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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 141

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Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we take a look at the Wolverine mini-series by Chris Claremont, Frank Miller and Joe Rubinstein, which I discussed in this week’s Comic Book Legends Revealed

Enjoy!

The Wolverine mini-series opens up strong with a sequence that sets up the entire book, really…






The idea of being a savage or a human is the main dichotmy of the series, something that is heightened when Wolverine goes to Japan to find his lady love, Mariko, who he discovers is married but being abused.

He challenges the marriage, but Mariko’s father, Shingen, fights Wolverine one-on-one and shows Mariko that Wolverine is little more than an animal…


Beaten and broken, Wolverine is near death before being saved by the wild and dangerous Yukio, who soon finds herself AND Wolverine attacked by the Hand…


Yukio does not expect that much from Wolverine, but is shocked to see that Wolverine is, you know, the best at what he does…



Wolverine is drawn to Yukio, but soon learns that he is only a pawn to her. Eventually, he is caught up in a game of cat and mouse with the Hand, Yukio and Shingen, Wolverine somehow manages to find the serenity that had eluded him.



This sets up the finale, where Wolverine is prepared to face Shingen again, only as a man – not an animal.

This sets up the famous Wolverine/Rogue storyline from Uncanny X-Men #172-173 that ranked #1 on the Greatest Rogue Stories Ever Told list!