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Wolverine #14 annotations

Posted on Friday, July 30, 2021 by Paul in Annotations

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

WOLVERINE vol 7 #14
“The Unusual Suspects”
by Benjamin Percy, Adam Kubert & Frank Martin

COVER / PAGE 1. Um. Well, it’s a landscape of two tiny figures looking at a giant Wolverine head which is being shattered from the inside by Solem, and which seems to have some sort of circuitry on it. The connection between this image and anything in the actual issue is obscure, beyond the general fact that Solem is manipulating everyone. Maybe it’ll make more sense as a cover for the trade paperback.

PAGES 2-4. How the Marauder ended up in Madripoor.

The footnote to X-Force #20 is an oversimplification. The Shi’ar showed up at the Hellfire Gala with their logic diamonds in Marauders #21. They were loaded onto the Marauder in X-Force #20. Christian was attacked and left floating in the North Atlantic in Wolverine #13, and the Marauder showed up on fire in Madripoor in the same issue. Apparently, the Marauder sailed through a “sea gate” to get it to Madripoor. This is the first mention we’ve had of sea gates, but sure, why not? It helps explain how the Marauder gets everywhere so quickly.

The significance of logic diamonds, as I’ve mentioned before, is that they’re used to provide the memory for Cerebro and its backups of memories and personalities. (It’s maybe time to spell that out explicitly for those readers who don’t remember them getting a passing mention back in Powers of X, though Wolverine does at least mention here that they’re something to do with Cerebro.)

PAGES 4-5. Logan searches the Marauder.

As we establish later on, the Marauder was hijacked by Blackmore and sailed through a gate to Madripoor, where a group of hapless Russians boarded the vessel expecting an exchange, and got torn apart instead.

PAGE 6. Recap and credits.

PAGES 7-8. Logan and Emma interrogate the harbourmaster.

“The Marauder is my boat.” Isn’t it Kate’s? Kate and Emma are supposed to be equals within the Hellfire Trading Company. Still, Emma did commission the Marauder and oversee its construction.

PAGES 9-13. Logan interrogates Kriev.

We get Kriev’s name on a data page later in the issue.

The Moira MacTaggert Memorial Hospital is the charitable hospital in Lowtown which the Hellfire Trading Company opened in Marauders #18.

PAGE 14. A data page, with Sage analysing the rest of Kriev’s transcript. Her conclusion is that the Russians were stooges who were set up to be slaughtered – they’re just low-level criminals, completely unable to deal with any sort of mutant threat.

As far as I know, we’ve never seen the Moscow branch of the Hellfire Club.

PAGE 15. Wolverine and Sage compare notes.

The Cerebro Sword is a sword made from the damaged Cerebro helmet that Professor X was wearing when he was shot in X-Force #1. It was stolen by Mikhail Rasputin in X-Force #11. Quite what use a bunch of blank logic diamonds would be with it, I’m not so sure, but Sage seems to think the answer is self evident. Is the idea that they could use the logic diamonds to download the data still held on the damaged circuits? But surely most of the data isn’t held on the Cerebro helmet itself – the whole point of the logic diamonds is that the system only works with the benefit of advanced alien memory technology.

“The convergence with Arakko.” Presumably Sage means the arrival of Arakko on Earth in X-Men #16. Arakko and Krakoa never actually converged – in fact, the whole point of issue #16 was that they refused to do so.

The Boneclutch and Sevyr Blackmore are new characters. Evidently they either refused to go to Mars with the other Arakkii, or commute to Earth through the gates.

PAGE 16. Another data page, with more of Sage’s thoughts.

The Shi’ar. Paragraph 1 confirms that the Shi’ar delegation’s invitation was accompanied by a request for logic diamonds – which is how the Shi’ar presented it in Marauders #21. Emma was obviously confused by the offer in that scene.

Terra Verde. Paragraph 2 relates to the plot of X-Force #20 and the previous issue, which formed one particular threat within the “Hellfire Gala” crossover.

PAGES 17-20. Wolverine proves his machismo to the pirates.

Madripoor. Logan’s description of Madripoor is a bit dubious in terms of how it’s been presented traditionally. As Grant Morrison once said about Gotham, it can’t be that bad, or there wouldn’t be so many rich people who choose to live there. They can’t all be crimelords. It’s one thing to say the place has high levels of crime and corruption, but this comes a bit close to saying that it’s an entire nation of crooks. At the very least, it makes the place a bit of a cartoon.

“This ain’t the first time I’ve faced an Arakkii in the ring without a clear sense of the rules.” Referring to the tournament in the “X of Swords” crossover.

PAGES 21-22. Logan and Blackmore talk.

Apparently Solem is behind all this, though quite what his agenda is, we have no idea. In “X of Swords”, Solem seemed to be something of a trickster figure who pursued schemes for his own amusement as much as anything else.

PAGE 23. Trailer. The Krakoan reads NEXT: ENEMY OF MY ENEMY (with a space in the middle that shouldn’t be there).

Bring on the comments

  1. SanityOrMadness says:

    > Apparently, the Marauder sailed through a “sea gate” to get it to Madripoor. This is the first mention we’ve had of sea gates, but sure, why not? It helps explain how the Marauder gets everywhere so quickly.

    Except that Kate can’t use the gates, and would at best get left behind if the whole ship went through one.

  2. Paul says:

    Ah yes. Oh well, it probably comes in handy for Christian.

  3. wwk5d says:

    “Logan’s description of Madripoor is a bit dubious in terms of how it’s been presented traditionally. As Grant Morrison once said about Gotham, it can’t be that bad, or there wouldn’t be so many rich people who choose to live there. They can’t all be crimelords. It’s one thing to say the place has high levels of crime and corruption, but this comes a bit close to saying that it’s an entire nation of crooks. At the very least, it makes the place a bit of a cartoon.”

    Yeah, I always thought the city had 2 major areas, Hightown and Lowtown. Hightown being the rich, advanced area, and Lowtown the sleazy poor crime part of Madripoor. It seems like Percy thinks all of Madripoor is one big Lowtown.

  4. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    It’s probably not a good idea to give a planet to s million mutants with names like The Boneclutch and Sevyr Blackmore.

    You might as well hire a babysitter named Darc Fleshking to watch your kids.

  5. JCG says:

    Perhaps not, but probably preferable to sharing a planet with them.

  6. Jeremy H says:

    Hasn’t it been previously established that Wolverine doesn’t float? Shouldn’t he have sunk to the sea floor during the underwater fight?

  7. Uncanny X-Ben says:

    It has been established and also totally ignored many times.

  8. Taibak says:

    Just think of Wolverine’s super buoyancy as the equivalent of Superman’s super ventriloquism: technically canon, but no real point in worrying about it.

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