Brandon Borzelli’s Geek Goggle Reviews
Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #3 of 7
Higgins, Marks & Loughridge
The third issue in the Logan Legacy mini-series marks the second consecutive one-shot. This one dealing with Sabretooth. Unlike the previous issue, this comic doesn’t really take the lead character on any kind of trip. In fact, I can make the case that this comic doesn’t move the character at all and really is just a showcase for his odd relationship with Wolverine and to show some panels of him killing things. I can’t recommend this issue and this series is turning into one big dud.
Sabretooth is jealous that he isn’t the one that killed Wolverine. This is an excellent approach to take with the character. He should feel some pity for himself and he should feel some jealously. It would make sense that he embark on a killing rampage. It would be an interesting story to dive into how he moves past these understandable emotions. Instead Higgins sends Sabretooth into a strange ritual where he dresses up random characters as Wolverine and then kills them. I’m not sure I would have gone the psycho route with the character.
The bulk of the story has Sabretooth holed up with a group of killers in Somalia. The idea here is that two sides of the war have some sort of mutant, ace-in-the-hole. For one group, it’s Sabretooth and for another group, the character he fights eventually. In between these scenes we get Sabretooth having a nightmare about Logan, which makes about as much sense as the arc where Jeph Loeb killed off Sabretooth a number of years ago.
The comic book is plagued with problems with the portrayal of Sabretooth. Having nightmares, pretending other characters are Wolverine so that he could kill them. None of this makes sense. The comic had a good premise with the set-up page but just went off track too quickly. If the comic brought the character on a nice arc I would have been pleased. However, this book just sort of tosses out some scenes and tries to frame them up into a book.
The artwork is beautiful and definitely helps the story in a big way. Especially the nightmare sequence, as bizarre as the scene is, the artwork makes it feel emotional. The problem that the art has is in the ending. The final fight scene is impossible to render because both characters appear to be burned beyond recognition. I couldn’t make any sense of this scene and that isn’t to say the art isn’t amazing, it’s just that this script is not catering to its strengths by engulfing the characters in fire. The comic had all the right beats in the desert and the battle scene but missed badly at the end.
I don’t know how this comic could have been better. Perhaps if the jealously led Sabretooth to someone related to the killing of Wolverine? Or maybe if he found someone that was as jealous? I’m not sure but this direction took the things that make Sabretooth great and threw them into a very strange book. I wasn’t into this comic book at all.
2 out of 5 Geek Goggles