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Issue: Wolverine 91 Date: Jul-95 Story: Path of Stones, Wood of Thorns (23 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Prof. Charles Xavier, Storm (Ororo Munroe), Beast (Dr. Hank McCoy), Psylocke (Betsy Braddock), Jean Grey-Summers, Cyclops (Scott Summers), Bishop, Archangel (Warren Worthington), Guardian (James MacDonald Hudson) Villains: Bill (Higgins, see iss. 132) Other Characters: Richard, Jane and Linda (Higgins, see iss. 132) Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Duncan Rouleau Inks: Joe Rubinstein Letters: Pat Brousseau Colors: Marie Javins, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Creed pushed Logan too far, and he's gone feral. For fun, he stalks children on Graymalkin Lane. The X-Men are concerned that he attacked a prisoner, which Storm finds egregious. Beast thinks he still has a conscience and can be reasoned with. Psylocke senses Logan outside, but Jean won't invade his privacy. Cyclops worries he may hurt someone else. Logan howls in the night and slashes the shrubbery. Xavier confers with Hudson and thinks Logan is continuing to mutate, and the adamantium had inhibited his natural evolution. Hudson is worried Logan may go savage like when they first met (Alpha Flight I:33). Logan realizes Bill, the man next door, is beating Linda, the woman he lives with. The X-Men confront Logan, asking why he's bothering the neighbors, but he just says he's deteriorating and thanks Xavier for trying. Bill chases Linda into the yard, and the X-Men stop Logan from killing him. Linda defends her batterer and orders the mutants off her property. Logan stays in the woods, far enough that he won't hurt the X-Men, but close enough that they can find him. He says they'll carry the blame if Linda gets killed. Issue: Wolverine 92 Date: Aug-95 Story: A Northern Exposure (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Zoe Culloden, Noah (see iss. 95) Guest Stars: Guardian II (Heather Hudson), Vindicator II (James MacDonald Hudson), Prof. Charles Xavier, Beast (Hank McCoy), Boomer (Tabitha Smith) Villains: Bill Higgins Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Dan Green Letters: Pat Brousseau Colors: Joe Rosas, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: The Hudsons help Xavier and Beast test Logan and Creed and find many similarities. Creed's brain regenerated since Logan's attack (iss. 90), but Logan doesn't believe he's rehabilitated. Boomer walks Creed to his cell, while Logan undergoes tests in the Danger Room. An Arctic storm triggers bad memories: Logan had been hunted by poachers in Buffalo Wood, which is why he attacked the Hudsons (Alpha Flight I:33). When he tries again, Xavier stops the simulation, and Logan runs out of the building, his animal nature taking over. The monitors in the med-lab track him. He smells a drunk driver (Bill, from last iss.) about to hit a biker (from iss. 65) and tries to stop it. Bill recognizes him and runs him over, breaking his bones and internal organs, but his healing factor has him up instantly. Bill crashed, and Logan rescues him from his burning car. Bill runs. The biker keeps his distance. Logan has a beer. Heather shuts off the sensors. Culloden was also there with a friend, cloaked and observing. Issue: Wolverine 93 Date: Sep-95 Story: Tavern in the Town (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Zoe Culloden, Noah Guest Stars: Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), Storm (Ororo Munroe), Bishop, Boomer (Tabitha Smith), Prof. Charles Xavier Villains: Cyber; Dark Riders: Harddrive, Spyne, Lifeforce, Hurricane; Juggernaut (Cain Marko) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Dan Green, Matt Ryan Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Digital Chameleon Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Cyber (iss. 81) is chained to a wall in a Scottish prison. The Dark Riders teleport in, kill the guards, and free him for Genesis. Cannonball blasts through the woods, scaring off a deer Logan was tracking. Logan also feels a need for speed and races him on his motorcycle, dodging trees with ease. Juggernaut breaks out of the med lab (cf. UXM 322) and skedaddles before Onslaught shows up. Logan is at the Auger Inn, buying Cannonball his first beer because he beat him; the kid gets drunk and moons over his girlfriend, Boomer. Juggernaut bursts through the wall, demanding