As with previous Wolverine books, Logan is our narrator, which, in my opinion, is one of the most compelling attributes of a Wolverine-driven story. Writers like Chris Claremont and Larry Hama gave readers a narrative that was raw, real, gritty, and rough. They portrayed Wolverine truly as a beast inside of a man, highlighting that inner struggle as we experienced Logan’s adventures right alongside him. Reading through this first issue of Savage Wolverine, I couldn't help but feel disappointed at how hit-or-miss both the narration and Logan’s dialogue were. Some of the wording and phrasing that Logan uses in this book just don’t seem authentic, and my thought is that Cho does not yet have a firm grasp on Wolverine as a character. For example, at one point in the issue, Logan says to Shanna “You had to do what you had to do. Don’t blame yourself, kid.” I just cannot imagine Wolverine calling Shanna “kid.” Kitty Pryde? Yes. Jubilee? Yes. Shanna? No. I would have expected something more along the lines of “Don’t blame yourself, darlin’.”
While Frank Cho errs in portraying Wolverine with words, he succeeds immensely with his artwork in this issue. The drawings are clean and detailed, though, unfortunately, do not even begin to make up for the mishaps in the writing.
Without a doubt, James “Logan” Howlett is one of my favorite superheroes of all time, and it takes a particular type of person to be able to portray Wolverine in a way that I find satisfying and true to my perception of the character. The Logan written in this first issue just does not seem authentic to me. While Cho does have some highlights in his writing, most of it just seems try-hard and forced so far. Given more time with the character, I think Cho will eventually be able to create a more familiar Wolverine for long-time fans, but this imposter in the first issue is certainly not him.