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HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: CLAWS OF A KILLER #2 (of 4)
MARIKO TAMAKI (W) • BUTCH GUICE (A)
Cover by GREG LAND VARIANT COVER BY BUTCH GUICE
ZOMBIES, ZOMBIES and EVEN MORE ZOMBIES!
• This is what DAKEN, SABRETOOTH AND LADY DEATHSTRIKE are up against int eh small town of Maybelle…
• …But who is responsible for the grotesque transformation of this peaceful town?
• And what happens when one of our intrepid villains gets bitten?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99
This issue starts with a flashback briefly explaining the zombie outbreak from last issue, through a series of panels showing Kill Team Nine carrying out an experiment last week killing a town full of people and turning them into zombies. The reports show a “cognitive defect” — that’s the whole flesh-eating zombie thing, presumably — exists in all the subjects. As we learned last issue, it appeared to be Wolverine that set things in motion by activating the device that zombified the town, but that was just the premise to get us to this Wolverines vs. Zombies action.
In the present, Kill Team Nine guns down a restaurant full of zombies to take possession of the incapacitated Daken. Outside, Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike have some interactions that seem completely out of character with how they act in Weapon X. Sabretooth wants to leave the town, but Deathstrike is sure Wolverine is there. Zombies attack, and Sabretooth gets bit. The bite isn’t healing. They run from the zombies and try to leave town (leaving Daken behind), but their car blows up. Meanwhile, Daken wakes up as a prisoner in the building with the zombie device. He busts out and is about to kill Kill Team Nine. Isn’t it ironic? Dontcha think?
With the car gone, Sabretooth decides to run for it. He takes shelter in a garage and refuses to help Deathstrike make it under the door before it closes, forcing her to dive for it. He suggests she’s responsible for all of this (makes no sense) and threatens to kill her if so. Meanwhile, Daken stabs a member of Kill Team Nine and dives out the window.
Daken, there are worse things than being stuck in a blatant cash-grab mini-series event. You could be stuck in the one with Daredevil.
The Bottom Line
It’s not that we have an issue with a mindless zombie action comic milking the return of a character killed just a few years ago. Marvel’s gonna Marvel. We get it. But it’s constantly jarring that Sabretooth is seemingly a totally different character than he is in Weapon X.
You could read the current Weapon X series so you can be as baffled as we are.
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