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Wolverine (Wolverine Marvel Comics)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,670 Ratings  ·  220 Reviews
The master of mutants joins the master of ninjas in Wolverine's first solo outing - replete with romance, intrigue and mayhem! Our beleagured berserker's in Japan on a mission of the heart, if he can survive the Hand first!
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published January 3rd 2007 by Marvel Comics Group (first published 1982)
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Bookworm Sean
My name’s Wolverine. Have you got that? No? Okay I shall tell you again. My name’s Wolverine. This is my story. My name is Wolverine and I’m invincible. My name is Wolverine and I have an adamantium skeleton. I’m Wolverine. Okay. That’s my name: Wolverine. I can heal myself because I am called Wolverine. It’s my name, Wolverine that is. Do I need to tell you again? I’m Wolverine I can’t die, so there’s no point reading this because there is no possibility that I will be defeated because my name ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had an itch to revisit this one since the latest film version of Logan’s adventures, The Wolverine, is inspired by and loosely based on it. (Check out my review of the movie on Shelf Inflicted.)

While Logan is off in the wilderness dealing with a rogue grizzly and some dumb-ass hunters, his girlfriend Mariko returns to Japan with no explanation. Logan follows her to Tokyo where he is shocked to learn that Mariko’s missing father Shingen has returned and set up an arranged marriage for her which
Dirk Grobbelaar
This collects Wolverine #1-4 (the limited series from 1982) plus Uncanny X-Men #172-173 (I'm guessing from the same year). It forms a cohesive whole, but the two X-Men comics that conclude the story are the weak link. In the first two thirds of the collection, the character focus is solely on Wolverine. The last two issues collected here, although still dealing with the Wolverine storyline, spends a lot of time on the character of Storm and refers heavily to previous events surrounding Jean Grey ...more
Aug 25, 2015 Christopher rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books where it doesn't even really matter how good it is. This is the 4-issue mini-series from 1982, perhaps the first solo issues Wolverine really had*, six years before Wolverine finally got his own on-going series. If you are a Wolverine fan, it's required reading. I don't even know why you're reading this. Just pick up a copy.

Maybe you want to hear about the two X-Men issues included. Fair enough. The 4 issue series is very Wolverine focused (of course), but the two X-Me
Sep 21, 2011 Stephen rated it liked it
3.0 to 3.5 stars. He's the best there is at what he does and what he does isn't very nice. This omnibus collects the excellent four issue mini series by Frank Miller. Recommended.

Kill Bill

Or at least that is what I think of when I read this story since both main characters (Wolverine and the Bride) had to go to Japan to fight off their rivals.

Brief Introduction:

When I was looking through the comic book boards and I wanted to know what the best “Wolverine” story was, many fans declared that “Wolverine” which was written by Chris Claremont along with artwork by Frank Miller was considered the best “Wolverine” story out there. So, I went out and got this graphic nov
Jun 24, 2015 Eric rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone looking for Wolverine's first solo comic
Shelves: graphic-novels
Frank Miller has his fingerprints all over the last 30+ years of comics, creating classics for Dark Horse, DC, and Marvel. His resume includes Sin City, 300, some of the most notable Batman comics in recent memory, and a long run on Daredevil. But besides those accomplishments, I had no idea he also did the first four issues of Wolverine's solo run. And let me tell you, it holds up a lot better than I expected from a comic run circa 1982.

It is set in Japan, with two intriguing and mysterious wo
Feb 27, 2012 Hayden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First read this a little over a year ago when Darren Aronofsky was attached to direct a film adaptation (he's since abandoned it), just re-read it. I gave it 4 stars on my old review, and after letting it settle in for awhile, and then re-reading it, I'm convinced it's a 5 star comic. It's not brilliant, it's not mind blowing, and I couldn't imagine too many people seeing this from my point of view, but this book is just right up my alley. It feels like one of those old Shaw Bros. kung-fu movies ...more
Evan Leach
Sep 09, 2013 Evan Leach rated it liked it
Shelves: comics, 1980-1989, marvel
This collection contains the original Wolverine series, released in late 1982, along with two follow-up issues of the Uncanny X-Men. It was the inspiration behind the 2013 movie The Wolverine, which motivated me to pick it up. Logan travels to Japan to confront his lady love, who is engaged to another man. He becomes entangled in a complex Yakuza plot which he defuses with diplomatic class, skill, and grace by rampaging through half of Tokyo with his giant, adamantium claws.

img: Wolverine

Overall I really enj
Robert Kroese
May 01, 2013 Robert Kroese rated it liked it
Clearly I'm missing something, based on the critical and popular reception of this book. I remember when this collection first came out, but I was more interested in Spider-Man and Daredevil at the time, so I never read it until Amazon put it on sale for $1.99. I don't feel like I overpaid, but I don't feel like I got a bargain either.

