Who's in this issue?
First comment: my rant. What the heck is up with the adamantium bonding transfer? It used to be such a big and unique event, back in "those days" when the Weapon X saga was a big deal because it showcased not only part of Wolverine's origin, but for the first time, the revelation of the adamantium bonding process. It has already been established a *long* time ago that adamantium is one of the rarest metals on Earth (at least, in the Marvel universe; it does not exist in real life. :) ), and therefore, what Wolverine had was a very special "gift", if you can call it one. Cyber comes along, armed with adamantium skin. Okay, that, I guess could be acceptable. Then next thing you know, McLeish, the "world's best killer", shows up with adamantium-tipped bullets. Where this adamantium came from was never revealed. Then *next*, Sabretooth shows up with an adamantium skeleton. Where did *this* adamantium come from? Wolverine gains Sabretooth's adamantium, and now, in this one issue, Sabretooth gets *his own adamantium skeleton*??? What's the deal here? Not only is it *never* revealed where this adamantium is coming from, but now, the adamantium-bonding process, which was once sacred and known only to the doctor who performed the adamantium bonding process on Wolverine during the Weapon X saga, is now being what I call "mass marketed" to the masses? Geesh, why not just give *all* of Wolverine's enemies an adamantium skeleton or other adamantium-laced tissue while we're at it? We've never established ... at least the more recent creative crews have never established ... where this adamantium is coming from. So now, we're going to turn our backs against the established facts and just say that adamantium is now bountiful to the point where we can use it on *two* mutants' skeletons, on adamantium-laced bullets, and other items? Come on, that's just a little bit too much here!!
Second: use some common sense here! If it was a news broadcast, would one honestly show the image of a murdered victim, with his stomach sliced open and practically his guts spilling out? I think not! Someone's getting a bit too into the "death" scenes in this title, and the person's not using very good judgement nor common sense. Sure, this is a comic book, but hey, common sense still applies, and no news would be stupid enough to show a gored, murdered victim, or at the minimum, warn its viewers of possible graphical footage.
Enough with my rant on *that* particular subject ... as for the other parts of the book itself, this story is a very basic setup book: it sets up what'll happen later on in upcoming issues. Simply put, we only learn that Wolverine has a dream which is revealed to be true: he kills a U.S. senator, who fears for his life because he was involved with what apparently was the Weapon X project (based on the photos and profiles of the different people whose files he had on his desk; see page 6). The pages with Beast in it? Nothing but space-occupying panels with nothing to do with the story, at least up to this issue. The only question is whether Wolverine's brief stinch as Apocalypse's first horseman known as Death is responsible for his mysterious dreams (which becomes reality) or something else. Outside of that, and unless you want to see Sabretooth with his back split open and spinal cord visible during the adamantium bonding process, I really don't see any serious reasons why this book is a high "must have" on your list unless you're out to collect the series or a fan of Beast.
Rating (from 1 dot (not recommended) to 5 dot (highly recommended)
"The Hunted: Pt. 1"
IN THIS ISSUE:
Senator Drexel Walsh is seen barricaded in a compound, surrounded by numerous agents and his personal bodyguard. He comments to himself on how inept the news reporters were: how the were unable to connect the mysterious deaths that were occurring, and how each of these men were connected to something they had been involved with long time ago. He holds up a disk which he claims is his "bargaining chip" that would prevent himself from dying. He makes a phone call to the Daily Bugle to reveal his story. Suddenly his phone call is disconnected, and the security cameras that he was monitoring revealed a trail of carnage, as numerous agents had been killed, and his bodyguard was making a frantic attempt to escape. A set of claws rip open the door to the room where the senator had barricaded himself, and Logan bursts in. The senator makes an attempt to stop Logan with a barrage of gunfire, which doesn't slow Logan down. Logan proceeds to kill the senator with a cynical laugh, and destroys the disk.
Logan suddenly wakes up in his bed, commenting how he's been having all these nightmarish dreams lately. He heads out for a drive in the night, only to sense that someone was on the roof of his vehicle. He purposely crashes into a tree to dislodge the follower. The follower reveals himself to be Beast, who was concerned about Wolverine's well-being, considering the fact that fellow X-Man Colossus had recently given his own life to cure the Legacy Virus, along with the death of Moira MacTaggar. Beast tries to get Logan to talk about what was wrong, but Logan stubbornly refuses. The two gets into a squirmish, with Beast attempting to beat the truth out of Logan. Their brief squirmish doesn't last very long, and Logan agrees to tell Beast everything after Beast loses in the squirmish.
A brief cutaway panel, as Sabretooth is shown, naked with his back sliced open, undergoing what appears to be the adamantium bonding process, rebonding adamantium to his skeleton.
At the Gunga Diner, Logan tells the dreams that he had been having to Beast (who was utilizing an image inducer to look like Humphery Bougard). Beast agrees that he'll need to run some tests on Logan to determine whether these dreams had anything to do with Apocalypse's programming of Logan into Death. On the television overhead, a news flash, as it is revealed that Senator Walsh, who had been missing, was murdered. A security camera shot had caught an image of the perpetrator who had killed him, and standing over the body of the senator was an image of Logan, with both sets of claws extended.