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Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #1: Review

Jun 2011
Jonathan Maberry, Laurence Campbell

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Part I: A Fall of Angels

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3.5 stars

Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #1 Review by (March 14, 2023)

Review: At first, I was disappointed to see that this miniseries covered the same events as its predecessor, MARVEL UNIVERSE VS THE PUNISHER, wondering how different it could be. Well, I was wrong; this miniseries gives a very much different perspective on the crisis. PUNISHER showed us the aftermath of a pandemic that turned most of the population into cannibalistic predators; WOLVERINE gives us a more detailed account of what happened up until the good guys lost. The even bigger difference: Wolverine is a good guy, the Punisher isn’t, so following his mission gives us someone to root for. And there are still glimmers of hope in this volume though said glimmers go out one by one. But someone—and not always Captain America—is there to remind everyone of the stakes of the conflict, urging the uninfected heroes to fight on, in hopes of victory. Sadly, we know how it will turn out, at least in Manhattan. Stay tuned for the final miniseries MARVEL UNIVERSE VS THE AVENGERS.

Comments: Sequel to MARVEL UNIVERSE VS THE PUNISHER. This reality is called Earth-11080.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Marvel Universe vs. Wolverine #1 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

Wolverine battles Colossus who has turned into a cannibalistic predator due to a pathogen sweeping the world. Though he is Logan’s best friend, he kills Peter anyway….

Logan looks back on the start of the crisis: he and Peter were watching a hockey game on television when they—and the rest of the world—saw Spider-Man kill and eat the Rhino. The Fantastic Four captured Spidey and imprisoned him in a lab for Reed Richards to study, aided by Thing; it’s Logan who recognizes that Spider-Man is studying them back, like a predator. Reed hopes this is an isolated incident….

Shortly thereafter, Logan is on a mission with Psylocke against Hydra; he held off the bad guys while Psylocke escaped into the sewers only to be killed and eaten by a predator. Reed called in Hank Pym and discovered that the pathogen rewrites DNA to make the subject adaptable to any condition. Invisible Woman called their attention to a TV news report of the Blob killing and eating a restaurant full of people. Reed wondered if they were too late to stop the spread. Logan continued to track down the monster that killed Psylocke while Beast tried to remind him that the infected are also victims. Logan came upon a man chasing his wife and baby and discovered too late that it was the woman who was a predator and then Logan was attacked by Psylocke’s killer who could fly. Angel was expected to deliver some X-Men tech sent by Cyclops and never showed up as the disease kept spreading. Logan went out to meet Angel, killing Doctor Octopus along the way and discovered that Angel was infected and killed him. Which brings us back to where the issue began: Logan killing Colossus—the last of the X-Men Wolverine had to take down….

Laurence Campbell
Lee Loughridge
Michael Kaluta (Cover Penciler)
Michael Kaluta (Cover Inker)
Michael Kaluta (Cover Colorist)
Letterer: Dave Sharpe.


Listed in Alphabetical Order.


(Warren Worthington)

(Hank McCoy)

(Piotr Rasputin)
Doctor Octopus
Doctor Octopus

(Otto Octavius)
Invisible Woman
Invisible Woman

(Sue Storm)
Mr. Fantastic
Mr. Fantastic

(Reed Richards)

(Peter Parker)

(Ben Grimm)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Blob, Psylocke.

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