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    Finally got around to reading Enemy of the State 2 !

    I really do feel Taylor is far too kind to Laura (put her through the wringer! stories just aren't as compelling when you wave away traumatic experiences). And the wider Marvel U takes up way more panel time than I'd like. Laura's triumphant victory taking place whilst she cosplays Iron Man just felt really silly. Definitely the weaker of those first three arcs.

    Pre-reading I'd caught myself slowly falling for the "Classic" Wolverine look, most likely due to the Pop Figure which looks great, and wishing for a bit more time with that, but post-reading I'm totally over it. It's a costume that works so entirely for the stories and character Taylor is writing, but more and more I feel like that character isn't really the Laura I enjoy reading. I feel like Laura, as the All-New Wolverine, has been "moving on" from the past by running away from it. Perhaps I'm just nostalgic for a different era of comics, perhaps I missed some important character beats in the Wolverines series (which I skipped), but I just don't feel convinced by her journey into quippy, cameo-prone, team-up loving, standard superhero fare. My hope is that this new/resurreXion costume makes some kind of influence on the depiction of Laura.
    The trigger-scent-iron-maiden was my favourite idea in here. In a kind of twisted way, I wish it had worked.


    Regardless of my gripes though, I'd take twenty more issues of EotS2 quality before letting this series get cancelled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by akiresu_ View Post
    Finally got around to reading Enemy of the State 2 !

    I really do feel Taylor is far too kind to Laura (put her through the wringer! stories just aren't as compelling when you wave away traumatic experiences). And the wider Marvel U takes up way more panel time than I'd like. Laura's triumphant victory taking place whilst she cosplays Iron Man just felt really silly. Definitely the weaker of those first three arcs.

    Pre-reading I'd caught myself slowly falling for the "Classic" Wolverine look, most likely due to the Pop Figure which looks great, and wishing for a bit more time with that, but post-reading I'm totally over it. It's a costume that works so entirely for the stories and character Taylor is writing, but more and more I feel like that character isn't really the Laura I enjoy reading. I feel like Laura, as the All-New Wolverine, has been "moving on" from the past by running away from it. Perhaps I'm just nostalgic for a different era of comics, perhaps I missed some important character beats in the Wolverines series (which I skipped), but I just don't feel convinced by her journey into quippy, cameo-prone, team-up loving, standard superhero fare. My hope is that this new/resurreXion costume makes some kind of influence on the depiction of Laura.
    The trigger-scent-iron-maiden was my favourite idea in here. In a kind of twisted way, I wish it had worked.


    Regardless of my gripes though, I'd take twenty more issues of EotS2 quality before letting this series get cancelled.
    I agree with what you're saying. I also feel like the Laura stories Taylor prefers to write aren't the Laura stories I prefer to read. I haven't even read the latest issue yet because I've been steadily losing interest. I still want to support the book because it's Laura, but I'm having trouble remembering the last issue that illicited a stronger response from me than "that was pretty decent". I don't want to hate but Taylor hasn't wowed me for a while now. I don't think the book is bad, I'm just finding it.. bland. Serviceable, with some good character beats at times, but overall bland. (Though I found EOTS2 straight up disappointing.)

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