Wolverine's New Villain Is Actually the X-Men's Worst Nightmare

WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Hunt For Wolverine: Dead Ends #1 by Charles Soule, Ramon Rosanas, Guru-eFX and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.

Marvel's X-Men have had to fight against some truly fearsome threats, including Magneto, Apocalypse and Onslaught, not to mention bigotry and hatred from humans who fear them, along with the near extinction of the mutant race. The X-Men always find a way to overcome the insurmountable odds, but Marvel has introduced a new villain with the potential to bring the X-Men, and the entire mutant race, to its knees.

The new character has secret ties to Wolverine, who is somehow back from the dead and currently missing. Logan's friends and teammates have split up into different teams to investigate his disappearance in four Hunt For Wolverine miniseries. Though each series touched on a different genre of story (Claws of a Killer was a zombie horror comic, Weapon Lost was noir, for example), they were all tied together by one mystery company -- Soteira.

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Hunt For Wolverine: Dead Ends #1 sees Kitty Pryde invite Daredevil and Iron Man to the Xavier Institute to compare notes regarding the Wolverine investigation. It's here that the Soteira angle comes into play: Daredevil notes his team found records of Soteira monitoring violent Wolverine sightings in Weapon Lost; the company had its logo on the covert ops team that stole a copy of Mister Sinister's DNA database in Adamantium Agenda; Mystery in Madripoor had Soteira set up numerous space launches in Madripoor for unknown reasons; and finally, the company was behind the zombie experiment in a small town that went horribly wrong in Claws of a Killer.

Kitty then produces a PowerPoint detailing just how far Soteira's reach extends. Looking over the image, the company dabbles in everything ranging from terrorism to mind control and assassinations. Soteira also has its hands in key moments and figures in X-Men history like the Legacy Virus, Necrosha, the Mauraders and Nathaniel Essex.

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Before the deep dive into Soteira goes any further, the X-Men are alerted to an attack on their facility. The X-Men and Iron Man are able to prevent a catastrophe in large part to a superhuman effort by Kitty Pryde, but the threat is enough of a distraction to allow the mastermind behind Soteira to reveal themselves.

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