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Oct 25

The Incomplete Wolverine, part 10

Posted on Sunday, October 25, 2020 by Paul in Wolverine

Part 1: Origin to Origin II | Part 2: 1907 to 1914
Part 3: 1914 to 1939 | Part 4: World War II
Part 5: The postwar era | Part 6: Team X
Part 7: Post Team X | Part 8: Weapon X
Part 9: Department H

We’ve reached the Silver Age. Not that Wolverine’s going to interact all that closely with the major tropes – he spends this period in Department H, and few writers have felt tempted to send Wolverine to mess around with mainstream Silver Age stories. But there are exceptions.

FURY vol 1 #1
by Barry Dutter & M C Wyman
May 1994

Take this one-shot about the origins of SHIELD. The Silver Age heroes are active by this point. Logan guest stars in one chapter, teaming with CIA Colonel Rick Stoner to recover James Hudson’s stolen prototype armour from HYDRA. The incident prompts the formation of SHIELD, with Stoner as its short-lived initial Director, but Logan’s not involved in any of that.

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Oct 23

Juggernaut #2 annotations

Posted on Friday, October 23, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

JUGGERNAUT #2
“How Green is my Valley”
by Fabian Nicieza, Ron Garney & Matt Milla

COVER / PAGE 1. The Juggernaut fighting the Hulk, obviously. This is a pretty straightforward issue, by the way – I don’t expect this to be a very long post.

PAGE 2. Recap page. The equivalent page in issue #1 was tinted red, to match the Juggernaut’s colours. This one is tinted green for the Hulk. If we’re doing a colour theme, then there’s still three issues to go.

We’re told that this issue takes place before Immortal Hulk #30. That’s a slightly odd reference point, because Immortal Hulk #30 was the middle chapter of a storyline. Presumably it’s nothing more than an acknowledgement that this story is lagging a bit behind the Hulk’s status quo in his own book.

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Oct 22

X-Men #13 annotations

Posted on Thursday, October 22, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

X-MEN vol 5 #13
“X of Swords, Chapter 10”
by Jonathan Hickman, Mahmud Asrar and Sunny Gho

COVER / PAGE 1: Apocalypse and the original Horsemen stand over defeated opponents, with Apocalypse carrying his two swords.

PAGES 2-3. Recap and credits.

PAGE 4. Data page on Grasscutter and Godkiller. These two swords have nothing in particular to do with this issue; it’s just part of the series of data pages on the contest swords which have been scattered through the stories to date.

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Oct 21

Excalibur #13 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, October 21, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

EXCALIBUR vol 4 #13
“X of Swords, Chapter 9”
by Tini Howard, R B Silva & Nolan Woodard

COVER / PAGE 1. The two Captain Britains fight.

PAGES 2-3. Recap and credits

PAGES 4-6. The Braddock siblings arrive at the Starlight Citadel.

“A mutant who became a hero to a people who were not her own.” Betsy as Captain Britain, of course, although the claim that she’s a hero to the people of Britain has been more often asserted in this series than actually backed up. Many of the claims in this narration would carry a bit more weight if we ever actually saw Betsy doing anything in a national-hero vein. But broadly, it’s making claims about the weight of playing the role of a national symbol, and the downplaying of personal views which is necessary if you’re going to be all things to all people – to the extent that you can.

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Oct 15

Cable #5 annotations

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

CABLE vol 4 #5
“X of Swords, Chapter 8”
by Gerry Duggan & Phil Noto

COVER / PAGE 1: Cable, Cyclops and Jean Grey on the SWORD base with scary aliens in the background.

This post is going to be short – Cable #5 is a straightforward horror story introducing a new race of aliens and with little continuity baggage.

PAGE 2. Cable, Cyclops and Jean wonder where everyone is.

We’re picking up from a scene in X of Swords: Creationseven chapters ago – with no apparent interruption in time. I think we’re probably meant to take it that Scott, Jean and Cable’s mission over the closing pages of Creation took quite some time, and that they were quite badly out of synch with the rest of the storyline by the end of that issue, but it does read quite strangely, since there was no sign of that at the time.

