The New Wolverine Doesn’t Care About Her Own Pain And That’s A Problem

The New Wolverine Doesn’t Care About Her Own Pain And That’s A Problem

Laura Kinney isn’t as unhinged as the alternate reality version of the man she was cloned from. She’s not killing dudes before they actually do anything wrong. No, the woman who’s slashing bad guys up as Wolverine has a different psychological tic: she keeps throwing herself into danger without a care. This week’s All-New X-Men #4 shows Wolverine recklessly jumping into multiple near-fatal situations. She’s being bad-arse; that’s what Wolverines do. But she’s being too bad-arse and it’s causing tension between Laura and her boyfriend Angel.

The New Wolverine Doesn’t Care About Her Own Pain And That’s A Problem

It’s an interesting inversion of the emotional dynamics readers used to see in her predecessor. With Logan, the struggle was striking a balance between his feral killer instincts and the idealised humanity he and the X-Men fought for. Laura doesn’t show that same turmoil; she’s been acting like everything’s just fine and showing that she’s hyper-capable. By the end of this issue, that overconfidence bites her in the butt big time.

The New Wolverine Doesn’t Care About Her Own Pain And That’s A Problem

Having a healing factor doesn’t stop you from being foolhardy.


  • How does she respond to water? Because Logan was terrified of it knowing he’ll easily sink to the bottom and drown.

    • I don’t think she has adamantium bonded to her whole skeleton, just the 6 claws, so I don’t think it’s an issue for her.

      • That makes the situation a lot worse. Logans organs were protected from adamantium bones. Without that she can easily get shot in the head and die, healing factor or not.

        • That wouldn’t kill her much in the same way it never killed Wolverine. He has been incinerated down to his bare skeleton with literally not organs, eye balls, or even brain and he came back. If her ability is the same then she would be fine. The skeleton really just made him stronger and harder, also less prone to bone snaps.

    • If this is X-23 (i haven’t kept up with this for a looong time), only her claws are adamantium

  • Yah, wolverine always came back from everything, in fact he’s most likely alive underneath all that adamantium he was encased in. If I recall that was at some secret weapon x base though, so not many people would know about it.

    Until they do, of course.

    Cue Wolverines return! With a shiny new #1!

    Oh wait…first issues are like every other month now! Sigh. I remember when a first issue actually was a collectors item. Shit, who remembers foil embossed covers, fold out covers, hologram covers, chrome covers? A lot of different covers! Sure they damaged the industry big time, but hey, nostalgia is a hell of a drug.

    None of the new xmen books are really doing much for me tbh, which sucks as they got me into comics, and although bendis wasn’t spectacular, his characterisation was good and it was worth it for battle of the atom alone.

  • I feel like calling a story element that was very recently introduced and is yet to conclude “a problem” is slightly premature and hyperbolic.

  • The public don’t care about her, sales of the book have tanked. Expect a convoluted story line where she gets killed off & Logan returns.

    • sounds like a genius move to me, you know. take one of the most popular marvel characters ever – kill him off, then replace him with a half-assed version of said character.

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