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The Best Wolverine Comics for New Fans (And Where to Buy Them)

More than any other major Marvel superhero, Wolverine is defined by his contradictions. Even though he's a member of the X-Men and the Avengers, Logan is the ultimate lone wolf. While he might have an animalistic wild side, he keeps it in check with a deeply held code of honor. Even though he his mutant healing factor has granted him one of the longest lives in the Marvel Universe, he often finds himself asking questions about his own life.

Wolverine has explored these contradictions in thousands of comics by a small army of creators. While it might seem difficult to figure out where to start with Wolverine, CBR is cutting through the clutter to pick out the best Wolverine stories for new readers or anyone else who's looking for some of the best Wolverine stories ever.

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Wolverine by Claremont and Miller

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Shortly after "The Dark Phoenix Saga" cemented Wolverine as the breakout star of the X-Men, Chris Claremont and Frank Miller teamed up to give Logan his first real solo adventure in Wolverine. This story sees Logan travel to Japan to see his lost love Mariko. When he finds her betrothed to someone else on the orders of her father Lord Shingen, Logan takes on the crime boss with some help from the thief Yukio.

While some elements of this story were very loosely adapted in The Wolverine, this story features two comic book masters at the peak of their powers. With plenty of all-out ninja-fighting action and terse narration, this iconic story set the standard for Wolverine's solo adventures.

Wolverine: Weapon X

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If you've watched enough X-Men movies, you probably have a pretty good idea of what Wolverine's origin is, but you've probably never seen it quite like this. Barry Windsor-Smith's Wolverine: Weapon X reveals how the top-secret Weapon X Program gave Wolverine his adamantium skeleton and tried to mold him into a mindless killing machine.

While the overall plot of this story has been adapted in movies and TV shows like X-Men: The Animated Series, Windor-Smith's impossibly-detailed, action-packed art takes this story to another level. The savagery of Wolverine is on full display here, as he slices his way through the Weapon X Program with a vengeance he rarely displays any more.

Kitty Pryde and Wolverine

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Beyond his role as an X-Man and a loner, Logan has also been an unlikely mentor to several generations of young mutants. To this day, Logan's closest partner is still arguably Kitty Pryde, the first X-Man he really took under his wing, and their relationship is the core of the aptly-titled Kitty Pryde and Wolverine.

Billed as a direct sequel to the first Wolverine solo story, this Chris Claremont and Al Milgrom tale sees Wolverine and Kitty Pryde travel to Japan, where they meet Logan's old master Ogun. When the telepathic ninja tries to turn Kitty Pryde into his next assassin, Wolverine saves her and forges a new bond with the young mutant that would unite them forever.

Wolverine: Return to Weapon X

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While it might not be the most famous collection of stories on this list, Wolverine: The Return of Weapon X has everything you want in a Wolverine story. Over the course of this hefty volume, Wolverine has to deal with a revived Weapon X Program, new threats like the deadly martial artist Mister X and classic villains like Sabretooth, Ogun and Wendigo.

Collecting writer Frank Tieri's run on Wolverine, this volume features action-packed art from Sean Chen, Dan Fraga, Mark Texeira and more. Although it was published in the early 2000s, these underrated stories capture everything that made Wolverine cool in the '90s and push them to awesome new extremes.

Wolverine: Old Man Logan

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Without Wolverine: Old Man Logan, the movie Logan probably never would've happened. This Mark Millar and Steve McNiven tale takes a break from Wolverine's regular adventures to look into Logan's dark future. In a world where the heroes of the Marvel Universe have been utterly defeated, villains reign supreme and have turned America into a barren wasteland.

After his family is killed, an older Logan travels across America and teams up with some familiar faces on his bloody, brutal quest for revenge. While this volume stands on its own perfectly well, this aged Logan eventually found his way into the main Marvel Universe, where his adventures continued in his own critically-acclaimed ongoing series.

X-Men: Madripoor Knights

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More than any of his other adventures, Chris Claremont and Jim Lee's Uncanny X-Men #268 highlights the unique and often surprising place Wolverine occupies in the Marvel Universe. In a tale that splits its time between World War II and the present day, Claremont and Lee craft a pitch-perfect take on the first meeting between Wolverine, Captain America and a young Black Widow. In the present day, the story sees the adult Black Widow team-up with Wolverine and a few X-Men to take on the ninja of the Hand.

While this story takes place long before Wolverine joined the Avengers, it shows the unique dynamic he has with two of Earth's Mightiest Heroes. It also showcases some of his relationship with the X-Men's Jubilee, another one of his fan-favorite protégés. While it's not exactly ground-breaking, this story offers a deeply entertaining take on Wolverine and his uncanny friends.

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