It’s been a difficult few months for Laura Kinney, even ignoring the death of her mentor Logan (a.k.a. the X-Man/Avenger Wolverine) and her attempting to fill his rather big shoes. First, she found out that she wasn’t the only young woman cloned from Logan’s DNA and that a sinister corporation was using them as assassins for hire. Then Laura had to take on the unfamiliar and uncomfortable role of parent when she took in Gabby – the youngest of her “sisters”.
Amazingly, things became even more complicated after that, as the two attempted to settle into a Manhattan apartment together. They had to contend with an older alternate-universe version of Logan, Laura having her mind-swapped with some alternate universe version of Spider-Woman and the most unlucky burglars in the world. In the middle of all this, somehow Squirrel Girl found out where they lived and gave Gabby a pet wolverine in the mistaken belief that everyone with an animal-themed code-name could talk to their respective animal counterpart!
Despite all this, nothing made Laura consider abandoning their new home. Then she received a strange package in the mail and suddenly Laura couldn’t get out of New York City fast enough! So it was that Laura, Gabby, Jonathan The Wolverine and their pelican statue hit the road.
After several months of tie-ins to Civil War II, All-Star Wolverine is back in top form. Tom Taylor is a talented writer but even his ability to find humor or inspire sympathy for the devil in the darkest of story-lines was hard-pressed to find something amusing or sympathetic in Mark Millar’s Old Man Logan. And the speech Taylor provided Laura, who told off Steve Rogers for his support of the Pro Precognitive side of the Civil War, read like a rant from every outraged Captain America fan who couldn’t believe that he’d ever support arresting someone for crimes they hadn’t committed.
Perhaps that is why this issue seems so heavy on humor, with multiple gags on several pages. Yet Taylor balances this with a summary of Laura’s background and upbringing. This makes this issue a fantastic jump-on point for those readers who have yet to give this series a shot.
The art equals Taylor’s script in every respect. Nik Virella’s character designs are deceptively simple, well-suited to both action sequences and the humorous talking-heads scenes. Yet Virella sneaks surprising amounts of detail into the backgrounds. Veteran inker Scott Hanna delivers his usual stellar job and the colors by Michael Garland are well-chosen throughout.