Writer Charles Soule
Penciler Steve McNiven
Inker Jay Leisten
Colorist Justin Ponsor
Letterer Chris Eliopolulos
I had to buy the Hastings Exclusive Variant, as they were all out of the regular cover. Cost me an extra two dollars. I only own this for the Ogun reference, which may make me the worst.
Issue opens in Paradise Valley, Nevada. Wolverine is heading towards the Weapon X facility that Ogun told him about in the previous issue. He makes his way through some soldiers. He sees some dudes in tanks and in beds. Wolverine spies Dr. Abraham Cornelius.
Dr. Cornelius is happy that Ogun told Wolverine where he was, as it saved him a bunch of money. He’s on the verge of making the perfect killing machines.
Dr. Cornelius isn’t happy with his legacy, which is that he created Wolverine. Cornelius has been trying to make the perfect killing machine. He’s killed hundreds over years. The one missing ingredient has been Wolverine’s healing factor. Wolverine laughs as he cuts his palm and the bad doctor is surprised to see the palm isn’t healing immediately.
We see one of Cornelius’ latest success stories. Major Sharp, has every tactical enhancement in his head. Wolverine and Major Sharp fight as Cornelius insults Wolverine. We learn that the AK-47 is arguabl the most successful invention in the history of mankind. It has been unchanged in seventy years.
During their fight, Major Sharp breaks the glass that was protecting Cornelius. Wolverine knocks out Major Sharp. Wolverine wants Cornelius to turn off the machines that are operating on the dudes in the beds.
The emergency lights come on as Cornelius presses a button and runs off. The adamantium process is starting. Wolverine pops his claws and slashes open the canister with the liquid adamantium. It just dumps out and covers Wolverine. I do like how the room is bathed in red light. Wolverine is just covered in liquid adamantum. There must have been an easier way to stop the process.
Meanwhile, on the roof. Cornelius is shouting at the helicopter pilot to start up the bird. Cornelius is bleeding from his pierced intestine. Wolverine has made it to the roof, he doesn’t look good at all. But he does look very shiny, so that’s something. Cornelius falls to the ground and the pilot runs for the helicopter. Cornelius shouts at Wolverine that all he ever did was kill people, which prompts a flashback. I don’t think Wolverine does the killing blow, I think Cornelius just dies. Then he makes it to the ledge of the building.
My question is, how do the X-Men eventually find out where Wolverine’s body is? Also, he died just saving some soldiers no one will even remember from getting unbreakable bones. It seems like the stakes were pretty low and this is how Wolverine dies? It is a tad underwhelming.
I like how all of the variant covers are shown in the back.
For Issue one, I need to buy John Tyler Christopher cover. I’ve opted to not need to buy the Canadian variant of issue three, its just the regular cover but with Canadian Maple Leafs instead of regular flowers, just didn’t seem that different.
There is also a page of Reflections from the Creators. Soule, McNevin, Leisten, Ponsor and yes, even Chris Eliopoulos himself, writes a few sentences. Eliopoulos reveals his two favorite characters are Wolverine and Puck. I did not know that.
I own Wolverine’s first four appearances (three Hulks and one Giant Size) and now, James “Logan” Howlett’s final proper appearance – for now.
Final Page is promotional for the repercussions of Wolverine’s death.
Wolverine and the X-Men 10 & 11, which I own 10 for Lockheed and I believe that is Kitty on 11’s page.
Deadpool and Captain America 1, no interest
Storm 4 & 5, no interest
Nightcrawler 7, so good, plenty of Kitty Pryde
Life After Logan 1, I ordered it, here is hoping Kitty is in it
Weapon X Program 1 – 5, I read that Ogun takes over Major Sharp’s body, so I might have to buy a few issues
Logan Legacy 1 – 7, I am getting for sure issue two as it centers on X23 and Kitty Pryde and the All New X-Men team is in the preview pages