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Week of Cool Wolverine Comic Book Moments – Wolverine Somehow Survives the Citadel of Light and Shadow

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All week long we will feature brand-new Cool Wolverine Comic Book Moments in celebration of his recent film. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

We begin the week with an acclaimed one-off story from X-Men Annual #11 by Chris Claremont, Alan Davis and Paul Neary where Wolverine puts the rest of the X-Men on his proverbial shoulders.

The issue opens with Wolverine trying to drown his sorrows on the one year anniversary of Mariko jilting him at the altar. He reflects over the situation in the X-Mansion…


Suddenly, the X-Men are confronted by a powerful alien being known as Horde who forces the X-Men to go to an interdimensional place called the Citadel of Light and Shadow to retrieve a gem from it. The X-Men go along with the plan for now (figuring that they can always try to figure something out when push comes to shove at the end, since they’ll at least have the powerful gem to barter with). Along the way, though, the Citadel begins to offer each member of the team their own secret dream. In the case of Rogue, the Citadel plays upon her racism and transports her to her dream world of Slavery era South…



One by one the X-Men are picked off by the Citadel. A lot of their dreams, by the way, are REALLY depressing. No more so than Dazzler, where she is given the option of being a mega singing star, a successful lawyer and judge and a bag lady and she chooses the bag lady option because it is the only one that doesn’t bring with it pressure. DANG, that is some hardcore shit right there, Claremont!

Eventually, Wolverine is given his temptation and Davis freakin’ KILLS it here…


That’s about as sexy as a drawing of a fictional character on a piece of paper can get.

In the end, Wolverine is able to fight off the temptation, as is Storm (just barely). However, Horde shows up and Wolverine “saves” Storm by throwing her into her dream again…



How awesome is that? Wolverine’s blood is enough to activate the gem.


For a moment then, Wolverine is pretty much a god, but can he resist that temptation as well?

Come on, this is Wolverine, of course he can!


The X-Men are all saved and Storm pays tribute to Wolverine with a brilliant end panel before an epilogue not having to do with Wolverine….


What a classic story.

I presume the blood hitting the gem is “the” moment.

Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com to suggest other cool Wolverine moments to me for the rest of the week! Make sure to check the archive, though, as a number of cool moments have already been featured starring Wolverine (including “Now it’s my shot!,” giving Rogue his healing power and more!).