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Wolverine is the type of character that seems to be everywhere and somehow involved in everything all at once. He is tilting more and more over to the violent side of things and caught up in angst-filled adventures, it seems that he never gets a break. The title of this one-shot may seem serious but upon opening, the word “Sushi” is jumping out at you, and you know that this comic cannot be taken seriously.
The comic starts with Wolvie fighting The Lizard, and he wins the bout but destroys a woman’s sushi shop, which obviously upsets her. Feeling bad for the distress he has caused, Wolvie offers to cut up the sushi with his claws, claiming he is the best at what he does (with accompanying sound effects like “slice” “dice” “puree”). With business failing since the disappearance of her father, Wolvie offers to track him down for her. This is where his crazy adventure begins.
Ryan Dunlavey takes us on an extremely quick rollercoaster ride of adrenaline with Wolverine. So many things get jam packed into this issue and it does not seem to stop. Starting with having to escape from a hungry shark, to stealing an egg, to doing battle with a five-story-tall sea monster whilst saving a cast away chef.
With all the seriousness Marvel Comics have (Civil War, Dark Reign to name a few), it’s good to see a lighthearted comedy written by Ryan Dunlavey. He makes this story as goofy as he can without making a complete mockery of the much loved character (similar to his Action Philosophers work). This is not to say it’s a hilarious comic or anything, but just not a bad read all over.
The artwork is not something to get too excited about with Richard Elson. Most of his designs are simple, but his design for the sea monster is pretty cool (surprisingly it looks almost natural). Richard steps away from the mean looking Wolverine and gives him a slightly softer feel than normal, although he still looks angry all the time (which is a nice touch). Richard’s work is similar to his short run on Thor, a cartoon like style without completely throwing realism out the window.
J. Scott Campbell does the cover art for this issue, and it makes a very good contrast to what the issue is actually like (acting as a very clever red herring). Veronica Gandini does a good job on coloring, using lighter colors which give it a less serious tone, working well with the atmosphere presented in the comic.
So with the issue, being for an all-age audience, this comic might disappoint a few people. But I feel with those just wanting something light-hearted or to even get younger people involved, then this issue is a good pick.