Death Of Wolverine #4

Death Of Wolverine #4

Event\Storyline: Death of Wolverine Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Steve McNiven Publisher: Marvel Comics Release Date: October 15, 2014 Cover Price: $4.99 Critic Reviews: 24 User Reviews: 13
7.4Critic Rating
7.3User Rating

•  The beginning of the end is now here ... THE DEATH OF WOLVERINE!
•  THREE MONTHS TO DIE, the loss of Wolverine's healing factor--all led to this, the single most important X-Men event of the decade.
•  Logan has spent over a century being the best there is at what he does...but even the best fade away eventually.
•  Over the years, Logan has been a warrior, a hero, a renegade, a samurai, a teacher-and so much more. But now, the greatest X-Men hero will play a role he's never played before in this special weekly event brought to you by industry supers more

  • 10
    Comic Book Herald - Jeff Ayers Oct 15, 2014

    All the new questions!!!! We have The Logan Legacy, Death of Wolverine Weapon X, and a new line called Wolverines to keep us guessing and reading books. But who were the three people being experimented on? Will they survive? Will we see more of them? Who will fill the void of Wolverine in the comics? Will there be some miniscule clue that we all miss, but will be the lynchpin when he finally makes his triumphant return in the years to come? Whatever the case, this is why I read comics, to love and hate them and to grow with the stories and characters that are held within the pages. Onward to the next adventure, Excelsior! Read Full Review

  • 10
    We The Nerdy - Justin Micallef Oct 16, 2014

    And while many may complain that it is only apparent that Marvel will revive Wolverine in due time, we will still have these four (almost perfect) issues as a strong testament to what this character stands for, what he means, and how he has influenced the comics medium as a whole. Rest in peace, James, Logan, Weapon X, Patch, Fang, and most importantly, Wolverine. It is so very well deserved. Read Full Review

  • 9.5
    Shadowhawk's Shade - AJ Oct 17, 2014

    There are few major comics characters whose death I have seen played out in comics, and I think that aside from Superman's first death last year when I read the original Doomsday arc, no death has affected me like this. There's something very visceral, violent and heroic about Logan's death. Read Full Review

  • 9.0
    Chuck's Comic Of The Day - Chuck Oct 16, 2014

    Solid work by the creative team (and apologies for my cynical tone here - I'm just really jaded over the death of the hero bit. Perhaps I'm the only one). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics: The Gathering - ToriBee Oct 16, 2014

    Wolverine has touched lives, for better or for worse, but he will never be forgotten, and most will have mostly fond memories of him and even though this is the death for Wolverine, his spirit remains with his friends, his student, and even his enemies. He's clearly made an impact on the world and he will be missed. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Newsarama - Draven Katayama (loudlysilent) Oct 16, 2014

    This is an engrossing but too brief conclusion to Soule's story, and a poetic, lonely farewell to Logan. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    All-Comic - Ian Stephen Oct 16, 2014

    Overall, the Death of Wolverine mini-series did its job. It told a complete story, paid homage to the character and then delivered Wolverine's death as promised. This will probably be one of those things that fans will debate forever. These kinds of events are usually the most polarizing but as long as people talk about them and remember them, then job well done. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    The Lost Lighthouse - thelostlighthouse Oct 16, 2014

    This was a great end to a strong mini series, and while it was a long time coming and may only be temporary, the story was worth telling and will hopefully set off a few more compelling arcs in the aftermath of Logan's death. My only complaint is the price point of $4.99 for 24 pages of story, the same cover price for all 4 issues. That is fairly steep, and while it has a nice quality shiny cover and contains a free digital copy, there should be an element of choice in that, perhaps knocking a dollar off the price for a standard cover. Nevertheless, this is still a series very much worth reading. There were copies of all four issues available at my LCS so you can still get the whole story physically, or pick it up digitally (where I actually believe it is a bit cheaper!). Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Vine - Tony 'G-Man' Guerrero Oct 15, 2014

    It feels like it's been a long time coming but DEATH OF WOLVERINE has come to an end. There's many ways this could have happened and Charles Soule gives us an interesting ending. Because of the history of the character, there's a lot to think about over what this issue means and whether or not it hits the mark that fans may have wanted. I am intrigued with the route Soule took and it should be interesting to see what the aftermath of this is for everyone close to Logan. McNiven's art is great, as usual. It's almost a little difficult to see Wolverine in this state but that's why we paid the price of the admission. Wolverine is dead. It didn't happen quite as we expected. Now we get to see what happens next. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comics Bulletin - Travis Moody Oct 21, 2014

    This brisk issue doesn't go away without a wacky ending; but, thankfully, Inhuman scribe Charles Soule gives readers enough tense moments and enough sensical logic for the final page. Read Full Review

  • 8.0 - Stuart Conover Oct 18, 2014

    All in all, I felt that the closure to Wolverine's life fell a little flat. I understand that they had him die in such a way that didn't have us up against the wall in annoyance about which villain did it. His death was heroic and in a sense tragic, though it didn't feel to be in the emotional context that the first three issues seemed to be promising. At the very least, at least Logan got some vengence when he was going out. We'll miss you, bub. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comicosity - Anthony Blackwood Oct 18, 2014

