Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor #1
Written by Jim Zub
Art by Thony Silas
Colors by Felipe Sobreiro
Letters by Joe Sabino
Logan’s legacy lives on in the memories of the people who loved him the most and we get a sense of that in this issue as some of the women who knew the man best have banded together to track down someone they suspect might have taken Wolverine’s body from his grave without tripping the alarms; Magneto.
The first part of this issue is dedicated to Psylocke’s memories of the man and the intimacy that they shared as warriors. The story is told from her perspective and it helps to ground the action and put the story into context without having to share the narrative with a larger group. Psylocke in joined on this trip by Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Storm, Rogue and Domino. They’ve decided that the one person that looks most likely to have taken the body is Magneto and they are going to confront him on Madripoor, where he has set up shop. Anyone who has a history with the character of Wolverine knows that he spent much of his time on the island nation away from the responsibilities of being an X-Man and utilizing his persona of “Patch”.
As the ladies land on the island, they prepare themselves for a possible fight when they are greeted by Magneto himself when they disembark, but the Master of Magnetism forgoes the fight and invites the ladies to dinner at one of the local restaurants. With some breathing room, the group looks up one of Logan’s old friends and he takes them to a hidden room in his club where the ladies find some relics that trigger memories of their time with Logan and gives the reader a sense of who the man was to each of them. It’s a great aside to the story that helps to round out the motives of these characters and why they are risking so much to retrieve the body of a fallen teammate.
As with any X-Men comic, the upcoming meeting with Magneto can’t go off without a hitch and the reveal of what happens next opens up some interesting plot lines for the next issue. I liked the narrative style of this issue especially. Using a singular voice made the story seem more intimate and it helped in contrast to the great art which featured a lot of sharp edges which denote the danger that these characters are in.