Who's in this issue?
Confused? Don't feel bad. I was completely lost reading this issue. And what would you expect? The whole book is told as a dream, and Greg Rucka did a masterful job in telling Logan's dream sequence. Logan's a very conflicted individual, and even in his dreams, we see conflicting images. Nearly all the close women in his life (Yukio, Mariko Yashida, Rogue, Jean Grey) makes an appearance in his dream. And, most noticeably, we see the two sides of Logan which he consistantly struggles with: that of a dignified, sophisticated man, and then the savage, blood-thirsty beast. One minute, he's completely dressed up, having casual conversations; the next minute, he's butt-naked, blood dripping from his mouth as he devoured his latest kill from his hunt.
We do learn a few things in this issue about Logan. He drinks because it's his way of hiding from the pain he experiences. He obviously still has lots of feelings for Jean. His inner personality still clashes between his animal side and his human side. We are dropped hints, again, at how old he really is since he mentions his participation in the prohibition run of the 1920s, when alcohol was banned from production and consumption. And, something that has been touched upon quite often since its release: another reference to Logan's own mysterious past, when the name "Rose" was brought up again. Logan's reaction in his own dream indicated that he still doesn't recognize that name, though the fact that it still pops in ever so often indicates the importance of Rose in his life. The color red is also a huge factor throughout this issue (the red bird that at times looks like a finch, yet other times might resemble a phoenix; the red lips, the red clothing, Jean's hair (or could it be Rose?), the red bowl), which also rehighlights the significance of Rose in his past, even if Logan cannot remember it.
All in all, a strange issue. Yet, it's a great issue because of it because it is a story highlighting a dream that Logan had one night during his stay with Agent Cassie Lathrop. If you're into the strange, psycho-related dream stories, then this issue is one you should read. And if you're not, this story's still worth reading for it enables you to understand what Logan goes through every day.
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IN THIS ISSUE:
Logan, spending the night in Cassie's bed, is deep in a dream. In the dream, there is a red finch. A voice calls out to Logan to "kill me ... kill me again". Logan is seen tearing his claws through a piece of clothing. He stands completely naked in a field littered with dead bodies. Logan looks up, and the red bird, perched on a branch, tells him "Nice work". The bird flies off, and Logan give chase. A voice can be heard telling Logan that he looked thirsty.
Logan is now wearing fisherman's clothing and fishing off a boat. He tells Nightcrawler, who was on the opposite end of the fishing line, to be quiet or he'd scare the fishes away. nightcrawler tells him that they already were, as people in the shape of fishes were swiming away. A storm comes, and the bird steals Logan's hat. He gives chase to a wooden cabin. Inside, Mariko Yashida was preparing dinner, and tells Logan to get dressed, for he was naked. A mysterious man tells Logan to wear a black tie clothing because "...we're civilized people here". Logan opens his closet, and picks a black tie suit. Inside his closet, a foaming Logan was hiding behind the clothing, who, with eyes glaringly red, leaps out with claws extended.
A the dinner table, Logan asks Yukio who the mystery man was. Yukio repeats to Logan that she had made chili for dinner. She tells him that she loved him, and to kill her later. The mystery man comments on how good the chili is, while Logan comments how he couldn't reach his chili. The man, whose size now encompasses the entire room, asks Logan whether he was hungry or not.
Logan is now crouched over the dead carcass of a fawn. In his hands is flesh from the deer, and blood is seen running from the corners of his mouth. He looks toward a nearby tree, where a black cat was watching him intently. The cat jumps on top of the deer, and looks curiously at Logan. Logan smiles as the cat sticks its tongue at Logan. Logan picks up the cat, and lays down on his back in a bed. A knocking sound can be heard. The cat jumps off, and Logan looks over to the window. The bird is at the window, and asks Logan whether he was thirsty.
Rogue, serving Wolverine some beer behind a counter, tells Logan that "What's good for the goose is good for the gander". Logan takes the mask off his yellow/brown costume. Rogue asks him why he drinks so much. He tells her that it always hurt, and Rogue understands completely. Behind him, men and women in black sunglasses were fighting each other. Logan tells Rogue of his past, where during the 1920s when prohibition was in effect, he supplied liquor from Canada to the East Coast. As he drinks down another beer, Rogue gives her a box of matches, saying that a man told her to give it to him. He looked up to see that Rogue's eyes had been blackened. She tells him that the man had did it to her. Logan gets up and approaches the man, whose only reply to Logan was to make noises resembling Logan's claws being unleashed. Frustrated, Logan hits the man in the face, shattering it. Logan, with claws extended, looks up and sees the bird looking at him. He tells the bird that he didn't hit the bird that hard. The bird flies away.
Back in the bar, Logan bangs his fist on the table to ask for another beer. A one-eyed cyclop was tending to the bird, who tells Logan that it had gotten to the bar first. As Logan waits, a bright light is projected on Logan's face. As he struggles to look, a man points at Logan. Logan complains about the light, and tells the man that it hurts his eyes. The man reminds Logan that he had two eyes, which confused Logan at first. The man corrects himself and says six eyes, to which Logan replied "six of one". As the two sit at a table, Mariko is grabbed from behind by a hairy arm. The man makes the strange noise again. Mariko calls out to Logan, only to have a beastly version of Logan kidnap her. Logan yells her name. The beastly Logan and the human Logan starts yelling out names of women who had significance in his life. The beastly version yells out the name "Rose". The human Logan is stunned. The beastly Logan pops out a set of claws, and runs it through Logan's chest. Logan tells the animal Logan that he couldn't feel a thing. The animal Logan slices Logan in his face. Again, he tells the animal Logan that he couldn't feel a thing. He leaves the cabin under the protest of the beastly Logan, who told Logan that he forgot one name.
Outside, as a naked Logan once again pursued the bird, he runs into Jean, naked, in the snow, who tells Logan that she's cold. He tells her that he had no heat. As she moved seductively closer to Logan, she begins to talk about a coal burner and the process of how the coal is processed, then burnt. She warms Logan up as she licks his ears, and embrases him. The two share a kiss as the snow melts around them while the bird watches. As Logan looked at her intently, she tells Logan of a story about the history of the phoenix. Behind Logan, men in black suits and sunglasses approached him. Logan and Jean snuggle up again. Jean asks whether Logan was even listening. Logan tells her about the Chinese Phoenix. He is grabbed from behind by those men, as she tells Logan that he wasn't listening, nor did he ever listen to her in the past.
Logan finds himself in a dark cell, where the mystery man was making the strange noises again, singing "Snikt-snakt paddy-whack ... give a dog a bone" as he slid a red bowl with a bone through the bars on the cell.
Morning, as Logan walks into Cassie's kitchen, where Cassie was preparing coffee. She asks him about his sleep, and whether he had any dreams. As Logan takes a sip of his coffee while reading the newspaper, he tells her no.