booze. Cannonball blasts into him and bounces off, so Logan has to intervene. He gets Juggernaut to back off, while Cannonball gets sick. Storm arrives and berates Logan for being irresponsible. Culloden and pal decloak and capture Juggernaut, saying he knows too much. Issue: Wolverine '95 Date: Sep-95 Story 1: Lair of the N'Garai (35 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Storm, Colossus, Kitty Pryde (all in flashback), Beast (Henry McCoy), Nightcrawler (Kurt Wagner), Prof. Charles Xavier, Psylocke (Betsy Braddock), Bishop, Boomer (Tabitha Smith) Villains: Kierrok and N'Garai demons Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: J.H. Williams III Inks: Mark McKenna, Gray, Palmiotti Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Kevin Somers Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: In the woods of the X-mansion, Logan senses something wrong: the cairn is back (see UXM 96, 143), and a demon came through. Logan follows and attacks it. Inside, the X-Men work on the Blackbird, till alarms alert them to the N'Garai, which flees into the cairn with Logan following. Nightcrawler pops over, realizes what happened, and follows into the cairn. They fight N'Garai in a cavern. There's no way back, so they have to fight their way through. Nightcrawler is worried about Logan, bestial and scary, but he says there's no such thing as a fair fight. Kierrok is alerted and angry. He attacks Logan while Nightcrawler tries to seal the portal. Logan takes Kierrok's best shots and then slashes him. Then he and Nightcrawler stop the demons from entering the portal to earth. Xavier sends the X-Men to stop the N'Garai, but Logan and Nightcrawler already dispatched them. Logan wants to return and finish Kierrok, but Nightcrawler says that would be giving into his animal nature. Before Logan can answer, Kierrok removes the cairn himself, willing to bide his time. The X-Men find Nightcrawler, but Logan has gone off into the woods. Story 2: What the Cat Dragged In (18 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Maverick (David North), Deadpool (Wade Wilson), Beast (Henry McCoy), SHIELD including G.W. Bridge Villains: Dr. Westergaard, Tucci, Slayback, Dr. Chadwick Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Chris Golden Pencils: Ben Herrera Inks: Vince Russell Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Ian Laughlin Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan finds Maverick (iss. 87) wounded on the grounds of the mansion. Beast doctors him, noticing his healing factor and Legacy Virus. He tells Logan he was overwhelmed by villains who wanted him for testing, and Logan is logically their next target. On the Canadian border at a waterfall, Deadpool is being used to find a cure for the Virus. Slayback plays tic-tac-toe on his chest till the doctors stop it and start more painful tests. Logan isn't enthusiastic about rescuing a psychotic killer, but Maverick won't let someone else go through what they did. He locates the lab, and they break in and free Deadpool. Much fighting while the doctors flee, activating the self-destruct. Logan and Maverick jump down the cliff into the water; Bridge meets them on shore, having captured everyone but Deadpool and Slayback. Deadpool sends Beast samples of his blood and cells; Beast investigates and sees no cure there. Maverick plans to spend what remains of his life finding one. Note: following are pin-ups of Omega Red, Bloodscream, and Logan, Creed, and Maverick. Issue: Wolverine 94 Date: Oct-95 Story: The Lurker in the Machine (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Generation X: Emma Frost, Banshee, Husk, Synch, M I, Skin, Jubilee, Chamber Villains: Cyber; Dark Riders: Harddrive, Spyne, Lifeforce, Hurricane; Jamil; a Token Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Chris Alexander Inks: Mike Sellers, Al Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Violent Hues, Malibu's Hues Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: The Dark Riders take Cyber to Akkaba (see Cable 18), where corpses litter the ground. Cyber is not impressed. They have to follow Candra's lackey Jamil (X-Men Unlimited 7) across the desert through a sandstorm. Jubilee called Logan, and he walks through the forest for days to get to Generation X in Massachusetts. He's not happy inside buildings now, but he agrees to be the school's first guest lecturer, on fighting skills. He tells the kids