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Wolverine, the old canuck, the berserker, Logan, Weapon X, the Hand of God, Death, Patch, he’s been known as many things throughout the years, but the Devil’s play toy is not one of them! Logan is still in Hell fighting his old enemies he put down there and confronting the devil. Meanwhile his body is on Earth taking down old friends of his. While we’ve seen many X-men “go to hell” or have hellish creatures come to Earth and confront the X-men; we’ve never had a story like this.
After facing Sabretooth in hell, Logan is confronted by the Silver Samurai and wondering how he got down there? Silver Samurai informs him that everyone is getting killed. However, before the guy could finish his thought the devil cuts his head off and smashes his body. What does Wolvie do? Spit in the Devil’s face! How badass is Logan? That badass! Meanwhile the Red Right Hand is going around killing his friends in Madripoor and going after Maverick. Possessed Wolverine’s target seems to be Kitty Pryde. Mystique and Melita Garner (Wolvie’s flavor of the month) find out from the Son of Satan that Wolverine can climb back out of hell.
I’m not sure how I feel about the storyline. I mean yeah, I’ve seen Wolverine go up against Apocalypse, Lady Deathstrike, N’starith, Sinister, Magneto, Sabretooth, Shiva, demons, ninjas, Condalisa Rice; you know evil people. I’ve seen them go up against just about everyone, but having to fight to actual devil, just sounds kind of silly. Sure it’s easy to read this kind of stuff in Spawn, Preacher, or Hot Stuff comics, but this is an X-men comic…so to me it seems a little off. I did enjoy the nice homage to Uncanny X-men 251 by having Wolverine crucified in hell. It was nice to see Puck and Logan together again, even if Puck is not his real size, since he was not an actual dwarf, but enchanted….anyway I hope that Logan drags him out of Hell when he gets out too.
The cover by Jae Lee is gorgeous, even if Sabretooth looks a little scrawny, the dark tones and chains, does what the inside art fails to do. It doesn’t feel like this story is actually taking place in hell, it looks like Wolverine is just fighting a bunch of angry gargoyles on a mountain side. While Guedes is a good artist; I just don’t think he is the right artist for this story. His style is not dark or gritty enough to tell this tale. Unfortunately this doesn’t help the already silly premise and makes Hell look like a laughable place instead of something to put fear into your eyes. The backup story keeps revealing more and more as to who and why is behind sending Logan to that warm place. It seems like they should have chosen Gaydos as the lead artist, because of his dark tones and thick inks. It’s a fun story, but kind of hard to take seriously given the aspect of the villain. B