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A number of the incidents recounted of Wolverine's life are cited to have occurred in specific decades relative to the era of publication. However, the Earth-616 universe operates on a Sliding Timescale these events could not have occurred in the times they appeared due to the fact that it would drastically age the character.

However, Wolverine is unique in the sense that he was born during the late 19th century and that his powers allow him to age slower than an ordinary human which means that despite being well over 100 years of age, Wolverine retains the health, appearance and physical vitality of a man in the physical prime of his life.

Wolverine's early history from his birth to his escape from the Weapon X experiment in the 1970s are considered to have happened in "real time". As such the length of time between his escape from the Weapon X compound and his encounter with James and Heather Hudson should be considered relative to the sliding timescale.



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Dog, Rose, and James

Wolverine's life began in Cold Lake, Alberta, Canada, sometime between 1882 and 1885.[1] The mutant who would come to be known simply as "Logan" was born James Howlett, the illegitimate son of Elizabeth Howlett (who was married to John Howlett, owner of a large estate) and the Howletts' grounds-keeper, Thomas Logan. As a boy, James was notably frail and prone to bouts of allergic attacks. He was largely neglected by his mother, who had been institutionalized for a time following the death of her first son, John Jr., in 1897. James was constantly under the pressure of his grandfather, Mr. Howlett, who believed that James required constant punishment by a strong hand, in order to be raised properly. "Firm, but fair," was what Mr. Howlett said to justify his abusive actions.[2]

James spent most of his early years on the Howlett Estate grounds with two playmates that lived at the estate with him: Rose O'Hara, a red-headed Irish girl who was brought in from town to be a companion to young James, and a boy nicknamed "Dog", Thomas Logan's son (and James's half-brother). The children were close friends, but, as they reached adolescence, the abuse inflicted upon Dog warped his mind. Dog made unwanted advances towards Rose, which James reported to his father. In retaliation, Dog killed James' puppy, leading to the expulsion of Thomas and Dog from the estate.

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Claws pop for the first time

Thomas, in a drunken stupor and armed with a shotgun, invaded the Howlett Estate with his son and attempted to take his former lover Elizabeth with him. John, Sr. attempted to stop him and Thomas shot him in the head, in cold blood. James had just entered the room when this occurred and his mutation finally manifested: bone claws extended from the backs of his hands and he attacked the intruders with uncharacteristic ferocity, killing Thomas and scarring Dog's face with three claw marks.[3] Already an emotionally disturbed woman since the death of her first son, Elizabeth, completely unhinged, drove James away and took her life immediately afterward with a blast from Thomas' gun.

Rose fled the estate with James in tow, hiding in a shed. James experienced his heightened senses for the first time telling Rose that he could smell apple dumplings.

Dog falsely reported to the police and James' grandfather that Rose had murdered John, Sr. and Thomas. Rose led James to his grandfather's house, but Mr. Howlett simply ordered them to flee by train, with cold, cruel eyes, but still used his influence in town to help the pair escape, due to blood ties. Rose then fled the estate with James, who appeared to have been deeply traumatized and his healing factor had somehow driven the trauma from his memories, leaving him partially amnesiac.[4]

"Little Smitty"[]

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"Logan" leading a pack of wolves

James and Rose later found themselves taking refuge in a British Columbia stone quarry, under the guise of being cousins. James also assumed the name of "Logan," in order to hide his identity. Within months, as the hard work of mining and the tough environment provoked traumatic changes in his body, Logan grew to be unusually healthy and ferocious, displaying enhanced agility and strength, possessing animal-like heightened senses that rivaled any animal's and learning to break the rocks by hating and bullying them.[5][6]

Later, Logan stated that it was a piece of his grandfather's devil personality. In his adulthood, James came to resemble the appearance of the groundskeeper much more closely than his legal father. Logan became a valuable and admirable figure among the small community of miners, due to his hard work and strong ethics, earning him the respect of his peers.

Even the foreman, Smitty, who became a surrogate father figure to Logan, was impressed with him. Logan even gained the nickname "Little Smitty," due to their similar work ethics, and this brought him into conflict with Cookie Malone, Smitty's original favorite.[5]

Cookie took an instant dislike to Logan and continually hurt him, until Smitty came to his rescue. Cookie even shortened the fuse to an explosive of Logan's, killing five men. Cookie also cut Logan and Rose's rations, so Logan hunted deer in the woods and gave the extra to the neighbors, which made him more loved. Logan was immune to the elements, due to his healing factor, and even ran with the wolves in the forest, learning to hunt like an animal. Logan also defeated Cookie in a cage match, where he earned the nickname "the Wolverine." It was said that no one could beat Logan in a cage fight. After his victories, Logan would hear "It's not the size of the dog in the fight. It's the size of the fight in the dog" a phrase that he repeated out loud to make it come true. During this period, Logan developed strong feelings for Rose, but could not act on them for the sake of their guise as cousins. Smitty, who had been mentoring Logan all these years, had also grown close to Rose and the two eventually fell in love and became engaged, much to the scorn and surprise of Logan, who later accepted the situation for the sake of Rose's happiness.

Meanwhile, his grandfather, Mr. Howlett, was in failing health and asked Dog to find Rose and his grandson, so he could make peace with them before he died. Dog agreed; however, Dog (who had become a physically formidable man himself) decided to track them down, so he could kill Logan. Dog hunted Logan and Rose down so easily that it seemed he had a preternatural skill for tracking.[7]

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Dog seeking revenge on Logan

On the night that Smitty was due to leave the mining town with Rose, Logan fought him but allowed him to win, hoping to reconcile with him and Rose, but Dog finally found and confronted Logan. Dog reminded Logan of his past as James Howlett and that fateful night back on the estate that had changed all their lives. The two fought fiercely in the middle of the street and, despite being the physically stronger of the two, Dog was eventually overpowered by the enraged Logan.

As Dog lay unconscious, Logan unsheathed his claws, for the first time in public (to the shock of everyone watching), and was about to deal the deathblow, when Rose leaped in to stop him, but was accidentally impaled by his claws. Horrified, Logan held her in his arms as she died. Stricken with grief and guilt for the death of his first love, Logan fled into the nearby woods, where he lived in self-imposed exile in a feral state with a pack of wolves for a while.[8] Logan also tried to kill himself several times for what he did to Rose, but his healing factor always brought him back to life.[9][10]

One day, while he was traveling with his wolf pack, Logan came across a Native American camp and discovered that the whole tribe had been killed, and standing here in the middle of this massacre, he met for the first time face to face, Death itself. Logan wondered if Death was responsible for this massacre and if that was the case he wanted to be killed too, but before he could get an answer, Logan learned that the true responsible of this massacre was a criminal who wanted to steal the pelts of this Native American tribe. Logan was disgusted by the thief's actions and told him that he was evil, the criminal then told him that the reason Death was just standing here was because she was waiting for him to die, and as he was about to die Death approached him and took his soul. Seeing this scene, Logan attacked Death and told her to take him too since he had no one left but Death left him alone, Logan then wondered if Death was just here to amuse herself and take this murderer's life because he deserved it or because she was needed here since it was this criminal's time to go.[11]

After this encounter, Logan decided to resign himself to his fate and kept living with his wolf pack, but Dog continued to hunt him and his pack of wolf all over Canada in the years that followed, and after killing half of his wolf pack, he finally cornered Logan outside of an old mine along the Yukon river. Thinking Logan was inside, Dog entered the mine in order to kill him once and for all, but in here he discovered several strange diamonds that teleported him to the future where he would spend years preparing for his revenge against his half-brother.[12][13][14]

The Creeds[]

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Logan the Wolfish Man

In 1907, Logan was still living with his wolf pack in the wilderness and was now at peace with his new family. But Logan's peaceful days ended, when Nathaniel Essex sent a weaponized polar bear near Logan's pack. Logan saw it from afar but decided to leave it alone, but one day while Logan was away, the bear killed and ate all the wolves Logan was living with. When Logan discovered this massacre, he attacked the bear and during their brutal fight both the bear and Logan mortally wounded each other. Thanks to his healing factor, Logan survived and the bear died, but after this hollow victory, Logan was now all alone once again.[15]

Soon after, Essex sent several of his men to investigate the death of the bear and after finding its corpse, they quickly understood that the bear hadn't been killed by a man or an animal but by something else. Back in town, rumors started to spread about this incident, which attracted the attention of Essex but also of Hugo, a circus promoter, and his associates the Creed siblings: Saul, a tracker and Clara, an animal trainer.

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Saul Creed

Essex was able to locate Logan and was happy to finally discover that he was a mutant, he then sent his personal army after him: The Marauders. But despite their training and the use of chemical weapons, Logan defeated all of them and escaped. Not far from here, Hugo and his men were also on Logan's trail and thanks to Saul's tracking skills, they were able to find him. Logan attacked them but in the midst of the fight, Clara believed that Logan wasn't just an animal but also a man and tried to calm him down. As a result, Logan let his guard down, but Saul used this opportunity to get the jump on him, Logan was then beat down and captured by Hugo's men which angered Clara.[16]

Logan, now known as "The Clawed Man of the Woods", became the new attraction of the circus where he was tortured by Hugo and Saul on a daily basis, and despite Clara's pleas to have him talk to her so she could help him, Logan stayed silent. Saul on the other hand became jealous of his sister's attraction towards Logan and as result he started to hate him.

But Essex was still fascinated by Logan, and decided to get his hands on him by any means, he decided to lure Hugo with Logan to his laboratory where he killed Hugo and started to torture and experiment on Logan. After a whole day of violent experiments, Essex discovered how Logan's healing factor worked and intended to continue his torture session the next day. Fortunately for Logan, Clara convinced her brother, Saul to help her rescue him that night. At first, Logan told them to run, but after Clara told him that he didn't really meant it, he asked for her help, she then freed him and the trio escaped from Essex' laboratory.[9]

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Clara Creed

For a month, Clara tried to teach Logan how to act like a man but to no success making Logan believed he was a lost cause. But Clara didn't give up on him and as time went on, they became romantically involved which made Saul even more jealous than before. To get rid of Logan and to make sure that Clara would never leave him alone, he contacted Essex and gave him their location. Shortly after, Essex sent his Marauders after Logan and Clara, Logan was able to defeat them but in a berserker rage he accidentally stabbed Clara and he thought she died.

After discovering what he's done, Logan's memories of Rose's resurfaced and his mind almost shut down once again, but Saul arrived shortly after and decided to lure Logan to Essex' location in order to get their revenge for Clara's death. But unknown to Logan, Clara wasn't dead, she was also a mutant and possessed an healing factor just like him and Saul.[10]

Shortly after, Logan and Saul arrived at Essex' laboratory where Logan confronted Essex and discovered the truth about how Saul betrayed him and Clara. After this revelation, Logan stabbed Essex and threw him through a window and confronted Saul for what he did.

Logan beat Saul down but before could finish him, Saul told him about a strange potion Essex created, a potion that could remove the memories of anyone and tried to manipulate him into drinking it for what he did to Clara. But before Logan could make a choice, he was soon stopped by the return of Clara who told him the truth about her powers. But after what happened with the bear and what Saul did to them, Logan decided to kill Saul to make sure he would never hurt anyone ever again. Despite Clara's pleas, Logan drown Saul in a vat full of the potion created by Essex to remove the memories of anyone, which killed him.

After the death of her brother, Clara told Logan that he was a just a coldhearted killer for what he did and she never wanted to see him ever again, Logan then left and never saw Clara again. Four months later, Clara joined another circus where she was found by her older brother, Victor who wanted to maintain his years-long tradition of beating and bullying Saul on his birthday. Clara then told Victor about Saul's death and how he was now free from him, which prompted Victor to go after Logan to get his revenge.[17]

In 1909, Victor Creed found found Logan unconscious in the middle of a crime scene, the victim of this murder was the third in as many months and Creed believed that Logan was the mysterious serial killer the police was after. Creed didn't care about the murders though, he was already following Logan since he wanted revenge for what Logan did to his sister, Clara, and to his brother, Saul.

