Who's in this issue?
There's not a whole lot that is talked about in this issue. The only thing that's noteworthy is that in this issue, we learn how Wolverine had been naturally mutating into a feral beast until the adamantium, when it was bonded to his skeleton, temporarily halted the regression process. Now that his adamantium is gone, his natural regression has returned, which is why Wolverine's returning to a more primitive state. Cool cover artwork by Adam Kubert, an okay job of penciling by Duncan Rouleau inside the book, though Beast doesn't look too beastly in my opinion.
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"Path of Stones, Wood of Thorns"
IN THIS ISSUE:
Roaming in the forest in the back of the Xavier mansion, Wolverine finds his way to a nearby pond where he meets up with two kids. While hiding, he watches the two children, Jane and Richard, return home to their father who was at the doorstep.
Back at the Xavier mansion, Storm, Beast, and Professor X are having a conversation about how Logan's behavior is becoming more primordial and violent, and they believe that Logan's reason for wanting to stay outside was his fear of hurting them if he lost control of his inner fury.
Upstairs, as they are preparing for dinner, Psylocke senses Logan's thoughts and is worried about how they were dark, raging thoughts, similar to those of a tiger in a zoo being teased by children. Cyclops is worried that Logan's losing control and might hurt an innocent person later on.
Outside, Logan is roaming freely, allowing his beastly side to take over. Contacting Guardian, they were able to discover how Wolverine's natural genetic structure is that Logan would be slowly regressing into a more primitive state, and that when he had the adamantium, it had halted it temporarily. Now that it is gone, his regression has resumed. The X-Men heads on outside to get Logan back.
Meanwhile, at the children's house, Logan is watching the events going on in there. He watches how Linda, the children's mother, had a phone and was trying to call the cops, but her husband stopped her. She tries to struggle away. Meanwhile, the X-Men arrives to tell Logan to mind his own business. Inside the house, the father began to beat on the children's mother. She manages to break free and gets outside to where the X-Men were. Logan couldn't take it anymore, and it took Beast's effort to bring Logan back under control before he killed the children's father with his claws. After threatening to call the police on them, the X-Men leaves, but Logan still refuses to go back, intent on staying close to the mansion but living out back in the forest where he won't be able to harm anyone.