Wolverine Week-31-in-Review: Ultimatum Ultimately Ends

Wolverine appeared in FOUR TITLES this past week (July 29, 2009), as well as one significant Dark Wolverine appearance and a posthumous presence in X-Men Forever #4 (reviewed by our very own jrpbsp).

As usual, I will share my curmudgeonly impressions for the rest of the Wolverine docket…

Ultimatum #5 coverUltimatum #5 (preview | thread)
Writer: Jeph Loeb
Artist: David Finch
Inker: Danny Miki

This much delayed finale has many of the same problems that the previous issues have had. Whole-scale slaughter without an ounce of grief, horrifically bad dialogue and plot resolutions reduced to single-page pinups.

That said, Wolverine does get to go out in style — perhaps the best single moment of the entire miniseries…

Wolverine Noir #4 (details)
Writer: Stuart Moore
Pencils: C.P. Smith

Another mediocre series mercifully comes to an end.

While ‘X-Men Noir’ had its moments, I must say that I never warmed to this series. And one hopes that sooner or later, Marvel will finally put this Noir concept out of its misery..

New Avengers #55 (preview)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Inks: Wade von Grawbadger

Wolverine has cameos in two panels before returning to San Francisco…

Fantastic Four #569 (preview)
Story: Mark Millar
Script: Joe Ahearne
Pencils: Stuart Immonen
Inks: Wade von Grawbadger & Scott Hanna

Gratuitous Wolverine cameo sans dialogue…

Dark X-Men: The Beginning #2 (preview)
Writer: Rob Williams
Pencils: Paco Diaz
Inks: Guillermo Ortega

After the wonderfully subtle handling of Daken in ‘Dark Wolverine’ by Marjorie Liu, I found this tale of Daken joining the Dark X-Men to be rather heavy handed and blatantly contradictory…

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