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The Ravencroft Institute

Before the police arrived, Creed snatched the unconscious Logan from the crime scene and took him to the Ravencroft Institute in Westchester County where he was working as Nathaniel Essex' assistant. Seeing Logan again made Essex eager to resume his experiments on him. To that end, Essex lobotomized Logan which put him in a comatose state, he then proceeded to cut Logan's left arm off while Creed was enjoying seeing Logan suffer. One night, one of the doctors, Claudia Russell, was able to free Logan and tried to help him escape but on their way out the duo was confronted by Creed.

Creed threw Logan away and confronted Claudia, when suddenly Logan’s healing factor kicked back, it started to heal his brain and he finally awoken from his comatose state. Logan then sneaked up behind Creed and thrust his claws into his throat before being thrown away again by his foe. Knowing that Logan had no chance against Creed in his condition, Claudia begged him to escape while Creed was injured. Despite still being in a feral state because of his brain injury, Logan understood and agreed to escape.

Before Creed could go after Logan, Claudia revealed to him that Logan was not responsible for the murders, those murders happened during a full moon, and she was the killer but it was an accident. She then transformed into a Werewolf and attacked the injured Creed who was saved by Essex resulting in Claudia's capture. Creed and Essex later experimented on Claudia and killed her.[18]

It was supposedly around this time that Romulus, an immortal being who used and manipulated the members of the Hudson line (Logan's mother's family) for decades, decided to take an interest in Logan.

The Amazing Immortal Man[]

Birthday Surprise[]

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Silver Fox

Possibly on his first trip to Japan, Logan encountered members of the ninja sect known as the Hand. The Hand extorted Logan into fighting Sabretooth, another Romulus operative who was murdering women in Tokyo.[19] During their fight, Logan discovered that Sabretooth possessed an healing factor just like him but he still managed to defeat his foe and impaled him with his sword. Before Logan could finish Sabretooth, their fight was stopped by Romulus who knocked Logan out. After he awakened, Sabretooth was gone, Logan decided to head back to Canada but first he made a stop in Madripoor.[20][21]

In Madripoor, apparently under Romulus' guidance, Logan became a mercenary, while here he also met and romanced Seraph, a diminutive woman employed by Romulus, who had instructed her to form such relationship with Logan. In the next years Logan would realize that Seraph and other knowledges were under a single authority, but he didn't know or care who it was at the time.[22]

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Logan facing Victor Creed after the death of Silver Fox

At some point later, Logan traveled to another frontier community in the Canadian Rockies and met a young Blackfoot Indian woman, named Silver Fox, with whom he fell in love.[23] The two shared a cabin together and lived happily for a time. Logan had made a new life for himself: hunting and farming chores around the homestead now his daily routine, but, as ever, there were other forces at work in his life. On Logan's birthday, Sabretooth, possibly under Romulus' orders, brutally attacked Silver Fox, raping her and leaving her for dead, the first of many birthday "surprises" from him to come. Enraged, Logan battled him in a bar, only to be defeated.[24]

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Logan harboring for the first time the blue and yellow colors and earning the name of "Skunk-Bear" or "Wolverine."

Sabretooth then manipulated a feral, mindless Logan into believing the people of a nearby town had ordered Silver Fox's death, prompting Logan to slaughter the inhabitants of the town, persuading him that "the townspeople are afraid of you--they don't want you around. So, they got rid of the one thing keeping you here."[25]

Later, employed by the Hudson's Bay Company as a fur trader to the Blackfoot Indians, Logan defeated the demonic snake-worm, known as Uncegila, a feat which earned him the Blackfoot warrior name of "Skunk-Bear" (or "Wolverine").[26]

Around 1911, Logan was in Montana where he was helping locals when things went bad, at the time, Logan was known as the unkillable "Man From Up North". One day, the locals called on Logan after finding 4 dead bodies but Logan discovered that there was no witness and that the murderers covered up their tracks. Logan then met for the first time a time traveling Loki who told him that he could help him tracked the murderers, Loki then jokingly told Logan that his name was "bub" although after seeing Loki used his powers, Logan has his own idea about Loki's true nature.

The duo then tracked the murderers to a nearby saloon and after a brutal fight, they were able to capture the criminals alive.[27]

But unknown to Logan, Romulus was about to shape him into the perfect killer and as a result wherever Logan went, Creed, one of his handlers, was not far behind.

World War I[]

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Frederick Hudson

Before the start of World War I, Logan joined the Canadian Army, where he was assigned to the Devil's Brigade, a special Canadian military unit sometimes used by Romulus.

In 1912, a super-humanly strong man known as Silas Burr (who would later become the mercenary Cyber) became Logan's new commanding officer. Burr was formerly an agent of the Pinkerton Private Detective Agency, where he abused his position, committing several atrocities, even burning down a schoolhouse full of children once and was later sentenced to death for his crimes. Burr was rescued from the courthouse, by Victor Creed, and brought to the training facility where Logan was, in here he was hired by Frederick Hudson due to his sadistic nature.[28][29]

Under Frederik Hudson's orders Burr had to make Logan's life a nightmare, not to keep him under control but to turn him into an obedient animal bred to kill. To that end another Romulus operative, Janet, was used by Burr in order to make Logan fell in love with her.[30]

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When World War I started, Logan alongside other soldiers were deployed to Europe,[31] and while fighting in Ypres, Belgium, on April 22, 1915, Logan encountered a being called Lazaer (an anagram of Azrael, the Angel of Death) armed with a large broadsword and he had been using it to kill soldiers on the same battlefield. They began to fight one another, with Lazaer initially gaining the upper hand, but, after being impaled with Lazaer's sword, Logan pulled it from his chest and stabbed his surprised opponent with it.[32]

Besting Lazaer in combat sent Logan into a deep depression, even causing him to put a gun to his own head at one point. Logan started to drink considerably more as the war dragged on and ate less and less, until Lazaer finally confronted him. Lazaer explained that the depression was a punishment for defeating him and defying the natural order of things. It was also later revealed that because Logan defeated Lazaer, whenever Logan was wounded severely enough to tax even his healing factor, he recovered by defeating Lazaer in an astral arena.[33]

In October 1918, Logan was present in the north of France and was still fighting in the Great War as part of a Canadian squad alongside a psychic mutant, Lieutenant Link.[34] Their mission was to take by surprise a bridge held by German troops, Logan was able to make his way through the camp and took down several German soldiers and despite some setbacks after meeting a familiar German soldier named Egon Hiban and his psychic link with Bellamy, Logan was able to complete his mission forcing the German troops to surrender.

On November 11, 1918, Logan was in Paris just after the signature of the Armistice marking the end of the war. People thanked Logan for his help in this victory but the cost of winning this war and the words of Egon Hiban were still haunting Logan.[35]

Kansas City Bank Robbery[]

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Logan and Mystique in 1921.

After the end of World War I, Logan returned to America and in 1921, he found himself in the Mexican Sonoran Desert beaten, locked up by the local police, and accused of horse thievery. As Logan was blindfolded and tied to a post to be shot by a firing squad, a voice next to him asked if he was a murderer. Logan answered, “...worse, a horse thief.” The person next to him turned out to be Mystique, who was also about to be killed for having blue skin. The locals thought she was a witch, even though she explained that she was simply born different, and Logan laughed at meeting someone like her there of all places. Mystique managed to untie herself, just before the firing squad shot, and Logan survived, due, once again, to his healing factor, and killed the guards.[36]

After they both escaped, Mystique stood surprised that Logan was able to survive and asked how he knew she would be able to free herself and escape. Logan responded, “I didn't,” and, when she asked where he was going to next, he said the nearest bar. Mystique introduced herself to Logan and said that she had a group of friends in Kansas City that he would probably like to meet.

Once in Kansas City, Mystique told Logan about her group, who scammed people. After meeting her crew, and saving one of them from an angry mark, Mystique informed Logan that she and her crew were planning a bank heist and she wanted him to take part in it. When Logan expressed his reluctance to get attached to people, she told him that she knew it was hard to trust people, but that they could be a family and to trust her. They kissed and Logan decided to help her.[37]

However, because Mystique didn't pay off the cops like she said so, Logan tipped off the police about the planned bank robbery. Mystique cut and ran, and despite Logan's protests, her crew was killed by the police. Logan again found himself alone and with a festering hatred for the woman he had come to trust.[38] He continued his own criminal activities for a few years, smuggling bootleg alcohol during Prohibition in the mid-1920s.[39]

Prohibition Era and learning espionage[]

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Wolverine during the Prohibition era

In 1929, during the Prohibition Era, Logan's alcohol smuggling activities put him in conflict with Al Capone and his hitman, Victor Creed. Creed then assassinated Logan’s girlfriend, Molly Barker, and lured him to the site of the infamous St. Valentine's Day Massacre, which he barely survived.[40]

Sometime during the 30s, Logan went to Shanghai, China, and he intervened in a conflict between locals, soldiers from the Japanese Imperial Army and their captain, Ogun. Impressed by Logan's bravery and defiance, Ogun offered to train him in the martial arts at the Ogun Ryu Dojo in Kanazawa, but Logan declined.[41]

Shortly after in Kentucky, the ruthless owner of a coal mine was using force in order to brutalize the miners who worked for him each time they went on strike because of their poor working conditions. One day, having enough of those strikes, the man brought in the Pinkertons who made a massacre among the miners and forced them to go back to work.

After this massacre, the miners decided to send a special negotiator, someone new, someone that was sent by the Hudson's Bay Company to help them: Logan. Logan made quick work of the Pinkertons and forced the owner to sit down at the bargaining table with one member of the workers union in order to hear their demands. But the owner ashamed of having to bargain, started to drink, lost his temper and killed the member of the workers union in cold blood.

In retaliation, Logan killed him but the son of the owner saw everything and despite Logan warning him to not chase him and to move on with his life, the boy swore revenge on Logan. As time passed the boy became a man, and after several unsuccessful attempts to kill Logan along the years he decided to find other people like him, other people who wanted revenge on Logan and together they created the criminal organization known as the Red Right Hand. The man would later become their leader and would be known as the Founder.[42]

In 1931, Logan was in South Africa where he met an herd of elephants and befriended one of the youngest one named Lull,[43] unfortunately not long after, the herd was found by two hunters, Sasha and Sergei Kravinoff. The two hunters started to shoot the elephants but Logan was able to stop them and made them run away, unfortunately Lull's mother and sister were killed in the process and the herd decided to move away but knowing that there was no safe place on earth for them anymore.[44]

By 1932 Logan was in Madripoor again, and Seraph taught him how to be a better assassin. Around this time, Logan started to use his recurrent alias "Patch."[22]

In 1933, Logan resumed his smuggling activites and was carrying whiskey down from Canada, with his friend Elias from World War I but one day the duo was confronted by rival bootleggers in Minnesota. Elias was killed during the attack and Logan was heavily injured but thanks to his healing factor, he survived. To honor his friend's memory, Logan decided to fulfill his final request and get Elias' children to safety at their aunt's farm in South Dakota. Logan was successful in his mission and as a reward he was gifted a motorcycle.[45]

In 1934, Logan went to Marrakesh where was hired by the Covenant to kill the Dreaming Maiden, but Logan couldn't do it and decided to hide her somewhere safe in a cave.[46] To make sure she couldn't be found, he asked her to stop using her powers until he found a way to save her, as a result she stopped dreaming and turned to crystal.[47] In 1935 in Shanghai, Logan reported back to the Covenant that the Dreaming Maiden was dead and despite the fact that the Covenant wanted Logan to kill more people like her, he refused and walked away.[48] Unfortunately Logan's memories would be altered afterwards and for years she would remain hidden, but during all those years she grew angry and one day she would start dreaming again.[49]

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Taras Romanov

In 1936, Logan was in Scotland working with Raven Darkhölme and Irene Adler, two mutant adventurers and lovers. Maybe because of memory alteration, Logan was unaware that the apparently male Raven was Mystique. Around the same time he met for the first time Geist but also Kitty Pryde and Rachel Summers who time traveled to the past. The trio managed to stop the plans of Baron Von Struker and Amahl Farouk.[50][51]

Later, Logan went into action in Spain during its Civil War.[52]

Sometimes during the 30s in New York City, New York a member of the Bloodshadows gang named Hector tried to pickpocket Logan but Logan caught him and beat him up but Hector was able to stab Logan in the chest and sliced his throat with his knife but Logan survived. Believing that Logan was a vampire, Hector ran away and warned his boss, a young vampire hunter named Eric Brooks. Eric went after Logan but instead he was confronted by a true vampire who beat him up and was about to kill him, but Logan arrived just in time to confront the creature of the night. Logan proved to be faster than this vampire, he was able to defeat it and saved Eric’s life. After saving his life, Logan gave Eric his coat and helped him get back on his feet.[53]

In 1937, Logan, under Romulus' orders, started to learn espionage from Taras Romanov, and in turn Logan gave hand-to-hand combat lessons to Natalia Romanoff, Taras' ward. Logan trained with Taras for a little over 2 years.[54] According to Sabretooth, Logan was later involved in several espionage operations in Madripoor in 1938.[55] In that year, he also fell in love with aspiring actress Celia Stroud; the two moved to Hollywood but broke up after six months. While working on a film set, he was abducted by Morgan Le Fay using Celia's body as part of a plot to trade immortality for the mutant but her spells were not strong enough to control Logan's enraged mind.[56]

In 1940, Taras told Natalia to kill Logan as her final lesson before becoming an assassin, but unknown to Taras, Logan was also tasked by Romulus to kill both him and Natalia. As a result Logan killed Taras but couldn't bring himself to kill Natalia, he gave her Taras' ring and took her necklace and allowed her to depart, telling her that she was now dead to the rest of the world before disappearing. Natalia swore to repay her debt to Logan one day.[54][57] His training with Taras complete, Logan returned to the Devil's Brigade and to the training facility, soon to be involved in another war.