not to get into a fight unless they intend to kill. Then he plays hide-and-seek in the biosphere. Husk finds him, perfectly still; he accuses Emma and Banshee of playing a dirty trick and then tells them to lock up. They run scans but find nothing and decide Logan is paranoid. Skin and Jubilee see him sneak into the biosphere at night and fight an energy being, the Token, and Logan defeating it just with his rage. It retreats, right through Skin and Jubilee, chilling them to the bone. Logan leaves, and Banshee says Tokens are wraiths, and they can't abide their own kind. Issue: Wolverine 95 Date: Nov-95 Story: Manhattan Rhapsody (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Noah Guest Stars: Villains: Cyber; Genesis (Tyler Dayspring, see Cable 19) and the Dark Riders: Spyne, Lifeforce, Hurricane; Dirt Nap; Sen. Robert Kelly Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Dan Green, Matt Ryan Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu's Hues Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Cyber fights Logan, who has adamantium claws. He beheads it: a robot simulation. The Dark Riders monitor and see that Cyber's adamantium is pure. They have plans for it. Logan, needing to walk in a jungle, goes to Manhattan. The Hudsons trail him, wondering if they'll have to police him the rest of his life. They watch him avoid a confrontation with Dirt Nap but then double back when the creep tries to take advantage of a kid. He pops claws; the Hudsons intervene; Dirt Nap runs. Logan takes them to Hopper's Coffee Shop, and they reminisce. In Washington, Kelly sees that Graydon is running for president. His aide, Noah, talks to Culloden: Dirt Nap was released too soon. Logan smells Dirt Nap on another kid and attacks. He realizes it is a body snatcher, and it grabs and absorbs him, transforming into his shape. Something goes wrong, though, and Logan erupts from its belly. His healing factor made him indigestible. Dirt Nap consumes and transforms into a rat to get away, daring Logan to chase him to save the kid he ate. The Hudsons want Logan to come back to Canada with them so they can cure his regression, but he wants to be wild. Issue: Wolverine 96 Date: Dec-95 Story: Campfire Tales (24 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Zoe Culloden, Noah Guest Stars: Caliban, Cannonball (Sam Guthrie), Storm (Ororo Munroe); Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Colossus (in flashback) Villains: Cyber; Genesis and the Dark Riders: Spyne, Lifeforce, Hurricane Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert, Luciano Lima Inks: Dan Green Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu's Hues Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan, Storm, Cannonball, and Caliban climb a Canadian Rocky and marvel at the view. They camp, eat s'mores, and get Logan to tell a story. Logan lost himself in alcohol after Mariko cancelled the wedding (UXM 172), till Storm showed him a unique mutant flower. She cut it and gave it to him, saying they must appreciate things while they last. The moral: take care of each other, with actions more than words. A wounded grizzly attacks, disrupting LLL's surveillance team. Logan stops Storm from killing it. He empathizes and feeds it, instead, while the humans wait in a tree. Logan can't explain going feral to them, but he senses them as prey. Cyber figures the Dark Riders mean to take his adamantium and attacks them. Genesis blasts him and puts him in a chamber, where mutant cybernetic beetles eat his flesh, leaving the adamantium behind. Issue: Wolverine 97 Date: Jan-96 Story: ...Bump in the Night (19 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Zoe Culloden (the Expediter) Guest Stars: Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers) Villains: Chimera Other Characters: Chang (in flashback), Emmet Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Dan Green Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu's Hues Editor: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan and Phoenix are in Edinburgh, having heard that Cyber escaped (iss. 93). They go to the ruins of the local LLL office and find the WC door. He saw Chang (iss. 5) use one and realizes they are warp chambers. They enter and find themselves in a trashed office with corpses. The Cockney office boy, Emmet, is the only survivor. Chimera closes a door, isolating Logan. She talks to her hand, which becomes a dragon of