Daken and Wolverine return to Debbie and Megan’s house. Daken is hurt and still missing his arm, but he can explain to everyone what he learned about the Orphans of X and their intentions.
He also warns Laura and the rest of their plans to recover the Muramasa Blade. Wolverine had sent Captain Marvel to recover and destroy the remains of the sword, but the Orphans are in pursuit.
There’s a big reveal between those two paragraphs, but I actually won’t spoil that one here. I will say it is the emotional height of the comic and the only point where it’s really gripping. However, even this happens far too early in the “Orphans of X” story arc.
Beyond that, this comic is painfully thin on story, progression, action, and character.
Where the last issue had developments and excitement, this one kind of meanders around as Daken reveals things to Laura and company which we already knew. The Orphans are coming after her, want the Muramasa Blade, have a vendetta against Wolverines. That part is more specified here than in the past, but you could assume it was either that or mutants in general. Even making it mutants would be better than specifically Wolverine’s kin. Yeah, that kind of makes them a different flavor of the Purifiers, but you could still play with the concept a bit to keep this feeling fresh.
There’s not much more to say about the story. It does come to life a little again in the ending with Captain Marvel and the Blade, but it’s too little and clearly speeding towards a cliffhanger, making it a bit bothersome.
Juann Cabal’s artwork still holds up for the vast majority of the comic. There are some panels where his lightly detailed and stark environments make a scene feel too sterile. However, it works beyond that, and the aforementioned intense scene which I omit is done well. Nolan Woodard gives said scene a heavy red tint to add to the atmosphere. The two do a solid job overall.
Though I suspect next issue will be a better read, All-New Wolverine #27 was a bit of a letdown. Little in the way of plot progression or excitement result in a rather dull read which the decent artwork can’t save. I’ve liked the series for the most part, but this issue leaves a lot to be desired. I can’t quite recommend this one. Give it a pass and come back next issue.
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