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Oct 15

New Mutants #13 annotations

Posted on Thursday, October 15, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

NEW MUTANTS vol 4 #13
“X of Swords, Chapter 7”
by Ed Brisson & Rod Reis

COVER / PAGE 1: Magik and Cypher sparring.

PAGES 2-4. Magik calls Cyclops to call him home.

Cyclops and Cable are still on the SWORD orbital base, where we left them in X of Swords: Creation. The timeline of their subplot is deeply confused, since essentially no time seems to have passed for them while Chapters 2 to 6 have passed for everyone else, but I’ll come back to that in the Cable #5 annotations. At any rate, Magik is bringing them up to speed on the premise of the crossover. They don’t return immediately, and Magik will give them another call in Cable #5 to chase them up.

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Oct 14

Hellions #5 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

HELLIONS #5
“X of Swords, part 6”
by Zeb Wells, Carmen Carnero & David Curiel

COVER / PAGE 1. Just a group shot of the team, with Psylocke holding swords.

PAGE 2. The now-usual epigraph from Nightcrawler. Here, he seems to be warning against using mutant powers for battle because (I suppose) mutants need to nurture something so personal to them. It sounds as thought he’s cautioning against the way some of the Hellions have turned out, and doesn’t feel like a ringing endorsement of the team.

PAGES 3-5. Flashback: Empath is resurrected.

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Oct 11

The Incomplete Wolverine, part 9

Posted on Sunday, October 11, 2020 by Paul in Wolverine

Part 1: Origin to Origin II | Part 2: 1907 to 1914
Part 3: 1914 to 1939 | Part 4: World War II
Part 5: The postwar era | Part 6: Team X
Part 7: Post Team X | Part 8: Weapon X

When we left Logan, he’d just escaped from Weapon X and was blankly stumbling naked through a blizzard. Things can only go up from here!

WOLVERINE #900
“Hunger” by Karl Bollers & Stephen Segovia
May 2010

This anthology entry is the only full story to take place in the post-“Weapon X” wilderness period, though it’s still little more than a vignette. Still trailing wires, the befuddled Logan struggles to catch food. He stumbles upon a happy family in a log cabin and steps in to save them from a pack of wolves. Understandably, the family are terrified, and Logan leaves in silence. There’s a strong implication that Logan toys with eating the kid, but thinks better of it.

There are a few more flashbacks in this period:

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Oct 8

Marauders #13 annotations

Posted on Thursday, October 8, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

MARAUDERS #13
“X of Swords, chapter 5”
by Vita Ayala, Matteo Lolli & Edgar Delgado

COVER / PAGE 1: Storm, Black Panther and Shuri (who are in this issue), plus Wolverine (who has a cameo) and Jean Grey (who isn’t in it at all).

PAGE 2: The Chadwick Boseman tribute.

PAGE 3: An epigraph from a grateful person who was rescued by Storm. It’s credited to “S.A. Graham, Onslaught survivor”. I can only assume it’s someone who crossed paths with Storm during the Onslaught crossover of 1996.

PAGES 4-6. Storm and Kate Pryde talk.

Page 4 panel 2 is a flashback to X-Factor #4, and Polaris delivering Saturnyne’s cryptic clues about who should get which sword. This one was very obviously about Storm, who was worshipped as a goddess in her youth, and queen of Wakanda more recently.

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Oct 7

Wolverine #6 annotations

Posted on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 by Paul in Annotations

As always, this post contains spoilers, and page numbers go by the digital edition.

WOLVERINE vol 7 #6
“X of Swords, part 3”
by Benjamin Percy, Viktor Bogdanovic & Matthew Wilson

COVER / PAGE 1: Speaks for itself, really.

Unlike the other tie-in books so far, Wolverine gets to keep its logo. If you do an image search, you’ll find some versions of the covers for other chapters that include the regular logo – I think what’s happened here the covers had to be redesigned in order to make room for the Chadwick Boseman tribute banners, and they chose to push the crossover. But in Wolverine‘s case, the logo is incorporated into the artwork and couldn’t easily be removed.

PAGE 2. Wolverine starts to emerge from the fires of Hell.

“I know from firsthand experience, this place is the best there is at punishment.” Wolverine went to hell in, er, “Wolverine Goes To Hell”, a Jason Aaron storyline from 2010-11’s Wolverine vol 4 #1-5.

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