energy and attacks with psychic poisons. Logan goes down but then slices her hand with his claws. She retreats. Culloden shows up, who explains nothing but sends Logan and Phoenix away. Issue: Wolverine 98 Date: Feb-96 Story: Fade to Black (19 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Archie Corrigan, O'Donnell (deceased), Rose, Chief of Police Tai, Zoe Culloden Guest Stars: Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers, in flashback) Villains: Dirt Nap, Tyger Tiger, Prince Baran, Gen. Coy, thugs including Imak, Ivan Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Ramon Bernado Inks: Napolitano, Milgrom, Morales Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu's Hues Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan finds himself in the Princess Bar in Madripoor, not remembering how he got beat up. The place is littered with the dead, including Corrigan and O'Donnell, ripped apart with claws. He remembers Culloden teleporting Phoenix and him to Rockefeller Center with a key and a note, but nothing since. Rose, barely alive, says he did this. Tai arrests him, and he submits to being manacled in a cell. He overhears Tai arranging to be absent while somebody kills him; Dirt Nap shows up as a rat and says he was set up. Tyger drops by and gives him a costume and a hacksaw. Baran and Coy lead thugs into the prison; some have claws strapped to their wrists and admit to the killings. Logan rips the flesh off his arm to get out of the manacle: his healing factor will fix it. He guts the thugs; Coy shoots the prince and tries to blame him for it all. Tyger drives up in a getaway car and shoots Coy in the back; she already ran over Tai, who had the key and note with the address of the LLL office. They drive there, and Logan finds the WC door standing. He uses the key, kisses Tyger goodbye, and enters, finding Culloden there. She offers to show him his fate. Issue: Wolverine 99 Date: Mar-96 Story: Of Mythic Metal Forged (19 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Zoe Culloden Guest Stars: Cannonball (Sam Guthrie) Villains: Jamil, Tyger Tiger; Genesis (Tyler Dayspring) and the Dark Riders: Hurricane, Deadbolt, Gauntlet; Dirt Nap Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Val Semeiks Inks: Dan Green, Dan Panosian, Chad Hunt Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu's Hues Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Culloden takes Logan to Akkaba and says it's his fate to cut the threads of evil designs. She leaves to track Chimera (iss. 97), while Jamil leads Logan to the citadel; he follows even though he knows it's a set-up. Xavier sent Cannonball to check on Logan; he finds the ruins of the Princess Bar, and Tyger has to rescue him from street thugs. She takes him to the WC door (last iss.) and sends him through with a kiss. He finds Logan's tracks in the sand and follows, flying. Logan enters the citadel and finds the Dark Riders herding captives. Dirt Nap shows up and introduces Genesis as Cable's son Tyler and heir to Apocalypse. He shoots Logan with an energy weapon, wanting to mind wipe him and make him captain of the Dark Riders. He has Cyber's adamantium, ready to bond with Logan. Issue: Wolverine 100 Date: Apr-96 Story: Furnace of His Brain, Anvil of His Heart (36 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Zoe Culloden, Elektra Guest Stars: Cannonball (Sam Guthrie) Villains: Genesis and the Dark Riders: Deadbolt, Gauntlet, Hurricane, Lifeforce, Spyne; Dirt Nap; Apocalypse; Stick Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Dan Green Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Electric Crayon Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Genesis has Logan in a tank, in agony during the adamantium bonding process. Culloden and Cannonball watch and wait for a chance to help. They see Apocalypse's sarcophagus, surrounded by piles of smaller ones with captives ready to be drained of their life-energies to resurrect him. Logan fights the process; Genesis increases the power, wanting to make him his first Horseman, Death; excess adamantium extrudes through Logan's pores. Cannonball tries to bully Culloden into helping, but she fades away, saying it is fated, and to strike when Logan purges himself of the adamantium. Unwilling to wait, he blasts through the bonding equipment but gets stopped by Hurricane. Logan consciously rejects the metal, and the machine explodes; shrapnel