By Michael DeLaney
This article contains SPOILERS. If you haven’t read the issue yet, proceed at your own risk!
I think the best writers at DC or Marvel are those that incorporate the past — warts and all — while paving the way for the future. With secret origins, even secreter origins, clones, children and magical swords, Wolverine has a complicated and silly comic book history. Leave it to Tom Taylor to take on some of that silly and make it a strength.
In All-New Wolverine 29, Laura and her kin continue to be hunted by “The Orphans of X.” Previously the Orphans had taken the Muramasa Blade — a mystical sword that can kill Wolverines — and crafted it into Muramasa bullets. To protect our feral friends, Taylor takes it to the next logical progression: Muramasa Body Armor.
Another example of ingenuity is what I will call “the Muramasa workaround” — which I’m not sure if Taylor introduced or it has appeared before. In a very Walking Dead manner, a Wolverine can survive a Muramasa wound by removing the tissue affected by the mystical weapon, which allows their regeneration to kick back in. Which leads us the the conclusion of All-New Wolverine 29:
When you’re writing regenerative mutants, you might as well take advantage of it, like when Daken cuts himself open and inserts a cellphone to act as a tracker.
Juann Cabal uses the sequential art form very well here, first in the SNIKT battle with The Hand and then with a stealth infiltration.
I almost prefer this completely silent page to the big action page. With no captions, dialogue, or sound effects, the onus is on the artist to tell the story — and Cabal nails it. The way that we see Gabby and Laura sneak around as well as the before and after of them knocking out the guards. No sound, no “action.”
The conversation doesn’t stop there. What do you wanna talk about from this issue?