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In an article describing The Wolverine’s opening weekend box office take, USA Today stumbled upon an inkling of something comic book readers have known to be true for over two decades: There is way too much Wolverine. The article said that the the movie’s opening weekend take of $55 million, which earned it the number one spot, was good for a sixth entry in a franchise. But then they took a step into territory heretofore uncharted by the mainstream media:
There’s a conflict at the very heart of the latest Wolverine series. The book is going to great lengths to stress its importance; not only has the title character lost his healing factor as of #6, but the Watcher has popped up on a couple of occasions, and naming stories “Mortal” and “Killable” carries obvious weight. Yet while the series has shaken up the status quo in a big way, it seems inconceivable that the end result these changes seem to be pointing toward - the death of Wolverine - will take place within its pages. Were it to happen, such a headline-grabbing development would be reserved for a line-wide Marvel event.
Matt Fraction’s Hawkeye is without a doubt the best book Marvel is currently publishing, and probably one of the most important books being put out today. Hawkeye is a book that is not afraid to break the mold of what a superhero comic is supposed to be. Other books are starting to mimic Hawkeye’s unique story telling devices, so it makes sense that everyone looks forward to reading Hawkeye every month.