Wolverine Epic Collection: Inner Fury
Volume 6 of the Wolverine Epics (Volumes 1, 2, 8, 12 and 13 are already available at this point) takes us to 1992 and 1993, and by this point the character was already popular enough to have specials, spin-offs and guest appearances all over the place. Admirably, the Epics are trying to collate all of them into one place, but in the process the books do end up feeling slightly bitty, jumping around all over the place.
We kick off with Inner Fury, one of the aforementioned specials, which is fairly inconsequential but does feature some typically compelling Bill Sienkiewicz art. Then we get a few issues of the regular Wolverine ongoing, which focus largely on his relationship with Jubilee as they travel to the Savage Land and take on a rogue Sentinel. Then it's Killing, another special that again, does not really add that much to the character, featuring as it does the well-hashed struggle with Logan's propensity for violence.
Interestingly, we then get the Sabretooth miniseries, focusing on Wolverine's nemesis (although the man himself does guest-star) and deepening his ties to a couple of other characters as well as setting up his imminent appearances in the main X-Men book. Then it's one last special, Global Jeopardy, which is an interesting one - the story is once again inconsequential, but as it was a World Wildlife Fund charity book, every other page features a photo and facts on a wild species. It's notable as a curiosity, if nothing else.
And to wrap up the book, an issue of X-Men portrays the VERY consequential events of the Fatal Attractions crossover, returning to the Wolverine ongoing to show the aftermath. It still feels quite weighty, although very strange thrown in a book with all the other stuff.
Extras include a Swimsuit Special pinup, Marvel Age article on the events of the ongoing, and a couple of covers. There are certainly things to enjoy here - the Sabretooth mini and final story are genuinely interesting, and it continues to be great that the Epic Collections are so completist. Just sometimes, as here, it makes for a slightly odd reading flow. One to dip in and out of, perhaps.