Jason Aaron had one of the most memorable runs in the history of Wolverine. Spanning multiple books, his run became synonymous with the character to some. Those are some damn big shoes for Cullen Bunn to fill. #305 shows though, that he is up to the task while delivering a great start to his first arc.
Cullen Bunn’s writing of Wolverine very much in the style of how Aaron wrote him, but has a touch of his style. He’s a nice guy that just so happens to have very dark past. It is nice to see Logan think about what he is doing first. He goes to investigate and look for clues, giving Bunn a chance to show how far Logan has come over the years. The school even makes a quick appearance without feeling forced. With Wolverine being on so many teams and in so many books, it’s nice to see Bunn giving this book a firm place in everyones pull list.
One of Aaron’s lesser used characters was Dr. Rot. He was a great creation that Aaron just never got around to using. He was suppose to be Wolverine’s version of the Joker, and it was clear. Bunn uses Rot as the villain of this arc, and sets up the character very well. He’s creepy, but diabolical, and is going to make Wolverine do more than just stab things. Bunn catches readers up with who Dr. Rot is, and how Logan knows him, which does bog down the issue. But it’s quick, and Bunn gets to work showing why there are always new stories to tell with our favorite Canadian hero. It’s damn fun to read, with Bunn giving Wolverine some dramatic inner monologue, but also throwing in plenty of one liners throughout the issue. Bunn does spend to much time playing catch up for lapsed readers, but with a character like Wolverine, it’s not really needed. His origin and who he is is so ingrained into pop culture, a writer could get away with without telling who he is again.
Paul Pelletier‘s pencils have always beens strong, but it seems that he has found the right inker on Wolverine #305. If Pelletier has the wrong inker, his pencils come across as thin and a little flimsy. But David Meikis inks them in just a way that makes his lines thick, but not thick enough that they look weird. The fight scenes are bloody. Very bloody. They perfectly convey the world that Wolverine has put himself in. Dr. Rot’s creations look great, striking a great balance of creepy and weird. The panel that stands out the most is Logan’s eyes after he kills a few of Rot’s creations. It’s startling and gives the reader a great sense of how pissed Logan is right at that moment. If #305 is any indication, Pelletier is going to have a great run as penciler on Wovlerine.
With such big shoes to fill, Cullen Bunn starts his run off on the right foot. Look for this book to only get better (until Jeph Loeb takes over for a few months with #310)
Wolverine #305 gets 4/5.