Monday, April 10, 2017

All-New Wolverine #19 Review and *SPOILERS* - Marvel Monday

Spoiler Alert: Laura’s a Badass

Written By: Tom Taylor
Art By: Leonard Kirk, Cory Hamscher, Michael Garland
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: April 5, 2017
Publisher: Marvel

*Non Spoilers and Score At The Bottom*

Wolverine was a book that I wasn’t really paying attention to at the beginning of All-New, All-Different Marvel but the book has been talked about a ton and lots of people are loving the book. Luckily for me, we got a new jumping on point with ResurrXion and I immediately picked up this book. This is a new beginning for Laura and Gabby as the Trigger Scent is no longer a threat, and the two have dawned new costumes. How will our two girls fare going forward? Let’s stop talking about it and just jump right into this new beginning.

At the beginning of our issue we see an object hurtling through space toward earth. Meanwhile, we catch the view of a yacht that is being infiltrated by two shadowed figures. The two figures use the shadows of the night in order to get around the boat’s security. Unfortunately for them, it is at this point that the object hurtling toward earth enters the atmosphere, creating flames that light up the night of New York City. It is revealed that our two infiltrators are Laura Kinny and Gabby. They are immediately spotted by security and are riddled with bullets before they can react. It is at this point that we learn that the object is hurtling toward the center of Manhattan. Luckily, Ironheart was already in the sky and she uses her suit to intercept the object. She is unable to stop the object so she uses it’s momentum to change it’s trajectory so that it heads toward the East River.

Unfortunately, we learn from dialogue that Riri was unable to make it all the way to the East River and instead landed on Roosevelt Island. During this time, while all the henchmen have their eyes to the sky, Laura and Gabby are able to recover and go on a rampage, taking out all of the enemies in the area. At the crash site, we learn that the object was a small ship that held an alien child. A crowd gathers and Riri begins to comfort the child. Unfortuantely, the child is injuried and is only able to say a name before she dies in Ironheart’s arms. She says, “Laura Kinney.”

On the boat, Laura and Gabby have gone below deck only to be immediately fired upon. However, the bullet simply bounces off of Laura’s costume and the gunman is revealed to be a scientist that they’ve been pursuing. The scientist is Yvgeny and a little pain and instigation leads him to immediately confess to his crimes. Turns out that Laura and Gabby aren’t the only ones listening. On Laura’s phone is Yvgeny’s mother. Back on Roosevelt Island a small incident turns into a major one when it become apparent that the child had arrived on Earth with some sort of contagion. Ironheart sends out the message to all heroes and organizations to lock down Roosevelt Island.

Back on the boat, Gabby and Laura finish the arrests and discuss their new costumes. Turns out that they have added some bulletproof armor to their costumes in order to avoid some major pain during their fights. This is when they are interrupted by Captain Marvel who flies Laura away to inform her of the situation. It has become very serious as people on the island are panicking and the President has decided to try and scorch the island. Laura has no idea why the child mentioned her name but has decided to try and find out by entering the island. She dawns a parachute and jumps onto the island. This is where the issue leaves us.

This is a great jumping on point for this series. The small blurb at the beginning is enough for a new reader to not be lost and the issue is action packed and really nice to look at. Granted, the art does in some places look a bit ridiculous with the facial expressions but overall, it was a treat to look at. I found this issue really nice because we are immediately introduced to two different storylines that eventually meet up by the end of the issue. Not all issues do this. Some will have two stories that will take several issues for them to match up but this one kept it short and sweet, which is really satisfying to see as a reader. I love this issue and new readers should really pick up this series at this point. It’s perfect to jump on.

Bits and Pieces

This is a brand new jumping on point for readers and this is the perfect introduction to this series. We get an amazing and action packed issue that gives us plenty of story in this one issue while setting up the path we are going to be taking in the next few issues to come. The art is really special, with exception to a couple of close up panels but the story was incredibly satisfying and seeing the two different storylines come together in more than one place was amazing.


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