Wolverine's Return Is Bringing Out the Best and Worst in His Family


WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer #1-3 by Mariko Tamaki, Butch Guice, Cam Smith, Mack Chater, Dan Brown, and Joe Sabino. 

In preparation for the return of the original Wolverine, Marvel has spent the last four months releasing a line of miniseries about various Marvel characters close to the X-Man hunting him down and figuring out when he came back to life and what he's been doing since then. Whereas Mystery in Madripoor, Adamantium Agenda and Weapon Lost all feature characters who loved and fought alongside Logan, Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer by Mariko Tamaki, Butch Guice, Dan Brown and Joe Sabino takes a different route.

Claws is all about the people who hate Wolverine with a burning passion. Taking part in the search are his biological son Daken, who Logan fought and killed years ago; Sabretooth, ostensibly Logan's archnemesis; and Lady Deathstrike, who believes killing Wolverine will restore the honor of her family. For them, looking for Logan isn't about bringing him home or finding answers so much as it's about putting him down and finally getting some closure in their lives.

It's not all that surprising that the three of them have yet to let go of Logan and their slights against the X-Man. Sabretooth and Deathstrike are both members of Weapon X team featuring Old Man Logan, but that's a partnership that's on the verge of collapsing, and Daken can barely get along with any of his siblings.

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Thanks to the other miniseries and Laura Kinney's stint as Wolverine, it's easy to forget how many people absolutely detest Logan. Like any "bad" relative, the actions of what he did to each of them over the years looms over their conversation about hunting Logan down, a conversation full denial and resolve.

Even without complete details of what happened to each of them, the brief glimpses of Logan's fights with them all paints as a clear a picture as needed. This isn't a story where they're sympathetic; in fact, the glimpses of their past only paint Daken as a victim because his father drowned him, while Sabretooth and Deathstrike's show them as the aggressors in their respective fights against the resurrected mutant hero.

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