World War II[]

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Logan during World War II.

After Logan came back to the training facility, Silas Burr under the orders of Frederick Hudson, killed Janet as a lesson that whenever Logan overcame his inner bestial nature to care for someone, that person would die. Seeking for vengeance, Logan fought Burr, who severely beat him and gouged out his left eye.[58] Logan descended to a near-feral state, his healing factor again obscuring his traumatic memories, and he fled to the Canada's wilderness. Sabretooth and Cyber were able to track him down and manipulated him into being an obedient animal again.[30]

In the summer of 1941, Logan now back under Romulus and Burr's control, was sent to Madripoor in order to get a new assignment from Seraph. In here both Seraph and Logan worked with the U.S. super-soldier Captain America and others in order to sabotage an alliance between the Hand and the Baron Strucker, luring the Hand's Jonin, their leader, out of hiding. Natalia Romanov now calling herself Natasha Romanoff and a Romulus operative, wanted to kill the Jonin, but Logan, regretting how he trained her to be an assassin, killed the Jonin himself.[59] Later that same year, under orders to recruit or kill Captain America,[60] Logan worked with him and Bucky in Tunisia, where he met Sgt. Nick Fury.[30] Finally, Logan decided not to kill Captain America, creating a rift between Seraph and himself.[61]

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Logan as Prisoner Zero in the Sobibor Death Camp.

In 1942, Logan spent some time in the Sobibor Death Camp in Poland, where he psychologically tortured three Nazi commandants by simply never speaking and returning every time they ordered him executed. While at Sobibor, Logan was known as "Prisoner Zero."[62] In 1943, he surfaced in Newell, California, overseeing inhumane experimentations on Japanese prisoners of war. Even though Logan had been a hardened killer, he was atypically cruel during this period, as his personality had probably been altered by Romulus.[63]

In 1944, Logan participated as a paratrooper for the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, during the Normandy landings on D-Day (June 6) where he slaughtered an entire Nazi patrol from the 21st Panzer-Grenadiers with only a knife. Unknown to Logan, one of the Nazis present on that day was none other than Bloodscream. After witnessing Logan's fury on that day, he became obsessed with him and he would become one of Wolverine's fiercest foes years later.[64]

While in France, Logan went to Paris and killed several high-ranking Nazi Officers, it was here that Logan met Hercules for the first time from afar, but Logan mistook him for Namor (since Hercules was forbidden to take part in this war by the Olympian Gods, he hid his true identity and posed as Namor).[65]

Afterwards Logan was sent to Greece in order to teach the Greek nationalists how to use explosives and to help them fight against the Nazis. His work done, Logan gave to a young Stavros his knife and resumed his work in other parts of Europe as a spy for the Allied Forces, during which he conducted many special covert missions.[66]

During the winter of 1944, Logan went back to France and helped a group of U.S. Soldiers against several German tanks in the Ardennes Forest. Seeing Logan in action and his heroism motivated the soldiers to resume the fight against the Nazis.[67]

While he was still in France, Logan and several soldiers from the Canadian Army discovered that the Nazis were forcing a French sorceress named Marie D'Arqueness to summon a powerful demon called "the Truth," in order to use it against the Allies or they would kill her daughter, Sylvie. Seeing no other choice, Marie summoned the demon but at the same time the Allied forces attacked the Nazis and she was wounded during her spell by one of the bullets fired.

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The Truth locked in a fight against itself

As a result she lost control of her spell which resulted in a giant explosion, that freed the Truth and killed everyone around. Marie and Sylvie were able to survive thanks to a magical barrier created by Marie, and Logan also survived thanks to his healing factor. Back on his feet, Logan then helped Marie facing the Truth. As they were fighting this demon, the duo was confronted by a a future version of Logan, a future version of Sylvie and their daughter, Rien. The trio then tricked the Truth from their timeline into fighting the Truth of this reality while telling Logan to stand down.

Then with the help of Marie, the future Logan, the future Sylvie and Rien were able to trap the two demons in a magical cage, but to make sure that the two demons couldn't escape, the future Logan and the future Sylvie decided to stay behind in order to serve as a "lock" for this cage. Once the spell was completed, the two demons, the future Logan and the future Sylvie were turned to stone for eternity. With the crisis now averted, Rien decided to embrace Logan and revealed to him she was his daughter.[68]

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Logan meets Rien

Later, on April 28, 1945 Logan and the Devil's Brigade were tasked to infiltrate Germany in order to put an end to the German Super Soldier program but the entire unit was decimated during an aerial attack. Only Logan survived. On April 30, during the Walpurgis Night, Logan finally infiltrated the Nazi facility and discovered that several soldiers were changed into werewolves by the General Wolfram. Logan managed to defeat them but before he could kill Wolfram, he was stopped by Nick Fury.

Despite Logan's protests against letting Wolfram live after killing his whole unit, Fury explained that Wolfram could prove useful in the coming war against the USSR. Fury also revealed that both Captain America and Bucky Barnes had been killed by Baron Zemo and that the lead scientist in charge of the US Super Soldier program had died too, to that end Fury and the US needed Wolfram as part of this new program they had created: The Weapon Plus Program.[67]

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Logan surviving the Hiroshima bombing

Logan couldn't believe that Captain America was dead, he also considered that Fury made a deal with the devil by not letting him kill Wolfram and the news that the US were already preparing themselves for a new war while the current one wasn't even over yet, really made him fear for what the future had in store for him and the world.[67]

Later that same year, Logan was captured by Japanese soldiers in Japan, where he was sent to a prison camp near Hiroshima. Logan escaped from his cell along with Lt. Ethan Warren, an American soldier who was also captured, and found refuge and love in a local Japanese girl, named Atsuko.[69] Unfortunately, Lt. Warren, himself a mutant, returned and murdered the girl and the two men fought, until both were caught in the atomic bombing of Hiroshima that destroyed much of the city. Logan survived, but was devastated to lose another woman in his life.[70]

Landau, Luckman & Lake and Jasmine Falls[]

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Logan living a peaceful life in Jasmine Falls.

After the war ended, Logan was hired by Chang and started to work for Landau, Luckman & Lake. During one mission when he was guarding Michael Carling, a scientist for Landau, Luckman & Lake, Logan fought the immortal Kimora, who was after Carling's expertise in large-scale transportation between Earth and Kageumbra, his home dimension. Kimora defeated Logan, and even called him a beast in a man's clothing, however Carling managed to free himself and seemingly decapitated Kimora.[71]

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Kimora the immortal Warlord.

After this mission, Logan decided to leave Landau, Luckman & Lake and went back to Japan, Logan remembered Ogun's offer and he went to his dojo to better learn self-discipline. There, Logan spent years under Ogun's tutelage, Ogun and Logan became friends, and as time went on Logan regarded Ogun as a surrogate father.[72] During this training Ogun taught Logan how to balance his human side and animal side in order to become a great warrior,[73] he also taught him about the Art of the Samurai and the teachings of Sun-Tzu.[74]

During one of their meditation sessions, Ogun and Logan were attacked by a group of ninja led by the criminal Lord Ugama Hana who wanted reparations from Ogun for wronging him in the past. Ogun told Logan to stand down and he quickly took down all the ninja before facing Hana. Their fight was brutal and the warriors were evenly matched, but in the midst of the battle Ogun decided to drop his sword and taunted Hana, who impaled him as a result. Suddenly, Ogun's eyes flashed red and he started to laugh, he then removed the Hana's sword from his stomach in front of an horrified Hana who then begged him for mercy, but Ogun beheaded him. On that night, Ogun revealed to a horrified Logan that he had discovered how to beat death.[75]

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The story of Ogun

After this event, Ogun became more and more obsessed by Mystic Arts and he started to refine his new technique to cheat death, a forbidden process only used by the most skilled Master Ninja or the ones who were corrupted. Ogun's technique was a mix of magic and psychism, he recreated his whole existence in a psychic form, then he would copy this psychic form into someone, creating a psychic clone of himself in the head of one of his victim. As time went on, Ogun's personality would overtake the personality of his victim and he would take over their bodies completely with all his memories and skills intact.[76][77]

Ogun intended to use this technique on Logan to take over his body, but Logan left before Ogun could use this technique on him.[76] Not long after, Logan was still seeking redemption for his past actions and under Ogun's advice he went to Jasmine Falls, Japan, where he studied with Bando Saburo, in order to learn how to be a man and leave his warrior nature behind.[78]

While Logan was still training in Jasmine Falls, Kimora came back which prompted Chang to come to Logan and asked for his help to prevent the immortal warlord from conquering Earth with Carling's technology. They both traveled to Kageumbra, where Logan and Kimora fought once again. Logan relied this time upon meditative training and berserker rage, and he hurled Kimora into a dimension-traveling device, which he destroyed. Back on Earth, Chang offered to Logan a position with Landau, Luckman & Lake, but Logan declined and returned to Jasmine Falls to resume his training.[71]

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Muramasa forging the Muramasa blade

During his fourth year of training, finally at peace since Silver Fox's supposed death, Logan met and fell in love with a local woman, named Itsu they married and conceived a child together which filled Logan with joy.[78]

One day while Logan was proving himself worthy of being a father in combat, the demon sword-smith, Muramasa, created an explosion that caused Logan to accidentally stab a villager with his claws. As a result, Logan was banned from the village, but before leaving he wanted to say one last good-bye to Itsu. Returning to their self-built home, Logan found Itsu murdered, by Bucky Barnes, now the brainwashed Winter Soldier. Although Barnes ostensibly served the USSR, he was acting under Romulus' orders in order to draw Logan out of hiding and back to Madripoor.[78]

After Itsu's death, Logan disappeared for a month, during this time he went to see Muramasa so he could help him to "kill 'em all." Muramasa accepted, and promised to forge him a "mighty blade -...- against which all... even one as great as you... will fall" by using a piece of Wolverine's soul.[79]

While awaiting new orders the Winter Soldier saw that Muramasa's underlings were transporting a still unconscious Logan after Muramasa extracted a piece of his soul. Bucky decided to ignore his orders and he killed Muramasa's men, Logan was then extracted 8 hours later.[78]

Unknown to Logan, Romulus took the child from Itsu's womb, and he was safely born and adopted by a Japanese couple. This child was named Akihiro, but he eventually took the name "Daken," which means "Mongrel." Nine years later Daken fell under the influence of Romulus, and he was told lies that his father despised him and abandoned him, filling Daken with hatred.[63][80]

Nuke, The Black Dragon and Cyber[]

In 1953, now back under Romulus' control, Logan helped into turning a young boy, named Frank Simpson, into the deranged super-soldier, Nuke. Frank was growing up watching his alcoholic mother constantly verbally abuse his meek father and was influenced by his babysitter (who was working for Romulus) into killing his mother. Meanwhile, as Frank's father drove the babysitter home, she abruptly pulled out his flask and began to drink it and then seduced him.[81]

After pulling over into the nearby woods, the couple was interrupted by a police officer, who was revealed to be Logan. Logan asked Frank's father to sit back in his seat and shot the babysitter, with Frank's gun. Logan then suggested that Frank's father had taken advantage of the babysitter, playing her with alcohol and even going so far as to shooting her because she resisted. Frank's father realized the gravity of the situation and, seeing no other way, he shot himself.[82] Afterwards Logan discovered that Frank killed his own mother, he then abducted him and years later he would oversee his conditioning in order to make him the perfect subject for the Project: Homegrown.[83]

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The Black Dragon beheaded by Logan

During the late 50s, Logan went to a restaurant in San Francisco and more precisely in Chinatown in order to get some noodles but once he arrived he discovered that the owner of the restaurant and his daughter, Lin, were brutalized by the Black Dragon Tong, a criminal organization ruled by Lo Shang Cho, also known as the Black Dragon. Logan was able to scare the Black Dragon Tong away with his gun and was soon asked to help get rid of the Black Dragon by Lin and her father.[84]

After a vote, all the Chinatown Fighting Schools decided to unite under Logan's lead in order to take down the Black Dragon and his organization.[85] After a brutal battle, Logan was able to defeat Lo Shang Cho, he then beheaded him and ended his reign. Logan was then offered the spear of the Black Dragon Tong which made him the new Black Dragon and the leader of all the Chinatown Triads. But Logan didn't want any part of this, he just wanted to help the people of Chinatown by defeating Lo Shang Cho and after defeating him he decided to leave.

