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(Wolverine (1982) #1-4)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  8,017 ratings  ·  287 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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Sean Barrs
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
Feb 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I am Wolverine. I am the best there is at what i do."

This edition covers Wolverine's very first limited series and two Uncanny X-Men issues which cover the continuation of Wolverine's story arc.

When Logan's sweetheart, Mariko Yashida ceases to reply to his letters, he takes the next flight out to japan to find her.

*Soap opera fans gasp*

Like every broken-hearted guy, Logan goes through the stages: Denial, confrontation, bargaining, getting beaten up, getting drunk, picking up fight
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 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was so much fun to read the book. Gave me a chance to sample the one of the most praised writters of comics, Chris Claremont and i liked his writting. I will definetly try his X-Men. The story was very modern, it didn't feel dated but then again as far as i know 80s is the foundation of modern comics so it is being still good is not a big surprise.

Wolverine and his history with Japan is amazing. (I love Japan) I would love to see more, like how he met with Mariko Yashida for the first time an
Aug 25, 2015 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 22, 2010 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.

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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 go
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Wolverine's vacation, which involves him fighting a metric ton of ninja. What's not to love about that?
Garrett price
May 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Meh. Frank Millers art was great in this as you could expect, but this comic was honestly just kinda boring
Evan Leach
Aug 15, 2013 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
Jan 24, 2011 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
Jun 22, 2013 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
Jun 23, 2015 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
Sam Quixote
Sep 12, 2012 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 Kroese
May 01, 2013 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
Apr 06, 2015 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 wo
William Thomas
Dec 02, 2012 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-
Max's Comic Reviews and Lists
SO! The legendary Wolverine miniseries with one of the most iconic and most influential stories for Marvel. I was actually very excited to read this story. And I am glad to say I had a good time reading it. Not a fantastic time, but I definitely liked the story. (Especially after Origin....ooooaaaa) Quite a lot of character building and plot thickening is accomplished in the mere 4 issues Claremont and Miller had. Logan is fully fleshed out in the best ways possible in these
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
At first I reaaaaally didn't like the colouring, but then I realized it was written in the 80's and it grew on me ;)

Storywise it certainly was a win! Only the narrative felt too old (of course) and bit of a hassle to read at times...

but all in all a strong album and a must read for the Wolverine fans
Mar 02, 2013 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
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics, comic-books
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.
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I came into comics too late to read Wolverine right off the shelf, but man, did I know about it. It was a grail title of mine, since I loved Wolverine's character, but it was always too expensive for me to buy to read. At some point, I wound up with the first issue, but I never got any further than that with the story. That first issue starts out strong, though, with an opening line as iconic as "The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed": "I'm the best there is at wha ...more
Felicia V. Edens
Aug 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Seeing that at this point I would consider myself very new to the comic book world, this particular series, Wolverine #1-4 and Uncanny X-Men #172-173 was a great place to start, but only given the fact that I’ve already watched just about every Marvel (as well as DC) feature film that has been released since the ‘90’s. So, I am familiar with the character of Wolverine and that his bones are of indestructible adamantium metal due to a scientific experiment done to him by the shady Canadian govern ...more
Judah Radd
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marvel-comics
This is so awesome. It’s a kung fu flick, combined with a samurai flick, combined with a western, starring Wolverine!

So much depth is added to his character here. We really start to see a lot of what makes him tick. He is an honor driven mutant, but without a cause.

The asskicking is thoroughly satisfying. Every “snikt” made me grin. Wolverine really is badass af.

Make sure you get around to reading this.
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
I am not very fond of the older stuff. I hated the recap every issue about who Wolverine is and what's going on. It was annoying and I quickly tired of it. I didn't really like the story or the way characterization was handled either. It felt like they were puppets instead of real characters.
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
How much did Claremont actually wrote in this?

Because everything seems pure Miller. The dialogue, the pacing, the plot. You can see how this is the same writer that wrote Sin City, Daredevil and TDK but you can't see the writer of X-men in this.

Anyway, good book, some amazing splash pages and iconic quotes. Enjoyment for everyone.
Jul 27, 2013 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
Sep 14, 2014 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
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 among Marvel's b
May 21, 2009 rated it liked it
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
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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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