wolverine: exit wounds

The Many Stories Of Logan In Wolverine: Exit Wounds

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It is Marvel Comics’ 80th Anniversary. To celebrate, Marvel have come out with a bunch of one-shots of their iconic characters, one being Wolverine. In Wolverine: Exit Wounds we have three unique tales of the mutant never seen before. From being experimented on, making ramen in Japan, and fighting Venom one-on-one, there is a story for every Wolverine fan in this one-shot series.

1. Wolverine: Exit Wounds: “Red In Tooth and Claw

The beginning story of Wolverine: Exit Wounds is “Red in Tooth and Claw.

Red In Tooth and Claw written by Larry Hama (Wolverine, G.I. Joe), penciled by Scot Eaton (Wolverine, X Men), inked by Sean Parson (Aquaman, Iron Man), and colored by Matt Milla (Wolverine: The Long Night, Ironheart). This story is not about Wolverine, but Weapon X. To turn this man into the perfect weapon, they put him through a controlled environment where he remains forced to fight in the wilderness.

Wolverine: Exit Wounds
Wolverine: Exit Wounds © Marvel Comics

Reading this story brings any original Wolverine fan a blast from the past. Every new and old Wolverine fan alike knows about his path from Logan to Wolverine. However, we don’t know the stories inside the lab. This comic has excellent line work and some gruesome animal deaths that feel right at home for any Wolverine comic. And the coloring has a very bright pallet that goes well with the story and the penciling.

2. Wolverine: Exit Wounds: “Aftermath

In the second story of this one-shot, we have “Aftermath.”

This short story is by writer Chris Claremont (X-Men Days of Future Past), artist Salvador Larroca (Star Wars), and colorist Val Staples (Deadpool: Assassin). Taking part in Japan, we have Logan, Kitty Pryde, and Yukio going to the home of a family Logan knows. From making homemade ramen, beating local thugs, and trying to steal recipes, we have a unique Wolverine story in our hands.

Wolverine: Exit Wounds
Wolverine: Exit Wounds © Marvel Comics

This story is a lot of fun and it shows who Logan was before the X-Men. While there is obviously a fight scene (because it is Wolverine) this shows a side of him we do not see a lot in other comics. The art of “Aftermath” is a fun style, reminiscent of 80s X-Men comics.

3. Wolverine: Exit Wounds: “Logan

The closing story of Wolverine: Exit Wounds is appropriately called “Logan.

It was written by Sam Keith (The Maxx) and colored by Ronda Pattison (Godzilla). Somewhere in a South American Swamp, Wolverine has a run in with the Venom a.k.a. Eddie Brock. Will Wolverine win this fight or will Venom have something good to eat?

Wolverine: Exit Wounds
Wolverine: Exit Wounds © Marvel Comics

The one aspect that stands out in this issue is that it is done by the one and only Sam Keith, who is most notably known for the Maxx comic series. With the interesting interaction between Venom and Wolverine and the manly masculine art to go with it, this story is definitely worth the read.

Three Entertaining Stories For An Iconic Marvel Comics Character

The Daily Fandom enjoyed Wolverine: Exit Wounds. Having all these iconic artists and writers come together to write great stories and show appreciation for this timeless character is amazing. If you are a Wolverine fan, this is a comic you do not want to miss. Marvel Comics’ 80th anniversary is this year. Since the beginning, they have given us great stories and even better characters.

This comic continues to be not only a magnificent read but a love letter to a character that is a favorite to various fans. Something that we appreciate as a Marvel Comics fan is a letter from Stan’s Soapbox from November 1968. It is a heartwarming read and continues to be very relevant to the times we are living in now. So, thank you Marvel Comics and Stan Lee for all the amazing stories and characters you brought millions of your fans.

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  1. @Sayge: Great review, particularly about “Aftermath”.

    Given Raiden seems about 8-10 years old (it appears to occur just before the last 2 pages of Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #6 from April, 1985), his mother Hoshiko would need to be around thirty years of age in the story to have a child of that age so is likely to have been intended by Chris to born in the mid- to late-1950s.

