I liked the original, in large part because so much of what I liked about the original was the way it surprised me: My general unfamiliarity with what a skilled comics artist Joe Linsner was, how much fun Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray's script turned out to be, the fact that they managed to find a new character without a long history of Wolverine team-ups to play off the character with a sort of superhero screwball comedy rapport, the nature of the Kraven appearances and the true villain behind the plot. That plot, too, was a lot more straightforward, or standalone: It was essentially just Wolverine in The Black Cat in "The Most Dangerous Game."
This three-issue sequel picks up immediately after the events of that miniseries, with the title characters finishing the date they started at the end of the previous one; they save the restaurant from a robbery, eat dinner, totally do it.
The villains are still stranded in the Savage Land, where they were left to die buy dinosaur ingestion, but manage to escape and cause problems for our heroes by, rather randomly, finding an alien spaceship from the future, and using a time-travel doohickey from it to send Wolvie and Black Cat into the pages of Amazing Adventures #18
As a sequel, it is therefore a very strange one, in that rather than featuring the titular team-up front-and-center, they themselves team-up with the cast of another, long defunct Marvel comics feature (which does get revived here and there rather regularly, I suppose), in Killraven and his running crew.
What it does have going for it is Linsner's superb art, which has to be the main reason anyone reading this book is reading it in the first place. As I stated in the review of the previous volume, he is a perfect superhero comic book artist, and his many virtues in that arena are on display throughout.
Our heroes are costume-less, due to the fact that they came right from a date, so Black Cat spends the majority of book in her evening gown (plus a domino mask she keeps in her handbag), while Wolvie is naked from the waist up.
In the first volume, it was Wolverine hurling Black Cat into a helicopter flying above as if she were a baseball (he doesn't even need two hands!), here it's Black Cat catching a 300-pound Wolverine after he falls to the ground after being hurtled into the air by an explosion...
The collection also includes a 2001 Killraven one-shot, entitled "Killraven: 2020," which was both written and illustrated by Linsner (which explains its presence here).
It's...nothing special really, although the art is pretty (a little too pretty, when it comes to Killraven's long, shampoo commercial-perfect locks), and its presence here does allow one to get a sense how the artist's work has evolved over the last ten years or so.
Before I call it a post, here's two more scans of neat little scenes that I think are pretty illustrative of the charms of Linsner's work on these Claws comics.
First, here's Wolverine trading high fives with Killraven:
Even when it's more-or-less standard genre chore stuff, the artwork makes it worth reading.
And second, here's Wolverine having a standard superhero conversation with the time-traveling alien lady...while totally checking out Black Cat's butt: