Laura revisits her devastating past in Enemy of the State II!
While Wolverine’s history contains many dark moments, 2004’s Enemy of the State ranks as one of the darkest. Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s epic storyline featured Logan under the influence of Hydra and the Hand, as they sent him on various missions to further their schemes and assassinate their enemies.
In ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #13, Laura finds herself in a similar situation, as Tom Taylor and Nik Virella present Enemy of the State II. Once again, Wolverine has blood on her hands, guilt in her heart, and revenge on her mind.
We spoke with Taylor about what to expect from the storyline.
Marvel.com: Tom, what was your impression of the original Enemy of the State, by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.?
Tom Taylor: I’m a big fan.
The pacing, the scale, the inner turmoil. Seeing Logan unleashed like that was something to behold, and it was great revisiting that story while writing this one. While I didn’t originally set out to create a sequel to Enemy of the State, as I was pitching this to [editor] Mark Paniccia, he realized it truly felt like the spiritual successor, so we embraced this.
Marvel.com: What happens to Laura in Enemy of the State II? And how does it parallel that original story?
Tom Taylor: Like the first Enemy of the State, our All-New Wolverine is used, controlled, and forced to murder a lot of innocent people. This is devastating for Laura who, having been created to be an assassin, has been trying not to take a life. Now someone has forced her to take many lives. And she’s not happy. She’s out for answers and retribution.
Marvel.com: How will this affect the people in Laura’s life, such as Angel?
Tom Taylor: Laura will be hiding from her friends. She won’t want to hurt them and, truthfully, part of her believes she should be punished for the crimes she’s committed. While Warren wants to help, Laura will keep him at arm’s length—actually, a little further than arm’s length when you add the claws.
That’s no guarantee he’ll stay away of course.
Marvel.com: One of the themes of All-New Wolverine has been the idea of legacy, and Laura living up to the mantle of Wolverine which, as we know, had some darkness to it. In this case, is it safe to say there are some parts of that legacy Laura would rather have avoided?
Tom Taylor: Without a doubt. Laura has been growing into the role of Wolverine over the course of our series. She’s had some wins and, in the case of Civil War II, some losses, but this is the first time she has lost control of herself.
Logan’s past is littered with people who would control him; so is Laura’s. She’s been used to kill since she was a child. She’s been trying to escape her past, much like Logan tried to escape those who turned him into a living weapon.
Marvel.com: The original storyline had a lot of action and guest stars. I still remember that two-page spread featuring all the villains the Hand resurrected as they attacked the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. What impressions are you hoping to leave on readers of the new story?
Tom Taylor: This will also have some truly epic scale. Laura is a fugitive, racing across the world, being hunted by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., and hunting whoever did this to her. We want to grab people from the beginning and not let go. As for attacking a Helicarrier, we’ve already had Fin Fang Foom pull a Helicarrier out of the sky in our series, so we’ll have to think of something else just as epic.
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