Who's in this issue?
This book is a great book that provides a fitting end to one of the better Wolverine story arcs I have read in quite some time. The fight between Logan and Kia was excellently done: heck, I even squirmed on the panel where Kia rams her sword through Logan's collarbone and into Logan's body lengthwise (that is, the sword didn't go through Logan's body horizontally, but rather, it went straight down into his body vertically). Lots of very bloody scenes, which is very uncharacteristic of this title, or any other mainstream Marvel titles for that matter. The explosion at the end was absolutely stunning: you could almost feel as if you were there to witness this humongous explosion. I was not disappointed at all with this issue, and like I had said in my review of the previous issue: Steve Skroce knows how to do a captivating story well, for he brought to this title what Logan is all about: all-out, bone-crushing, no-holds-barred fighting with plenty of fight scenes only suitable for a superhero like Logan.
Only two very minor details irritated me in this issue. One: the very beginning. I would have thought that Skroce might have wanted to explore the confrontation between Kia and her father, Yolyn, a little bit more in depth, but it ended very abruptly: Kia shows up, drops her cloak, pulls out her pistol, and kills him. For a guy who had fought in blood to earn the right of leading Clan Kaishek, you'd think he would put up some small fight, even if he is an old man. And two: after the explosion, Logan is shown to have survived, and just like that, the book ends. I felt as if I was left hanging there, like "...okay, so what's next?" Maybe that's the marksmanship of a good writer who deserves another run at this title?
Rating (from 1 dot (not recommended) to 5 dot (highly recommended)
"Blood Debt: Part IV"
IN THIS ISSUE:
At the Kaishek fortress where Yolyn lives, Kia enters to kill her own father, Yolyn, and claim what is hers by right of birth. And, in typical Kaishek fashion she would claim it in blood.
On the outskirts of the fortress, Logan, Amiko, and the Silver Samurai plan their strategy of attack. Logan tells Amiko and the Silver Samurai to stay put, since Amiko was only a little girl and the Silver Samurai was in no shape to fight, while he went on ahead to find Yukio.
Back inside, Kia kills her own father with her pistol to claim the sword of the Kaishek, which represents the leadership of Clan Kaishek. Yukio breaks in through the ceiling, unable to stop the killing, but proceeds to start fighting Kia. Their fight takes them down a floor, where through the main doors, Logan bursts in after fighting off some of the compound's guardsmen. Logan yells at Yukio for not watching Amiko, which was her main responsibility. That split second allows Kia to fire a few rounds of ammunition into Logan's back. She breaks away, with Yukio giving chase and Logan having to fight off a few remaining guardsmen.
As Yukio gives chase, she is ambushed from behind by Kia, who fires some bullets into Yukio's back. Just as Kia was about to kill Yukio, Amiko bursts in from above to hit Kia in the back of the skull with a bag of rocks. She takes Amiko as a hostage while leaving the injured Yukio behind. Logan, finished with his fight, appears and gives chase after Kia and Amiko after Yukio convinces him that her wounds was not serious and that she would be okay.
Deeper into the compound, Kia and Yukio, as hostage, were escaping through a labyrinth. Logan breaks through a side wall to rescue Yukio, sending her back to find and help Amiko as he dealt with Kia. The two begins a very bloody fight which takes them deeper into the labyrinth.
Meanwhile, as Amiko and an injured Yukio are escaping, one of the guardsmen takes aim to kill them both. From his behind, the Silver Samurai appears to stop him from opening fire. The three escapes out of the compound.
Deeper into the labyrinth, Logan and Kia continues their bloody fight, breaking some gas lines in the process. Kia ambushes Logan from behind, and jams her sword through Logan's body lengthwise, which although injures him further, does not kill him. With his fist poised to pop his third claw through Kia's skeleton, he demands her to set down her blade. She knows that regardless so, she was going to die in Logan's hands, so she hits her blade against Logan's adamantium-laced claw, causing a spark and igniting the leaking gas in the room.
On the outside, Yukio, Amiko, and the Silver Samurai bear witness a huge explosion which levels the Kaishek compound. They see a body hurling through the sky, which hits the side of a hill and falls near them. Amiko runs up close to see if Logan was okay. Logan, badly burned and injured, was barely still alive, says he'll be fine, and they should just go home.