Wolverine: Black, White & Blood (2020-) #2 by Vita Ayala
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A solid four for a comic that’s a third illustrated by Greg Land?
Well, that’s just how good the other two thirds are… Look, if nothing else, the first story here makes it clear just how much Land owes to the colourists who usually make him look good(ish). His art here, though, without the crutch of good colouring, is just weak. The story also suffers from what the first issue’s stories suffered from…it’s no more than “Wolverine does the stabby,” and those kind of stories bore me.
The rest of the book, however, that’s a different story. The second story, written by Saladin Ahmed and illustrated by Kev Walker, sees Logan captured by Arcade, and having to rescue the waiter who drugged him (because Arcade would have killed him otherwise). The twist being that if Logan kills any of Arcade’s robots on the way, the waiter will die sooner. So Wolverine has to try not to do the stabby. Which is a nice twist.
The third story is by Chris Claremont and Salvador Lorraca and co-stars Kate Pryde…so, of course, I loved it. The writing was great and the art was stylish. You see, Land and Larroca both use a lot of photo reference, but Lorraca knows how to do it well. Because he’s a great artist who’s perfectly capable of drawing without photo reference, it’s just a stylistic choice. Whereas with Land…not so much.
So, all in all, a really good comic.