    If Hoshiko was born in the 1950s, her mother would have to have been born at the earliest in the mid-1930s, her grandmother 1915 or so, her great grandmother 1890 (although odd as that particular photo has Logan in military garb and I don’t recall the Canadians involved in attaché until the Russo-Japanese War), her great-great grandmother 1870 and great-great-great grandmother around 1845, and for Logan to marry her this would place him in Japan around the late 1860s.

    So this story is much more significant than fans will likely realise as it pushes the flashbacks in Wolverine #10 back to the early 19th century at least, since it’s obvious that Logan had yet to be trained by Ogun then. Chris intended Sabretooth to have named Wolverine after Mount Logan, which led most of us to believe that the northwestern frontier town placed the story as occurring during the Kluane Gold Rush which did not occur until 1903 and ended in 1904 (the Klondike gold rush beginning earlier in 1896).

    The only frontier towns in the Northwest Territories inhabited prior to this were when the Hudson Bay Company had a monopoly in the area, so the late 1700s/ early 1800s.

    In Uncanny X-Men #172, in conversation with Storm, Logan refers to himself as “…a roughneck Canadian mountain man”, a term commonly used to refer to Canadian fur traders, scouts and explorers associated with the North West Company. Does this suggest Tim Truman’s Wild Frontier story in Marvel Comics Presents was based on notes from Chris’s Wolverine bible? And was Sabretooth working for the Hudson Bay Company given they tended to employ pirates as privateers and this was how he ended up in Canada (what with him being introduced by Chris as a “modern-day pirate” in Iron Fist #14)?

    The story also places Silver Fox’s death much earlier, so completely destroys Hama’s “flash over substance” approach on Wolverine having her revealed as alive.

    It also doesn’t seem like Wolverine was a slave in Japan. That seems to point back to Canada or maybe Madripoor? But before he was trained by Ogun, since, I’d assume anyone battle trained wouldn’t be a slave very long with Wolverine’s abilities(claws or not). While in Japan with the X-Men (cf. Uncanny X-Men #118), Wolverine mused “I was a punk kid last time I was in Japan. I didn’t figure on ever comin’ back.” It’s interesting that in Classic X-Men #24, Chris changed this internal dialogue to, “I was a punk kid first time I came to Japan. An’ the last time I left, I didn’t figure on ever coming back.” Was he attempting to reconcile Wolverine’s statements about Japan before Logan’s background had been more fully considered? You’ll further note in Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #3 Chris has Logan note that his first trip to Japan was longer ago than he cared to remember which somewhat works with this latest revelation. As to why he didn’t care to remember the period, was it because, like Kitty, Ogun had imprinted his psyche onto Logan’s, creating a psychic clone of himself inside his skull, and broken his spirit? I therefore agree that if Logan trained under Ogun this early, it doesn’t seem like he would have been enslaved in Japan. In Marvel Comics Presents #1, Logan admits he has been to Madripoor “…long before Logan became Wolverine” and in Wolverine #126 he further states “I was a punk when Seraph found me. All instincts, all muscle, no mercy, less brains. An animal on two legs, a predator”. If Logan travels to Madripoor from Canada before Japan, does this however explain why he then travels to Japan? That is, given we know from Wolverine #127 that Seraph was dedicated to stopping the Hand, did she send Logan there undercover? This would suggest Logan had not been a slave in Madripoor. And given he seemed to make his way to Madripoor from Canada as a “punk” it seems further unlikely he had been a slave prior to this either.

    So now I’m not so sure now that it wasn’t Japan. That is, we know Logan comments in Uncanny X-Men #238, when in Genosha, “I’ve been a slave. Didn’t care much for it” and from Kitty Pryde and Wolverine #4, we further know from his words to Kitty that Ogun imprinted his psyche inside his skull and overwhelmed his spirit in an effort to turn him into a fully-fledged ninja, effectively a master assassin of the Hand. We don’t know how long Logan was deepcover in Ogun’s dojo for Seraph, but it could have been sufficient for his comment above.

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