Wolverine: Not Dead Yet cover (Image via Marvel)
16. Wolverine: Not Dead Yet
Maybe all of the moodiness of the crime stories is getting to you. Or perhaps you’re getting just a little tired of all the ronin-type stories where Wolverine travels to Japan and waxes poetic about honor while fighting ninjas. Sometimes, you just want a good, straightforward action tale.
In Not Dead Yet (written by Warren Ellis and drawn by Leinil Francis Yu and released in 1998) Wolverine never really stops. This time around, he comes up against the White Ghost, a mercenary whom Wolverine thought was dead a long time ago, back in his spying days (oh, did I forget to mention that Wolverine was a spy? Because, of course, he was).
Wolverine insists on fighting the White Ghost alone, though his enemy has acquired some pretty advanced weaponry made out of adamantium. He says it’s because he doesn’t want to risk his friends, but I feel like Storm and Cyclops could have given him a bit of a break, at least.
At any rate, there’s plenty of intrigue and the requisite doomed romance plot. However, Not Dead Yet really shines when it comes to classic action tropes. There’s car chases, explosions, and Wolverine looks really cool on a motorcycle. What more could you want, really?