It’s an all new Wolverine title with an all new Wolverine! Well, not all new, it’s Laura Kinney aka X-23 a clone of the real Wolverine who is now under the yellow and blue mask. Can a clone be considered all new, and hasn’t X-23 technically been Wolverine before? Enough with semantics, let’s get to the review of All-New Wolverine #1!
Previously in All-New Wolverine: It’s All-New! Nothing! (That I know of)
DID I MISS SOMETHING?
I haven’t read a Wolverine comic in a long, long time, not counting the Death of Wolverine mini or Secret Wars Old Man Logan. I dig X-23 and this is the All-New Marvel so why not? Well a few reasons actually. Reading All-New Wolverine #1 feels like catching the last action packed fifteen minutes of an episode of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., while having never seen the show before. With no context of who or what is exactly taking place in this issue, I was completely frustrated and frankly angry by the end. In Paris, Laura saves a man from being shot by an assassin and, after having a nice flashback moment with Wolverine while healing her head wound, runs after the shooter. There’s a brief skirmish on the Eiffel Tower, the assassin commits suicide by jumping off the tower, a drone is called in and fellow X-Man Angel who is working with Laura helps her destroy it. The big reveal is that the assassin is a clone of Laura, which actually isn’t much of a reveal based on dialogue within the issue. Other than some sweet moments between Angel and Laura, there wasn’t much here that shined. Apparently that’s what a $4.99 Wolverine comic book is. Who is Laura saving at the beginning? Why is she chasing these assassin’s? When did Angel and her become partners and romantically involved? I couldn’t tell you. Once again I’m feeling left out of the loop and don’t know if it’s because of Tom Taylor’s writing or I haven’t read other X-Men and Wolverine titles. Regardless, for the price point I should get more context and more story than just one long action scene. I don’t mind a little mystery and intrigue, but this is poor and instead of leaving me wanting more, leaves me wanting my money back.
STRONGER SECOND HALF
David Lopez and David Navarrot are a team that work together, one handling pencils while the other designs tech and backgrounds etc. The two blend well and it’s clear they work great as a team. There were many times where some great and dynamic angles were used for shots, but unfortunately the characters would look disproportional or facial features would look off to downright bad. The second half of the issue, from the Eiffel Tower fight on, is much tighter and has more detail. Shots of Paris from above look nice and detailed, as well as brightly colored, and the flow of the action is solid. Again, there’s nothing much that stands out, though I will admit some of it is due to my personal dislike of the style. I would have also liked to have seen a bit more change in Wolverine’s costume considering this is all-new. A variation on the brown suit would better suit Laura I would think, but to each their own.
BOTTOM LINE: SKIP IT AND SAVE $5
All-New Wolverine #1 is not worth reading, let alone $4.99. If spending that much on thirty pages (I counted) of a fight scene with no context sounds like a good deal, then this would be a Wolverine book for you. Even if you somehow know what is going on, I would still argue this book isn’t worth the price point. The art is decent and picks up in the second half but still has problems. This was the first ongoing Wolverine title I’ve read in ages. It looks like it might be ages until I pick up another.
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