A few years back I did a Wolverine reading list which highlighted the comic stories you should read. It was jam-pack full of classic stories, many of which have inspired movies, and fan favourites. Having a look at the list recently I noticed that most of the stories included you could consider the big stories. There’s nothing wrong with that, but I wanted to make sure some of the smaller stories got a mention too.
That’s why I’ve put together 5 More Wolverine Stories You Should Read. As the title suggests, this list features five more Wolverine comic book stories you should read – especially if you’ve read the previous seven I’ve featured already. This list is a real mix bag of selections featuring time-travelling team-ups, fights with the Hulk and Sabretooth and grounded stories featuring real world villains.
Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Darrick Robertson.
When Wolverine witnesses the murder of a girl just after she reaches out for help he goes on a quest to avenge her death. Finding her cryptic diary, he’s leads on a path of illegal gun sellers, crooked law enforcement and cults.
Brotherhood is the first story of the 2003 relaunch and it feels much more grounded than other Wolverines stories. Instead of fighting Sabretooth or Silver Samurai, Wolverine is taking on real world evils. As a result he becomes a defender for those who can’t help themselves.
Artist Darrick Robinson knocks it out of the park this story. He renders our hero short, muscular and hairy in a way that when Wolverine’s animal rage bubbles over reflects on the outside what he’s feeling on the inside with savage and wild fury.
Brotherhood is told through Wolverine (2003 series) #1-6 and is collected in Wolverine by Greg Rucka Ultimate Collection and digitally.
Written by Chris Claremont. Art by John Buscema and Bill Sienkiewicz.
Sabretooth is Wolverine’s greatest enemy and rival, with a bloodied feud going back decades. In 24 Hours we get to see glimpses of one of their earliest fights in this flashback story. This issue is set in 2 time periods with the present set in Madripoor, a fictional island city similar to Hong Kong, while other is set decades ago.
I’m going to focus on the flashbacks set decades ago as these are the ones that involve Sabertooth. Sprouting from the death of the woman that Wolverine loves, the pair get in a vicious tumble which leads them into the wilderness. The issue explores the Logan and Sabretooth’s relationship, while also showing an inexperienced Wolverine who is still learning his capabilities.
Throw in art by John Buscema, with inks by Bill Sienkiewicz, and you get a great looking issue. The dirty inks add to the viciousness to the action and dirtiness of the seedy underbelly of Madripoor. Buscema adds some dynamic action too, which great to read as it is to look at.
24 Hours is is told in Wolverine (1988 series) #10 and is collected in trade paperback in Wolverine Epic Collection: Madripoor Nights and available digitally.
Written by Greg Rucka. Art by Leo Fernandez.
After discovering a human trafficking operation gone wrong, Wolverine goes south of the border to avenge their deaths. In true Wolverine fashion, he hacks and slashes his way through Mexico until he finds the person in charge of the entire operation. In a great twist Wolvie might not be able to go through with stopping the leaders without breaking his moral code.
Coyote Crossing covers many themes over 5 issues including human trafficking, the desperation of those in dire situations and even a well placed metaphor for the abortion debate. Through these themes we get an insight in Wolverine’s moral code and the choices he has to make when put up against hard decisions.
Coyote Crossing is told through Wolverine (2003 series) #7-11 and is collected in Wolverine by Greg Rucka Ultimate Collection and digitally.
Written by Peter David. Art by Todd McFarlane.
This done-in-one Hulk issue is a great mixture of action and character exploration when the X-Men run into The Hulk during a nasty blizzard. While the X-Men team are off saving people Wolverine has a reluctant at first rematch with the Hulk. The result is a pretty vicious, with plenty of damage done on both sides.
Fight scenes are cool and all, especially when they are drawn in great detail by a young Todd McFarlane, the best parts are Wolverine’s character moments. His conflict about being a proper hero and his animal instincts lift this story from being just a mere fight issue.
Vicious Circle is told in Incredible Hulk #340 and is collected in Wolverine vs. the Marvel Universe and digitally.
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine
Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Adam Kubert.
Spider-Man and Wolverine are not the best of friends. Even though they are on the Avengers together they only tolerate each other at best. But when they’re stuck on a wild time-travelling adventure, pack with dinosaurs, cowboys, robots, moon-sized villains and even their past selves they might just kill each other. Or it might just be a team-up for the ages.
Apart from being a crazy adventure, Astonishing Spider-Man and Wolverine also excels in the small character moments. It explores the rocky between the two heroes and progresses it with moments that strike the right balance between emotional and humourous.
Overall, if you’re looking for a team-up featuring Wolverine then this is the one to read.
Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine is told through Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1-6 and is available in trade paperback and digitally.