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Wolverine: Firebreak #1

December 17, 2007

Quick Rating: Good
Title: Firebreak
Rating: T+

Wolverine vs. a forest fire!

Writer: Mike Carey & Macon Blair
Art: Scott Kolins & Vasilis Lolos
Colors: Moose Baumann & Nestor Pereyra
Letters: Troy Peteri
Editor: Aubrey Sitterson
Cover Art: Scott Kolins
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Whenever an already-overexposed character like Wolverine, Batman, Spider-Man or the sort gets a one-shot, especially if it isn’t a one-shot tying into a larger storyline, you’ve got to ask yourself seriously if it’s worth getting. Extra cash for a story that probably will never be referenced again? It’s gotta be really good.

The main story here, fortunately is really good. Like we often get in standalone Wolverine or Punisher issues, the story is told through the eyes of a one-off ancillary character who just happens to encounter the hero on some adventure. In this case, it’s a man who took his wife and young daughter on a camping trip in a last-ditch effort to save his marriage. Just as he’s ready to proclaim that effort a failure, the forest around them erupts in a blaze. A ginormous bear, burning alive, leaps out at him, but he’s saved at the last second by a similarly scorched mutant with sharp, point claws. Wolverine has been temporarily blinded (nobody tell Magneto, but apparently there are certain neurotoxins that can retard his healing factor), so he’s got to rely on his other senses to get the terrified family out of the woods… and it just gets worse when they encounter the people behind the blaze.

Again, this main story is pretty strong. The angle is a good one, and with the fire itself being the main enemy here – in other words, something that can’t be sliced even by adamantium – Carey has to force Logan outside of his comfort zone. Kolins’ artwork is pretty well-suited to this story as well, with Baumann providing a nice, dark color palette illuminated mainly be the fire, and well at that.

That’s the main story. The extra dollar on the price tag is justified by use of a totally unrelated back-up story about Wolverine trying to save a cop’s son from a bizarre cult. At one point, Wolverine mentions that he’s already forgotten the kid’s name, and that’s a suitable metaphor for the back-up: it’s entirely forgettable, with a clichéd story and weak artwork.

So is this one-shot worth it? Were it just for the lead story, I’d say yes, but the extra dollar for a back-up story that, frankly, isn’t that good, makes it harder to recommend. I’d much rather have seen this at a one-story, three-dollar one-shot, or even better, dropped in-between arcs of the regular title.

Rating: 7/10

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