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How A Major X-Man Reverts To Their Old Self in the Hunt For Wolverine

WARNING: This article contains major spoilers for Hunt For Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor #4 by Jim Zub, Thony Silas, Leonard Kirk, Felipe Sobreiro, Andrew Crossley and VC's Joe Sabino, on sale now.

With Wolverine alive again, Marvel has set out to chronicle his return in a quartet of miniseries spinning out of the Hunt For Wolverine one-shot. Each series follows a different group of Logan's colleagues as they investigate the disappearance of his deceased body from his final resting spot.

Mystery in Madripoor brought together a group of X-women including Kitty Pryde, Storm, Rogue, Jubilee, Psylocke and Domino as they headed to the seedy country known as Madripoor. The locale served as one of Wolverine's old stomping grounds when he went by the alias "Patch."

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What Kitty and her team didn't anticipate when arriving in Madripoor was to be ambushed by the Femme Fatales. Psylocke, Rogue and Storm were taken captive, with Kitty, Domino and Jubilee left to free their teammates while also thwarting a larger plot to fire a rocket at an unknown destination.

The Femme Fatales were able to overpower the female X-team with the help of Sapphire Styx, whose power is to suck the life force energy from a person with a mere touch. These vampiric abilities allow Sapphire Styx to keep her youthful appearance while also enhancing her powers. Unfortunately, when Sapphire Styx sucked the life force out of Psylocke, it seemingly left the telepathic X-Man dead, and the villain seeing hallucinations of Patch in Mystery in Madripoor #2-3.

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The centuries of feasting on poor souls has taken a toll on Sapphire Styx, leaving her psyche fractured. The soul-sucking vampire is no longer able to control her appetite to feed, and it is becoming an issue inside the Femme Fatales. Once Sapphire Styx begins seeing the visions of Patch, she loses control in a major way. The mental Patch ghost goes on the offensive, attacking Sapphire Styx and questioning her on all the souls she's stolen.

With Magneto freed and the rocket launch counting down, Psylocke's mental voice breaks through to also assault her tormentor. When the pressure becomes too much for Sapphire Styx, her entire body breaks down and shatters to tiny pieces. We can thank Psylocke and Patch for making this happen, but there is another shocking side effect to having a part of Psylocke's soul trapped inside Sapphire Styx.

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