Welcome back to another weekly roundup of Ice’s comic reviews!
Comics for this week: All-New Wolverine #7 and Batman #51!
All-New Wolverine #7
Written by: Tom Taylor
Art by: Marcio Takara
Laura Kinney as the new Wolverine has been working out… well, as well as you would expect it to be. With the first arc of the series, she ran into someone who took her DNA and made clones, which now she’s taking care of one, making her even more the new Wolverine. Tom Taylor does a nice job showing the resemblance of Laura in the past and how she’s come full circle acting like Logan was with her before with the first few pages alone. She’s got a young girl that’s in her care (Gabby- a clone), kind of mentoring her, trying to protect her, has someone in the silly, buddy-cop-like-nature burst in for help (Spider-Man for Logan, here it’s Squirrel Girl- I mean the cover gives it away!)— that’s like Wolverine Bingo right there. The cause for Squirrel Girl needing Laura’s help may seem imprudent on the surface; something that no one would seriously bother with or give a second thought to, but it helps solidify a friendship between the two heroes with a quick moment in the end as well making Laura realize what the right thing she has to do with Gabby. The tone of the issue seems like something you’d expect to see in Squirrel’s Girl comic and not here because as Wolverine, the character, the nature is supposed to be serious. However Laura isn’t Logan (even if she herself was cloned from his DNA) and she’s her own person with her own adventures. I mean, even comedies have their serious moments so why can’t it also be the other way around? The fun looks to stop here anyhow as with the next issue it’s back to serious business with the comic taking its road to Civil War II.
Written by: Scott Snyder
Art by: Greg Capullo
It’s the end of an era. The last issue for the team of Snyder and Capullo working on Batman after five years on the series. The last hurrah for this Dynamic Duo has Batman and Alfred trying to find what caused all of Gotham to lose power. The way the issue reads, you can tell that there’s a creative team change happening after this. Snyder and Capullo create this issue like a love letter, a good-bye love letter to the series and as a thank you to the readers. It’s masterfully done having so many of Batman’s rogues gallery show up; like a last adios from Snyder to the characters. And yes, even though Snyder will still be writing Batman in another comic, that doesn’t negate the fact that all of that still holds true. Snyder could’ve written a crazy, all-out action-type adventure for his last issue on the series, but instead goes with something more meaningful. The narration in the comic turns out to be more than what it appears at first and when you see what it really is, what it means, that’s where the meaning hits. When emotion gets involved because you understand what Snyder is saying through the issue. And what a hell of a sendoff from Capullo with the last page. Inspiring, beautiful artwork and maybe his best yet.