WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers for Marvel Two-In-One #3 by Chip Zdarsky, Valerio Schiti, Carlos Pacheco, Rafael Fonteriz, Frank Martin and Joe Caramagna, on sale now.
With Wolverine alive again in the Marvel Universe, fans are understandably excited to see which character he'll cross paths with first. The tease of such a reunion is the theme behind Marvel's "Where Is Wolverine?" post-credits scenes currently playing out among various titles, but Logan has yet to come face-to-face with an ally.
However, this week's Marvel Two-In-One #3 pushes the envelope ever so slightly, by having Wolverine spring into action against the supervillain Hydro-Man.
Earlier in the issue, Ben Grimm and Johnny Storm paid a visit to a woman named Rachna, who Ben met previously in the first issue of the series. When Hercules was told that Johnny was losing his powers, the Olympian god suggested Rachna was the person to go to for help in solving the disappearing power mystery. What the former members of the Fantastic Four didn't realize is Rachna was in the middle of seeing a client, who turned out to be Hydro-Man. Of course, a scuffle ensued, with the water-based villain ultimately fleeing down a toilet.
This sets up the issue's "Where Is Wolverine?" scene, when Hydro-Man's exit takes him out to the wilderness. Looking to replenish his strength, the dull-headed villain heads toward a campsite to steal supplies. Unfortunately for him, the campsite's owner is Wolverine, who declares that Hydro-Man has just made the biggest -- and last -- mistake of his life.
What makes this Wolverine scene different from its predecessors is how it feels the most organic. It gives the impression that it could have worked in between pages without hurting the flow of the story. Plus, the post-credits scene builds off a development in the issue rather than being tacked on, in much the same way the best big screen pos-credits scenes do. Though we don't witness the actual altercation between Logan and Hydro-Man, it leaves us wanting to know what happens next rather than wondering, "What just happened?"
Marvel’s “Where Is Wolverine?” post-credits scene adventures continue this week in Avengers #680 and February 28’s Black Panther #170.