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Silas Burr is reborn as Cyber

Logan's choice was perceived as an insult by Lin and all the Chinatown Fighting Schools, and after stabbing Logan in the eye with the Dragon spear Lin became the new Black Dragon instead of Logan and warned him to never come back.[86] It was during this adventure that Logan met for the first time, Master Po, a Kung Fu Master but at the time he refused to teach Logan.[84]

In 1959, Silas Burr came back from Indochina and started to train Daken in the same facility Logan was trained before World War I under Romulus' orders. But both Burr and Frederick Hudson were tricked by Romulus, as a result Hudson was killed and Burr was fatally injured by Daken. On the verge of dying, Romulus decided to spare Burr's life and had his skin laced with adamantium. Silas Burr became known as Cyber as a result and would become one of Wolverine's greatest foes in the future.[80]

CIA and Cold War[]

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Logan and Ben Grimm during the Cold War.

Shortly after Logan resurfaced as a mercenary, Chang arranged for Landau, Luckman & Lake to handle Logan's business affairs and find him assignments, in exchange Logan would do occasional services. He operated most of the times from Ottawa and Calgary, with few exceptions into South America and Madripoor, working for government agencies most notably the CIA and he became one of the deadliest free agents of the intelligence field.

Logan continued his espionage work, becoming a favorite of both America's and Canada's secret services, even teaming up with Ben Grimm (later known as the Thing) and Carol Danvers (later known as Captain Marvel)[87] as part of Cold War-era government missions. Logan also worked with CIA agent Rick Stoner in order to retrieve one of Hudson's prototype empowered-armor suits, stolen by Hydra.[88]

During his time into the CIA, Wolverine had also allegedly participated in strikes against three African leaders, stating on records and informations of the Mbangawi rode by the Doctor Crocodile.[89]

The Team X Project[]

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Victor Creed, John Wraith, David North and Logan as part of Team X

By 1961, Logan, known as Wolverine now, joined the Weapon X Project, part of the Weapon Plus Program, which had been created to fight the mutant menace. Nevertheless, Weapon X only used mutants as superhuman operatives on international tasks. He was then placed on the Black Ops squad run by the CIA, called Team X, with Sabretooth, Silver Fox (it's unknown if they remembered their past history and how Silver Fox was still alive at this point), Maverick, Kestrel and Mastodon.[90] During this time, Logan and the others received memory implants via staged scenarios, telepathic manipulation by Aldo Ferro, and other technology.[91] Weapon X also duplicated Wolverine's healing factor and implanted it in Team X, slowing their aging processes.

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Logan as Emilio Garra in 1963

In 1963, a few days after the Assassination of John F. Kennedy, Logan under the alias of Emilio Garra and Victor Creed under the alias of Julio/El Tigre were in Cuba alongside Silver Fox, but the duo was betrayed by Silver Fox to enemy soldiers and afterwards she fled Weapon X.[90]

The Sym-Soldiers[]

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Rex Strickland

In 1966, Logan was contacted by Nick Fury to help him investigate and put a stop to the atrocities committed by the Sym-Soldiers in Vietnam. Logan decided to help Fury and they went to Vietnam, shortly after landing they discovered a survivor Rex Strickland], codenamed Tyrannosaurus, who was part of the Sym-Soldiers and who appeared to have been separated from his symbiote. The trio was then attacked by the Sym-Soldiers and Logan was taken over by Rex's symbiote. He was saved by Rex but after being bonded with the symbiote Logan discovered the truth, that this whole mission was a setup and that the Nick Fury he teamed up with was just a LMD.

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Logan possessed by Rex's symbiote

The real Fury activated a bomb inside the LMD to destroy the symbiotes, Rex's symbiote - touched by Logan's compassion and influenced by Rex's nobility and inherit goodness - threw Logan outside the blast radius, saving his life.[92]

The End of Team X[]

During their time with Team X, Logan and Creed were sent to kill a high ranking NSA officer obsessed with several top secret projects and organizations including Team X. What Logan didn't remember, because of the brainwashing he suffered along the years, was the fact that the wife of this man Creed just killed knew him, because Logan also killed her father (who was also obsessed with several top secret projects and Logan) a long time ago. Creed was about to kill her but Logan stopped him and despite the woman's claims that she knew Logan and that he was a ruthless coward, Logan told her that no she didn't know him and he spared her life, the same way he spared her life after he killed her father years ago. But the woman would swear revenge and at the funeral of her husband she would meet an old man who hated Logan too. Thanks to his help, she killed Victor Creed's mother as a revenge for what Victor did to her husband, and later joined the old man's organization: the Red Right Hand.[93]

Between 1967 and 1968, during the Space Race between the US and the USSR, Logan and Team X were sent to kill Epsilon Red as part of the "Terry Adams" mission but Logan couldn't do it. Despite Epsilon begging Logan to kill him (because after the experimentations he suffered he couldn't feel anything anymore not even the touch of his wife), his wife on the other hand begged Logan to spare her husband's life.

Before Logan could make a choice, Sabretooth told him the mission was aborted and Logan left both Epsilon Red and his wife alive. Unknown to Logan, Epsilon Red also begged Sabretooth to kill him after Logan left but Creed refused and instead killed his pregnant wife in front of him just to make him suffer even more.[94]

In early 1968,[95] Wolverine was called to report in a facility located in Dallas, Texas, in here he was shot with Carbonadium bullets, which slowed his healing factor so that Weapon X or Romulus could know how to kill him.[96] The bullets were removed but Logan awoke earlier than expected, and he regained his memories for the first time in years, because they hadn't been altered yet.[97]

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The End of Team X

Logan tried to keep the secret, and he rendezvoused with Team X in Berlin, East Germany where the team was sent to steal the Carbonadium Synthesizer in order to sabotage the Russian Super Soldier program and save Janice Hollenbeck, a double agent. After retrieving the device, the team was attacked by the product of this new Russian Super Soldier program, Omega Red. During the team's escape, Sabretooth, apparently aware that Wolverine had regained his memories, killed Janice to reinforce Wolverine's conditioning about innocents dying when he overstepped Romulus' boundaries.[98] In the end, Team X was able to escape from Omega Red but it seemed the Carbonadium Synthesizer was lost.[99] In truth, Wolverine was still in possession of the Carbonadium Synthesizer and decided to hide it from the rest of the team. After this event, Logan quit Team X in late 1968.[100][101]

Unfortunately, Logan fell back under Romulus' influence shortly after, turning to atypically sadistic activities. Near the end of 1968,[102] Logan went back to Vietnam as a Russian adviser where he tortured and brainwashed Frank Simpson, now a soldier, into becoming a murderous madman, known as Nuke under Romulus' orders.[81] In 1971,[103] Logan served in Laos as part of the Vietnam War alongside his friend Sycame Blaine.[103][104]

Logan's women and the Mongrels[]

During all those years, Logan met and fell in-love with many women and unknown to him, he also fathered a number of children. Those children would be found later on by another one of Logan's son, Daken. On Daken’s advice, the Red Right Hand trained them, in order to use them as weapons against Logan but knowing perfectly that they wouldn't stand a chance against him. They would be known as the Mongrels.[105]

The Ultimate Weapon[]

Department K[]

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Secret Agent Logan

Later on, Wolverine joined Department K, a secret Canadian Defense Ministry branch with ties to Weapon X. Based in Ottawa, he partnered with Neil Langram and worked again with Nick Fury, now a high-ranking CIA agent, and with Richard and Mary Parker (the parents of Peter Parker a.k.a the Amazing Spider-Man).[106]

Years later, Langram was sought as an operative by the Hellfire Club, but he refused, and he was then slain by Sabretooth, hired as a mercenary. Wolverine and Carol Danvers, a young US spy, investigated and infiltrated the Canadian Ministry of Defense, and more precisely a top secret research and development agency which was in its early stage of growth hidden in a sub-basement of this vast government complex: Department H. In here they discovered a list of several names called: "The Mutant Agenda", and more troubling both Neil Graham and Logan names were on it.

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Neil Langram

Logan and Carol then decided to track Doctor Perry Edwards, who wrote a book about the rise of superhumans and whose name was at the top of the list. The duo found him in New York and were able to save him from an assassination attempt, they then told him what they had found. He wasn't surprised and explained to them that he discovered the existence of genetically superior beings who were living among them: the Mutants. But more importantly he also discovered that some of those Mutants weren't benevolent and were planning to kill all the members of the inner circle of the Hellfire Club in their search for power, but to that end they needed to keep the existence of Mutantkind a secret.

After infiltrating the Hellfire Club in order to learn more, Logan and Carol were lured by Sebastian Shaw and Sabretooth to one of the Hellfire Club's Canadian facility where they were confronted by Sabretooth. After discovering that Sabretooth killed Perry Edwards and several government officials to make sure the existence of Mutantkind couldn't be revealed to the public, Sabretooth then told Wolverine details of the Club's intent to guide a war between mutants and humans. Sabretooth then tried to kill Logan, during their fight Sabretooth told Logan that it was time for him to admit the truth: he was a mutant just like him and that was why he was so obsessed by all this mutant's stuff.

