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HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ADAMANTIUM AGENDA #2 (of 4)
TOM TAYLOR (W) • R.B. SILVA (A)
Cover by GREG LAND VARIANT COVER BY R.B. SILVA
THE ORIGINAL NEW AVENGERS ARE JOINED BY A NEW ALLY!
• After the explosive events of the last issue, will our heroes be able to recover?
• TONY STARK has been keeping a secret, and it’s about to catch up to him…
• The trail leads to one of the X-MEN’S greatest foes!!!!
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
So Iron Man has gathered the old New Avengers team back together to search for the corpse of Wolverine, since it went missing in Hunt for Wolverine #1. Unbenknownst to them, Wolverine is actually alive and set to return in a follow-up mini-series, Return of Wolverine, making all of these Hunt for Wolverine minis pointless.
Back in the day, Wolverine saved the other New Avengers by letting himself get blown up instead of them, and they feel they owe him one (even though Wolverine does that sort of thing all the time). They tracked what they thought was the sale of Wolverine’s DNA to a secret meeting on a submarine only to learn that it’s actually Luke and Jessica’s daughter’s DNA. Awkward!
We start with a flashback to Wolverine getting blown up by a radioactive bomb set as a “hero trap” because he was the New Avenger with the most Mary Sue-like powers that would allow him to survive. Iron Man enters the rubble to find Wolverine, and he does. Wolverine looks dead, but he wakes up, and then he does what Wolverine’s do best: murders Iron Man.
Except it’s not Iron Man, it was a drone. Phew! For a moment we thought this cash grab event mini-series was about to change the course of Marvel history forever!
Wolverine makes Iron Man promise not to experiment him after he does one day die for real, and not to let anyone else do it either. Iron Man agrees, and Wolverine offers to do “something” for him in return.
Back in the present, at the auction, Jessica goes into mom mode. She is not pleased that criminals are auctioning her kids’ DNA. Luke seems less upset by comparison. Only one New Avenger was allowed to enter the auction room, and that’s Iron Man. Inside, he realizes that none of the criminals care about Dani Cage’s DNA. They wanted the DNA of a real hero, not a baby. Iron Man tells Luke that no one wants to buy his daughter’s DNA, and now Luke is pissed. Iron Man buys the DNA for $30,000. Then he decides to stick around to bid on a piece of the Z1, an old school supercomputer that he and Spider-Man geek out over. But one of the other masked bidders in the room recognizes Iron Man. He leaves to complete the transaction for the DNA in a private area, and he asks the seller whether he can get Wolverine’s DNA too. The seller says Iron Man can have it for $6 million (it’s like an ultra-rare variant cover), at the same time Spider-Man’s spider-sense goes off, warning of danger.
It’s Mister Sinister (hey, something X-Men related happened here). Sinister is pissed and he blows a hole in the side of the submarine. Jessica and Spider-Man web Luke into the hole to plug it up. Iron Man blasts Sinister with his repulsors and the person who identified Iron Man earlier enters the room and tells Sinister to give it up. Turns out it’s All-New Wolverine! She cuts off Sinister’s hand, and the story will be continued next issue.
The Bottom Line
The creative team here does a great job of channeling Bendis-era New Avengers. That may be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your perspective. We’re just glad to see Mister Sinister, and we’re a sucker for mutant DNA stuff.
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