Hugh Jackman’s final outing as Wolverine, the movie Logan, comes out in cinemas on 2 March 2017 and we couldn’t be more excited. The first trailer with the Johnny Cash song was an all time classic so we’re all hoping for finally a great Wolverine film. To get excited we’re looking at the 10 essential Wolverine comics you need to have in your collection.
10. Death of Wolverine
Wolverine has lost his healing factor. Not even Marvel’s smartest minds can help him. Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a savage, a samurai, a teacher – and so much more. Logan has spent decades being the best there is at what he does…but even the best fade away eventually. And now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he’s never played before. While not a perfect story this is a lean tale by Charles Soule with some amazing artwork by Steve McNiven that could give us some hints on how Logan could die in the upcoming film. Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
9. Wolverine Epic Collection: Madripoor Nights
This massive collection gives us a great Wolverine adventure story. Feeling the urge to cut loose, Wolverine travels to Madripoor, an East Indian island full of pirates, cut-throats and smugglers…just the way Logan likes it! There, he’ll take on ruthless crimelord Roche, meet the cunning Tyger Tiger, wield the mystical Black Blade, battle superhuman enforcers Roughouse and Bloodsport, and contend with drug kingpin Nguyen Ngoc Coy and his niece…the former New Mutant known as Karma! This trade paperback collects one of the most acclaimed runs in Wolverine’s solo series with writers Chris Claremont and Peter David and pencils by John Buscema and Gene Colan. Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
8. Wolverine: Logan
In Logan, writer Brian K. Vaughan takes this Wolverine back to Japan to confront old demons from his past. We see a series of flashbacks that expand upon Logan’s time in Japan during WWII. This tale goes a long way towards presenting Wolverine’s life as a piece of human tragedy, rather than a colorful superhero. This series quickly shifts between an intimate character piece and an absurd superhero tale that sees the atomic bomb at Hiroshima dropped on top of Wolverine, but Vaughan manages to balance it all out quite well. While short Vaughan’s deft character development and Eduardo Risso’s heavily inked art make this story stand out. Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
7. Astonishing X-Men
This is cheating as this is not a stand alone Wolverine story but an X-Men tale. However it’s so well executed and the characterisation of Wolverine so spot on that it needs to be included here. The creator of Buffy, Joss Whedon joins John Cassaday to create a modern Marvel classic. Cyclops and Emma Frost re-form the X-Men with the express purpose of “astonishing” the world. But when breaking news regarding the mutant gene unexpectedly hits the airwaves, will it derail their new plans before they even get started? Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
6. Wolverine by Greg Rucka Ultimate Collection
Acclaimed novelist and comic writer Greg Rucka’s 19 issue run on Wolverine is a forgotten gem. Joined by artists Darrick Robertson and Leandro Fernandez this trade paperback collects the three volumes of the run. We begin with Wolverine using all of his abilities to deal with some tough human enemies including waitresses, arms dealers, human traffickers, pregnant crime lords, bad dreams and feral female fighters! The second story arc which deals with human trafficking on both sides of the Mexican-American border – delivers on the feral nobility and sense of unflinching justice that really tethers even the most wildly outlandish Wolverine story. Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
5. Wolverine: Enemy of the State
Kick-Ass co-creators Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. had a classic 12 issue run on Wolverine that felt like a blockbuster beat-em up movie. Brainwashed by the ninjas of the Hand, Wolverine slices and dices his way through foes and friends alike, ultimately resulting in the death of an X-Man. Captured and reprogrammed, Wolverine is sent against his former masters – but amid an orgy of death and destruction, is even the fiercest mutant alive a match for the deadly stare of the Gorgon. It’s a hard-hitting epic with countless jaw dropping fight scenes, thanks to the symbiotic relationship between Millar’s scripts and John Romita, Jr.’s art. Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
4. Wolverine: Origin
After decades of fan speculation, Marvel gave readers all of the answers to Wolverine’s complete origin in two best selling miniseries. Long before he became an X-Man, before he was transformed by Weapon X, Wolverine was a boy named James Howlett. But what tragedy could strike that would set him on the path to becoming the ferocious Wolverine? Follow young James from a life of privilege and that fateful first “snikt,” through the devastating events that rip him from his family and ultimately drive him into the wilderness. There, in the snowy wilds of Canada, the feral young man now known as Logan will encounter another mutant very much like him, also torn between man and animal. One who could be his greatest ally – or his fiercest foe. This is a story that fundamentally changed the way people look at Wolverine forever. Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
3. Old Man Logan
Old Man Logan is on the most satisfying superhero comics of the new century. Revolving around a twisted future where America has been seized and divided up amongst the world’s most powerful super villains, this storyline is a bleak look at a war-torn dystopia that only Wolverine could hope to put an end to. Squaring off against the Red Skull, who has made himself the new President, Wolverine also comes face-to-face with a horde of inbred Hulk monsters, a T-Rex that bonded with the Venom symbiote, and his own haunted past. Mark Millar write a bombastic script and the art by Steve McNiven is stellar. This comic was so successful it looks like Logan the movie is using many of themes and the Old Man Logan character was bought into the current Marvel Universe! Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
2. Wolverine: Weapon X
Wolverine’s a lot of things to a lot of people, but to one infamous enclave he was nothing but a… weapon. And weapons kill people. They found that out well enough. Find out just how much “X” can cover in this prequel to recent revelations of the murderous mysteries that have mesmerized our favorite mutant! This is the comic that influenced X-Men Origins: Wolverine the most. With a gut-wrenching script and phenomenal art, Windsor-Smith depicts Wolverine’s startling transformation into a killing machine with the delicate touch of a poet, despite the grim and gory subject matter. Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
The classic and must read tale for any self proclaimed Wolverine fan by comic legends Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in his first solo adventure. For the first time readers got to see much needed depth to the character and shine the spotlight on his personal life more than he could have in a team book. Here, Logan is a man struggling with his feral instincts and animalistic nature. Thanks to this comic Wolverine proved he was a great character on his own and his popularity has only expanded since then. Order now on Amazon or the iBookstore.
BONUS: X-23 Ultimate Collection Vol. 1
Wolverine’s daughter X-23 looks like she could be the break out star of the movie. This collection looks at the origin of X-23! Cloned from Wolverine’s cells and raised to be the perfect killer, young Laura Kinney never knew a life free from the harsh masters at The Facility. But now she has broken loose at last, and must forge her own path in the world! Free of her chains and determined to live, Laura will write the next chapter of her story herself. But can X-23 escape her training and her instincts, or will the gallons of blood spilled in her violent past drag her down? A massive trade paperback collection with over 450 pages of X-23 comics! Order now on Amazon