Saturday, December 31, 2016

Review of "All New Wolverine: Civil War II," by Tom Taylor et. al.

Review of
All New Wolverine: Civil War II, by Tom Taylor et. al. ISBN 9780785196532

Four out of five stars
 This graphic novel is one based on the continuation of the basic form of a character. Logan was the original Wolverine and Laura Kinney was cloned from him all the way down to her retractable claws. Of course, since Logan was male and she is female, she is not a true clone.
 Laura was created to be a weapon, but escaped with the help of Logan, who died during the rescue. Now Laura is the new Wolverine and with the help of Squirrel Girl, they engage in adventures that also include the teenage Gabrielle (Gabby). Gabby suffers from a serious case of separation anxiety, she is terrified of being left and abandoned. Which creates problems for a hero that may suddenly be forced into a fight with a mighty villain with great powers.
 Although it involves S. H. I. E. L. D., a fire-breathing dragon and a disturbed Logan from another time, the story is clearly targeted at a female audience. The dialog and the interactions between the female characters is that of young teen girls. There is also a soft, cuddly pet wolverine.
 Yet, this is a good thing, for it helps to broaden the audience for the comics. There is still a lot of fighting, growling and general smacking each other around. Captain America also appears, there is a point of amusement when he chases the disturbed Logan through a building and apologizes to the couple in bed as he races through their room in pursuit. It ends with a speech of departure and frustration.

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