Let’s kick off this week’s reviews with Wolverine #69, the delayed fourth chapter to the Old Man Logan storyline. I couldn’t believe it, but it’s been almost three months since chapter 3 came out. That’s nuts. I knew it had been awhile, but I didn’t realize how long until I actually checked. I read chapter 3 sitting at a McDonald’s with Doom DeLuise. I read chapter 4 sitting on my couch. True story.
So anyway, chapter 4 will probably read fine when it’s in the paperback version but what a freaking 30 second letdown after such a long wait. This whole issue consists of driving the Spider-Mobile through a wall, across the desert, into a ravine, and then out. I’ve said for the past three issues that the whole point of this story seemed to be the build-up to Wolverine’s eventual return to form, and that’s still clearly the mission, but it’s being stalled long enough that there’s some major loss of reader goodwill. We are now four issues down, we haven’t seen Wolverine get tough, and we likely still won’t next issue because next issue is being teased as The Tale of What Made Wolverine Wimpy.
It’s clear that soon all comics are going to start costing $3.99. Just because $2.99 comics are a dollar cheaper doesn’t make it any more appealing to get skimped on value.