Wolverine’s dying message to his son Jimmy turns out to be instructions to a secret underground project called “Mothervine.” Along with his friend Blackbox, Jimmy leaves the mutant compound to find answers. Working against him is Quicksilver, son of Magneto, who has an interesting proposition for Jimmy. All throughout, flashbacks to Wolverine’s past with Mothervine and Quicksilver’s mother reveal secrets and stuff.
A well-told and interesting story that proves once again Marvel has no idea what to do without Wolverine. You can hear the writer’s screaming from the pages, “why did you kill him? Just let us bring him back!” Props to them for not actually bringing him back from the dead, though. At least, not yet.
Okay, that was mean. The flashbacks here are well done and the characters stay inline, if you count “backstabbing everyone” staying in line for Quicksilver. My main concern fell to the theme. What is this comic about? Family? Jimmy learns nothing about his father other than everyone telling him Wolverine was a bad-ass, and I guess Quicksilver told him about his mother even though that is hard to track story-wise. There is a nice moment shoehorned in where he goes home just to tell his friend he can’t go home, so the ties to family do stick in a ham handed, momentum breaking kinda way.
And exactly what is Quicksilver’s power base? Can he just do anything really really fast? Because that pretty much makes him the most powerful person in the world. Running fast is one thing, because you have to concentrate on not hitting stuff, but being able to skin three grown-ass people in less than a second is both unbelievable (ha, i get the irony) and really gross. This is the same guy that couldn't catch a bullet to save his sister. Sorry, that just bugged me.
Dynamic comic-style art rules the pages, making up for the lackluster story. The action is visceral and fast while the talking head moments did give a genuine pathos. One problem I did have is the way over sexualized nature of everyone. While voluptuous women and over-muscled men are a mainstay of comics, here I noticed it in a big bad way that seemed over the top and garish.
Ultimate Comics Wolverine is not an important story that needed to be told, but it really wants to be. The filler and lack of original “family” story make this a hard recommendation even for a trade, but the tie-in to the Ultimates should at least garner this a read through at your local bookstore if you just have to know.