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Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost #1 Review

by Charles Martin on May 02, 2018

Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost #1 Review
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Marvel's suggested retail price for the issues in the Hunt for Wolverine Event has already hit $70, and that doesn't even include the still-mysterious finale yet. 
That is insane. So, as each week brings us a new issue, CTG is gonna deliver a mini-review focused on whether or not the latest chapter is worth your hard-earned dough. 
In addition to our regular 10-star rating, we'll give each issue a basic Buy It or Skip It recommendation based on how essential it seems to the overall Hunt.
There will be monthly roundups to rank the four miniseries and identify the must-reads when/if they show up. We'll also deploy a provisional Wait And See recommendation at the series level for those titles that seem promising but not yet essential.

This week: Weapon Lost #1

Writer: Charles Soule
Artist: Matteo Buffagni
Colourist: Jim Charalampidis
Letter: Joe Sabino
Publisher: Marvel Comics

Charles Soule guides Daredevil, the Hunt's "Him?" protagonist, through assembling a team of detectives. Mr. Soule is doing his level best to channel hardboiled pulp writers a la Raymond Chandler, and he succeeds in crafting a "noble pragmatists in a pessimistic world" tone that's dark but highly enjoyable.

Frank McGee and Misty Knight are interesting choices and their voices - particularly Frank's - add some nice texture (and salty humour) to the hardboiled chorus. But the final member of the team is Cypher, and Mr. Soule's take on him is practically character assassination. He's turned into an internet addict who responds with literally murderous violence when Frank cuts his cord. 

It's a very "Baby Boomer grampa" attitude to the internet.

Matteo Buffagni delivers some workable visuals to get the story told, though he has a disappointing approach to flying vehicles. His renditions somehow utterly fail to make you think "it's a flying car" instead of "it's a drawing of a car pasted on an aerial cityscape." Jim Charalampidis does a thorough job of dialling the colours down to a standard-issue horror/crime comic paint-job. It's filled with colours that make you think of bodily organs and their functions.

In terms of progressing the Hunt, this issue does nothing beyond roping a supporting cast to Daredevil. The moody tone makes this issue worth a peek if you love hardboiled detective stories, but it couldn't possibly be considered "essential." And you can shave about three points off our rating if you're a die-hard Cypher fan and you don't care to see him turned into a punchline for the Nth time. Our recommendation for Weapon Lost #1: Skip It.
 

Our Score:

6/10

A Look Inside

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Charles Martin's picture
Wow, Frank McGee and Charles Soule let us know that the robo-Wolverine, Albert, is still alive and kicking. Apparently.