Wolverine v1 #1, 1982 - During the late 1970s, Wolverine's increasing popularity in the X-men leads to his first solo book. Frank Miller, nearing the end of his historic run on Daredevil, brings his film noir approach to a story involving the Japanese underworld. Despite the tongue-in-cheek cover, the pages are eloquently designed and expertly paced. His layouts emphasize strongly vertical or horizontal panels, a hallmark of his 1980s style that coincidentally suggests an Asian flair. The story art is least compelling on the first few pages (particularly the unconvincing grizzly on page 3), but these are counter-balanced by the clever, triptych-style window on page 8 and Wolverine's appearance in full costume on page 9. While the entire limited series has been reprinted in trade paperback form, I still prefer the originals. This is number 1 of 4 Wolverine issues with Miller art and/or covers. See today's posts or more Miller or Wolverine issues. See also this blog's Frank Miller checklist. - - - - - - - - - - Miller cover pencils (Joe Rubenstein inks) = *** Untitled Miller story pencils (Joe Rubenstein inks) 21 pages = **** - - - - - - - - - -
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