In the previous issue, a Fing Fang Pheromone attracted Fing Fang Foom to a SHIELD Helicarrier, and he started pounding on it. All-New Wolverine and Gabby happened to be on that Helicarrier, and Old Man Logan went missing in a previous attack. The issue ended with Laura leaping into Fing Fang Foom’s mouth to find Old Man Logan.
This comic is a lot of fun. Iron Man and Captain Marvel both show up to help out with the situation, but for those inside Fing Fang Foom, they’re hurting more than they’re helping. That’s when Gabby takes matters into her own hands and gives us some of this week’s most entertaining comic moments. Meanwhile, Laura continues to prove she’s worth of Wolverine’s name. Even though she doesn’t care that much about Old Man Logan, she still saves him from a giant pool of stomach acid. She also risks her life to draw Fing Fang Foom away in a moment that will surely bring a number of jokes and um … fan art, for a while. This comic’s story is fairly straight forward, but there’s a great mix of action, heart and humour. The last page also brings a major Old Man Logan reveal that should make the next issue a fascinating read.
The art by Marcio Takara is great. There’s a great range of facial expressions and there’s also good use of body language. Maria Hill is clearly panicking while the Helicarrier is under attack, Gabby’s smile when she meets Iron Man and Captain Marvel is adorable, and the look of disgust in both Laura and Carol’s faces after one of Iron Man’s comments is perfect. There’s a lot of environmental detail in both Fing Fang Foom’s belly and inside the helicarrier. The fight flows well and when either Gabby or Wolverine use jetpacks, there’s a clear trail of smoke. The colouring by Mat Lopes is mostly good. The comic is bright and colourful and everyone seems to have the right eye colour, but there are a couple panels where it feels a bit cheap.
Yet again, writer Tom Taylor brings us a great All-New Wolverine comic. It’s not as good as issue 6 or 7, but issue 8 was still great and this is better than that. The balance between action, character drama and fun is very strong, and both Captain Marvel and Iron Man feel like they belong in this issue. Laura’s skepticism towards Old Man Logan makes for some great storytelling, and the reveal at the end twists that in ways most fans won’t expect. X-23 fans should be picking up this series, but this issue is also worth reading if you like the original Wolverine, or you just want to see another Helicarrier crash.