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The one thing that bothered me about this issue is the choices that the Native seemingly was left with to choose between in her current state: she could choose to stay in the wild where she fit in better, yet would be bound to be hunted by the men who wanted her (and her unborn child), or she could choose to join Logan in the city where she would be cared for, yet never fit in for she has been living as an animal for so long. To Sabretooth, her only choice would be to die, and I believe to some extent, Logan and the Native both knew it as well. After all, she was and still is a tool being used by the Weapon X project to harvest her genetic material to use and develop the next generation of Weapon X soliders. Yet, no other alternatives were explored for her future: it was all in black and white; this way or that way.
To many extent, I felt this issue highlighted the animalistic nature of Wolverine, Sabretooth, and the Native superbly. Logan and Sabretooth reminded me of two animals who would duke it out to the death over something. And, though Logan was defeated by Sabretooth in this issue, it does show that Logan's one weakness against Sabretooth is that Logan has a conscious (right from wrong, though even if the right thing to do may be something that he could never bring himself to do it) whereas Sabretooth lacks this conscious and is nothing but a killer, pure and simple. As Sabretooth pointed out, Logan knew what had to be done with the Native but he could not bring himself to do it, instead trying to employ the aid of the X-Men to aid him. Sabretooth, on the other hand, could care less about the alternatives and would carry out the most obvious solution to its end. Furthermore, the battle between Sabretooth and the Native was one about the battle to survive, even though the Native was hopelessly overmatched and overpowered by Sabretooth who quickly dispurses of her.
Finally, it goes to show that Sabretooth and Logan's paths will always be intertwined with one another, including incidents where love is involved. I've lost count of how people whom Logan had grown extremely close with and them involves Sabretooth interfering with their relationship. It just adds more fuel to the fire as to why Logan would never stop from dispatching Sabretooth once and for all, especially with all the hurt that Sabretooth has caused to Logan both physically and emotionally.
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"Last Rites (Return of the Native: Part 7)"
IN THIS ISSUE:
In the bar known as "The Box", about 26 minutes ago, Nightcrawler enters and asks Jo, the bartender, whether he [Logan] had arrived or called yet, saying that he'd be there by dawn. Jo tells him no, and asks him what Logan wanted. Nightcrawler tells her that Logan had wanted last rites.
A few days back in Montana, Sabretooth continued his pursuit of Logan and the Native, wondering where they would be heading to. As he searched, Logan and the Native was making their way across a stream. The Native had just caught a fish from the creek which would serve as their dinner while they rested for the night. A few hours later, as they rested, Logan asked the Native whether she really was pregnant, which the Native replied in the affirmative. She told Logan, however, to go home and leave her behind. Though she objected, knowing that she would never fit in, Logan was insistant in pushing her to keep moving with him.
A few more hours had passed, and as Logan was telling her about his friends, the X-Men, who could possibly help her, he realize that she had disappeared. He tries backtracking, only to run into Sabretooth. Sabretooth attacks, and the two fight, not holding back against one another. Logan keeps demanding Sabretooth to tell him where the Native had went as they fought. Sabretooth gains the upper hand on Logan, however, and as he beats Logan until he was unconscious, he questions why Logan would even believe that the Native could stand a chance to settle down even though both knew very well that she's an animal, not one of them, and both knew what she needed, though Logan was "...just too weak to do it". Leaving a crippled and severely-injured Logan behind, Sabretooth sets out to find the Native.
Seven hours later, after Logan's healing factor had kicked in sufficiently to enable him to regain conscious to continue looking for the Native, Sabretooth had already located her, who was sitting on the edge of a cliff, deep in thought. Sabretooth, knowing that the Native was contemplating suicide, told her that even she knew that she didn't have any other choices availble to her. She couldn't survive on her own, knowing that there were always men after her to use her to breed the next generation of Weapon X soldiers, and she would never survive if she were to be assimulated into society. He tells her that it had to be this way. With claws extended, the Native attacks Sabretooth. Though putting up a ferocious fight, the Native was quickly outmuscled by Sabretooth, who proceeds to savagely slash and gore her beyond recognition.
A few hours later, Logan arrives at the location where the near-death Native was located. Next to her was a note left by Sabretooth in the dirt: "I did you a favorrunt - you can thank me later". Logan picks up the Native in his arm and begins to carry her.
To the present, where Nightcrawler was telling Jo that the only thing hard about Logan was his bones and his claws, while everything else about him was merely a man trying to do the right thing. The chimes to the door opens, and Logan walks in with the Native, near death, in his arms. He tells Nightcrawler that the Native needed a priest for her in her grave hours.