COMIC REVIEW: All-New Wolverine #5 – Innerspace | FanboysInc

COMIC REVIEW: All-New Wolverine #5 – Innerspace

By Jeff Ayers

COMIC REVIEW: All New Wolverine 5 - Innerspace

Writer: Tom Taylor

Artists: David Lopez and David Navarrot

Colors: Nathan Fairbrairn


Marvel Comics

With issue 5 of All-New Wolverine, we are almost at the end of the first story arc dealing with Laura, X-23, taking over the mantle of Wolverine. Yet, it seems that with this All-New Wolverine, we haven’t really gotten anywhere, and the character is floundering in the pages of her own book.

COMIC REVIEW: All New Wolverine 5 - Innerspace

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Previously, Wolverine and her clones have been on the run from the goons at Alchemax, where the clones of X-23 escaped their imprisonment. Gabby, Zelda and Belladonna can feel no pain, and are just as ruthless as X-23/Wolverine was when she first burst onto the scene. The nanites in their bloodstream keep them from feeling anything at all, but now they are killing Gabby from the inside. None of the clones have the patented Wolverine healing factor, and so the group heads out looking for answers. Doctor Strange pointed them in the direction of Hank Pym’s lab, so Wolverine could steal an Ant Man suit and fight the nanites on their own level.

COMIC REVIEW: All New Wolverine 5 - Innerspace

What they didn’t see coming was The Wasp, Janet Van Dyne, who now owns Pym Labs. The Wasp is mad that Doctor Strange just spirited the four X-23’s into the lab to take something without asking, but once Wolverine explains the dire situation, she reluctantly agrees to help. All-New Wolverine #5 takes a turn into the realm of the classic movie Innerspace , as both the Wasp and Wolverine, outfitted in an Ant Man suit, shrink down and are injected into Gabby’s bloodstream. They do a good job fighting off the nanites, but then Alchemax shows up yet again to mess up the entire situation even further. All three clones get caught in the cross fire, and it looks like, despite their best efforts, Gabby will succumb to her mortal wounds.


The “Best There Is”: The art of this series continues to do some really cool things with the character models. Seeing The Wasp in full action is definitely a treat, as she has been a background player for much of the last decade in the comics. Also, Wolverine outfitted in an Ant Man suit is also pretty cool, and I dare say would make an interesting action figure down the road. (Ant-Verine?) Also, The Wasp has some great dialogue, and Taylor really made sure to find the perfect tone for Janet, and she really felt like the old school character.

The “Isn’t Very Nice”: I really want this book to be more than it is. The overarching storyline of the clones of X-23, and this new Wolverine’s quest to redeem them and herself, falls flatter each issue. There isn’t enough there to actually care for the clones, and the apparent demise of one of them at the end of this issue doesn’t have the emotional weight it should. Also, the series seems to be parading out many different characters from the Marvel Universe to legitimize this new Wolverine (Taskmaster, Doctor Strange, The Wasp), and that actually is more interesting than the main storyline. It is a testament to how strong your story and characters are when the guest star, in this case The Wasp, is the most interesting and exciting to read on the page.

FBI Score: 6.5 out of 10. A weak, over-reaching storyline really misses the emotional beats it is trying to convey. The clones aren’t likable yet, and this new Wolverine isn’t that believable in this new Marvel Universe. At least The Wasp was a welcomed addition to this otherwise lack luster issue.

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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