Monday, January 16, 2017

All-New Wolverine #16 Review - Marvel Monday

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Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Nik Virella, Michael Garland and Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 11, 2017

All-New Wolverine has been one of my favorite books since I started reading and reviewing Marvel stuff for the site.  I love Laura, but it's the cast of characters that surround her that have made me smile every time I read a new issue.  Of course, I'm mainly talking about Gabby who I just love!  So, what is Gabby going to do now that Laura has been captured and what nefarious plans do her captors have for X-23?  Let's find out...

The issue opens with Laura in a green pool of hate and misery as she is being told over and over that she is nothing.  I mean NOTHING!  It's all part of Kimura's plan to use X-23 as a weapon to destroy anybody or anything she wants and right now, she has Tyger Tiger in her sights.  By the way, the plan has a full A.V. presentation which is always nice.

Back on the SS Yost, Roughhouse is guarding the kidnapped children as they make their way back to California, but Gabby has other plans...she's got to get free to save Laura!  This is easily the best part of the issue as Gabby devises a plan with the other kids that includes broken bones, her healing factor and one of the cutest "thumbs up" I've ever seen in my life!

Back in Madripoor, Kimura makes sure that Laura won't do anything funny, like try to escape, by showing exactly what's at Laura's now not-so-hidden family.  It's harsh and brutal and totally Kimura.

After seeing Gabby escape, Kimura's plan goes into full effect and a now feral Laura goes ham on Tyger's security and after a little smoke and mirrors, is stopped by...  Well, you'll just have to read the issue and see for yourself.  It's not just a one person affair either as we get a surprise cliffhanger as well.

This is a very quick read.  We find out Kimura's plan and Tom Taylor gets right to it.  Like I said above, the bits with Gabby were my favorite (as they usually are), but there is also some cool and visceral action for all you blood hungry readers out there.  While I expected a bit more murderousness going on (this is Enemy of the State II!), there is still time for that.

Nik Virella's art is good overall, but there are a couple of panels that fall a little flat.  The worst case of that was the twist non-killing that ended up being a bit confusing instead of totally awesome, but again, overall it was good.

Bits and Pieces:

The Enemy of the State II story is hitting it's stride and while I expected a lot more slicing and dicing, I am still enjoying it.  The art was good and Tom Taylor is gearing up for a big finale.  BTW, Gabby steals the show (once again) because she is awesome!  That's just how it is.


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