The story is fine. It's nice to see another side of Wolverine, although I never figured out why he was so in love with this Japanese chick. Maybe there's more back
Dec 07, 2015 Donovan rated it really liked it

This was almost perfect, the type of focused comic I was wrongly looking for in a group X-Men comic. I'd give it 5 stars if not for the crappy ending (and maybe Rogue's dialog). Wolverine, a character with a very troubled past and plenty of color, somehow blends into the X-Men as only a hot-headed redneck dummy, which obviously isn't true. And here that's not the case.

Wolverine covers Logan's time in Japan, with shoguns, samurai, ninjas, the works. Claremont "seems" to have really done his homew
I'd like to start off by saying that over all this is really a four star book, but it does suffer from some flaws. First the good stuff.

Chris Claremont and Frank Miller are great in this. The writing is for the most part excellent and tells story that is, aside from the retractable claws and healing factor, crime thriller/drama. Its dark, gritty, and really develops the character of Logan/Wolverine. Miller does a great job penciling this shadowy yet colorful world with a sense of movement and li
Wolverine in modern Japan fighting Ninjas, kicking ass and taking names. In between he drinks beer, feels sorry for himself(but gets over all that wussy cry baby garbage pretty quickly) and talks like a bad imitation of Mike Hammer. That's pretty much it. It's not exactly deep material, but it works. I've owned my copies since 1987. Still thumb through them now and again. Not a bad way to spend a little time.That is my entire review for let us be honest - it's a comicbook. Exactly how much can o ...more
Mar 02, 2013 Alex rated it really liked it
The title page says this is written by Chris Claremont. I'm calling shenanigans on that one since this bears all of the hallmarks of an early 80s Frank Miller story, who just happens to be the illustrator on this little X-Men related gem of a comic. Fast pacing, lots of action, ninjas and an introspective, brooding hero who narrates his way through what resembles a story but what looks a lot to me like one long well structured action scene.

Because even when he's fast asleep Frank Miller can writ
William Thomas
Dec 02, 2012 William Thomas rated it it was amazing
I've never been emotionally attached to Wolverine as a character. I've always been more interested in the Summers boys and their drama than anything else. Wolverine wasn't anything to scoff at, though, and I thought his part in the X books was an absolute necessity. So I don't love Wolverine. But I like him a whole hell of a lot. Over the years I guess it was easy to become less and less enchanted with Wolverine as the stories became more convoluted.

Chris Claremont spent 17 years molding the X-
Feb 01, 2010 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
It is tough to read this objectively after decades of stories have been added to the Wolverine "mythos" (if I may be so overblown as to call it such). I suppose, at the time of its publication, Chris Claremont's Wolverine was a dive deep into uncharted territory: Wolverine was previously a mysterious figure, and this was, so I gather, the first look at the motivations of the, at the time it was probably quite provocative and illuminating.

However, it doesn't really age well. Wolver
Jul 26, 2013 Olivia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my first comic foray into anything X-Men related. The story was not uber fantastical, it just felt like you were dropped into this part of Logan's life where he went to Japan chasing after his lady love and some shit went down. I understand at the time it was written, however, that it was a big deal to have so much character time. Nowadays it doesn't feel so unique.

That being said, there are a few frames in it that I really enjoyed. I liked the old school feel to it too, especially in
Sep 14, 2014 Laura rated it liked it
I learned recently from The Nerdist Comic’s Panel, possibly this one,, that the immediate impetus for the creation of Wolverine was the facility a particular writer, perhaps Len Wein, had for writing accents. The Marvel Challenge Gauntlet was thrown: “create a hero with a Canadian accent!” and, a few trips to the library later, Wolverine was born. Short, hairy, smelly, Canadian.

This Wolverine is recognizably derived from that Wolverine. It is not the Wolv
Mar 09, 2014 Devero rated it it was amazing
Chris Claremont ai testi e Frank Miller ai disegni. Il buon vecchio Frank, non l'ombra del disegnatore che è diventato negli ultimi lustri. Entrambi sulla prima mini di Wolverine, personaggio portato al successo finalmente in avventure solitarie. E quali avventure. A distanza di quasi 25 anni dalla prima lettura questa storia riesce ancora a prendermi molto. Molto iconica, come la miglior produzione di quei meravigliosi anni '80.
Feb 13, 2010 Travis rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic-books, classics
One of the all time great Wolverine stories. This is the one that pushed him into the super star category.
It's basically a really cool kung-fu movie, a bit heavy handed with the themes of 'honor', but makes up for it with tons of cool ninja action.

