Review: ‘All-New Wolverine’ #1
All-New Wolverine #1
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artists: David Lopez and David Navarrot
Publisher: Marvel Comics
I feel like one thing that should be mentioned with this review is that I’m not someone who reads Wolverine anymore. I liked plenty of older stories with Logan but it’s been a few years since I actively bought a Wolverine book. Old Man Logan by Mark Millar is probably the last time I spent money on the character. I say that because I have no real idea what has gone on with him or with Laura Kinney, also known as X-23 and now known as Wolverine. Now, I did know that Logan is currently deceased. I sure as hell have no idea what went down with Secret War.
So All-New Wolverine was one I kept hearing was a great read. People were recommending this left and right to me. I was intrigued enough to pick up a copy, to spend coin on a physical copy. So…
Spoilers. Ye be warned!
X-23 is now star of the show, for now. This issue opened with her in Paris, France, protecting some unknown person from an assassination attempt. She gets taken down and in a sort of dream state, talks with the previous Wolverine about things and then wakes up to hunt for her mysterious assassin. Of course, she finds her on the top of the Eiffel Tower. Once dispatching of the mystery assassin, she, with the help of Angel, stop a drone from taking the place out. Things get even crazier once the reveal of the assassin turns out to be…X-23?
This book started out different. Not bad, but different. Tom Taylor starts the story right in the thick of things. I did not know what was really going on at first and still don’t know all the parties involved. I am not sure if when Wolvie gets knocked out of action, if she is going to enter this weird dream state and have conversations with Logan on the regular. Also, I had no idea that Angel had changed. Once he had angelic wings and then Metal wings. Now, they look like fire. There were things that I just didn’t know about.
Now, I know all of that sounds like such a knock, but I actually enjoyed this. I thought the pace of the story was good. I felt like Laura is a pretty likable character. Tom Taylor is best-known for his work on DC’s Injustice: Gods Among Us series. He’s been doing some Marvel work of late, none of which I have read, but if this is what it’s going to be like, it’s going to be good.
I liked the art more than the story. I just really dug the look of everything here. Not a reinvention of the wheel or anything, but it was damn solid. All props should go to David Lopez and David Navarrot for that. They make a good-looking comic.
One last thing about the art. With a lot of the new Marvel releases, they have relaunched the titles with a plethora of variants. I really liked the variants on this one. The hip-hop variant is awesome, with a re-imagined image of an old DMX cover but with Wolverine. Good stuff. I feel a good cover helps pull the reader to get a book. All-New Wolverine has great ones.
So the verdict on All-New Wolverine? It’s good enough to keep reading. I really liked the pictures, man. Really, but the story wasn’t too shabby, either.