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    Reviews - Wolverine - #312

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You can't have a Romulus without a Remus. - colten97
The problem with a character as ever-present as Wolverine is that his stories develop a lot of boring, familiar qualities. He's constantly reminding us that he's the best there is at what he does. He's always battling savage foes, pining after redheads, and searching for answers about his elusive past. The great success of writers like Jason Aaron and Rick Remender in recent years has been in finding new avenues and outlets for Wolverine beyond these tired old tropes. The problem with Sabretooth Reborn is that it does the exact opposite, pushing Wolverine back into overly familiar territory and failing to tell a compelling story.

Issue #311 ended with the expected revelation that Logan's new redheaded ally is actually Remus, twin sister to Romulus. Unfortunately, Remus is proving to be less of a real character and more of a walking source of exposition. Like so many shadowy figures before her, Remus informs Logan that "what you think you know is wrong" and "you didn't get all of your memories back" and other nuggets of wisdom. What follows are more snippets of flashbacks and revelations about the "real" history of Wolverine, Romulus, and the Weapon X program. Are we to take these revelations as any more valid than the countless other false leads that have popped up over the years? Wasn't the whole point of restoring Wolverine's memories so that writers could move past these sorts of deceptions and mind games?

Perhaps most frustrating is that Jeph Loeb tosses the notion of Wolverine and Sabretooth being members of the Lupine race out the window. Not because that revelation actually did anything to enhance the characters or their mutual connection, but because such a big deal was made in Evolution about finally providing answers. Instead, these two halves of Loeb's saga seem to be doing little other than spinning Wolverine in an endless series of convoluted circles. The last thing he needs these days is a more complicated personal history.

Also bizarre in a story titled Sabretooth Reborn is the fact that Sabretooth himself seems mostly an afterthought. He only appears for a handful of pages in this issue, and only to elicit more of the same, generic banter that was so prevalent in the previous two issues. At this point it's a good thing that other Wolverine-centric books have begun dealing with Sabretooth, because this storyline alone does nothing to suggest the character needed to return.

Another drawback to the flashback and exposition-driven script is that Simone Bianchi relies less on simple, straightforward panel work and more on collage-style approach to many pages. A lack of storytelling flow has always been the biggest problem with Bianchi's work, and one that rears its head frequently in this issue.

At least this arc is nearly wrapped up. Unfortunately, the lack of any real character growth or plot progression so far suggests that issue #313 will either be extremely crowded or fail to answer the new questions that have been dredged up about Wolverine's past.




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