On the Road AgainWritten by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Nik Virella, Scott Hanna, Michael Garland, Jesus Aburtov and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: November 16, 2016
I can't say this whole Marvel Now thing has knocked my pants off, but that's okay since one of my favorite books is the continuing series, All-New Wolverine. The minute I decided to review this book and went back to the beginning of the series, I fell in love with Laura Kinney. Is it crazy that she is my Wolverine? Yes, I know it is, but the heart wants what the heart wants. What my heart wants right now is a way for Laura (and the awesome Gabby) to get the hell out of this cabin trip in one piece...and for everyone around them to have the same luxury. Will that be the case or will Laura's past come back to haunt her? Let's find out...
The issue opens with Fury and the S.H.E.I.L.D. Rapid Response Team landing in Daylesville. Initially, it was because the town had suddenly gone dark, but they quickly spot Wolverine and a town of dead bodies and the reason changes. They grab (actually, they are a bit more forceful than "grab") Laura and load her onto their plane. However, before going in, Laura tells Fury what started it all and it puts things in motion that will lead to a couple dead pilots and Laura and Gabby heading to Madripoor.
Things move quickly in this issue...as Fury works to figure out if Laura is telling a shred of the truth, she is figuring out how to get the hell out of S.H.E.I.L.D's grip. It's a pretty coordinated deal as Fury tells Laura that her mysterious manipulators are from Madripoor right before she escapes...from the flying plane. I know she has a healing factor, but the move was still pretty ballsy!
She finally gets back to the cabin and starts packing for Madripoor. Of course, Gabby wants to come along and after some bickering, they (including Jonathan) are off on yet another road trip. Well, this one is a river trip leading to a sea trip, but you get the point.
I really enjoyed how Laura spells out the ways she can't get out of the country and when we find out how she can, it's pretty cool as well. I also love Gabby through this whole part as she is the comedy relief that actually makes me laugh.
The issue ends with the gals (and Jonathan!) heading off to sea while we see who is awaiting them in Madripoor. It's pretty damn cool and very, very personal for Laura and Gabby. I can't wait to see how this works out!
While I can't wait for that, this issue was pretty much a bridge to that. Not much happens here and really, it was all a pretty forced setup to get Laura to Madripoor. Tom Taylor might have just had Fury send Laura a note telling her the what's what, but I guess that wouldn't have made a great story. As it stands, neither did what we got. It's not horrible, but it sure wasn't great.
Nik Virella's art kind of goes with that flow. It's not horrible, it just is not great. Without any real action or exciting set pieces to work with, Virella gives the reader an adequate, but uninspiring bit of art.
Bits and Pieces:
I have loved everything that Tom Taylor has given us in All-New Wolverine, but this issue is the exception to the rule. It's all setup to get Laura to Madripoor and while that seems exciting and very personal, that is a story for another issue. Unfortunately, I can't give this issue high marks.