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Carol Danvers

Logan then understood that Sabretooth was the one who killed Langram which angered Logan who then proceeded to defeat Sabretooth by stabbing him with his sword. Despite the severe injury, Sabretooth wasn't done and he decided to bomb the facility, but Logan and Carol were able to escape in time. Sabretooth survived and also escaped later on. After this adventure, Logan and Carol parted ways, but after he started to talk about this conspiracy with the Ministry of Defense and after bursting in both Department H and the Hellfire Club during this adventure, Logan's reputation was now dirt in his country. As a result, he tried to forget about the mutant problem and decided to go to the Yukon.[107]

But Logan was still troubled by Sabretooth's revelations, and he started to develop a morbid preoccupation with the current "Mutant" scandals.[102][108] To make things worse, Logan's natural mutation started to take its toll on his mind around that time, giving him nightmares and visions every night to the point of turning him crazy and feral.[109] As a result, Logan started to abuse drugs and he became an alcoholic. This self-destructive behavior led Logan to accidentally shoot a fellow agent at a firing range one day and as a result he was dismissed from Department K and decided to leave Canada.[108]

Weapon X Program[]

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Logan prepped for the adamantium bonding process

In 1974,[110] before leaving Canada, while in his Lotus Seven, Logan was pumped full of Thorazine, beaten, and kidnapped, by a group of armed men from the Weapon X Project, possibly under Romulus' orders.[111] The man known only as the Professor, Dr. Abraham Cornelius, and Dr. Carol Hines began to examine Logan while he floated in a containment tank. Doctor Cornelius observed there were trace remnants of the Tyrannosaurus symbiote in Logan's blood and began experimenting to see how they responded to various stimuli. These experiments caused the remnants of the Tyrannosaurus symbiote to regenerate into a Knullified duplicate, which took over Logan's body and attacked the scientist. Doctor Cornelius was able to escape and subdue the symbiote, and after determining it couldn't be tamed for weaponization, Doctor Cornelius purged the symbiote from Logan's body.[112] Logan's skeleton, including his claws, was bonded with the indestructible metal known as Adamantium, making it unbreakable, and his personality was buried beneath the most intense brainwashing he had ever undergone.[113] Logan was then put under deep hypnosis, telling him that he was not a man or individual, and being a man disgusted him.[114] The Project wanted Logan to believe that he was an obedient animal and that individuality lead to suffering and death. Reduced to a near-mindless state, Logan was apparently forced by Weapon X to slaughter every inhabitant of the small town of Roanoke as a test.[115]

Logan proved too difficult for the Weapon X Program to control and, after some time, he broke free of the programming, fell into a berserker fury and escaped the facility, killing nearly everyone except for the Professor, Dr. Cornelius, Dr. Hines, and Malcolm Colcord, who later became the Director of a new Weapon X Program.[116][117] Unknown to Logan at the time, the Winter Soldier was apparently present and helped him escape from his captors.[118] As a result of having his bones and claws laced with the adamantium, Wolverine's natural mutation, which was an ongoing state slowly turning him feral, was put into remission, as the adamantium precipitated a chemical change within his body.[109] As a result of this experiment impeding his natural evolution, Wolverine's healing factor was weakened and he healed slower than before.

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Weapon X Breaks free

Driven into savagery by the experiment, Logan wandered the forests of the Canadian Rockies for months, living in a feral state. During this period, the feral Logan saved the lives of a young couple and their children from a pack of wolves while he was hunting.[119]

Logan also saved the life of a creature, known as the Hunter in Darkness, one of a race of feral beings apparently mystical in origin. A psychic link of some sort was established between the two, to resurface in later years.[120]

On occasion, Logan's human personality surfaced, to the extent that, years later, he was able to recall pleasant experiences in these woods. Years after this experience, Logan's memories of much of his past would remain clouded, as a result of the Weapon X experiment and additional false memories during the procedure as well.

Department H[]

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A feral Logan attacking James and Heather Hudson

Wandering in the woods, Logan was eventually discovered by Heather and James "Mac" Hudson, a young couple honeymooning in the Rockies, whom he attacked, only to be shot by James, whom neither knew was Wolverine's cousin from his maternal Hudson line. While he recovered, Logan regained enough of his human persona to be horrified at his claws, believing them to be artificial implants.[121] Recovering his mental faculties with the Hudson's help, Logan became a member of Canada's Department H, the superhuman-oriented government agency James Hudson founded. Sometime later, Wolverine consulted adamantium expert Myron MacLain, and he was targeted by Sabretooth and, under Silver Fox' leadership, Hydra. Wolverine was aided by Nick Fury, Carol Danvers, and Natasha Romanoff, now the Russian super-spy Black Widow. Even though Wolverine and his allies triumphed, his full memories remained not restored, and he didn't recognize former friends or enemies.[122] Logan eventually regained memories of Burr, Seraph, Captain America and other parts of his life, but due to Weapon X intervention and his healing factor, some areas were left blank, like his life with Itsu and much of his Team X service. Logan also underwent ongoing intense psychotherapy to help him control his berserker rages.[123] As a Department H operative, he returned to espionage and served primarily in Siberia and the Western Pacific, like Asia's Pacific Rim and its adjacent islands, including Japan. He accepted deadly and brutal assignments that no other agent would, and he soon rose to Captain in the Canadian Armed Forces.[124] Eventually, Romulus or his proxies contacted Wolverine, who received secret orders to facilitate Romulus interests even while on Department H missions.

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Wolverine introducing himself to both Hulk and the Wendigo during his first cameo appearance

After the Fantastic Four's debut, Hudson steered the Department H's resources to form a super-team sponsored by the government. He nominated Wolverine for leadership of this team, which was called the Flight. Contemplating the wisdom of this move, Wolverine temporarily returned to Madripoor to reunite with Seraph. He helped her and Viper, her new student, against Sabretooth, probably a case of infighting in Romulus' forces. Seraph sacrificed her life for Wolverine, but before dying, she made him promise to help Viper in the future. Seraph's heroism influenced Wolverine to agree to Hudson's proposal, although he also continued espionage missions abroad.[125]

Later on, when a 40th century time-traveler called D'von Kray invaded Canada on the hunt for a fellow time-traveler, Cable, Wolverine captured Kray and turned him over to Department H. Hudson hoped Kray's technology could empower super-agents, but Kray soon escaped and resumed tracking Cable, pursued by Wolverine. Kray was defeated by Wolverine and Cable, and Cable became a mercenary whom Wolverine encountered during select missions.[126]

Shortly after, Hudson subjected William Nowlan, a convicted murderer, to experimental procedures to manifest superhuman powers. Wolverine, maybe remembering his Weapon X experimentation, warned Hudson that Nowlan, now called Bedlam, might prove uncontrollable. His prediction accurate, Wolverine assisted Hudson in placing the insane Bedlam in suspended animation.[127] Months after the Avengers' debut, Wolverine recruited Canadian Detective Sean Benard to be a member of the Flight. As Groundhog, Benard wore Hudson's Guardian armor. Some weeks later, the criminal Egghead led superhuman mercenaries to extort funds from Canada, threatening via a nuclear warhead. Wolverine led Flight trainees against Egghead and his minions, and even though the mission succeeded, trainee Saint Elmo died, Groundhog resigned, and some other trainees proved unsuited for such missions. Hudson, taking notice of this, divided the Flight into three divisions of increasing proficiency: Gamma Flight, Beta Flight and Alpha Flight.[128]

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The first full appearance of Wolverine

Later, on an espionage assignment, Wolverine went to Vladivostok, Russia, where he worked with Nick Fury before him being appointed director of SHIELD.[129] While Alpha Flight's preparation continued, Wolverine traveled to Japan to seek Ogun's advice, but he found out that Ogun had surrendered himself to dark magic and he was now an assassin, a role into which he intended to enslave Wolverine.[130] Escaping this situation and deeply disturbed, Wolverine vowed to never return to Japan.

As Wolverine prepared to publicly debut as a superhero, he was kidnapped by the Leader, as were Hercules and Karkas, all of whom the Leader intended to use against the Hulk. Wolverine and the other prisoners escaped, but coincidentally the Hulk arrived in Canada shortly before Wolverine.[131] The Canadian military mobilized to fight the Hulk, but Wolverine received orders from Romulus to attract an unidentified party's attention by fighting the Hulk. Wolverine started a battle with the Hulk and a Wendigo.[132]

Wolverine's speed and maneuverability proved to be a match for the two plodding powerhouses, but after realizing Hulk was a more formidable opponent, he changed tactics. Teaming up with Hulk to take out the Wendigo, Hulk threw the Wendigo into a patch of trees and Wolverine then delivered the finishing blow. The Hulk and Wolverine kept on fighting, and as Hulk had by now grown so enraged that Wolverine's adamantium claws failed to penetrate his skin, he finally managed to temporarily knock Wolverine out.[133] Quickly back on his feets and despite his protests to keep fighting the Hulk, Wolverine was ordered to return to Department H while the Hulk was knocked out with a gas bomb and captured.[134] Still slated to take leadership of Alpha Flight, Wolverine spent months completing some espionage missions, even when various factors made him increasingly troubled by his service to Department H.[135][121][136]

The X-Men[]

Joining the X-Men[]

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Logan resigned from Department H and joined the X-Men.

During his leadership of Alpha Flight, Wolverine was approached by Charles Xavier, attracted by his fight with the Hulk (as Romulus expected), who was looking for mutants to help his students, the X-Men, to escape from the island-being known as Krakoa. Wolverine resigned from Department H to accompany Professor Xavier and rescue the captured X-Men.[137]

Wolverine, under Romulus' instructions, tried to assassinate Xavier, but Charles broke Romulus' hold on Wolverine by blocking the effects of his programming but neither man knew their enemy's identity at the time. After Krakoa was defeated, Wolverine decided to stay with the X-Men, at the School for Gifted Youngsters, with fellow new recruits Storm, Nightcrawler, Colossus, Thunderbird, and Banshee, as the original members left to pursue a normal life.[138]

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Logan remained with the X-Men for quite some time, but a rivalry grew between him and Cyclops, one of the reasons being that he had fallen for Scott's girlfriend, telekinetic telepath Jean Grey, who soon rejoined the group.[139] Despite decades of hard-earned cynicism and at first skeptical of Xavier's hope for mutant and human coexistence, Wolverine began to respect his ideals, determination and goals, and grew to be a loyal and trusted member of the X-Men. Wolverine also developed a strong friendship with Nightcrawler.[140]

When the X-Men traveled to Agarashima, Japan, the first time for Wolverine since breaking with Ogun, he met Lady Mariko Yashida and aided her cousin, former X-Man Sunfire, in battling Moses Magnum. Although she was unable to requite his love, Wolverine fell in love with Lady Mariko, heir to an extremely powerful Yakuza family in Tokyo. Initially frightened, Mariko was soon set at ease by Wolverine, who was attracted to her gentle demeanor, and both fell in love.[141] The X-Men departed, but they were diverted to Calgary, Alberta, where they battled James Hudson, now calling himself Vindicator, aided by Alpha Flight, who wanted to arrest their former would-be leader. Wolverine surrendered to the Canadian team, but somehow escaped and returned to the mansion with his team.[142]

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Wolverine's original costume after he joined the X-Men

After Wolverine and Nightcrawler snuck into the Hellfire Club, the Phoenix fell under Mastermind and the Hellfire Club's control and transformed into the Black Queen.[143] After the X-Men battled the Hellfire Club's Inner Circle, Phoenix underwent another transformation into the Dark Phoenix and soared through the universe, where she devoured an entire star and the five billion inhabitants of one of its planets.[144] When Phoenix returned to Earth, she threatened to kill everyone, but Professor Xavier was able to keep Phoenix under control and helped her will herself back to normal. The X-Men were then teleported away by the Shi'ar.[145] The Shi'ar Empire had witnessed Dark Phoenix consuming the star and the X-Men were forced to battle with the Imperial Guard over Phoenix's fate. The battle triggered her transformation into Dark Phoenix once more. Phoenix understood that she would never be able to fully control the dark hunger inside and sacrificed herself on the Moon.[146]

Wolverine later made the first change to his costume and journeyed to Canada to make things right with Alpha Flight and Department H, accompanied by Nightcrawler. Together with Alpha Flight, they battled a Wendigo.[147]

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Wolverine's new costume.

