Soule has been doing many things right lately across various publishers, and ultimately, that is the reason I decided to read this book. Steve McNiven, Jay Leisten and Justin Ponser are the art team, and that is another positive in this book's favor right out of the gate.
Here in the first issue, Logan meets with Reed Richards in an effort to find a way to restore his healing factor. While Richards says that they have never been close, he knows how important Logan is to the superhero community, and to the rest of the world as well, and that he will do everything in his power to help Logan become 'whole' again. Since that was a flashback though, and Richards stated that it would take him some time, we flash forward to the present and find Wolverine in a bar somewhere in rural Canada.
After an exchange with the bartender, Logan sets out for an island off of the mainland so that he can holeup (hide out) while a search for a cure is conducted back in New York. Seems peaceful enough, right? Well, not so much. A few days (hours, weeks?) after Logan leaves the bar, Nuke shows up searching for him. The barkeep points Nuke to a map that Logan left that simply has an 'X' on his location, and a note that says, "come on then you cowards".
After arriving at the island and losing his three men, Nuke comes face-to-face with his bounty, Wolverine. Following a brutal and bloody hand-to-hand fight, Logan lets Nuke go to deliver a message back to anyone else who should come seeking to collect the bounty on his head, but not before pumping Nuke for some information on who issued the contract for him.
I will leave that secret for you to discover on your own if you choose to read this when it hits shelves two Wednesdays from now on September 10th, but lets just say that it actually wasn't any of the first five or six suspects that came to mind, so it was nice to be a little surprised at the end.
This is a pretty decent set up issue. It answers the who, what, where and whys that typically are good groundwork to lay before an arc really gets going, and the art is fantastic. I'm not much of a a Wolverine fan, but I also don't dispute that Marvel killing their most popular character is a pretty huge deal, even if death in comic books becomes cheaper each and every year.
I'm very glad Charles Soule was handed the reigns on this one, as he is quickly becoming a writer whose work I will read no matter the publisher or character, and he doesn't disappoint here. I would say that this is a book worth checking out, if for no other reason that it is likely to resonate throughout much of the Marvel 616 Universe, so it will be good to have the requisite background going forward.