kills Hurricane and Lifeforce; Cannonball blasts away with Logan, wanting to prevent Apocalypse's rise. Cannonball gets Logan to rouse himself, and he slices through the Dark Riders one by one. Feral and brutish in appearance, he attacks Genesis. Cannonball opens the sarcophagus, but it's empty. Logan tells him to apologize to Cable for killing his son, and he walks away. On the other side of the world, Stick strikes Elektra and tells her Logan is fallen. She chooses to help him. Issue: Wolverine 101 Date: May-96 Story: The Helix of an Age Foretold (19 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Elektra Guest Stars: Cyclops (Scott Summers), Phoenix (Jean Grey-Summers), Iceman (Bobby Drake), Cannonball (Sam Guthrie) Villains: Ozymandias Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Val Semeiks Inks: Chad Hunt Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu's Hues Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: continued from UXM 332. Phoenix uses her TK to stop stone replicas of the X-Men; Cyclops falls down a chasm, so Logan, completely bestial and unable to speak, dives in after him. Phoenix blasts the stone Magneto, while Cyclops hits his head on a rock, and Logan catches him and slows their fall by sticking his claws in the wall. Cyclops sees a carving of Xavier and then passes out. Iceman freezes the statues, Cannonball knocks them over, and then Elektra shows herself and helps. Cyclops revives and blasts stone Magneto, who felled Phoenix. Ozymandias retreats, destroying the pillar upon which he inscribed history, and Iceman rescues Logan and Cyclops, who had been hanging on it. Phoenix is able to calm Logan, and they leave. Issue: Wolverine 102 Date: Jun-96 Story: Unspoken Promises (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Guest Stars: Prof. Charles Xavier Villains: Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Adam Kubert Inks: Dan Green Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan leaves the mansion and rides on top of an Amtrak train into the city. In a bad neighborhood, a kid sneaks out at night with a gun. He and his friend rob and shoot a drug dealer, who fires back and kills a bystander, a blind beggar. Logan chases down one kid and slashes him, then chases the other, who shoots him and then falls on the railroad tracks. Logan sees an Immaculate medal around his neck, rescues him, and directs him to return to his mother, who is crying at the crime scene. Logan collapses, and the boy helps him up. The drug dealer shows up (he wears a bullet-proof vest) and is about to shoot, but Elektra impales him first. She sends the kid to his mother and takes Logan, who tosses the kid a quarter. No dialogue is spoken, only Elektra's voice-over, as she thinks back on her youth. Stavros the gardener, who killed many Nazis during the war, taught her to value life, even when it is necessary to kill. He saved her from assassins by killing one; Elektra begged the life of the other, who became Stavros' loyal follower. Issue: Wolverine 103 Date: Jul-96 Story: Top of the World, Ma! (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Elektra Guest Stars: Daredevil (Matt Murdock), Stick (both in flashback) Villains: the Hand, Ogun (all in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Val Semeiks Inks: Chad Hunt Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan can talk again. He scales one of the twin towers, while Elektra tries to figure out how to redeem him. She asks his name, and when he says, "Wolverine," she says that's an animal. She strikes him, saying the man in him let his guard down. She plans to make a dojo on the roof and train him to be a righteous warrior again. She unrolls a scroll with Chinese characters: forest, wind. Logan says something is missing; Elektra begins his training, saying the sword remembers, as said Shingen. She says she understands him because she lost herself in martial arts after her father was killed. She locks him in a freezer compartment and leaves, as a test. He claws his way out and remembers Ogun telling him the third character: mountain. He takes up the sword Elektra left for him and attacks her; she parries the sword away, and he nearly uses his claws, but that would be animal instinct. He lets her throw him toward the sword but then replaces it into the sheathe on her back. Test passed. Issue: Wolverine 104 Date: Aug-96 Story: The Emperor of the Realm of Grief (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Elektra, Mariko Yashida (in flashback) Guest Stars: Gateway; Gambit, the Silver Samurai, Daredevil, Prof. Charles Xavier (all in flashback) Villains: the Hand, Onslaught, Magneto (all in flashback) Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Val Semeiks Inks: Chad Hunt Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Joe Rosas, Malibu Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Impact 1. Cyclops and Phoenix sent Logan to the mansion to ask Gateway about Onslaught, even though he never answers questions. Logan finds him on the roof in the rain and asks for a hint; he responds by spinning up a vision of Mariko's death (iss. 57). Logan falls off the roof, and Elektra grabs him. She gives Gateway a try, but he doesn't respond until she mentions Stick: seems they know each other. Gateway sends her on Charon's boat to see her dead father and the Hand sent to resurrect her for Daredevil. Logan is sure there's a reason to relive the worst things that ever happened to them, and he asks for a straight answer. Gateway teleports them into Xavier's study and then has Logan relive Magneto's attack on him, and Xavier's response (X-Men II:25). They see the psi-plane perspective, and when Xavier mind-blasts Magneto, some sort of homunculus emerges and infects Xavier. Gateway finishes. Logan says Xavier's dark rage left him open, and he doubts he can be restored. Issue: Wolverine 105 Date: Sep-96 Story: Faces in the Fire (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Elektra Guest Stars: Stick Villains: the Human Torch (Johnny Storm) Other Characters: Sean Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Val Semeiks Inks: Chad Hunt, V. Russell, H. Candelario Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Chris Lichtner, Joe Andreani, Malibu Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Note: this is part of Onslaught Impact 2. While the X-Men, Avengers, and Fantastic Four confront Onslaught, Logan helps firemen rescue a kid and his stuffed bear in the devastation that is Manhattan. An old man helps them find the way through the smoke and right through the fire. Logan's flesh burns and then heals. He gets the firemen to wet him down and goes in again to rescue the old man, who runs and then attacks him. Logan realizes he's Stick, the dead master, here to finish the lesson in humility that Elektra started. They spar on the flaming roof, and Stick says he can't teach Logan anything but just reminds him not to give up. He points to where Logan should jump in the smoke; he trusts him, jumps, and grabs a ladder. The Human Torch finds him: everyone is gathering a Four Freedoms Plaza. Issue: Wolverine 106 Date: Oct-96 Story: Openings and Closures (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Elektra Guest Stars: Daredevil (Matt Murdock, in flashback), Stavros, Theo, the cook, Athos Villains: Sawyer Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Val Semeiks Inks: Chad Hunt, Al Milgrom Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Derek Bellman, Malibu Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: Logan has taken Elektra to Canada, and their campfire is surrounded by wolves. Logan howls, and they rush him, licking his face and waiting to be fed. Logan takes her to the cabin where he lived with Silver Fox and goes to her grave. He wants to be buried by her when it's his time, and he recounts his other failed loves: Mariko, Heather, Jean. They bike to an airport and fly to Greece. She takes him home and introduces him to the servants. Over lunch, Stavros talks about a Canadian who taught him to kill Nazis in WWII. When the SS ordered Elektra's mother killed, Stavros and he tried to avenge her and killed many. Stavros says that of the 6 men who killed Elektra's father, one, Sawyer, is still alive. Elektra says she's done with vengeance, and mercy is better. She goes to cook baklava. Stavros warns Logan not to break her heart. That night, Stavros goes to the wine cellar, where Sawyer is captive, and cuts him free. Logan corners him, warning him not to call the police. The knife Stavros used was given him by the Canadian, Cpl. Logan. Issue: Wolverine '96 Date: Oct-96 Story 1: The Last Ronin (40 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Yukio Guest Stars: Silver Samurai (Kenuichio Harada), Sunfire (Shiro Yoshida) Villains: Bastion, the Hand, Red