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Wolverine #22 annotations

Posted on Thursday, June 16, 2022 by Paul in Annotations

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

WOLVERINE vol 7 #22
“Bad Gamble”
Writer: Benjamin Percy
Artist: Adam Kubert
Colourist: Frank Martin
Letterer: Cory Petit
Design: Tom Muller with Jay Bowen
Editor: Mark Basso

COVER / PAGE 1: Wolverine, Deadpool and Maverick face off against one another.

I’ll say right now: this is not an arc that particularly cries out for annotation, so this is going to be short. This is not a criticism. When I started doing these, I figured a lot more books would be like this.

PAGES 2-3. Deadpool rambles on to Wolverine.

The opening pages repeat the page layout from the same pages in the last two issues.

Deadpool might be vaguely suggesting that he wants to recapture the sort of double act relationship that he had with Cable (“my chipper go-getter alongside your world-weary grump”).

Most of the odd couples that Deadpool cites are obvious. Felix and Oscar (from Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple) are probably the most obscure, but there was a revival of that that ran for three seasons on CBS just a few years ago.

Wolverine is in full-on cartoon violence mode in this story, but, well, Deadpool’s visiting.

PAGES 4-6. Weasel and Maverick assemble the thing in the briefcase, and it escapes.

The obvious implication, given the data page later in the issue, is that this is Danger’s child. Its head plainly resembles Xavier’s Cerebro helmet, though with Danger-style hair visible.

PAGE 7. Recap and credits. As with last issue, Deadpool annotates.

PAGES 8-12. Wolverine uses Deadpool to escape.

I’m not sure how Deadpool climbs up to that keypad with one arm and inputs the code, and honestly, I get the distinct impression that Adam Kubert couldn’t figure out how it was meant to work either.

PAGE 13. Data page. Just a quote from Blind Al, the Joe Kelly-era supporting character that we saw briefly in issue #20. She gave Deadpool the lead on the CIA’s dealings with Danger.

PAGES 14-18. Deadpool and Wolverine catch up to the robot kid.

Chase scene, innit? Blind Al’s cough was in issue #20 too. She only does it once this issue, though.

PAGE 19. Data page. Blind Al explains the plot, which is basically that the X-Desk have pressganged Danger into making robot X-Men duplicates (for some unknown reason), using something as leverage against Danger, which is being held off planet by the Shi’ar. The connection between Danger and the Shi’ar is that she’s the Danger Room come to life, and the Danger Room technology was obtained by Professor X from the Shi’ar (thanks to his relationship with their Empress Lilandra).

PAGES 20-21. Blind Al takes Wolverine and Deadpool to her hideout.

And explains the plot. Not sure what these other guys are contributing to the plot.

PAGE 22. Deadpool and Wolverine follow Danger to the X-Mansion.

Danger’s birthplace, in other words – as in, the place where she became sentient. The Mansion has been abandoned, and overgrown with Krakoan flora, since House of X #1. We last saw it in a flashback in Planet-Size X-Men #1 when it generally looked in quite good shape, aside from the heavy plant growth. The damage here is new.

PAGE 23. Trailers.



Bring on the comments

  1. neutrino says:

    What about the Sidri shown inhabiting the mansion in Giant-Size X-Men: Nightcrawler?

  2. MasterMahan says:

    Wasn’t Danger revealed as pregnant in X-Club? I don’t recall that ever being followed up on.

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