icon! Claremont and Miller take Logan away from his teammates – all the way to Japan, where Mariko, the woman he loves, has married another out of duty! As Wolverine hunts for answers, he is drawn into brutal combat with Mariko’s father – and enters a shadowy world of samurai and ninja which he never truly leaves! It’s one of the all-time great Marvel comic books, boldly re-presented in its original form, ads and all! Reprinting WOLVERINE #1.
As a lifelong fan who vividly recalls the thrill of first acquiring the original copy of Wolverine #1 back in 1982, I was ecstatic to revisit the monumental tale through the Facsimile Edition. Chris Claremont and Frank Miller’s collaboration stands as an indelible mark in the comic book pantheon, defining the essence of the enigmatic Wolverine.
This reissue masterfully rekindles the essence of an era when Claremont and Miller showcased the X-Men’s breakout star in a solo venture that would solidify his place as an iconic figure. Departing from his team, Wolverine’s journey to Japan in pursuit of love entwines him in a compelling narrative that traverses duty, honor, and the tumultuous path of a conflicted hero.
Miller’s art, coupled with Claremont’s gripping storytelling, propels readers into a world where samurai and ninja clash, offering a visceral experience that resonates even today. The nuances of Wolverine’s character, as he confronts adversaries and navigates a realm far from the familiar X-Men landscape, are brilliantly captured.
What truly makes this edition a treasure is its faithfulness to the original—every panel, every ad, flawlessly preserved. It’s not merely a reissue; it’s a time capsule that transports readers back to the moment when Wolverine’s defining journey began.
For both seasoned enthusiasts and new fans eager to witness the genesis of a legendary character, Wolverine #1 Facsimile Edition is a must-have. Its significance in shaping the Marvel Comics landscape remains unparalleled, ensuring its place as an all-time great, brilliantly resurrected for contemporary audiences.
It’s incredible how enduring and impactful comics like Wolverine #1 continue to be, bridging generations of fans and maintaining their resonance over the years.
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