Who's in this issue?
I personally like stories with twists, and this particular story arc doesn't disappoint me one bit. Filled with action, suspense, friendship and deception, this story does, in my humblest opinion, have the making of being an instant classic for this title. Sure, the concept isn't new, but it's definitely a step in the right direction for this title which has a tendancy to go directionless.
I truly believe that Steve Skroce is an excellent comic book writer, and that in the near future, he has to come back to this title to continue his run. I mean, he sets up the inevitable climatic scene in this issue with a showdown between Wolverine and Haan, only to discover that the person he was helping was actually using both him and his enemy, which sets the stage in the final issue of a showdown between him and who he thought was one of the "good people" ... well, not really good, but better than the evil of evil (which would be Haan). Also, he uncharacteristically brings a lot of blood into this story arc: blood which normally would have been censored and colored brown or black, but now was colored red. Lots of great fight scenes that highlights the best of Wolverine against a big group of henchmen.
If you want good reading, I definitely recommend this current storyarc.
Rating (from 1 dot (not recommended) to 5 dot (highly recommended)
"Blood Debt: Part III"
IN THIS ISSUE:
Flashback to the very far past, where Yolyn kills his own brother who was begging for peace.
To present-day Tokyo, where Yukio, Amiko, and the Silver Samurai were being held captive. While their captor, Tupa, was talking on the phone with Kia about their plan, Yukio was trying to convince a scared Amiko that she could slip out of her restraint and help them to escape, and therefore, help her adopted father, Logan.
B at Haan's Penthouse, Logan and Kia barges into Haan's room as Logan fights off Haan's men. Kia demands to talk with Haan about establishing peace within the family. Haan gives in, and he, Kia, and Logan heads to his private quarters to talk.
Meanwhile, back to where Logan's friends were being held captive, Kia brings food into their confinement, forcing them to eat. Amiko, whose feet weren't bound, kicks the plate of food into Tupa's face and Yukio, her hands and feet still bound, sweeps her legs and knocks Tupa's legs out from under her. This gives Amiko the chance to break free from the fragile pipes that she was tied to. As the women struggled to get free, the Silver Samurai, still badly injured, slowly comes about to see the three struggling for control of the gun. Gunshots are heard firing.
To Haan's Penthouse, where Kia and Haan were having a heated discussion about how Haan was so similar to Gom, and how Haan believed that only until uncertanties against his leadership were dealt with could they finally have peace within the clan. Haan accuses her of not having the strength to make the difficult choices, which was what has kept their family in existance. Just then, Kia's cell phone goes off. She answers it, only to hear on the other end Yukio's voice. Logan's friends had gotten free. Kia draws out a pistol and shoots multiple round into Haan. She tosses the gun to Logan, who catches it. At that moment, Haan's men enters, and Kia accuses Logan, still holding the pistol, as the one who killed Haan. Logan protests, but Haan's men wouldn't listen, so with claws unleashed, he fights Haan's men. Logan defeats Haan's men, but Kia escapes. Haan, near death, tells Logan that she had warned him that Gom had sent Logan to kill him, and said that Kia used them all. He tells Logan she was heading home to Mongolia, where their father, Yolyn, lived, and that she planned on killing him, which would make the entire Kaishek empire hers.
Later on, back at Yukio's apartment, Logan finds only Amiko and the Silver Samurai there. Amiko tells Logan that Yukio had given chase after Kia to Mongolia. Silver Samurai, though in no shape to fight, demands to come along, saying that he had lost almost everything to the Kaisheks and therefore, he had a score to settle. Amiko also demands to come along. Logan agrees, and the three sets off for Mongolia.