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All-New Wolverine #26 Review: The Orphans Unite

Daken has been abducted by the so-called Orphans of X. They have spent their time torturing him, and he has, understandably, grown quite tired of it.

Meanwhile, Laura and Gabby have brought Sarah back to the house of her sister. Beast his examining her, and Laura and Gabby must determine what their prospective mother still being alive means for their lives.

All-New Wolverine #26 cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson
All-New Wolverine #26 cover by Terry Dodson and Rachel Dodson

"Orphans of X" has quickly proven to be one of the best All-New Wolverine stories since the comic launched with All-New, All-Different Marvel. It has implications about the history of Laura and Daken and speaks to the potential warpath left behind by these unwilling mutant weapons.

There is a preamble to one of the Orphans of X which does give some context to what may have happened to these people and why they are targeting Daken and Laura.

The scene with Laura, Gabby, and Sarah is quite sweet, and I hope this doesn't turn out to be a cruel red herring for Wolverine and her sister. Motherhood hasn't really been that relevant in All-New Wolverine, Logan being the more focused-upon parental figure for Laura. That does make sense given their history, but I would like more with Sarah. It would be nice to see a solid relationship built between she and Laura.

Gabby is amazing of course, having already planned her bonding time with Sarah out.

There is a lot of action in the last half which adds some adrenaline to the proceedings, so it's not all heart-warming mother-daughter time (which I would have been fine with). However, the action sequences are pretty great, and someone gets mauled by a dog.

All-New Wolverine #26 art by Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard
All-New Wolverine #26 art by Juann Cabal and Nolan Woodard

Juann Cabal does some more good work with this issue with some very expressive art and well-flowing action scenes. The eyes get a little uncanny at times, but the overall style works for the comic. Nolan Woodard provides a lot of bright color work, and that fits the tone this issue too. When there is more darkness, the brightness is still present to add some nice contrast.

All-New Wolverine #26 provides a compelling continuation to the "Orphans of X" saga, and this story has proven to be very promising. I greatly look forward to where this story is going and highly recommend it.

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Joshua DavisonAbout Joshua Davison

Josh is a longtime super hero comic fan and an aspiring comic book and fiction writer himself. He also trades in videogames, Star Wars, and Magic: The Gathering, and he is also a budding film buff. He's always been a huge nerd, and he hopes to contribute something of worth to the wider geek culture conversation. He is also happy to announce that he is the new Reviews Editor for Bleeding Cool. Follow on Twitter @joshdavisonbolt.
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