The Long Night Part 4
As the sleepy fishing town of Burns, Alaska celebrates the death of the local killer - a giant bear, slain by alpha-male Brent Langrock. But federal agents Pierce and Marshall don't quite have the heart to tell everyone that the bear is innocent of anything other than being a bear.
The agents have the makings of a story, though: wealthy local barons the Langrocks appear to be moving drugs in and out of Alaska via their logging and fishing industries, and the stranger Logan also appears to be the one hacking his way through their operation, leaving mutilated bodies in his wake. But there are more angles to the mystery that don't quite fit inside their hypothesis: What does the local cult the Aurora have to do with it?
Why do the victims also include activists against the Langrocks?
What the heck is this thing, found in a forbidding cave in the woods?
Everything comes crashing together, as Logan - and the agents - finally close in on someone unassuming who might know exactly what's going on - but who will get to him first?
As it not so much barrels as leisurely strolls headlong toward its conclusion, Wolverine: The Long Night pushes readers no closer to the answer to its mystery, instead adding more questions to the mix. Although I wasn’t expecting anything so prosaic as a cackling villain standing revealed at the end of this issue, I’d like to feel that whatever ending writer Benjamin Percy has in mind won’t feel rushed and/or forced in the remaining space of just one more issue left to finish this tale.
It’s important to remember, though, that this is a Wolverine story where Wolverine isn’t actually the lead character. He’s omnipresent, moving through the background and acting as a change agent while the rest of the players react to him. And that’s a fine way to tell a story, especially when adapting from a podcast, where the medium by its very nature lends itself to more subdued storytelling. But it doesn’t quite adapt to a pulse-pounding serial, either.
Artist Marcio Takara continues to impress, rendering his rough-hewn line work against lush, almost delicate natural backgrounds. His inks enhance the pencils in the best way, and along with Matt Milla’s coloring, this book is extremely pretty to look at, even if the reader is let down by the lack of overall superhero slam-bang action. It sets the mood for the story, low-key and muted and then exploding with passion and heart as each scene demands it.
Though a little frustrating in that it at least appears to not be culminating toward a climactic third act next issue, Wolverine: The Long Night continues to be an engrossing mystery that fans of not-necessarily-superhero comics can dig into and enjoy.
Wolverine: The Long Night #4 (of 5): Them Bones
Writing - 6.5/106.5/10
Storyline - 7/107/10
Art - 7.5/107.5/10
Color - 8/108/10
Cover Art - 8.5/108.5/10
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