Logan grew closer to his friends and even dared Nightcrawler to walk down the main street of Salem Center undisguised, in his natural shape and took the underage Colossus to bars. Logan also aided Spider-Man in battling Mentallo.[148] Later, the Brood retaliated by implanting embryos in all of the X-Men, but Logan's healing factor and Storm's new connection to an Acanti saved them all.[149] The X-Men returned home to battle the Brood Queen that was inside of Professor Xavier and saved his life by transplanting his mind into a cloned body.[150]

After the X-Men watched a televised debate, between Professor X and Reverend William Stryker, they received news that Cyclops, Storm, and the Professor had died in a car accident. While investigating the scene of the accident, the X-Men were attacked by the Purifiers and rescued by Magneto. After capturing their attackers, the X-Men and Magneto tortured them for information and rescued Kitty, who was being pursued by Purifiers. After arriving at Stryker's base, the X-Men and Magneto rescued Cyclops and Storm and Magneto resuscitated them. Professor X was taken to Madison Square Garden, where he was attached to a machine that, using his brainpower, would kill all living mutants. Magneto, with his psi-shielded helmet, was able to distract the Professor enough for the X-Men to destroy the machine. Televised, Cyclops entered into a debate with Stryker about his actions and Stryker pulled a gun, attempting to kill Kitty. Before he could fire, Stryker was shot-down, by a police officer. Later at the mansion, Professor Xavier admitted that Magneto was right and began to accept his offer to join, until Scott stopped him and stated that he believed in the Professor's dream and will see it come true.[151] Following Storm, Kitty, and Colossus, the X-Men battled Dracula again, this time Logan was bitten by Dracula and attacked Cyclops until Rachel van Helsing destroyed Dracula. Logan stopped Storm from assisting Rachel in suicide, per Rachel's request, stating that killing was his profession and while embracing her, drove a wooden steak through her heart.[152]

Engaged to Mariko[]

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The first Wolverine limited series

After investigating the return of his letters to Mariko, Logan learned that she had been married to an abusive husband, Noburo Hideki.[153] Logan intended to kill her husband, but was then drugged and challenged to a duel of wooden swords by Mariko's father, Lord Shingen. During the duel, Logan was soundly beaten and humiliated in front of Mariko, due to the poisoning and Shingen using deadly pressure points. Logan then threw the sword and unsheathed his claws, only to be beaten more and revered as an "animal cast in a semblance of human form," for using deadly force in a non-lethal duel. With this act, Logan had dishonored himself to Mariko and was cast into the streets, where he was rescued by Yukio, later his close friend and sometimes lover.[154] After being attacked by the Hand, Yukio manipulated Logan into helping her, which led to further embarrassment in front of Mariko.[154]

Upon realizing his deceit, Logan took the fight directly to Shingen.[155] After Yukio killed Mariko's husband, Wolverine was forced to kill Lady Mariko's father, Lord Shingen, in a duel. Afterward, Mariko gave Logan the Clan Yashida Masamune sword, stating he was worthy. Forged 800 years ago by the supreme sword-smith Masamune, the sacred blade represented everything that was best and most noble in the family and the samurai, the lord’s champion, who wielded it. With the deaths of her father and husband, Mariko was named head of Clan Yashida. Logan stayed with her, and they later announced their engagement.[156]

Before the wedding service, Viper and Mariko's half-brother Silver Samurai poisoned the X-Men and battled Logan over control of Clan Yashida, from Mariko. At first enraged at seeing Rogue had joined the X-Men, she gained Logan's respect after saving the life of Mariko, by jumping in front of a shot from Viper intended for her. Mariko and Logan became estranged, due to the honor customs of her family, as well as the manipulations of the villain Mastermind, and Logan returned the Masamune sword to her.[157] After the X-Men defeated Mastermind, Mariko returned the honor sword to him and stated that she had to break her Clan's criminal connections. Mariko felt that she could not marry Wolverine until she did this.[158] The X-Men again battled with Mastermind, the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants, and the Morlocks.[159]

Meeting Amiko[]

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Logan witnessing the death of Amiko's mother.

Weeks later, the X-Men battled a giant dragon when they were teleported to Japan. Unable to save a dying woman, Wolverine vowed to protect her daughter, Amiko Kobayashi.[160] Logan initially left Amiko in the care of Mariko and the X-Men next battled Selene.[161] Amiko would eventually become Wolverine's foster daughter.[72]

Saving Kitty Pryde and Facing Ogun[]

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Logan training Shadowcat

Following a distress call from teammate Kitty Pryde, Wolverine traveled to Japan.[162] Kitty was then captured and put under the mental control of Ogun. Ogun mentally controlled her, transforming her body and soul as he had originally intended to do to Wolverine.[130] After arriving in Japan, Kitty was sent to kill Wolverine and injured him greatly,[76] but with help from Yukio, she was restored.

Logan undertook a crash program in order to teach Kitty's body, just as Ogun had taught her mind, to become skillful enough in the Japanese martial arts to contend against Ogun and to help her overcome his evil.[77] Kitty went to face Ogun herself, who was attempting to kill Mariko and Amiko to punish Wolverine. After being defeated by Ogun, he offered Kitty, calling herself Shadowcat, to join him or die. At that time, Wolverine came to her rescue.[72] Sadly, Wolverine was also overwhelmed and the two of them sat helplessly at Ogun's mercy. In a turn of events, Kitty informed Wolverine that she was scared until he arrived and when he apologized, she stated that she did not want an apology, but life. At that moment, Wolverine turned the battle and defeated Ogun and Kitty regained her innocence that Ogun had taken. After killing Ogun, although his spirit survived, Logan and Kitty became very close friends, with her as a near-foster daughter to him.[163]

It was during this adventure that Logan learned from Charles Xavier that his friend James "Mac" Hudson died.[77] After Ogun was defeated, Logan decided to head back to Canada and checked on Heather Hudson in order to support her in this ordeal.[164][165]

Lady Deathstrike[]

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Wolverine and Vindicator vs. Lady Deathstrike and her army

Later, Heather became the new leader of Alpha Flight under the codename Vindicator after the death of her husband and decided to go see Wolverine in order to ask him for some advices. As she was approaching the X-Mansion Magneto mistakenly attacked her which angered Logan. Once the misunderstanding was cleared, Logan decided to have a talk with Heather but their reunion was interrupted by Lady Deathstrike. She explained that she was tracking down Bullseye, who had his spine laced with adamantium by her father and who fled without repayment. But while she was tracking Bullseye's Adamantium skeleton, she found Wolverine's adamantium signature instead. She explained that the process that laced Logan's skeleton with adamantium was stolen from her father years earlier and as a result she wanted him to return what he had stolen from her father.[121] Lady Deathstrike and her army of warriors attacked and as she was about to deal a fatal blow to Logan with her sword, Vindicator shattered it and Deathstrike was arrested afterwards.[166]

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Wounded Wolf

But after this defeat, Yuriko swore to defeat Wolverine and avenge her honor. To that end she escaped custody and went to see Spiral, she was then changed into a cyborg with superhuman strength and Adamantium claws. Three former Hellfire Club soldiers that were severely injured by Wolverine when he saved the X-Men from the Hellfire Club, also swore revenge on Logan and as a result they were also changed into cyborgs and became the Reavers. Lady Deathstrike and her Reavers then attacked Wolverine and almost killed him.

Fortunately Logan was aided by Katie Power and with her help he was able to recover from his wounds and defeat the Reavers. Logan then confronted Lady Deathstrike and after a violent battle he defeated her and was horrified to discover what Yuriko did to herself in order have her revenge against him. Despite Yuriko begging Logan to kill her out of mercy, he refused and told her she had to earn it. Logan then thanked Katie for her help and and walked her away to reunite her with her family. He then told her that no matter what happened he would always be here for a her if she needed a friend to run to, to which Katie replied: "an‘ so, Mr. Logan, will you.“[167]

Mutant Massacre[]

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The Last Run

Unable to heal on his own after his encounter with Lady Deathstrike and her Reavers, Wolverine was taken by the X-Men to the Morlock Healer and his teammate Phoenix attempted to telekinetically heal him. Rachel opened her mind to Wolverine's and, soon after, Rachel decided to kill Selene for her attack when she first arrived in the mainstream timeline. Wolverine, mentally sensing Rachel's intentions, stabbed Rachel in the chest to prevent her from vengefully murdering Selene.[168] Logan later justified his actions by saying that he was afraid that the murder of Selene would have made Rachel lose control of the Phoenix force, turning her into the Dark Phoenix.[169]

The X-Men attempted to rescue the Morlocks after the Marauders began to indiscriminately massacre them and, after the team was defeated, Wolverine was charged with staying behind and bringing one of the Marauder as a prisoner.[170] While hunting the Marauders, Logan was confronted by Sabretooth who was about to kill the Healer, despite wanted to fight Sabretooth and kill him as a revenge for everything he did to him in the past, Logan decided that saving the Healer was more important than his feud with his old foe. As a result Logan managed to trap Sabretooth under a pile of rubble and helped the Healer to get to safety.[171]

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Wolverine facing Sabretooth during Mutant Massacre

While in the tunnels, Logan also recognized Jean Grey's scent who was previously here with X-Factor, but at the time Logan and the X-Men still believed she was dead, as a result Logan thought he was losing his mind.[171]

Unfortunately for Wolverine, Sabretooth wasn't done with him. After the evacuation of all the surviving Morlocks from their tunnels, Sabretooth snuck inside the X-Mansion, knocked down Rogue and tried to kill the X-Men newest recruit: Elizabeth "Betsy" Braddock. Betsy was able to handle her own for a while despite Sabretooth's ferocious attacks until the X-Men finally arrived at the mansion. Wolverine then decided to confront Sabretooth while Psylocke used this opportunity to probe Sabretooth's mind in order to learn who was the secret leader of the Marauders.

Despite Sabretooth's psy-shields, Betsy succeeded and after letting Logan and the X-Men know, the team decided to help Wolverine against his foe. Sabretooth knowing that he was going to lose against both Wolverine and the rest of the X-Men decided to dive into the lake near the Mansion, with Wolverine following after him. But in the end, Sabretooth managed to escape and not even Psylocke could detect him.[172]

Wolverine and Captain America[]

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Wolverine facing Captain America.

Logan then assisted Captain America in defeating Overrider and his adamantium-coated robot TESS-1, who were attempting to fire all of America's nuclear missiles and send them into the sea. Due to Wolverine's disrespect and brash methods, Captain America stated that the X-Men better not ever get tired of him, because the Avengers would never have him.[173]

Jean Grey Lives!?[]

Later on, Wolverine and Storm investigated the recently bombed home of Sara Bailey and Logan sensed Scott Summers (Cyclops) and, the thought dead, Jean Grey (Marvel Girl), which sent him into a berserker rage as he began to search for the woman he secretly loved.[174]

Crystal of Ultimate Vision[]

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Wolverine is reborn from a single drop of blood and the power of the Crystal of Ultimate Vision

On the anniversary of his wedding to Mariko, the team was abducted by Horde who wanted to use them as his lackeys in order to retrieve the Crystal of Ultimate Vision, of which he wore a shard on his forehead. The X-Men were sent to the Citadel of Light and Shadow, where the crystal was hidden. As the X-Men progressed through it, the citadel created illusions of each of their most powerful desires. Only Wolverine, Storm, and Psylocke were able to resist. Wolverine reached the Crystal but Horde cut him down and killed him by removing his heart that he wanted to keep as a trophy. However, a lone drop of Logan's blood splattered on the Crystal, which gave out enough energy for Wolverine to be restored and reborn. Empowered to godhood, Wolverine plucked the crystal shard from Horde's forehead and the tyrant quickly aged and crumbled to dust within seconds. Wolverine rejected the god-like power and returned the X-Men and their friends home, ensuring that the human race would be able to evolve to its full potential.[175]


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After the deaths of ex-KGB agents all over Manhattan, Logan was reminded of an old freelance operative from the Cold War, Charlemagne. The last time Logan had seen Charlie, she was working in West Berlin. It was a mission that Logan had protested, but Charlie insisted and her handler double-crossed her. Charlie called for Logan's help and he understood that it was serious. After fifty Soviet operatives couldn't take them down, they sent in KGB agents that had been undercover for years and Wolverine's berserker rage finished them all. After the slaughter, all that was left was a little heart shaped pendant. After leaving the X-Men in a time of need, Logan traveled to Potsdamer Platz, West Berlin, where two KGB agents blew their cover by killing muggers and Charlemagne killed them while Logan's back was turned.[176]

While in Kurfürstendamm, Logan got the scent of Spider-Man in civilian clothing and deciphered his secret identity. Logan warned Spider-Man to stay away from Berlin and forget about Charlemagne, but when Spider-Man returned to his hotel, KGB agents killed Ned Leeds and were asking his involvement when Logan arrived and killed all of the agents and again warned Spider-Man to leave. Logan tracked Charlie to a steel mill just outside of East Berlin and the two stay together for a while. When the couple went to dinner at The Ganymed on Friedrich Strasse, Spider-Man arrived to inform them that everyone in the restaurant was an agent wanting to kill Charlie, a fact that Charlemagne and Wolverine already knew, and a gunfight broke out.

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Wolverine facing Spider-Man.

After losing Charlie in the fight, Wolverine and Spider-Man attempted to track her down, by getting to her marks before she did, but were always one step behind. After the pair split, Charlemagne called Wolverine to a Soviet cemetery at Teptow and he understood that she wanted him to end her life, so that the Soviets wouldn't have the chance to torture her.

