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All-New Wolverine Annual #1

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Wolverine and Spider-Gwen team up in an unexpected way.

We've seen superheroes from different backgrounds meet numerous times over the years. They usually follow the same formula. The heroes meet, they fight, realize they're on the same side, and team up to fight the common foe. The meeting between Wolverine and Spider-Gwen doesn't happen this way. They meet in an unexpected way--they somehow swap bodies.

One character ending up in the body of another isn't exactly a new concept. What makes this stand out is the execution. Tom Taylor, Marcio Takara, and Mat Lopes make it work in a brilliant fashion.

There's something refreshing about how the story plays out. We're currently in the middle of the Civil War II story arc and having this story, presumably, take place before allows a stand-alone feel. The addition of Gabby and Jonathan (an actual wolverine) is an added bonus. These are the sort of stories I want in an annual. Both Laura and Gwen have had a bit of darkness in their lives. This story isn't exactly a picnic in the park, but there is some moments of levity.

Takara's art is gorgeous. He nails both the action scenes and moments of silence. There's also his epic style of drawing hair. Hopefully we'll see more of Takara's art on future issues.

All-New Wolverine Annual #1 is my favorite book this week. We get a delightful meeting between Wolverine and Spider-Gwen. Taylor, Takara, and Lopes are on point with the story. The crux of the plot passes by a little quickly, and the resolution to tie up the self-contained story feels a little convenient. Regardless, it's an enjoyable issue. Even if you're unfamiliar with the characters, you can easily dive into the story. Do yourself a favor and buy the issue. Maybe you should even buy two issues to had off to a friend to try to convert them into reading comics.

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The preview was awesome.

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It was a fun story, although I think the beginning was a bit weak. They were just too Deus Ex Machina-y with explaining the situation, and it really felt rushed that Earth-65 Reed knew EXACTLY what was happening — and even who he was really talking to — the instant he showed up.

I definitely predict some gnashing of teeth from Spider-Gwen fans, HOWEVER it actually makes sense that Laura would adjust so much better to the body swap. She was bred to be a weapon, and trained from birth to be able to adapt and use whatever was at hand to complete her mission. She was also born a metahuman, and her mutation was activated at a very early age. Gwen, meanwhile, was just a regular girl before she got bitten, and came to her powers much later in life. Plus, Spider-Women established Gwen is really pretty helpless without her powers, and even with them she's at a serious disadvantaged against people with ACTUAL training (her universe's Cap knocked her out with one punch).

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I like Laura's book in ANAD but I feel like she doesn't suit the Wolverine costume. Looks weird on her.

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@nerevarine_11: It's mainly the cowl. It just doesn't look right with her hair, and she'd probably be better off with something like her X-Force domino mask, or that just covers the front of her face like Wild Thing's mask from MC2.

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I do not mind the mask because it is iconic for the Wolverine mantle. I always preferred Laura in a version of the black and tan costume.

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Great issue, like a homage to the old issue of Ultimate Spider-Man where Peter and Logan mindswapped.

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Fun issue, yeah sure their are some items to nitpick over, but the overall feel and vibe was just a enjoyable read. Especially laughed with Gwen trying to use her claws for the first time haha

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Someone please explain Marvel that is possible to respect women and have good female characters and models for young readers without turning every single friggin' character into a woman.