Tom Taylor’s a big deal in 2021. He spent years writing the Injustice and Injustice 2 comics, he monopolized DC’s 2000s zombie-era nostalgia comics with DCeased, and has just recently taken over the Nightwing book to great excitement from a lot of people. And that’s not even half of his career. It’s safe to say he’s a big deal. But I’ve never been convinced.
Taylor’s style always felt to me that it was prioritizing characterization and “canon” over exploring themes and ideas with the characters. And while that’s enough for a lot of fans, it’s not what I look for in my comics. It feels like all fluff with little real substance.
But I didn’t always feel like this. In fact, when I was first getting into ongoing comics, Taylor’s All-New Wolverine was one of my favorite books to read from month to month. Laura was a phenomenal character, and the perfect successor to Wolverine. As a fan of the characters and someone whose tastes hadn’t solidified yet, I loved it. So with the All-New Wolverine omnibus coming, I figured now was as good a time as ever to revisit this run, and see how it held up outside of its zeitgeist. [Read more…] about All-New Wolverine Omnibus Review!