Written by: Mariko Tamaki
Art by: Diego Olortegui, Walden Wong, Chris O’Halloran and VC’s Cory Petit
Cover Price: $3.99
Release Date: January 9, 2019
It’s no secret that this book has two of my top five characters in comics right now. I love Laura and Gabby and have said I would follow them anywhere and I mean it. However, that doesn’t mean that I blindly give any book they are in a perfect score. In fact, I thought the last issue of this series was a bit down and it’s starting to worry me that Mariko Tamaki is not getting the book out of Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine shadow. Does that change for the better this issue? Let’s find out…
We open where we left off last month…in the Tank, dodging bullets. I really liked the look of this issue right off the bat and Diego Olortegui continued to impress me to the very end. Laura and Gabby call Beast back to get them the hell out of their predicament and they are bringing company…the cyber/clone/robot/…whatever it is!
One thing that has been consistant since this series started is the fun Tamaki has with her characters. Gabby is awesome in every issue and that doesn’t change here. She gets her so well but also gets the interaction between her and Laura.
They finally do escape the Tank and while I was a bit confused about how Laura could use the assassin’s magnetic pulse, I did like how Tamaki used it to show that the cyber sister could have but didn’t use it herself.
They all head back to the Xavier Institute where we get a couple of answers…she is Laura’s clone, but with a couple of little differences. Yea, it’s kind of a Royale with Cheese type deal, but with a compromised healing factor as the real kicker.
We then get to see who made her and again, it’s back to All-New territory. Dr. Chandler is in the house and he is pushing this new Assasin as the be all end all killer and even when the fact that he failed big time in round one versus Laura comes up, he talks a good game nonetheless.
We end with Laura begging Gabby not to become attached to this new clone and of course, Gabby already is! That’s why she is awesome! However, I am worried about her going forward and Tamaki better not do anything to her or else! Just joking…
The book still is struggling for its own identity and you would think that bringing back Chambers couldn’t possibly change that…but, I am intrigued. He is a desperate man and who knows what desperate measures he will take. Tamaki is also playing off of Gabby’s awesome good nature and while I am worried (or else!), it is bound to create some awesome tension going forward. I already told you how much I liked the art and the whole package is a must read for Laura and Gabby fans.
Mariko Tamaki moves the overall story ahead a tiny bit, but lets us in on some secrets and continues killing it with Gabby and Laura. If you like them, you will like the book. If you aren’t sold on them (monster!), nothing here will convince you otherwise. Personally, I love them and while I hope Tamaki gives the series it’s own flavor going forward, I am here for Laura and Gabby.