If you’re at all familiar with my reviews, you probably know that I’m a major fan of ‘one-shot’ comics. As fantastic as traditional comic book story arcs can be, there’s something refreshing about having the entirety of a story, albeit a short story, held within a single comic. It was a little bittersweet to hear that the long desired team up of Wolverine and the All-New Wolverine would be limited to one of these one shots. Regardless, with Tom Taylor at the helm of this issue I knew it would pack a bloody punch with every page.
I mentioned this comic ahead of time to my 7 year old daughter who is a huge Laura Kinney fan. She and I recently cosplayed as the theatrical Old Man Logan and Laura (go to my personal Instagram for the pic) so this particular issue was one we definitely had on our radar.
Tom Taylor has a knack for the ‘less is more’ approach to his storytelling. He’s very good at letting things unfold without a dissertation to set up a story. This comic is a great example of this because it throws you right into the middle of Logan battling the undead ninjas of the Hand. Readers will have their attention immediately grabbed because, for once, this intense battle isn’t going in Wolverine’s favor and he’s moments away from losing for good. All the while there is very little narration offered – even though you’re not 100% sure what’s happening, it doesn’t matter because you are given the sense that things will fall into place in the coming pages. Jorge Molina’s artwork compliments this style quite well as readers are easily immersed in this desperate setting.
Fortunately for Logan, Laura (the All-New Wolverine) mysteriously appears and gracefully kicks copious amounts of undead ass. I absolutely loved how you’re treated to Logan’s thought process as he is just as awestruck by her ability. There’s no explanation why she’s there because it doesn’t matter – Wolverine needed help and his clone/daughter from the future supplied it fantastically.
The dialogue throughout the issue is top notch. Overall it’s effective yet subtle which makes for a smooth read. Interactions between the new and old Wolverine are exactly as they should be with Laura subverting normal tropes as she normally does with hints of Logan’s blunt charm.
As the pages progress you see that Logan is getting more and more hints as to his true connection with the mysterious Laura. This opens up some genuinely sweet moments between them before the story ends. It was very special for me to read this aloud with my daughter. It’s a thoughtful yet ass-kicking story that never veers into any excessive or over-the-top areas like it easily could have.
My final rating of Generations: Wolverine & All-New Wolverine #1 is a 9.6 out of 10.
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The Belligerent Barnes