Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Diego Olortegui, Walen Wong, Chris O’Halloran and VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: December 12, 2018
I am a huge Laura and Gabby fan with All-New Wolverine being one of the Marvel books I was reading before we did this site or our podcast. I don’t care what side of the fence it puts me on… Gabby is my favorite Marvel character with Laura the only one close at number two. So, it’s not a surprise that I have been enjoying this X-23 book. The problem is, though, I Want to love it. Hopefully, Mariko Tamaki kicks things up a notch and gets me there soon. So, does the love start with this issue? Let’s find out…
The issue opens with Gabby getting gelato and while I give thumbs up to pop rocks, I am not a peanut butter fan and they do not go well together at all! While she is waiting, eating and being a badass to litterers, we get the what’s what of the issue…someone or something is killing off scientists. If you’ve read any X-23 books, this will feel very familiar.
The problem is, the whole issue veers down “been there done that” street as Laura comes face-to-face with the murderer and after she and Gabby take it down, it’s revealed to possibly by another clone sister. I won’t make too many assumptions, though, since even Beast doesn’t quite know what it is yet, but seeing Gabby feel bad for it after its capture is just another bit of deja vu in this issue.
The issue ends with a military looking squadron arriving to probably take back what’s there’s and me wishing this book could get past the type of stories that lead up to it and get on with its own identity before it’s too late.
I loved the art in this issue, but that’s never been a problem. My problem is I like the book for the characters, but the stories are letting me down. First the underwhelming Cukoos beginning and now what looks to be a story we’ve seen multiple times already. I hope I am wrong and the mysterious nature of what’s going on leaves Tamaki a lot of wiggle room to make it something fresh…I hope that is the case.
While I love Laura and Gabby and will pretty much follow them anywhere, this book is starting to let me down. Mariko Tamaki needs to step out of the All-New Wolverine shadow and give this Fresh Start its own identity. I hope it happens soon because this story while looking great, feels a bit stale.