Who's in this issue?
Finally a book that's somewhat better than the previous few books. With the introduction of a new character, we finally get something that is different. I do find it funny, though, to see Colossus being in this issue. I guess because this issue will mainly have events occuring in Russia, they couldn't make an issue like this one without a Russian X-Man included. The Hand is definately out for Wolverine's head this time. A reward of 100 million yen means that they really want Wolverine eliminated. Also, it probably means Matsuo is afraid of Logan now. Also, the cover art by Mark Texeira is one of the best Wolverine covers around, showing the intensity of Wolverine's feral nature with the splash of black ink on the page.
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"Valley O' Death"
IN THIS ISSUE:
Left to die in the Kazhak desert, Logan's healing factor finally does its job, and Logan awakens. Putting on his costume, Logan and his "angel" heads on out to find Terry Adams.
At the X-Mansion, Professor X is notified by Colossus that they have located Maverick and have seeked his assistance. They agree to meet in a penthouse on the upper east side of Manhattan. Upon arriving there, they found a dead mutant who was hovering above the ground. Psylocke is puzzled as to how this can be. Maverick suddenly shows up and explains about how this mutant didn't have true command of her powers yet and that it was still in its developing state. Maverick also goes on to say how they have a serial killer out there who is stalking mutants, and he had been too late to save this dead female.
Out in the desert, Logan continues on his trek to find Terry Adams with the angel. The angel tells him that even though he does have a healing factor, without any proper nutrients, it wouldn't do his body any good since there would be nothing to use to heal himself.
Meanwhile, at a trading post in the desert, the KGB border patrol was bragging about how they killed Logan. Some old man showed them a photo hoping that they had not mistaken him for the picture he was showing because the Hand was offering 100 million yen for Logan's head.
Back out in the desert, Logan plays dead. Some vultures begins to circle his carcuss. Logan manages to grab one of the bird and use it for nutrient. In the meantime, the KGB border patrol are looking for Logan's body.
At the X-Mansion, Maverick explains to the X-Men how Terry Adams was not a person, but was actually a place. They had codenamed it Terry Adams because of how hard it was to pronounce the name of the Soviet Space center, which is what they were looking for. Supposedly, the base should have fallen with the fall of communism in Russia, but foreign interest had kept it running. The X-Men are bound for that space center to get Wolverine back.
Finding himself now at the base, Logan tries to think of a way to get in. Just his luck, the KGB border patrol guards found him there and tries to take him down. But Wolverine gets the upper hand and kills the two border patrolmen and using his false ID, gains entrance into the compound. There, he meets a person who he believed was the angel, and tells her to lead him to him (assumably Terry Adams). (Note that this person is not the angel, but she looks exactly like her). She takes him to a steel fortress. Wolverine asks her who is this guy anyways. She exclaims that inside was Epsilon Red, and that he should have known if he was a military intelligence operative. She then realizes that Wolverine was not one, but instead, was the one that her mother had warned about who was out to kill her father, who was Epsilon Red. She warns him that she doubts he could kill him this time.