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!

Just Wolverine stuff

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

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.

It’s the thought that counts

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!



About Sean Ian Mills

Hello, this is Sean, the Henchman-4-Hire! By day I am a mild-mannered newspaper reporter in Central New York, and by the rest of the day I'm a pretty big geek when it comes to video games, comic books, movies, cartoons and more.

Posted on January 2, 2016, in Comics, Marvel, Reviews, X-Men and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. Wolverine is definitely a good book. She’s really badass, and there’s also some good humour. I loved the squirrel near the end. It makes me want a Wolverine/Squirrel Girl team-up.

    • Taylor HAS said he’d love to do a team-up between Laura and Doreen (though I’m hoping for Ms. Marvel).

      • Ah man, both would be pretty amazing. And I think both could definitely work. Kamala did have that brief team-up with Wolverine early in her run.

      • Huh, don’t know why it won’t let me respond to you directly. Anyway, we DO know that Kamala thinks Laura is awesome (she’s discussing potential Avengers with her friends. One says “No Wolverine!” and Kamala asks why not, and makes it clear the Wolverine she’s talking about is Laura). So it seems they’ve met at some point after the time skip.

      • Yeah, that’s the problem with this version of WordPress, it stops with the immediate responses after a few. But any new responses get placed lower on the list, so it sort of works.

        And interesting! I’ll have to try and find that issue where they’re picking Avengers. Sounds fun.

      • I think it was either the first issue of All-New All-Different Avengers, or the first issue of the current volume of Ms. Marvel. It was something to the effect of:

        Kamala: Who would you pick for an Avenger?
        Friend: No Wolverine!
        Kamala: Why not? She’s awesome!

      • The scene you’re talking about was a back-up in ANAD Avengers #1. It started with Nakia and Bruno arguing about who should be on a new Avengers line-up. Nakia says no Wolverine, Kamala says she’s awesome.

        And then Nova shows up chasing a monster and makes an ass of himself in front of Ms. Marvel and it’s really awkward and kind of adorable. Seriously, I’m loving watching the two of them in that book. They’re clashing in such an entertaining and believable way. They’re teens being teens and that means things never come out the way they mean them and just makes everything worse.

  2. They did kinda-sorta explain why Laura chose to see Dr. Strange:. Alchemax is watching her usual contacts with the X-Men, so she can’t really go to them for help (Meta reason: Elixir and Triage would be able to fix things with literally a wave of their hand, which eliminates any future drama). She went to Strange instead because he’s not only someone Alchemax wouldn’t expect her to turn to, but, as he himself said, they wouldn’t be able to get close to him without his knowledge, anyway. So in-story, at least, it was her safest option. Out-of-story, I disagree that they’re using her to push Strange. Quite the opposite: Taylor is bringing in Taskmaster, Strange, and Wasp as a way of building up Laura. Kind of an amusing reversal of Wolverine Publicity.

    • Oh sure, Taylor came up with some reasons why they’d go visit Doctor Strange. But Alchemax hasn’t exactly been a challenge to Wolverine so far. There’s no way they could stop her from hanging out with the X-Men if she so wanted. Heck, she’s a member of the All-New X-Men right now. If she hooked up with them for help, there’s not a thing Alchemax and their guns could do to any of them. But I’m not really complaining, just pointing something out.

      • Keep in mind we don’t know when this series is set, yet. For all we know it’s before Beast calls them all back together, so the ANXM don’t exist as a team yet. It seems to be implied that issue 1 is the first time Laura revealed herself as Wolverine, which puts it earlier in the 8-month time skip after Secret Wars than ANXM #1.

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