Hugh Jackman is a great actor, but one problem with his portrayal of Wolverine is that he doesn’t, and probably can’t, capture the pure animalistic rage which lies at Logan’s very core. Lucy Braddock can see that rage in her neighbor, so she nicknames him Mean Man in her diary. When the men she calls The Brothers come calling they leave her dead and Wolverine pumped full of bullets. By the time he’s recovered, they’re long gone, but that’s not going to stop him from finding them and avenging her.
Rucka is a talented author and it’s a pleasure to read his take on Wolverine. He doesn’t try to break new ground, but competently pens a story about a man forced to live among the grime and the muck with the dregs of civilization. Robertson’s art reinforces that grunge, giving us a world full of desperate, downtrodden, or just plain mean people. At the end, the contrast of Logan’s normal outward appearance and tormented soul to Nightcrawler’s more demonic aspect with a core of faith, shows us a man striving to overcome the rage and the animal and move toward humanity, though he fears it may be beyond him. A powerful book for a more mature audience.
Wolverine, vol. 1: The Brotherhood
by Greg Rucka and Darick Robertson
Marvel Comics, 2003