This is rather subdued chapter in the life and times of the man known as Wolverine. Preparing himself for his task to destroy Romulus, Wolverine seeks to put the ghosts of his tortured past to rest, and the best way for him to do so is to have a conversation with his old pal, Kurt Wagner. In days past, an issue focusing on Kurt and Logan letting their hair down and shooting the breeze would have been centered in a bar and most likely would have ended with Sabretooth or Juggernaut destroying the bar and the male bonding time.
Not so much here.
Nightcrawler and Kurt head up to a secluded rooftop where they can be alone with their thoughts and their words as Logan tries to come to grips with the fate he handed to his beloved Mariko Yashida. Basically, that's all that happens in this issue, but Way does a great job of making the story seem fuller, stronger, and more impactful. Sometimes the quietest moments allow a writer's abilities to truly shine. This issue manages to avoid being whiny while addressing Wolverine's true feelings for Mariko.
Eaton and Hennessy bring solid art to this story, art that at times looks quite similar to Alan Davis' drawings of Logan. There's nothing fancy or tricky about the layouts or character styles. The story calls for straightforward art, and that's what this duo delivers. Andy Troy colors the book with equal dedication and purpose, dropping subtle shadings to the story to enhance the mood, but never overpowering the story or the art.
Wolverine has run the risk of becoming one of the most overexposed characters in the history of comics, and in doing so, has become a character that I do not go out of my way to read. This issue does nothing to change any of that, but it did provide a nice read giving me a chance to catch up with an old friend who has grown far apart from me. This issue isn't going to make any rave about it being the best issue ever, but the final page might be more than enough to bring some readers back to Wolverine's side for his adventures to come.