Generations: All New Wolverine & Wolverine #1
Writer: Tom Taylor
Art: Ramon Rosanas
Cover: Jorge Molina, Declan Shalvey & Jordie Bellaire, Oliver Coipel, Stanley Lau, Greg Horn, John Cassady, Lucio Parillo
Colorist: Nolan Woodard
This issue of Generations was the one team-up I was looking forward too. Akiko, the adopted daughter of Mariko and Logan was kidnapped by a familiar foe. Logan ends up caught in the middle of unrelenting, undead ninjas. Thankfully, he has some help. Truths are dropped and emotions are poured out in this issue.
Yes, this Logan is still with Mariko, so that should give some indication of what Logan you’re looking at. Some may think that the suit is an indicator, but this is a just in case.
You don’t know how excited I was to read this title. After seeing Taylor’s name on it, there was no hesitation. Two of the baddest claw wielding heroes come together again for a touching story. Don’t let that statement fool you. You got your ninjas, explosions, and slicing opponents to bits. Plus, that good ole Wolverine snark. This issue of generations reads sort of like a spy story, which is cool. Tracking ninjas, airport escape scenes, black clothes, cool sunglasses. Taylor has delivered yet again for the Generations event.
Ramon Rosanas did a great job on the art. I do like how Rosanas handles facial expressions. There may not seem to be a lot of variation, but I still find it very important. Also, Rosanas has added the “scent” of whatever the Wolverines are tracking. I like that and feel it was added for reader’s sake. I don’t really see any hiccups that would distract the reader or throw off the book. Rosanas’ work is clean despite these dusty ninjas. Nolan Woodard is a good fit for this book. He knows how to go from dark to light. Not just for daytime scenes, but for color schemes as well.
Lets talk about these covers! Al of them are cool in their own respect. Of course I have my personal favorites. The Stanley Lau, Oliver Coipel, and Jorge Molina catch my eye more than the others. I do like to see what the other artists have come up with for their covers.
If there was a downside to this book or the character portrayal, it would be Laura’s ego. Although, I can’t really blame her too much. However, I have seen it before in the All New Wolverine series. In a heartfelt moment, she says some things that can be true for a lot of heroes like Logan. Though, the script is flipped back on her to show both of these characters have flaws despite the “killing machine” narrative. Besides these nitpicky points, nothing too out of wack that could hurt the story. If these two were to have a continuous team up sometime in the future, I wouldn’t mind it at all.
Generations: All New Wolverine & Wolverine #1 is a perfect balance of action and heart that’s part of the Wolverine charm.