One of marvel's very first mini-series and one of the big stories from before Wolverine became a annoying character that got over used.
Tony Romine
Jul 03, 2015 Tony Romine rated it it was ok
I've heard about this one since I first got into comics and now that I've read it, I don't understand the appeal. There are definitely better Wolverine storylines out there, better Chris Claremont books, and better Frank Miller artwork out there. I guess maybe that all three happened in one limited series is the real draw here? I don't know, I found it all kind of dated and boring. I suppose at the time though, it did expand on a character that needed it badly.

The story has Wolverine in Japan tr
Apr 15, 2015 Kit rated it it was ok
Okay, even knowing this one is character-arc important, I am not sure it really did anything to show anything new of who Logan is. All it really does is Last Samurai him, in that he will always be noble enough for the sword of my family desu and better and stronger as a gaijin than we meek and noble people of Nippon-desu. /racism

The breakdown:
-Take a shot every time Logan compares himself to just about any animal or person, only better. Yawn.
-Take a shot for bad Romanization of Japanese wor
Sam Quixote
Sep 12, 2012 Sam Quixote rated it it was ok
Logan heads to Japan to be with his love, Mariko, only to find she's been married off by her drug lord father to a rich and powerful, but abusive, husband. And someone's trying to kill Logan of course. Cue extensive fight sequences involved ninja weapons, swords and ... snikt.

Chris Claremont's story is pretty linear with Logan tussling with one group of foes before being knocked into another group and then being knocked back, etc. etc. This book showed that there are only so many silent fight sc
Robert Wright
Well, as this collects both the original 1982 Wolverine mini-series and issues 172 & 173 of Uncanny X-Men, it should really be Wolverine by Claremont & Miller and Claremont & Paul Smith. But that's a minor concern.

What this is (other than Marvel's attempt to cash in and tie in with the recent movie) is a stellar example of what originally made Claremont's run on X-Men great. This was the heyday of X-men becoming a big thing and regularly holding its own creatively and sales-wise amon
Aug 06, 2013 sixthreezy rated it liked it
Shelves: marvel
I wanted to read this book after seeing The Wolverine because I had heard that it was loosely based on this classic run on Wolverine by Frank Miller and Chris Claremont. At first it started out very much like the film did, but the further along it progressed, the more it became obviously different than The Wolverine. I wasn't as impressed with this graphic novel as I thought I would have been. It's a neat story and a much different but clearly suitable setting for Wolverine, but I just have neve ...more
Jul 25, 2011 Justin rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
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May 21, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it
Shelves: yes-i-m-a-geek
This story is often thrown around as the "best" Wolverine story. You could in some ways say it is the first Wolverine story. By that I mean it is when Claremont got pushed by Miller to finally flesh out Wolverine into someone that isn't just claws and vinegar (or perhaps beer). This makes for a pretty good story. You can definitely see Miller pushing the story, even if Claremont's words attempt to bring it down to his level of typical comic book fare.

Frank Miller's art is a bit confused. You ca
Erma Talamante
Wolverine has always been a bit of a tortured soul. I guess that's part of what makes him so popular. And, with all of the experiments, memory implants, historical references, and questionable back-story (even with Origins now firmly in place), he still is one of the most colorful yet mystery-shrouded characters of the Multi-verse. And this collaborated story just enhances that image.

Read the full review here:
Pablo Martinez
Siendo Wolverine el personaje principal, se puede esperar bastante violencia en esta historia, en ese aspecto el libro no falla, convirtiendose en una especie de adaptación de películas de acción de explotación de los 80's como "Exterminator". Casi no hay un trama más allá de "Wolverine tiene que ser el más malo de la cuadra y matar a todos", pobres caracterizaciones y arcos argumentales planos, las cosas suceden porque así lo dictan los canones de este tipo de historias, el clásico material org ...more
Jun 04, 2007 Mont'ster rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a well written graphic novel
I have never been more happy to be wrong! I thought it was hype but the truth is this book is great ! I've been collecting comics since the mid 80s and (believe it or not) I had never read this story arc until this year. I thought it was just a publicity stunt by Marvel to sell books. Come on, all they have to do to sell a few more issues of any lame title is put Wolverine on the cover! But this is one graphic novel that deserves all the praise it gets. Chris Claremont's story line and Frank Mil ...more
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Chris Claremont is a writer of American comic books, best known for his 16-year (1975-1991) stint on Uncanny X-Men, during which the series became one of the comic book industry's most successful properties.

Claremont has written many stories for other publishers including the Star Trek Debt of Honor graphic novel, his creator-owned Sovereign Seven for DC Comics and Aliens vs Predator for Dark Hors
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I'm lost inside, my soul -- all that I thought I was, and am, and ever will be -- shattered, cast to the winds.

Compared to this, death is a mercy.”
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