After flinching, Wolverine pulled too much and Charlemagne was bleeding to death. At that time, Spider-Man arrived and attempted to stop Logan from killing her. A brutal fight broke out between the two. While on top of Spider-Man, Wolverine stated Spider-Man would have to use all of his strength to break Wolverine's neck, while he would just have to lash out his claws to kill Spider-Man. At that time, a government chopper arrived and the two split. In the confusion, Charlemagne snuck up on Spider-Man, aware that he was tense, and he gave a punch of super strength, killing her. Charlie died in Wolverine's arms and the agents left. After giving Spider-Man a fake passport, the pair returned home.[176]

Fall of the Mutants[]

When Storm left to regain her powers, Wolverine led the X-Men and rescued Madelyne Pryor-Summers, Cyclops' wife that he had abandoned to a coma, from the Marauders.

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The rematch between Wolverine and Hulk

The X-Men then decided to track Storm, but on their way they were attacked by the Hulk, which prompted Wolverine to face his old foe, their fight ended on the stalemate and the Hulk decided to leave.[177] But during their fight, a man named Roger was driving his wife, Carol, to the hospital to give birth to their first born but they got caught on Highway 18 and accidentally crashed into Wolverine who was trying to stop Hulk's rampage. Their car was destroyed as a result, Roger then tried to carry his wife to the hospital but she and the baby died on the way. He always blamed Wolverine, even though the news said he saved the day. His deep hatred of Wolverine would attract the attention of an old man and of a powerful demon who told him they could help him get his revenge, Roger accepted and joined the old man's organization, the Red Right Hand.[178]

The team then resumed their track and finally arrived at Forge's Eagle Plaza, in Dallas, Texas, where they were attacked by Freedom Force. After the initial battle, a rift opened in the sky of Dallas and a chaos ensued of different weather patterns right next to each other and beings and creatures from the past appearing and attacking.

The X-Men and Freedom Force formed a temporary alliance with each other to save the citizens of Dallas, until Colossus, recently recovered, decided to enter Eagle Plaza. After gaining access into the Starlight Citadel, the X-Men battled the Adversary and, after Rogue absorbed his power and opened a portal to seal him in, gave their life to imprison the Adversary, with a spell used from Forge. However, the Omniversal Guardian, named Roma, restored the X-Men to life and freed the Adversary, under the notion that there could be no order without chaos. The events had been broadcast over a live television news feed and the world believed the heroes to be dead. After being resurrected, the X-Men decided to use the opportunity to go underground and keep their rebirth secret.[179]

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The start of the Outback Era

While the world believed the X-Men to be dead, O.Z. Chase decided to drown his sorrow in a bar while remembering a time when he, Logan, Dazzler and Henry Gyrich stopped the drug dealing mutant, Vladimir Zaitsev. When a man in the bar disparaged the X-Men and Dazzler, Chase threatened him and made he and the rest of the bar's patrons toast Dazzler and the X-Men's memory.[180]

The X-Men resurfaced later in Australia, where they defeated the Reavers, who were holding Jessán Hoan as a hostage. They released Jessán and claimed their base and teleporter, Gateway, a mute, mutant of Aborigine descent with the ability to create gates with his bullroarer. Roma appeared and presented them with the Siege Perilous, a gem that created a portal which granted any person who walked through it judgment and a new chance at life, with a new career, home, and so forth, she also informed them that she had magically made them invisible to any sort of mechanical perception.[181] Around this time, Logan ordered a new armor costume for Psylocke from Landau, Luckman & Lake.

X-Man and Adventurer[]


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Logan as Patch.

After finding Dave Chapel in the desert tortured and dying from exposure, Wolverine returned to Madripoor, perhaps the first time since Seraph's death, to the Princess Bar, and saved O'Donnell from thugs of a crime boss, Roche, while searching for "the Tiger."[182] While at the bar, Logan realized that he was being watched and confronted the woman, who turned-out to be Jessán Hoan.[183] After a brief battle with Jessán, Wolverine was beaten by Sapphire Styx and Razor-Fist and delivered to Roche.[184] After surviving torture from Inquisitor, Wolverine escaped and was brutally attacked by Razor-Fist, who stabbed him in his throat and torso and left him for dead.[185] Wolverine was rescued from a harbor and looked after by Jessán.[186] After healing, Wolverine began wearing an eye patch, to keep the resurrection of the X-Men a secret, and learned that Jessán was in fact Tyger Tiger and vowed to aid her in overthrowing Roche and taking his place as the Madripoor crime lord.[187] After defeating Razor-Fist, Wolverine and Tyger Tiger rescued O'Donnell, killed Roche, and Wolverine declared that he would become Tyger's conscience to remind her that if she became like Roche, he would come for her. After stating that he did not like crime lords, he let Tyger Tiger choose her own path. Tyger responded that he had won her heart and the two kissed.[188] He started using the alias "Patch", given to him by Razor-Fist during that fight, and alternated between a white tuxedo with an eyepatch, and a blue costume with a mask covering both eyes.[189]

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The first issue of the Wolverine ongoing series

While rescuing an agent of Mariko's, Kojima Noburo, Logan killed Banapur Khan and his pirates and found-out about the Cult of the Black Blade's quest to steal the Muramasa Blade, a blade that all who wielded were possessed by its demonic essence, except for the one warrior destined to be its true master. Returning to Madripoor, Logan saved Lindsay McCabe, who he met while the X-Men lived in San Francisco with Jessica Drew, but didn't recognize him, due to his Patch identity.[190] After intentionally holding back in a fight with the Silver Samurai, Patch chased Jessica, who had been corrupted by the sword, through the streets of Madripoor, until he caught the blade with his bare hands and defeated her, claiming the sword. Holding the sword, a voice came from within the Black Blade, telling Patch that he and the Blade were destined to be one.[191] The blade transformed Patch's clothing to a leather ninja outfit and he attempted to sacrifice Jessica. Patch was tracked to the Cult's hide-out and Lindsay stopped him from killing Jessica, by snipping him in the head. After fighting the Silver Samurai, Patch fought the influence of the blade and gave the sword to the Silver Samurai.[192]

Scorched Land[]

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Wolverine infected by the Brood

Logan then returned to the X-Men in order to investigate a Brood Star-shark that Havok had found and tracked the source to Harry Palmer, who was unaware he was infected and had made an entire crèche of mutant hosts. The X-Men were too conflicted with killing the human hosts and Wolverine was captured and implanted with an embryo again. Once again, Logan's healing factor fought-off the transformation in time for him to kill Temptress, freeing Psylocke, and kill Harry, ending the Brood threat.[193] Following Storm, who abruptly left in the middle of the night, the X-Men tracked her to the Savage Land. Upon arrival, the Savage Land was scorched and barren and the X-Men battled Garrok, in the armor of Terminus. After the initial battle, Longshot was lost and Wolverine followed him to another dimension. Storm's Cameo Crystal opened a portal to M'Rinn's dimension, where the Fall People escaped to. Together with M'Rinn's people, the High Evolutionary, and the Fall People, the X-Men separated Garokk from Terminus and, with his sacrifice, restored the Savage Land.[194]

Genosha and Inferno[]

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Wolverine and Rogue prisoners of the Genoshan Magistrates

After Maddie went missing, the X-Men battled the Press Gang and Genoshan Magistrates, where Logan and Rogue were captured and taken to Genosha.[195] While in captivity, Logan and Rogue were stripped of their powers, by Wipeout and contained, until Rogue escaped and rescued Logan.[196] Logan and Rogue followed Phillip Moreau to the Mutates' camp, until they were attacked and the X-Men arrived to rescue them.[197]

Later, Havok tracked the Marauders in the Alley, and the X-Men ambushed them. The Marauders fled and, as the X-Men gave chase, they found themselves also battling a demonic invasion of New York, slowly becoming demonic themselves.[198] Wolverine recognized familiar scents and the X-Men confronted X-Factor, the original X-Men, harassing Madelyne and her baby. After Logan forcibly kissed Jean, Madelyne instigated a battle between the X-Men and X-Factor, having the X-Men under her demonic influence and believing that X-Factor was attempting to kidnap Nathan Summers, her and Scott's child. After the demon N'astirh attacked, the X-Men and X-Factor combined efforts to defeat him, assuming that he was controlling Madelyne, calling herself the Goblin Queen, and Havok, calling himself the Goblin Prince.[199]

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Madelyne's death

At that moment, Marvel Girl was captured, by Maddie, and another battle was instigated between the X-Men and X-Factor. The Goblin Queen attempted to sacrifice baby Nathan atop the Empire State Building to permanently open a gateway between Earth and the demonic Limbo. The Goblin Queen locked herself, Nathan, and Jean inside a psionic barrier. Both the X-Men and X-Factor's combined efforts seemed to be futile in an effort to break through the telekinetic bubble. The invasion was thwarted after Madelyne committed suicide in combat with Jean, attempting to kill everyone in her power, but the X-Men and X-Factor protected each other while Jean protected Nathan Christopher.[200]

After Madelyne's death, Jean began to scream in pain and Storm ordered Psylocke to take Scott and the X-Men into her mind, where Mr. Sinister was attempting to erase all of Jean's memories, until Jean defeated him on the Astral Plane. Following Mr. Sinister's psychic trail, Marvel Girl tracked him to the School for Gifted Youngsters and the X-Men and X-Factor were ambushed by the Marauders. While interrogating Malice/Polaris, Mr. Sinister destroyed the school.[201] While the X-Men and X-Factor battled Sinister and Malice, Wolverine defeated Sabretooth and Sinister attempted to claim Marvel Girl, but Cyclops seemingly killed Sinister with an unchecked optic blast.[202]

Crime War in Madripoor[]

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Wolverine facing Roughouse and Bloodscream

Shortly after, Logan left the X-Men with no explanation and returned to Madripoor. After following the scents of suspects for a murder case, Patch ran into Karma, of the New Mutants, working for her uncle, who was attempting to overthrow Tyger Tiger, and made an uneasy ally with Police Chief Tai. After informing Tyger that he would not assassinate or kidnap for her, Patch and Tyger were beaten by Roughhouse and Bloodsport and rescued by Karma.[203] Patch left Tyger with Jessica, Lindsay and Chang (who was killed by Roughhouse and Bloodsport) while he destroyed General Nguyen Ngoc Coy's opium supplies, where he encountered the Harriers.[204] After disrupting Coy's drug activities, Patch took the fight directly to Coy and battled and defeated Roughhouse and Bloodsport, while rescuing Lindsay, Jessica and Tyger. Patch had General Coy at his mercy, until Prince Baran intervened and,[205] thanks to Lindsay, considered them all honored guests of his. The Prince offered that Tyger and General Coy worked together, to stop a power vacuum and warzone in Madripoor and Patch convinced Tyger to accept.[206]

Next, Patch began his quest to save Karma from her uncle's service, but was sidetracked when he learned that disrupting General Coy's drug activities planted a target on the General's head and Karma needed him to help her find her missing brother and sister. Patch accompanied Xuân Cao Mạnh to the airport to witness the arrival of Joe Fixit, who Patch smelled right away and recognized as the Hulk.[206] Patch went-on to use Joe to disrupt General Coy's drug and slave operations.[207] Later, Police Chief Tai informed Patch that he was aware the Patch and Wolverine were one and the same. Remembering his first "birthday gift" from Creed, Patch saved a couple from being mugged and was later targeted by the thugs. After escaping an attempted hit, Patch tracked them to the Princess Bar only to find them dead and a note from Creed reading "Nobody kills you but me - especially today."[24]

The Gehenna Stone Affair[]

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Ba'al holding the incomplete Gehenna Stone

Patch then returned to San Francisco with Jessica, when Archie Corrigan asked for help with his mentally unbalanced brother, Burt Corrigan, who was in danger of losing his inheritance. While the trio was waiting for Burt, he suddenly burst through a window, dressed as Indiana Jones, screaming that he needed help against Ba'al.[208] The demon Ba'al was trying to collect all the pieces of a stone called the Gehenna Stone which contained Ba'al soul in order to create his own vampire army. One of the pieces was detained by Burt hence why Ba'al's army was trying to kill him.

