02nd Aug2017

Wolverine Wednesday #3

by Ian Wells

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It’s that time of the month again to go through all comics laced with more than a hint of adamantium.

All New Wolverine #22

Writer: Tom Taylor | Artist: Leonard Kirk | Inks: Cory Hamscher | Colours: Michael Garland & Erick Arciniega | Letters: Joe Sabino

Laura continues her journey into the larger Marvel Universe this issue teaming with everyone’s favourite space adventurers The Guardians Of The Galaxy. This is a new story arc that follows directly on from the previous ‘Immune’ arc. However there is enough information given to easily pick this issue up and enjoy it without having read the previous three. I can’t stress enough how much of a fan of three issue story arcs I am. I think I have mentioned it in every review so far. With all the guests stars that have appeared in the series so far Taylor does a brilliant job of keeping voices unique. Again he gives us more brilliant interaction between Gabby and Deadpool. Can we get a mini please? If Taylor ever switched to the Deadpool ongoing it would make my pull list! When you consider The Guardians have gone from cult comic heroes to global stars of the big screen it is a sign of Taylor’s skill to keep their characteristics close to what people expect from them now. At the same time they seamlessly interact with his characters in his story. The adventures Laura finds herself on are shaping the series into more than just a female version of Wolverine. Back in the day Logan would more often than not have Kitty Pryde or Jubilee by his side. That dynamic is taken a step further with Laura and Gabby. Essentially they are the same person via Gabby being Laura’s clone but it feels more like an older sister bordering on mother/daughter relationship. With the cliff hanger to this issue it is this relationship that is going to face another stern test. Kirk continues to impress on art, he is a brilliant story teller. Equally adapting between the humorous light hearted moments and the action sequences. As The Guardians are guest starring he borrows nicely from the James Gunn playbook and inserts a nice visual gag into the background of one page.  All New Wolverine continues to be a very underrated success story for Marvel since its reboot after Secret Wars. I was so glad to see the title will be sticking around with the creative team in tow going into the ‘Legacy’ initiative.

Weapon X #5 – #6

Writer: Greg Pak | Artist: Marc Borstel & Ibraim Roberson | Colours: Frank D’Armata | Letters: Joe Caramanga

I thought I was going to have an easy month, then saw Weapon X was double shipping as the ‘Weapons Of Mutant Destruction’ rolls on. In my opinion it is still accessible to read without reading the ‘Totally Awesome Hulk’ issues that tie into this arc. Admittedly a little less so than the previous issue but you can still read and enjoy it for what it is. Marvel gave this Hulk/Weapon X hybrid lots of publicity before the story started but for me it is taking too long and we are still yet to see Batch H fully. I respect there are a certain amount of steps to take to tell a good story. But we are what? Five issues into this arc across two titles. That’s nearly a trade paperbacks worth of story without seeing the main protagonist. All that moaning aside though there is some good stuff going on in these two issues. The difference of opinion on how to deal with bad guys between the easy going Amadeus Cho and the hardened veterans of Weapon X adds a good opposistion to the action. Also there is some time devoted to one of the scientists involved in the experiments. How many comics do we read with nameless henchmen, stooges and evil scientists? Just to flesh one of them out with their motivations and short comings raises the level of the story. There is a touch of flirting between Warpath and Domino. After all it wouldn’t be an X-title without a romance added to team dynamics. On art Borstel is a perfect fit to cover for Greg Land. I have to confess I got to issue six before I noticed the change. I don’t know whether that is good for Borstel or not? If Land were to leave the title I would have no problem with Borstel taking the reigns. Truthfully his action sequences are probably a little better and his portrayal of movement is more fluid. The splash page in issue five of Warpath and Domino in action is the highlight and evidence he is good enough. He wasn’t someone I was familiar with previously and upon research this seems to be his first work for a major company. So good luck to him and keep up the good work.

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Old Man Logan #26

Writer: Ed Brisson | Artist: Mike Deodato Jr. | Colours: Frank Martin | Letters: Cory Petit

Two issues in and I’m still not feeling this story arc. There now have been a few minor reveals to Maestro’s plan, but its still ‘meh.’ Like I said with Weapon X I understand there are a certain amount of steps required to tell a story but not every story arc needs to be six issues long. It’s funny when you think about it as the X books share the same editors. Why can’t they see what is working for All New Wolverine having shorter arcs might work for Old Man Logan? Even Jeff Lemire previously on the title had a mixture of arc lengths. Again like last month I’m not saying Brisson is a bad writer, just judging on my experiences so far I would say he can’t write for trade length. The story for me may be weak but he does have a strong hold on Logan. He feels like Logan, he has his dialogue and motivations down to what people know and love about the character. While the pacing of the arc is slow the pacing of each issue so far has been on point. If that makes sense? Again all the positives come from Deodato’s beautiful art work. Now I don’t have an artistic bone in my body but with the panel layouts and the tone of the colours I was getting a Barry Windsor Smith Weapon X-era vibe from this. I think the white margins have a lot to do with. Particularly on one page where the snowy background essentially becomes the white margins for the preceding panels. There is a sequence set in the Wastelands at the start of the issue which shows Martins skills in colouring. It is the complete polar opposite to the rest of the book, but really sets you in the mind of the original Old Man Logan. Deodato does simple things but makes them look amazing. There is a sequence of Logan finding blood on the floor, going closer to smell it and then getting ready for action. All done in three simple not even half page panels. Panel layouts I suppose is a lot like writing for a certain amount of issues. Some people have it, others don’t.  Mike Deodato has certainly mastered it in his career. I hope this story arc picks up in coming issues. I would like Brisson to stick around to see what else he has planned.

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