    This event managed to capture the best of Wolverine's character and packaged it neatly in a four-issue miniseries. While the story may lack a strong climax, it makes up for it with a graceful ending and a final page that, like melting adamantium, will stick with fans for years to come, even after Logan's death is retconned. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Doug Zawisza Oct 16, 2014

    Wolverine's death certainly feels like it has been drawn out for a massively long time, but this issue brings closure. Soule, McNiven and company ensure that "Death of Wolverine" #4 buttons up some loose ends, shows Wolverine at his best and makes readers want just one more adventure. Yes, there are plenty of Wolverine-tinged tales coming up as Soule spearheads "The Logan Legacy" and the recently announced weekly "Wolverines," but at least Logan is given a chance to go out like a legend. Read Full Review

  • 7.5
    Unleash The Fanboy - John McCubbin Oct 16, 2014

    Death of Wolverine has been one hell of a ride, as though there's bound to be moments that'll upset some fans (with the ending inevitably going to do this), this was always going to be the case. As for the death of a character, this one may not be the most epic of deaths, but the symbolism definitely makes it emotional. Recommended. Read Full Review

  • 7.1
    IGN - Jesse Schedeen Oct 16, 2014

    Unfortunately, the final chapter of Death of Wolverine doesn't quite reach the highs of the previous issues. While the slightly odd choice of final villain can be overlooked, it's harder to ignore the awkward build-up to Logan's death. McNiven's art is great, and he and Soule hit a lot of emotionally resonant beats here, but a deeper glimpse into Logan's mindset could have given this issue the extra punch it needed. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    AiPT! - David Brooke Oct 15, 2014

    There's going to be plenty of talk after this issue hits about what it all means, symbolically and for the character, but for this critic I couldn't find enough meaning on the page. That said, it's still a good comic, but it misses the mark. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    ComicList - Brandon Borzelli Oct 18, 2014

    Wolverine is dead. He deserved a better send off. I'm not suggesting the story needed to be dragged on for twelve issues but the with four issues, Soule could have easily presented a tight character arc that brought out Wolverine's final lap through his struggle to become a man above an animal. Perhaps an arc to finish the idea that everyone he has loved ends up dying. There were plenty of ways to put a nice cap on one of the long running themes from Wolverine's complicated past. Instead, Soule provides a mediocre story that doesn't seem to build any danger or allow the reader to believe that Wolverine is in any kind of internal struggle. Without McNiven this book would be totally avoidable. Read Full Review

  • 7.0
    Multiversity Comics - Matt Dodge Oct 16, 2014

    It is a bit silly at moments, but in the pantheon of comic book deaths, Charles Soule and Steve McNiven have created a fitting end* for Wolverine by subverting expectations and crafting a much more personal story. And the rebar claws were pretty cool. Read Full Review

  • 6.8
    Graphic Policy - Brett Schenker Oct 19, 2014

    The issues that came before had some fantastic commentary from writer and artist dissecting the issue, this one misses that, and if ever there needed to be some thought process it's this. I'm not a fan of how Wolverine has "died," but I'd love to know the thought process of how he went. I don't know what I'd of done different in all honesty, but in the end the Death of Wolverine was a bit anticlimactic. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    PopMatters - Jack Fisher Oct 20, 2014

    While the details might be lacking, there are enough of them to get the point across. If the goal of this issue was to have Wolverine die with a sense that he accomplished enough to die honorably, it succeeded. But if the goal was to do so in a way that felt epic and worthy of his character, then it came up short. Death of Wolverine #4 doesn't have enough details to feel like the truly definitive end for Wolverine. It's impossible to make a life like Wolverine feel truly complete. His character and his history is so big and so profound that it just cannot be done. But in an era where characters like Bucky Barnes can come back to life, maybe that's the point. It doesn't have to be big or detailed. Like a good Apple product, it just has to work. Read Full Review

  • 6.0
    Word Of The Nerd - Sean Ian Mills Oct 17, 2014

    Why not do something better? Why not a death that mattered as much as his life? Read Full Review

  • 5.0
    The Daily Crate - Keri Honea Oct 16, 2014

    Ding dong, Wolvie is dead, at least for now. For a character who has been as beloved in the Marvel universe as Mr. Angrypants has, I can't believe they let him go in such a disappointing and lazy fashion. Then again, I suppose it's a disappointing end for a disappointing character. Oddly fitting. Read Full Review

  • 5.0 - Chase Magnett Oct 16, 2014

    The Death of Wolverine is one of the better event series to be released in the past few years. It may not succeed in its intended purpose, but it is enjoyable and (relatively) succinct. Its a cut above most event series, managing to be entertaining without ever becoming aggravating. Read Full Review

  • 3.0
    Newsarama - David Pepose Oct 16, 2014

    And I think that's the real problem that Death of Wolverine faced all along - it didn't know what kind of story it wanted to be. Wolverine himself, for all his lost memories and wildly clashing histories, had one throughline in common - he was an animal trying to overcome his baser instincts and become a better man. This storyline, however, bounced from Wolverine accepting his fate, to welcoming death as a respite, to trying to keep others from sharing his own cursed existence. Any of those three themes would have made for a powerful sendoff, but the lack of commitment to any of them harmed the final product far more than a lack of a central villain ever did. Here's hoping that while this sendoff lacked Wolverine's trademark intensity, it'll give Marvel a chance to rest one of their most iconic heroes before he makes his inevitable return. Read Full Review

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