Weapon Lost #1
Written by: Charles Soule
Art by: Matteo Buffagni and Jim Charalampidis
Published by: Marvel Comics

Reviewed by: Ryan McLelland

WOLVERINE IS MISSING!?!!?!?

Why is he missing?!?!!? Because Marvel killed him and gave us other Wolverines like Geriatric Wolverine, X-23 Wolverine, and a whole bunch of other Wolverines that I don’t even know. But Wolverine is back. Or is he? He is. But we have to go through an entire adventure to find Wolverine so we all know Wolverine is back and things are getting back to the status quo. Don’t worry. I’m sure another Wolverine will be dead soon enough.

So in Hunt For Wolverine: Weapon Lost #1, Daredevil has been tasked by the X-Men to look into the disappearance of Wolverine’s body. Why Daredevil? Because he can see everything even though he can’t see. Or something. Does it really matter why the X-Men tasked him? They did.  Because…reasons.

So Daredevil doesn’t want to go at this alone. He needs a team of super-sleuths to help him. Why? Because the X-Men tasked Daredevil to find Wolverine so Daredevil tasks others to help him find Wolverine. Why doesn’t Daredevil just go with the X-Men to find Wolverine instead of tasking his own superteam? Because I guess the X-Men just aren’t successful at finding anyone (even though in the latest X-Men Gold issue, the X-Men find a kidnapped Colossus eight minutes after he’s kidnapped even though he’s been brought halfway around the world. But whatever.).

I’M GOING TO SAY SPOILERS RIGHT HERE EVEN THOUGH THEY AREN’T SPOILERS BUT I GUESS IT CAN BE SPOILERS BUT YOU’LL SEE WHAT I MEAN IN JUST A SECOND…

Still here? Okay.

So who joins Daredevil to help find a man who can’t be found? I’m going to give it to writer Charles Soule – he puts together one hell of a team: Frank McGee AKA Nur who is an ex-cop with Inhuman superpowers, Misty Knight who is an ex-cop private detective with amazing detective skills and a killer bionic arm, and Cypher – a mutant who loves the Internet a bit too much.

In the first issue? Daredevil recruits Frank McGee, Misty Knight, and Cypher to help him. Oh I’m sorry, did you expect more plot? Well, I mean, there’s an actual plot in Daredevil’s recruitment but, beyond that, this first issue is basically just Daredevil getting the team together.

I may be taking the mickey out of the issue but I was actually really impressed by the depth of the writing and how Soule roped me right in on a story that has been teased in other issues of Marvel Comics. Those teasers, like the ones shown in Marvel Two-In-One, did very little to entice me. This issue really threw me right into the mix and that made me quite happy.

The issue really has a killer ambiance thanks to the extraordinary artwork by Matteo Buffagni and colors by Jim Charalampidis. The issue really has an excellent Michael Gaydos vibe to it and really brings the dank and darkness of New York City and the mission to the forefront. The story draws you in and the artwork really hooks you. Am I impressed by the book? Absolutely. The hunt for Wolverine is almost secondary to what is going on in issue #1. I’m sure that will change in later issues but the book does a great job of making you care about the who before bringing us the what.

Great job everyone. This is one book I highly recommend and probably the best Marvel book in the past month or so. I don’t even care if they find Wolverine, I’ll just love being a part of this ride.

RATING: A+

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