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Antebellum Marvel: Wolverine #42

Previously in She-Hulk #8

I’m traveling the road to Civil War with Marvel so I can be caught up by the time this storyline hits the big screen. Please do not comment with spoilers if you’re familiar with this particular story arc, but you are welcome to provide non-spoiler answers to any questions I may ask in the review. If you are interested in following along, here’s the reading order I’ll be following

Wolverine 42 Cover

  • Issue: Wolverine #42 – ‘Vendetta’
  • Writer: Marc Guggenheim
  • Penciler: Humberto Ramos
  • Inker: Carlos Cuevas
  • Colorist: Edgar Delgado
  • Letterer: VC’s Randy Gentile

Wolverine 42 Title Page

Who’s In It:

Logan (Wolverine), Iron Man, Luke Cage, Dr. Doom, Emma Frost, Cyclops

What Happens:

The day of the Stamford tragedy Wolverine is doing what he says he does best: making it rain.

Wolverine Makes It Rain

This issue doesn’t offer too many new developments. Instead, it shows more of the Stamford aftermath through Wolverine’s eyes.

Kidding. Though, he kinda does. He’s taking care of a few bad guys who’ve hijacked a federal plane full of money, and they’re set on crashing the plane into people. The only way to stop them is to crash the plane in a cornfield, minimizing human casualties.

Wolverine later heads to a diner where he first sees the report of the explosion in Stamford.

From there, the story pretty much repeats a lot of what we already knew: the tragedy pushes the Superhuman Registration Act to the forefront, superheroes and mutants are being treated poorly as many blame them for what happened in Stamford, Wolverine isn’t happy that even while helping retrieve bodies and sort through debris, X-Men are still being monitored by Sentinels.

Thugs in Alley

Wolverine is concerned that no one is bothering to search for Nitro, the true person responsible for the explosion. He’s also worried that the SRA would ultimately be dangerous for his kind. He tries to explain this to Luke Cage, comparing what the government wants to do to Nazi Germany.

Luke Cage and Wolverine

Despite pleas from his fellow X-Men, Wolverine decides to go after Nitro on his own. And considering he has better tracking skills than Daryl Dixon, I’m positive he’ll catch up to him.

Avenge

Score | 7/10Thoughts & Questions:
  • I’d pointed out in prior issues that it was interesting to see the fallout from Stamford and the implications of the SRA passing through different eyes. However, it didn’t work for me here. Most of what we saw was a lot of what we already knew (the superhero meeting at the Baxter Building and Wolverine at the clean-up site).
  • Dr. Doom has taken an interest in Nitro. Guess this means he’ll be crossing paths with Wolverine fairly soon since he’s got a lead on Nitro.
  • The best part of the issue was Wolverine’s conversation with Luke Cage. He compared the Sentinels camped out on Xavier’s lawn to burning crosses on someone’s yard. You can see this gives Luke Cage something to think about. Since we know he becomes one of the most active opponents of the SRA, I wonder if Wolverine influenced him.
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