Ronin, Fwon, Gen. Hirito Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Jeph Loeb, Ralph Macchio Pencils: Ed McGuinness Inks: Nathan Massengill, Norman Lee Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft Colors: Gloria Vasquez, Malibu Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: The Silver Samurai finds Logan at the grave of Mariko, his half-sister. Logan asks him what he's done to make Clan Yashida legitimate but there's no answer. Bastion confers with the Japanese government, warning them of the mutant menace. They don't welcome outside interference; he knows about Red Ronin. Fujikawa was ordered to turn over a new compound to the government. They have been working to recreate Red Ronin, a giant robot with a mixed history. The Samurai says Sunfire's powers flared out of control, probably triggered by Magneto's E-M pulse (X-Men II:25), and the government incarcerated him. He and Logan easily free him (cf. iss. 56), and the Samurai admits he arranged this so they could all stop the government using Red Ronin to oppress mutants. Logan goes to the Fujikawa facility and finds Yukio there, as well as the Hand. Logan fights ninjas, but security activates Red Ronin, a bigger problem. Able to learn by itself, it no longer needs a human pilot. Sunfire blasts it, but it repairs itself and shoots its hand at him, trapping him. Logan has got himself inside the robot and works his way through the security lasers to the main circuit board. The robot freezes in mid-stride. Sunfire blasts himself free of the hand, but his power is still out of control. Logan coaches him to power down, narrowly averting disaster. Logan sends him to the Hudsons in Canada for help (see Alpha Flight Vol. II). Story 2: The Golden Temple (15 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Amiko, Yukio Guest Stars: Villains: Other Characters: Mrs. and Mrs. Kuan Credits: Writer: Joseph Kelly Pencils: Tommy Lee Edwards Inks: Rich Case Letters: John Workman Colors: Paul Becton Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Synopsis: A ronin goes on pilgrimage, fighting all the way. It's really Amiko, play-acting. She ran away from her babysitters, the Kuans: they are childless and set up a nice room for her. Amiko wants to find Logan and heads for the Golden Temple. A beggar rifles her bag, so she hits him with her wooden sword; he backs off and offers to take her to the temple in exchange for her gold locket. They walk along a train track, and Amiko rescues the beggar from being hit by the bullet train. They camp, and thugs attack them. Amiko stands up to them, and behind her back the beggar pops claws, so they flee. They get to the temple, in ruins, and Logan reveals himself. He tells the lesson: "Life means change, and sometimes it's for the worse." He returns her locket, with its picture of her mother. They go home. Issue: Wolverine 107 Date: Nov-96 Story: Once upon a Time in Little Tokyo (22 pages) Feature Characters: Wolverine Regular Characters: Yukio, Amiko Guest Stars: the Silver Samurai (in flashback) Villains: Akatora and the Hand including Miho; Shirohana the Pale Flower Other Characters: Credits: Writer: Larry Hama Pencils: Anthony Winn Inks: Dan Green Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft/KF Colors: Gloria Vasquez Associate Editor: Mark Powers Editor-in-Chief: Bob Harras Dedicated to the Memory of: Mark Gruenwald Synopsis: Logan is in Tokyo to fulfill an obligation; he uses an image inducer and knocks on Yukio's door (iss. 82) but smells the Hand. He breaks down the door and demands an explanation from them but instead gets a fight. The special police are trailing him and demand his surrender. A sharpshooter hits him through a window; he claws through the wall, borrows a motorcycle, and gets away. Akatora is a man in a dinosaur suit, filming a movie. He arranged to abduct Yukio and Amiko. Logan drives right into a Yakuza gambling den and begs sanctuary. They try to cut him down as a foreigner, but he slashes two and demands his rights as an adoptee into the clan Yashida. Shirohana calls a truce till his claim is verified. Yukio is held and beaten in a dungeon in the middle of Tokyo Bay, while Amiko is spoiled with sweets and games. Shirohana is the daughter of Dai-Kumo (iss. 33) and has poisoned Logan with blowfish. Logan jokingly fakes death and then explains his healing factor. The special police attack Shirohana's gambling den.
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