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COMIC REVIEW: All-New Wolverine 1 – Here Comes The Wolverine

By Jeff Ayers

Writer: Tom Taylor

Artists: David Lopez and David Navarrot

Color: Nathan Fairbairn

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Marvel Comics

Alright, lets get the elephant out of the room. Anyone who listens to my podcast, or has been following my reviews on this site, has a little insight into how much I love the character of Wolverine. Hell, I even end every single review I do with “The Best There Is/Isn’t Very Nice” section as an homage to my favorite character. That being said, of course I was sad to see him meet his demise in “The Death of Wolverine” story arc, and I have been a little apprehensive about his clone, X-23, taking over his mantle. Don’t get me wrong, I am a fan of hers as well, with the awesome depictions of her throughout the Uncanny X-Force line, as well as her various interactions with Wolverine. Even back to her true first appearance as a vial of Logan’s cloned DNA in the now classic Wolverine 80.

Vial with X23 on it, Wolverine 80

Vial with X23 on it, Wolverine 80

This issue alleviated a lot of those fears, and helped welcome a brand new character to the Marvel Universe. X-23, or Laura Kinney, has undergone a ton of changes since her first appearance in the NYX series, and then as an addition to the budding school of young mutants in various X-Men titles. When the character is at her best however, is when the story plays up her similarities to Logan himself, and how they are both created weapons that are desperately trying to be more than that. All-New Wolverine 1 does a wonderful job putting this theme out there almost immediately, as we see a flashback between Laura and Logan during a fight with a bazooka. This dialogue takes place during their time in Uncanny X-Force, and that is important because that was a huge point of growth from X-23’s character, thanks to the guidance of Logan. Taylor does an awesome job penning this sequence, and it is really a treat to see Logan interact within the panels again, even if it is a flashback. Hopefully, this will set the tone for this series and we will see much more of Logan and Laura in the past, like an Obi-Wan/Luke Skywalker type relationship.

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The story itself is pretty straight forward, diving right into the action of X-23 desperately trying to save a man from being assassinated in Paris. The shooter seems to be a thoughtless killing machine, and the reveal at the end, while not entirely surprising given a normal Wolverine type storyline, is still entertaining and wildest likely set up a lot of stories within this series. The art is done really well, with the action almost pooping out of the panels thanks to Lopez and Navarrot’s excellent details. The colors are right at home with this series as well, as Fairbairn uses blues and golds in a myriad of ways to hammer home the idea that you truly are reading a Wolverine book.

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The “Best There Is”:┬áThe flashback sequence in this book is near perfect, and Taylor hits all the right beats with the narrative from Logan. It is almost like seeing a page from Uncanny X-Force that was never released, and the color wash to reds and golds really accents the feeling of wisdom from the past. Also, on top of a very cool and engaging story arc being presented, X-23 debuts her new costume and it doesn’t suck. It is a variation of the classic blue and gold Wolverine costume, updated a little and also retouched for a woman’s depiction. I really like the decision to keep Laura’s long hair flowing behind her, which adds movement and depth to the action sequences.

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The “Isn’t Very Nice”: Two things struck me as very odd in this book, both of which are very minor. The first was the twist at the end, and not to spoil it, but it seems like a rehash of a few previous story arcs that I thought were already tied up. The second, was the inherent relationship with Angel, and just which version of Angel this might be. It seems to be the “wings of light” version we got after his redemption arc in the final Uncanny X-force line with him in it, but with the whole “Secret Wars” thing not over, and multiple versions of the core X-Men running around, it is a little unclear.

FBI Score: 9 out of 10. I honestly didn’t go into this book expecting much, and hoping that at least I would like the character once I read it. Not only does X-23 come off as likable, and a hero you can root for, there is just enough classic Wolverine on the page to make in the most dedicated fans want to see what happens next.

Jeff Ayers

Both my parents instilled in me at an early age the awesome power and incredible wonder of the written word. My father sat with me when I was four years old and taught me to enjoy reading with classic comic strips like SPIDERMAN, PEANUTS, B.C. and, later, CALVIN AND HOBBES. My mother exposed me to such classics of literature as Poe, Tolkien, Stoker and Doyle, and I started my own comic collection with allowance money from mowing lawns. I liked Wolverine before it was cool, I watched as Superman died and returned, and huddled under the covers as I turned the pages of SANDMAN. Reading is like oxygen to me, and all genres and formats are welcome and devoured equally. I am the co-host of The DW and Incredible Jeff Show, CEO of Permian Productions, and a reviewer at Graphic Novel Reporter. I am 34 and live in scenic Saratoga Springs New York, where I haunt coffee shops and dive bars and the best comic shop anywhere, The Comic Depot.

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