Every once in a while you’ll pick up a random comic at the local comic shop that blindsides you, leaving you saying, “where did that come from?” Well, Wolverine: Saudade was originally intended for a European audience and was written back in 2006. Written by two of “Europe’s top creators,” it certainly was worth the wait.
The art looks unique and exciting, similar to something that might come out of Seth Fisher or Paul Pope’s bag of tricks. Wolverine has an animal look to him with some of his features exaggerated especially when he growls or snarls. His claws look like giant machetes even though he comments they are, “less than a millimeter thick.” Bouchet really plays up their slicing ability as he cuts through guns, trucks, and limbs. Another success of the art is when it takes a step back and shows really detailed scenic panels. It gives you a great sense of the atmosphere of the area.
Even better is the treatment of Wolverine’s character. He does unbelievable violent things to his enemies, the reason for the giant mature content warning on the cover, but is also shown as a caring mentor for the kids in the story and with a really good sense of humor. The final page shows his true compassion as he reflects on the really heavy events of the story and wonders what could have been.