Who's in this issue?
I honestly felt ripped off by this issue. Why? If you read this issue the first time through, it felt as if the writers were being pushed to conclude this story arc too quickly, and it resulted in a very patchwork-like ending to this brief story arc. What it felt initially was going to be a big confrontation between Mole Man and his followers versus Wolverine, Lt. Curson, and Spiderman. Instead, it turns out to be a big dud as we learn that Mole Man had nothing to do with it. So then, we're faced with this new villian named Carver, who I guess supposedly is the leader of his particular Morlock tribe. His showdown with Wolverine? A painful disappointment, considering Carver was putting up a good fight against Wolverine. What it felt like was that this single issue attempted to cram two issues' worth of material ... potentially good material ... into a single issue, and I felt as if the story rushed to an ending. Anyone noticing a trend with this title that seems to have a similar scenario where the stories are being rushed to completion?
In conclusion, I wasn't at all too pleased with this issue. The artwork was good, and I found a few good one-shots of Wolverine that I could use later on in my page, but the story felt rushed, and I just wasn't impressed at all with how the issue concluded. So if Wolverine challenged Carver for the leadership rights of the Morlock tribe, and Carver inexplicably dies while falling off the edge, not because of Wolverine's doing, so who exactly rules the tribe now? Unresolved issues and a very rushed story makes this issue, to me, not one I would highly recommend getting except to complete your collection. Spiderman does squat in this issue except for a meager attempt to save Fugue, so if you're a Spiderman fan, I doubt you would be happy with this issue.
Rating (from 1 dot (not recommended) to 5 dot (highly recommended)
"Right Underneath It"
IN THIS ISSUE:
Wolverine, Spiderman, and Lt. Curson finds themselves facing the Subterraneans and their leader, one of Spiderman's arch nemesis, the Mole Man. Wolverine leaps in to fight Mole Man while Spiderman and Lt. Curson fights the Subterraneans. Lt. Curson is attacked by one of those creatures that Wolverine, Spiderman, and Lt. Curson suspected as the ones who had murdered those innocent victims that they were investigating. Mole Man leaps from his fight against Wolverine to subdue the creature, whom he claims is under his command and acts only on his words. He unleashes an electric shock from his staff, which knocks out the creature. The confrontation between the three against Mole Man and his followers ends.
Mole Man asks why they were doing in the underground in his part of the world. Lt. Curson tells him that he was responsible for responsible for a dozen murders, including those of her fellow officers who had been killed by his creatures. He swears that his creatures were not responsible for those killings, and that for him, he was more occupied by the war with the Marauders that had invaded his kingdom. Wolverine asks whether they were Morlocks, but Mole Man waves off that notion, noting that he and the Morlocks were similar. The intruders, he notes, were those from the surface who seeked refuge underground and were aided by "monsterous giants" and "weaponry far more advanced than any created below ground". Mole Man agrees to direct Wolverine, Spiderman, and Lt. Curson to where those Mauraders were located. Mole Man and his Subterraneans disappear after leading them to the location.
Immediately stepping into the encavement, the three are captured by the intruders that Mole Man had referred to. Their leader introduces himself as Carver. After Lt. Curson charges them with the murders of the victims that she was investigating, Carver reveals that one of the monsters that he had, Fugue, was responsible for the murders, though he defends Fugue by saying that he has no concept from right or wrong, only hunger, pain, anger, and fear. Carver reveals himself as being a Morlock. Knowing the rules of the Morlock people, Wolverine challenges Carver to a duel for control of the tribe.
Wolverine and Carver faces off against each other on a location where a deep chasm encircled their location. Whomever falls off would be the loser. During their fight, Wolverine attempts to slice open Carver, only to discover that Carver had impenetrable skin. Carver manages to grab Wolverine, and just as he throws Wolverine over and into the chasm, Wolverine slices Carver in his eyes. Fugue leaps in to attack Wolverine, only to have Wolverine slash at him, plunging Fugue into the chasm. Spiderman attempts to save Fugue with his webbing. Suddenly, the ground begins to shake, as a tremor hits their location. Wolverine and Carver loses their footing, and falls into the chasm. Both manages to grab hold of the jagged edge of the wall. Carver tries to go down to save Fugue, saying that Fugue was like a child and was frightened by what was going on. Carver manages to grab a hold of Spiderman's webbing just as it snaps off. He grabs a hold of Wolverine, but only to lose his grip. Both Carver and Fugue falls into the depths of the chasm below. Wolverine manages to climb back out of the chasm. Mole Man suddenly appears to lead Wolverine, Spider-Man, and Lt. Curson out of the encavement before the entire room collapses from the tremors.
Once outside, Mole Man and the three heroes part their separate ways. Mole Man claims he had nothing to do with the tremors, though Wolverine thinks otherwise. The three heroes leaves, wondering whether Carver and Fugue might have survived, but knowing that this string of murders that Lt. Curson was investigating was probably over.