World Comic Book Review

2nd March 2024

REVIEW: All-New Wolverine Annual #1 (2016)

All-New Wolverine Annual #1 (2016) (review)
Marvel Comics, August 31, 2016
Writer: Tom Taylor

“All-New Wolverine” Annual #1 features a crossover between two Marvel superheroes, Spider-Woman and Wolverine, who are at the forefront of the American publisher’s All-New, All Different (ANAD) creative initiative. The ANAD initiative refreshes many properties by introducing replacements and variations of existing characters. In this case, the role of Marvel Comics’ iconic antihero Wolverine is assumed by a female clone of the character named Laura Kinney, and one of Marvel Comics’ most famous characters, Spider-Man, is replaced by a former love interest named Gwen Stacey, who happens to be from an alternate reality and has superpowers.

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All-New X-Men #4 (review)

All-New X-Men #4 (review)
(Marvel Comics, April 2016)
Writer: Dennis Hopeless

This title is one of a number of comic books currently published by Marvel Comics featuring characters from the seemingly legion members of the superpowered mutant team(s), the X-Men.

The cover features the present incarnation of Wolverine, standing within an inferno of green flame, body and hair burning away, a grin of ecstasy on her face. Wolverine is a Canadian superhero capable of hyper-fast healing of almost all wounds, has a skeleton laced with an unbreakable metal, and wields razor sharp blades made of the same material. Wolverine can suffer horrific injuries and bounce back with phenomenal pace. Traditionally Wolverine is a male character well over a hundred years old, with a chequered history of being a trained killer, a mercenary, a mobster from the South China Sea, a ninja, and more. Wolverine is arguably Marvel Comics’ most popular character. Presently, that character is dead.

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