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Week of Cool Wolverine Comic Book Moments – Wolverine and Nightcrawler Share a Drink

All week long we will feature brand-new Cool Wolverine Comic Book Moments in celebration of his recent film. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

We continue with a touching trip to the bar by Nightcrawler and Wolverine in Wolverine #6 by Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson and Tom Palmer…

The opening arc of Greg Rucka, Darick Robertson and Tom Palmer’s run on Wolverine was a pretty brutal one. Wolverine is sucked into the world and the plight of a girl who had escaped from a cult. He tried to rescue her but failed. Instead, all he had left to do was punish her killers, which he did, berserker-style.

In issue #6, Wolverine is trying to drink the pain away (difficult to do when you have a healing factor fighting the effects of the alcohol). His friend (best friend?) Nightcrawler comes to visit him to console him and the two have a hell of a conversation. Robertson later did a Nightcrawler series (written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. It was really good. Very underrated) and you can tell that he loves to draw the character because he is SO GOOD at it. I think a lot of it is that Nightcrawler is such an expressive character and Robertson is one of the greatest artists we have when it comes to expressive work. We could take away all of the dialogue of these pages and just going by the facial expressions by Robertson he can tell us the entire story. That’s how good he is. That is not to say that we’d WANT that, of course, as Rucka’s dialogue here is quite excellent. But it is more a matter of how sometimes it is difficult to realize the dual storytelling that is going on on every page, so when you try to separate it in your mind you realize how much the artist is directing the story.

ANYhow, on to the scene…

If this was a week of Cool Nightcrawler Comic Book Moments, that “Die trying” line might be there. Totally badass.

However, while he was trying to console his friend there, Nightcrawler has unwittingly tugged at a string that Wolverine would prefer not to tug at, which is namely…”Am I just an animal?”

That doubt is so freaking powerful and so well represented as the issue ends but the dilemma goes on. Awesome.

Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com to suggest other cool Wolverine moments to me for the rest of the week! Make sure to check the archive, though, as a number of cool moments have already been featured starring Wolverine (including the aforementioned bit from X-Men #132).

17 Comments

Such a great series by two giants of the industry. Unfortunately, all I can remember about this run is Robertson’s frustration with editorial interference in HOW he drew Logan. Around the time of the first movie if I remember correctly and Marvel wanted a “prettier” Wolverine and Darick wanted to draw him ON MODEL – 5’3″ and rugged. Totally took away my enjoyment of the series.

Three giants! Don’t forget the great Tom Palmer!

Here is a man who is loved, by many people in his life, by children even. He’s a intelligent, compassionate, and wise man. Kind of a guy you can kick back and have a beer with, share old stories about the crazy shit that happens in his life, the guy who will always have your back in a scrap.

But on the flip side, there’s this almost Hulk-like inner struggle he has with this rage that’s inside him. When he gets pissed off, everything goes red, and people die, usually in very violent ways. How do you deal with that kind of dichotomy? How do his friends and loved ones deal with that? Is he a beast who walks like a man, or a man who often plays the beast? How do you straddle that line of a being a tough guy without crossing over and not being to pull yourself back? I think this is one of the most interesting things about the character of Wolverine, and I think his best writers(Claremont, Hama, Aaron, Rucka, Morrison, recently Remender) either play with that, or always keep that in the back of their heads, where other writers too obviously boil him down to stereotypes like a wild berserker or just some beer-guzzling violent jackass(Whedon, Bendis).

Sam Robards, Comic Fan

August 8, 2013 at 2:03 pm

I only read the last arc of Rucka’s run (Return of the Native, I think it was), but he seemed to have a really good grip on the character. This sequence was really good, too.

It’s just too bad that Jason Aaron pretty much destroyed that nuance and internal struggle of the character and went for “MOAR STABBING,” to paraphrase internet parlance.

Classic X-Men #4 had a great Logan/Kurt back-up story wherein Logan gets Kurt to switch off his image inducer at Harry’s Hideaway. The roles were reversed, but the featured comic here reminded me of that when I first read it. I admit I’m not the biggest Wolvie fanatic, but I really liked this Wolverine run.

–B

Good comics don’t need “action” to keep a story going. Get a writer that can hammer out meaningful dialogue and you’ll win most of the time.

I second the recommendation of the Nightcrawler series by Robertson & RAS. Those were some great comics.

@Brendan Tobin – I don’t know that we ever owned any of the “Classic X-Men” stuff, but I totally remember that scene, now that you bring it up. It is oddly similar to this one, though flipped like you said. If I remember right, it basically boiled down to Logan telling Kurt that he had nothing to be ashamed of, and if anyone had a problem with it, fuck ‘em.

I have never read that before. That was amazing.

That being said I NEED a week of cool Nightcrawler moments.

I’ve never read solo Wolverine outside of Larry Hama. This was a very powerful sequence. Thanks Brian for sharing.

@Mike D looking at this art for the first time, I had no idea about the editorial interference … What I saw was a depressed and dejected Logan, with his hair matted down when its usually pointed up … I saw that as enhancing just how low he seemed at this point. I found that just adding to the scene … knowing that the reason for that was Marvel instructing the artist to do that … well , it only very minutely takes away from the scene. The depression of Logan is still screaming through for me. But interesting fact.

I echo the Classic X-Men memory – heck, the title alone had me assuming that was what I was ginig to see before scolling down. Rucka had to know of that back-up story for this posible homage, donchathink? Brian, can you get a comment out of him?

Here is the way I have always reconciled the duality of Logan’s nature for myself anyways, – the Man can play at being a Beast, the Beast can not rise to the level of a Man.

Great stuff.

There’s one more lovely detail in that scene, you can see 3 glasses on panel 4 of the third page. It was for Collossus, who was dead at the time (this was before Whedon’s Astonishing). And the first thing they do is toast his memory. It’s a small thing, really, but I found it to be very cool.

There’s one more lovely detail in that scene, you can see 3 glasses on panel 4 of the third page. It was for Collossus, who was dead at the time (this was before Whedon’s Astonishing). And the first thing they do is toast his memory. It’s a small thing, really, but I found it to be very cool.

Oh definitely. They specifically address it earlier in the issue. It was certainly nicely done.

Looking for more Rucka & Robertson emptional conversation X-Men comics with Nightcrawler in them? Seek out X-Men Unlimited 38. It’s the story of Kitty dealing with her complicated feelings for the then-dead Colossus. Nightcrawler shows up and is a supportive friend who helps her process her feelings. It’s a great issue!

Cool Nightcrawler Moments: Yes, please! Maybe when Amazing X-Men 1 comes out?

So Wolverine butchered 27 men? This is the same guy who stabbed his own teammate Rachel Grey for attempting to kill a serial killing eternal vampire who probably had far more blood on her hands?

add my vote to the call for the “week of cool Nightcrawler comic book moments”
(and his amazing return seems a good time)

nice moment for one of the cool things about the x-men was the friendship between nightcrawler and wolverine for no matter what logan did he was not afraid to lean on night crawlers shoulder. plus love the die trying line night crawler says when wolverine goes and are you going to stop me

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