HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1 by Tom Taylor, R. B. Silva, Adriano Di Benedetto, and Jesus Aburtov continues the search for everyone’s favorite Canadian mutant (sorry Alpha Flight lovers!). Picking up from HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1, the issue features Iron Man, Spider-Man, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones as they scour the globe for their missing teammate.

(Spoilers for HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1 follow!)

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The Past Revealed In HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1

HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1 takes places in two separate time periods. The first part takes place in the past when the above players were all Avengers, presumably somewhere during Brian Michael Bendis’ run.  The team arrives in New York to stop a bomb from going off. They discover the bomb is designed to be a “hero killer” so one of them has to stay behind or many more lives will be lost. Wolverine volunteers and something unexpected off-screen happens (we don’t know what — that appears to be one of the mysteries).

We are transported to present day to find those heroes with the news that Logan’s body is missing. They team up to find it and see what’s happened to their friend. As they are investigating, they get wind of an underground auction in the black market that is selling someone’s genetic code that is related to superheroes.

Secrets Abound

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HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1. Page 2. Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

The set up for this issue is intriguing. A secret from the past can be the key to the present. We are intentionally not shown what happened to Logan in the past, but according to his reaction right as it happened, it seems something else happened in addition to the explosion.

Speaking of that explosion, the scene itself is really well-executed. The heroes appear and decide that the bomb has to be detonated by someone to keep the explosion small, versus its original purpose and have it be much worse. Each hero goes through different ideas on how to trigger it until Logan decides he has to do it himself. The scene feels like Tom Taylor is thinking of possible plot holes and plugging them as he writes, which is pretty fun.

R.B. Silvia’s art is perfectly fine for the issue.  All of the characters look true to form, especially Wolverine who is drawn in the correct manner (he’s short). The explosion during the past portion looks fantastic, as does the splash page at the underground auction featuring criminals from the underworld wearing masks of Marvel heroes.

Cracks In The Metal

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HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1. Page 3. Image Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment.

There are two big issues in this story that take me out of it. The first is in the present day segment, with our heroes in a submarine that is housing the illegal auction. Our heroes are disguised so that no one recognizes them. Right before the auction, some armed goons are giving them instructions and grab Luke. This makes Jessica angry and she hits them, starting a small brawl. This seems like such a rookie mistake since it could have easily blown their cover. The characters here are not that stupid and it just feels like a reason to have another fight scene.

The other issue has to do with the genetic code being sold on the black market. MAJOR SPOILERS. The code turns out to be Danielle Cage (Luke and Jessica’s daughter) and not Logan. While having a different super person’s code is a clever move, having it be Danielle’s is just jarring. There are hundreds of people in the Marvel Universe, and there’s never been any evidence that her DNA would be any more important than any other child from a super-coupling. The surprise just felt extremely coincidental. Now, this could be a trap for our heroes, but since there’s no evidence as of yet, that’s just speculation.

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Until Next Time

The nagging issues I have with HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1 are minor. There is an interesting mystery at its core featuring well-known heroes. While this issue is mainly set-up, it does have a strong start with solid art.

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HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #1 is an issue set in the past and present. There are a few flaws in the story, but it features an intriguing mystery.
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