Hench-Sized Comic Book Reviews – 1/2/16
Speaking of dropping the ball…turns out I was too busy partying and playing video games to read too many comics in the new year. I had some vague plans about getting caught up on Black Canary or Batman and Robin Eternal so that this week’s reviews would pack a little bit of a punch, at least. But I’m apparently going to start 2016 with a whimper! Woot! I did manage to read and review the newest issue of All-New Wolverine, though, so I think that wins Comic Book of the Week by default!
It’s OK, though. There weren’t many comics out this week anyway. Don’t worry, starting next week, the world goes back to normal.
Comic Reviews: All-New Wolverine #3.
All-New Wolverine #3
Writer: Tom Taylor
Artist: David Lopez and David Navarrot
I can’t say this is the best Wolverine comic I’ve ever read, but I’m definitely still enjoying X-23’s turn as the Canucklehead. Taylor is telling a very specific story, which I’m enjoying, and I also definitely like his take on Laura.
Wolverine battles the Taskmaster after he shot and killed her clones at the end of the last issue. She manages to surprise him with some of her moves and claws and actually unmasks him! Once he’s knocked out, the clones reveal they were wearing armor and are actually fine. Everybody loads up in their armored car to make their escape, and Wolverine has to fight off Alchemax pursuit vehicles.
When she regroups with the clones, she finds out that they are slowly dying due to the cloning process. So Wolverine takes them to get help at the Sanctum Sanctorum!
Comic Rating: 8/10 – Very Good.
OK, so, let’s get the obvious out of the way: Marvel is apparently going to really start pushing Doctor Strange. I don’t blame them, obviously. He’s got a big movie coming out in the new year, and Marvel has to put some attention on the guy. Because otherwise, there is absolutely no reason why X-23 would so randomly take a bunch of clones to visit Doctor Strange. It’s just not feasible and a little silly. But I’m all for interesting crossovers, and this is definitely a pairing we’ve never seen before. Let’s see what Taylor can do with it. He’s already doing a swell job with everything else.
That aside, this was another fun issue. All-New Wolverine seems to combine the colorful, quirky style of modern comics like Hellcat and Unbeatable Squirrel Girl with the action-packed adrenaline rush of a standard Wolverine comic. I like it. There’s action galore, from claw fights to rocket-launchers and all manner of explosions. But Taylor also has a lot of quirky adorableness too, especially with the clones. This book isn’t afraid to have fun. The story is a little too specific, I think, in that I don’t really get an overall sense of the purpose or direction of the comic. This is just Wolverine on a very specific adventure. That can be well and good on its own, but I’m hoping Taylor can widen his scope over time and fill in some of the sidelines.
The comics I review in my Hench-Sized reviews are just the usual comics I pick up from my local shop any given week, along with a few impulse buys I might try on a whim. So if there are any comics or series you’d like me to review each week, let me know in the comments!