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Wolverine's New Murderworld Crew Are the Ultimate Fan Service Team

A new Wolverine one-shot, Murderworld: Wolverine — part of a large Murderworld event also focusing on the Avengers and Spider-Man — is the absolutely ideal fan service comic with not only the entire “Snikt Family” in feature roles, but also multiple version of James Logan Howlett from throughout his X-Men comic history.

Logan’s version of Wolverine is one of the most enduring characters in all superhero media, and Wolverine is arguably the most mainstream popular X-Men character of all time, sharing that space with other classic mutants like Storm, Nightcrawler, Cyclops, and Jean Grey. Wolverine quickly rose to prominence after his X-Men debut in Giant-Size X-Men (1975), offering readers and writers an opportunity to diversify the genre of X-Books by focusing on Logan’s seedy past, violent tendencies, and complex rebellious attitude.

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Murderworld: Wolverine — written by Jim Zub and Ray Fawkes with art by Carlos Nieto — is one of a five-part Murderworld crossover that will feature Wolverine, the Avengers, Spider-Man, and Moon Knight, before culminating in one final issue tying these one-shots together. Authors Zub and Fawkes have apparently been pitching this story to Marvel for years, so while of course the entirety of the brilliant and disturbing event is not simply a fan service comic, it is clear that Wolverine’s issue in particular will be especially pleasing for long-time fans of Logan. The new Murderworld miniseries follows the wacky and violent villain Arcade’s most recent iteration of his infamous Murderworld, typically a circus-like arena where Arcade is able to brutally torture and murder his guests. However, this time around it is the heroes of Marvel who are attacking and killing the people Arcade is pulling into his Murderworld. A major part of the event will be the Black Widow partnering with a civilian journalist in an attempt to expose Murderworld, which is considered an urban legend. But one major question still remains: Has Arcade found a way to capture and brainwash heroes into becoming mindless killers, or is he somehow using Westworld-style Life-Model Decoys for his sick game?

If the gorgeous cover for Murderworld: Wolverine – illustrated by Paco Medina – is to be believed, it is most likely that Arcade has found a way to make Life-Model Decoys or powerful hard light projections, because the cover features not only Wolverine and the Snikt Family (Daken, Laura Kinney, and Gabby), but also two famous versions of Wolverine from long-ago eras. Specifically, the cover features Wolverine’s “whisker” costumed look from his first appearance in The Incredible Hulk #180 when he fights Bruce Banner, as well as his “bestial” look he sported throughout the mid-1990s, which was caused by Magneto ripping the adamantium off of Logan’s bones during the “Fatal Attractions” storyline. Fans of Wolverine absolutely adore the Snikt Family, particularly when they get to read stories will all the family members actually interacting and fighting together, so adding on top of that crew two iconic Wolverine forms from the ’70s and ’90s truly makes this comic a fan service delight. The synopsis for the comic posted by League of Comic Geeks reads: “Wolverine is ‘the best he is at what he does,’ and what he does is hunt victims in Murderworld! Our contestants are about to feel the SNIKT!” This means that readers are about to get a comic chock-full of the violent brutal Wolverine content they love, and if the real Logan is involved, it is assured that he will not let Arcade get away with his deranged games.

Whatever the despicable Arcade is up to, the combined might of the Black Widow, the Avengers, the X-Men’s very own Wolverine, and Spider-Man will surely be enough to solve Murderworld’s mystery and take the villain down, all while giving fans the epic Snikt Family fan service they are always asking for.

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Murderworld: Wolverine #1 releases in stores on January 25th, 2023.

Source: League of Comic Geeks

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