Mystical Ninjas Galore in ‘Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted’

Mystical Ninjas Galore in ‘Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted’

Mystical Ninjas Galore in ‘Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted’

0 comments 📅19 May 2016, 01:08

Wolverine: Japan’s Most Wanted is a 13-part digital first in the Infinite series line. The Infinite series books are an imprint from Marvel Comics that are made-for-digital stories involving classic Marvel heroes, such as Wolverine, Spider-Man, Daredevil, and the Avengers. I have always liked the Infinite series format of reading comics digitally due to it flowing very well. It streamlines the process for people who don’t read comics digitally, makes them easier to navigate, and even feel more cinematic in its presentation.   

520174e2cd13cJapan’s Most Wanted has an excellent creative team in Jason Aaron (Thor, Wolverine and the X-Men), and Jason Latour (Spider-Gwen, Winter Soldier) on story with Yves Bigerel and Paco Diaz on art and Colors by Rain Beredo. This story takes place in modern Tokyo and starts out with Logan fighting everyone’s go to mystical ninja enemy The Hand. The Hand, in this story, is being led by Sabretooth A.K.A. Victor Creed and he has plans to take down the Wolverine (surprise, surprise right). He does this by tricking Logan into killing a businessman who is, in some way or another,  getting in the way of the Hand. The downside is he is recorded killing the businessman and the video is posted online. Now Wolverine has the Japanese government trying to track down and apprehend him. From here on it really feels like a fugitive on the run/ escape movie infused with some ninja and samurai action.

This series honestly felt too long; there were times when reading this when I thought, “alright this has to be wrapping up pretty soon.” Alas, no, there was always another issue ready to go. The first five issues were a real treat especially if you are like me and love some good ol’ fashioned Mystical Ninja vs Ronin Mutant fights. After that though it dragged though I did see a lot of scenes or situations based on the 2013 movie The Wolverine. The really obvious one is the iconic fight atop the bullet train. I’m not saying that it is exactly the same but the second I got to that panel I knew what was going to happen.

The similarities did not stop there though; he also was protecting a woman that the Hand wanted to kill. She, just like Mariko in the movie, didn’t trust Logan and didn’t want his protection but ended up liking him in the end. One thing that is different from the movie is that the lady he is protecting is something called The Hon and has tattoos all over her body containing the ancient scriptures of the Hand. She is basically a living book.

Over all I thought this book was okay, like I said it felt a little too long,, but if you are a diehard Wolverine fan you will love this.

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This title can be found digitally on Comixology , in trade hard cover on Amazon , and at your local comic book store (like The Nerd Store in West Valley and Tooele in Utah).

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Luke Hunsaker, also known as The Podcaster Without Fear, is the host of The Nerd Dome Podcast. He also writes a comic book review column on thenerddome.com. You will also find him as a frequent panelists at Salt Lake City Comic Con, and Fan X.

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