Angel vs. Wolverine: Who’s Out of Line in ‘All-New X-Men’ #5?

In this week’s All-New X-Men #5, the team is hitting a heroic stride, gaining the good will of the public with the lives they save and the disasters they mitigate. Warren (Angel), however, is unhappy with how Laura (Wolverine) keeps throwing herself headfirst into dangerous situations. First, Warren throws her through a window into a hail of bullets (her plan), to stop a hostage situation. Next, she runs headfirst into a forest fire to save a firefighter. Then, she dives into a storm to save a drowning puppy. This all proves too much for Warren, and he chastises her while they’re in Paris. Their argument is short-lived, however, as the Blob has taken over a restaurant in order to have an endangered animal prepared for his dinner. Laura rushes in to attack, but it doesn’t go as smoothly as the other times.

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I’m not quite sure who the issue wants the reader to side with. To me, Warren is clearly out of line and being possessive, resentful of how of the entire team he’s probably he’s probably the least useful. To my eyes, Laura doesn’t enter a situation she can’t handle until she goes after the Blob, and even that is because she’s stubborn and wants to prove Warren wrong. For a while, Warren just comes off as whiny, which is easy enough to write off. He really becomes a problem, however, once he describes himself as letting Laura do the things she does.

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First, Warren, Laura is 1) a clone of Logan, 2) the Wolverine, and 3) the best there is at what she does. You really think that you are going to let her do anything? It doesn’t help that your tone is sanctimonious and arrogant. Second, am I wrong, or do glass, bullets, water, and fire not top the list of things that can end the Wolverine? Yeah, it’ll hurt, but Laura points out that that’s not the point – that she’s the one on the team who takes the risks.

Right now, it’s unclear who the comic is siding with, who it wants us to side with. I believe Warren is out of line and Laura is totally fine. In fact, I believe Laura is only in this mess with the Blob because she’s bucking against Warren’s attempt at control. What say you? I will say this: I’ll have a problem if the comic tries to make us think Warren is right.

All-New X-Men #5 is written by Dennis Hopeless, with pencils by Mark Bagley, inks by Andrew Hennessy, colors by Nolan Woodard, and letters by VC’s Cory Petit.

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