VC - Cory Petit
Apr 27th, 2016
The battle has been fought, and won—but at what cost? As Laura and Gabby attempt to move on with their lives, Wolverine's past seems destined to catch up with her, and wreak havoc. Logan's legacy has cast a long shadow, how can Laura hope to step out of it?
All New Wolverine #7 sets up a new story in the life of Laura as she continues to adjust to being The Wolverine. Quick catch up, Laura was known as X-23 a clone of Wolverine. When Wolverine died, Laura took over, donning the yellow and blue costume. In her recent series, Laura attempted to take down a suspected terrorist group-this group turned out to be clones of Laura who were dying and trying to save themselves. When the dust settled, one remained, Gabby a bright eyed naive younger version of Laura. This is where Tom Taylor starts us off in this issue as Laura needs to come to terms with what it means to be a hero and protect and care for young Gabby, and while helping guest star Squirrel Girl, Laura learns there is more to being Wolverine than just beating up bad guys. It’s a fun, but meaningful story well executed by Taylor. I’ve enjoyed his run on this series so far but was always bothered by art of Lopez and Navarrot, now hopefully Marcio Takara will be staying on as his work is perfect for the character. Jordon Boyd’s color work is spectacular, and really helps Takara’s smooth line work pop out. This should be the team on this book going forward, and I can see big things for Marvel’s new Wolverine.
- The Hey!: New art team, and new story! I like the direction Laura is heading here.
- The Eh: While some deeper issues are addressed here, nothing really happens over all. Most of it is comedic and that can be a little off putting to a new reader trying to get into the series.
- The What?!!: Takara’s artwork just shines beautifully here! Characters expressions are fantastic, and he handles the layouts well.
- Who should read this series?: X-men fans, and Wolverine fans. If you want a female character who isn’t super empowered but actually feels like a real person struggling with their identity and where their future is going, this is it. Enjoy the ride as we see the character grow.
- Why should you buy this book?: If you missed the first storyline in the series (issues 1-6) its not too big a deal as can you quickly jump on board with this issue and read up elsewhere what took place before.