All-New Wolverine #31 review
I enjoy depth in comics. Writing about complex storytelling and mining it for richer meaning gives me great joy. But, truth be told, I also enjoy bloodthirsty zombie sloths sliced in two like opposite sides of a pork roast. All-New Wolverine #31 may not inspire the sort of moral introspection found in something like Black Panther, but it’s an absolute hoot and a welcome parole from adulthood.
A gag a minute
So what’s the basic premise of the issue? Jonathan (the actual wolverine) is acting out, taking bites out of statues and being generally unpleasant. After lamenting their lack of a universal translater with which they could better understand their pet's feelings, Laura produces just such a translater and they attach it to Jonathan (the actual wolverine). His words lead he and Gabby to a shady lab that experiments on animals, Deadpool gets involved, and hilarity ensues.
Writer Tom Taylor has loaded this book with jokes; and, while he’s not batting a thousand, he’s close. The gags that do miss the mark miss high, not low; so I can at least appreciate the sensibility, even when the execution isn’t perfect.
Gabby is a blast, and Laura plays the “responsible adult” well (for the most part), but most of the laughs come from Jonathan (the actual wolverine) and Deadpool, separately and together. The latter finds the former adorable, but the former wants to eat the latter’s face off. Need I say more?
All of this hilarity comes to life courtesy of Marco Failla, Nolan Woodard, and Cory Petit. Failla’s lines are fairly economical, with most of the artwork’s texture and finer shapes coming from Woodward’s colors. Backgrounds are similarly detail-lite, reinforcing the animation-esque aesthetics brought by the characters. I’m usually not a huge fan of this approach, but it works well enough here, particularly because the subject matter is already so cartoony.
Petit’s lettering is solid, though Taylor and Failla throw few challenges at him. His SFX are pretty exceptional, though, nestling in nicely with the artwork in a variety of settings—they give the impression that much time and care went into them. What more can you ask for?
Just what it says on the tin
If Deadpool’s very presence wasn’t enough, the solicit for this issue made it plain that we would encounter more comedy than contemplation. The book delivers on that promise, and it’s a lot of fun. If you’re looking for something new to read this week, and you aren’t ready to commit to something long term, All-New Wolverine #31 gives you tons of bang for your buck, and no pressure to stick around for the next one.