SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for “All-New Wolverine” #15, on sale now.
Since its launch in November 2015, “All-New Wolverine” has put Laura Kinney up against new foes (like Fin Fang Foom) while some familiar faces lurked in the shadows. After a tease in last month’s “All-New Wolverine” #14, issue #15 by writer Tom Taylor and artist Djibril Morissette-Phan brings Wolverine’s archenemy and a few of her deadly associates into the light.
“All-New Wolverine” #15, the next chapter in the “Enemy of the State II” storyarc, kicks off with Wolverine and Gabby (her young clone) on a freighter bound for Madripoor. Wolverine and Gabby are on the run following an incident in a small town in California; after being dosed with her trigger scent, the out-of-control Wolverine killed 30 innocent people against her will, thus putting her on S.H.I.E.L.D.’s bad list. Laura hopes to find answers in Madripoor, but instead she gets more trouble.
Upon docking in Madripoor, Wolverine realizes their ride — a modern pirate ship — is involved in human trafficking. Wolverine turns on the captain, just as the captain reveals that she called Wolverine’s enemies as soon as they boarded the ship. And the sound of helicopters overhead reveals that Laura’s enemies have arrived.
First up: Roughhouse.
This guy might not be on your radar, and that’s because while he’s a classic bad guy for older X-readers, he’s pretty obscure Wolverine villain for newer fans — and that’s “Wolverine” as in “Logan.” A mutant (or possibly Asgardian, if he’s to be believed) with superhuman physical abilities, Roughhouse is super strong and super durable and incredibly hard — maybe impossible — to kill. He worked alongside the vampiric Bloodscream as an enforcer for the crime bosses of Madripoor, and that’s where Logan first encountered him. Roughhouse debuted in 1989’s “Wolverine” #4 and the character made life hard for the titular hero for the next couple years. Following the end of his initial storyarc in 1990’s “Wolverine” #23, though, he’s popped up extremely infrequently. He appeared in a 2009 two-parter in “Avengers: The Initiative” and then again in 2012’s “Wolverine” #304, but he’s been missing ever since. He hasn’t even appeared in the Madripoor-centric storylines of the last four years. That changes with “All-New Wolverine” #15, and Roughhouse is back in action.
After Roughhouse lands on the pirate ship, the next rogue makes her descent — and this time it’s a literal familiar face.
Bellona is another clone of Laura Kinney and one of Gabby’s “sisters.” Created by Alchemax Genetics, Wolverine’s archenemy Kimura assisted in their escape — thus making Bellona feel she owed the sadistic villain. Bellona was shown as siding with Kimura back in “All-New Wolverine” #6, and now Gabby and Laura know where their former ally stands.
With Roughhouse watching over a captive Gabby on the pirate ship, Bellona slaps manacles on Wolverine’s wrists and they board the helicopter. Together they fly to Kimura’s hideout, where Laura Kinney once again comes face to face with the woman that trained — and tortured — her.
Kimura sneers at Laura, degrading her and telling her that she’s not the hero she’s playing at being. “You’re a weapon,” she tells Wolverine. “And you’re mine. You were alwaysmine.” Kimura, holding another dose of the trigger scent, smiles and tells Wolverine that they’re about to begin. With three villains teaming up against them this time around, Wolverine and Gabby are split up and outnumbered.
“All-New Wolverine” #16 arrives in stores on January 11, 2017.
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