All week long we will feature brand-new Cool Wolverine Comic Book Moments in celebration of his recent film. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I've featured so far over the years.
We continue with a touching trip to the bar by Nightcrawler and Wolverine in Wolverine #6 by Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson and Tom Palmer...
The opening arc of Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson and Tom Palmer's run on Wolverine was a pretty brutal one. Wolverine is sucked into the world and the plight of a girl who had escaped from a cult. He tried to rescue her but failed. Instead, all he had left to do was punish her killers, which he did, berserker-style.
In issue #6, Wolverine is trying to drink the pain away (difficult to do when you have a healing factor fighting the effects of the alcohol). His friend (best friend?) Nightcrawler comes to visit him to console him and the two have a hell of a conversation. Robertson later did a Nightcrawler series (written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It was really good. Very underrated) and you can tell that he loves to draw the character because he is SO GOOD at it. I think a lot of it is that Nightcrawler is such an expressive character and Robertson is one of the greatest artists we have when it comes to expressive work. We could take away all of the dialogue of these pages and just going by the facial expressions by Robertson he can tell us the entire story. That's how good he is. That is not to say that we'd WANT that, of course, as Rucka's dialogue here is quite excellent. But it is more a matter of how sometimes it is difficult to realize the dual storytelling that is going on on every page, so when you try to separate it in your mind you realize how much the artist is directing the story.
ANYhow, on to the scene...
If this was a week of Cool Nightcrawler Comic Book Moments, that "Die trying" line might be there. Totally badass.
However, while he was trying to console his friend there, Nightcrawler has unwittingly tugged at a string that Wolverine would prefer not to tug at, which is namely..."Am I just an animal?"
That doubt is so freaking powerful and so well represented as the issue ends but the dilemma goes on. Awesome.
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest other cool Wolverine moments to me for the rest of the week! Make sure to check the archive, though, as a number of cool moments have already been featured starring Wolverine (including the aforementioned bit from X-Men #132).