Patch, Archie, Burt, and Jessica managed to fight back against Ba'al's army and escaped,[209] but soon after they met Ba'al himself and Patch tried to take him down but failed and as a result Ba'al recovered the piece of the Gehenna Stone from Burt and decided to head to Madripoor in order to retrieve the last fragment. Despite the fact that Archie wanted to let go of this madness, Patch decided to go after Ba'al and his army and stopped them once and for all.[210] During the flight towards Madripoor, Patch now wearing the Wolverine costume fought against Ba'al again and this time had the upper hand and crashed down his plane.[211]

After finally landed in Madripoor, Patch learned that Lindsay, Jessica and O'Donnell always knew that he was Wolverine and that the streets of Madripoor were now full of vampires. They also learned that Tai and the Madripoor police confiscated another piece of the stone that O'Donnell used to possess and gave it to the Prince Baran. It was also revealed that Ba'al survived the plane crash, struck an alliance with the Prince Baran and let his army of "half vampires" invaded the streets of Madripoor.[212]

In the end, Ba'al crossed the Prince and retrieved the last piece of the stone, now complete he could create "true" vampires but Wolverine finally managed to catch up and fought Ba'al one last time. Ba'al recognized Wolverine as the reincarnation of the warrior of the legend also known as the "Hand of God" that killed him eons ago and shattered his soul. An angry Ba'al tried to kill him but Wolverine managed to destroy the stone and killed Ba'al once and for all.[213]

Wolverine and Havok[]

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Back with the X-Men, Logan attempted to comfort Havok after the recent loss of both the women he loved, Wolverine suggested that the men of the X-Men go to a bar in Sydney, taking the idea from Dazzler who took all of the women out. While at the bar, the four X-Men stopped an alien invasion of the many aliens in the Conquest.[214] Shortly after, Wolverine and Havok were vacationing in Mexico and saved a woman from terrorist attackers.[215] The woman was actually Scarlett McKenzie and was working for the Russian scientist, Dr. Neutron (Meltdown), who wanted to use Havok as a means to absorb the entire energy of a breaking down atom reactor and transmute it into himself.[216] Scarlett gave Alex Summers false information that terrorists were trying to sabotage the plant and when he ventured into the heart of the reactor, he found it shortly before reaching critical limit. The timely arrival of Wolverine prevented a full disaster and after Logan killed the scientist, Alex redirected the nuclear radiation into space. For Alex's sake, Logan kept Scarlett's betrayal secret, as he was still trying to get over the back-plotting of Madelyne.[217]

The Jungle Adventure[]

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Gahck and Erista

Back in Australia, a man would ask Wolverine to go to the Savage Land, where he encountered a tribe of humans. Arriving in a lightweight plane, the tribe believed him a god, with the exception of Gahck, the tribe's female chieftain. Gahck challenged Wolverine to combat, and once it was established that he wasn't a god, he offered to help their hunting parties. Logan subsequently started a relationship with Gahck. When members of the tribe were captured, Wolverine discovered that a robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex would attack the tribe and take their members to a secret base.

Wolverine discovered that experiments were performed on the tribe members by Apocalypse, and after freeing himself and the captured Gahck, he battled Apocalypse, though it turned out to be a android. In the Apocalypse android's lab, Logan learned that the real Apocalypse was the man who had told him to journey to the Savage Land. After defeating the android, Wolverine left the Savage Land and returned to Australia, despite Gahck's feelings for him. Unknown to Logan, Gahck was pregnant and a few months later their son was born.[218]

Back to Basics[]

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Archie Goodwyn and John Byrne start their Wolverine run

In the Australian Outback, Wolverine was hunting a wild boar and after killing it, he started to eat it like an animal. But as he let his animal side take over, he remembered his first battle with Lord Shingen and how Shingen called him an animal after beating him. Suddenly Storm appeared, Wolverine told her he didn't want the X-men to see this side of him but Storm reassured him by telling him that his feral side saved them several times through the years and they accepted it a long time ago.

But Logan knew he needed to let the animal out from times to times but not in front of the X-men because they're his family, so thanks to Gateway's help, Logan decided to head to Madripoor where he could let the beast out for a little while.

In Madripoor, Logan now under his patch identity started a fight with Roughouse that he defeated, Logan celebrated his victory in the arms Tyger Tiger while the unconscious Roughouse was bought from the General Coy (his current boss) by Geist (an old Nazi that Logan met during WWII) who was now a cyborg.

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La Bandera

The next day, Wolverine smelled the odor of cocaine in Madripoor lowtown coming from a truck, Logan decided to follow the truck to the port where he saw Roughouse being throw out from the truck, being kidnapped by Geist and taken to a US navy vessel. As Logan was infiltrating the ship, he heard Roughouse screamed under Geist's torture.[219]

After dealing with several soldiers, Logan discovered that Geist completely shaved Roughouse as some form of torture but also for the experiment he was about to perform on him. He explained to Logan that he was working for Felix Guillermo Caridad, the president of the Central American Republic of Tierra Verde, a dictator who made a fortune from the traffic of cocaine. But Caridad discovered that some batch of cocaine from Tierra Verde and that Logan previously smelled in Madripoor seemed to have some side effects on their users such as giving them superhuman abilities. Caridad wanted to use this cocaine to have his own superheroes army and for Geist, Roughouse was the perfect guinea pig to test this batch.

Having heard enough, Logan freed Roughouse but Roughouse became crazy after what Geist did to him and attacked Logan on sight. Between the fury of his opponent and being shot by sedative darts, Logan was beaten and was thrown in the sea while Geist took Roughouse to Tierra Verde where Caridad and his wife Sister Salvation were waiting for them.

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Wolverine facing Tiger Shark

Logan was rescued by Tyger Tiger, O'Donnell and Corrigan, angry about what just happened Logan told them that he was going to invade Tierra Verde.[220]

Shortly after, Logan arrived in Puerto Verde, the capital city of Tierra Verde and discovered that a revolution was taking place here, and the leader of the resistance was a young woman named La Bandera who was fighting Tiger Shark. Logan helped her and was able to damage the villain’s suit which made him run away.

The fight over, Logan met an old contact from the CIA named Jack Bascomb who told him the origins of La Bandera and warned Logan to stay out of this because things were more complicated than what it looked like. Logan ignored Bascomb and was able to track Geist, he took him down and asked him to take him to Roughouse’s location. But Logan was ambushed by Tiger Shark who started to fight him underwater in order to drown him.[221]

Despite Logan's best efforts he was no match against Tiger Shark underwater and in the end the villain was able to stuck Logan's claws into some coral shelf, leaving Logan to drown. But thanks to his indomitable will and enough force Logan was able to crack the thin section of coral where his claws were stuck.

Now free Logan found Tiger Shark and defeated him and thanks to La Bandera's help he was able to free Roughouse and kidnap Sister Salvation. Logan discovered that Sister Salvation had some healing powers and with them she was able to cure Roughouse from the side effects he suffered from the drug.[222]

Unfortunately, the helicopter they used to escape crashed and Logan was also shot with several needles full of the same drug used on Roughouse. The drug turned Logan crazy until he was also temporarily healed by Sister Salvation but soon after Logan was again under the influence which distorted the reality around him.

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The drug in Logan's system started to speak to him and explain its true nature, it was originally a Spore, a living disease created by the Deviants during the prehistory when they were at war with with the Eternals which was then destroyed by the Celestials who considered it to be an abomination. But its consciousness survived and was absorbed by the soil of Central America and by the plants, Spore was then resurrected through the cocaine that was manufactured from those plants by Caridad. It wanted a host in which it could survived long enough in order to consume it and emerged fully free from it, and Wolverine was the perfect host thanks to his healing factor. But Logan was able to reject it thanks to his indomitable will, his healing factor and Sister Salvation help. Free from the drug, Logan discovered that Sister Salvation sold them out because Caridad had her son.[223]

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Felix Guillermo Caridad

Logan was then taken to a military camp where he was tortured by Geist and Caridad but thanks to Roughouse's help Logan was able to escape. Logan and Roughouse discovered that Geist and Caridad were about to infect Sister Salvation's son with the spore but Wolverine was able to stop Geist but in the midst of the battle Caridad was fatally wounded.

As La Bandera and her men were raiding the Military camp, Caridad decided to inject himself with the spore, which freed it and it attacked Wolverine and absorbed him.[224]

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Sister Salvation

With La Bandera's help, Wolverine freed himself and with the help of Sister Salvation the trio was able to finally destroy Spore. After this adventure, Roughouse decided to stay with Sister Salvation and her son in order to protect them and helped them rebuild their mission that her husband destroyed. Logan then decided to track Geist and easily dealt with him and destroyed his life support leaving him to die alone and powerless. After saying goodbye to La Bandera, Logan met Jack Bascomb once again and understood that Geist was a CIA mole inside Caridad's organization and they extradited him. The CIA also used to backup Caridad's regime for a time but knowing they couldn't control the spore they decided to also back up La Bandera's revolution in order to put an end to Caridad regime and to his cocaine traffic. Bascomb then told Logan the real world was more complicated than personal feuds and that there were worse enemies than the old ones out here.

Angry about those revelations and most especially about the fact that the CIA was working with an ex-Nazi, Logan left Tierra Verde and went back to Madripoor where he kidnapped both Prince Baran and General Coy. He made them think he infected them with the spore drug and forced them to escape through the sewers system to humiliate them in front of all the citizens of Madripoor but also for allowing the cocaine to enter Madripoor in the first place.

Logan, now with his inner beast under control, returned to the Australian Outback and rejoined the X-men. After his extradition from Tierra Verde, Geist returned to Washington to one one of the CIA safehouse, but someone was waiting for him, someone who knew him from when he was a Nazi during WW2: Magneto. After easily disarming him, Magneto told him he wanted to have a talk with him in his safehouse where they wouldn't be disturbed.[225]

Meeting Jubilee[]

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Donald Pierce and The Reavers

Now back in Australia, Logan decided to return to town but while here he was severely beat down and captured by the Reavers and Donald Pierce who then decided to hang him on a cross and tortured him. While on the cross, Logan had several fever dreams during which he saw several of his friends and foes but also a vision of what was happening to the X-Men thanks to Gateway. Logan learned that without him and after Longshot quit the team and the recent events, the X-Men were weakened and Pierce and the Reavers intended to kill them when they were at their lowest. Psylocke knew the X-Men had no chance against the imminent attack, so she telepathically convinced her teammates to enter the Siege Perilous in order to save them. The X-Men gone, Pierce was left more furious than ever and decided to take his anger on Logan.

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Logan crucified

After Gateway showed him what happened, Logan was then confronted again by Pierce who decided to crucify him on a X-shaped cross, shortly after a powerful storm started which forced the Reavers to leave Logan alone. In the middle of the storm, a young runaway mutant named Jubilee who secretly followed the X-Men for a while after they saved her from the M-Squad, witnessed what was happening to Logan from afar and decided to help him despite the fear of being caught and killed by the Reavers.

But as she was approaching, Logan has had enough of the torture and amidst the thunder he screamed and unleashed the berserker in his soul. Despite the pain, Logan managed to free himself and fell to the ground. Jubilee both amazed and afraid by what she saw, helped him get back on his feet.[226]

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Jubilee hid the wounded Logan who had trouble to heal and who started to have hallucinations of Carol Danvers and Nick Fury after what he suffered at the hands of the Reavers. Disoriented Logan attacked Jubilee but she managed to knock him back with her plasma blast and he regained his sanity. Pierce angry that Wolverine escaped sent his hounds in order to track him down but thanks to Gateway, both Logan and Jubilee managed to defeat the Reavers and escaped.[227]

Despite being part of the Reavers, Lady Deathstrike respected Logan as a warrior, so she decided to protect the Yashida's honor sword that Logan kept in his room from the other Reavers and let him escape with Jubilee because there was no honor in killing him if he couldn't defend himself.[227] Logan and Jubilee then decided to head to Hong Kong and more precisely to the Landau, Luckman & Lake Office in order to investigate the disappearance of the X-Men.[228]

After this adventure, Jubilee would follow Logan on several adventures and would eventually became like a daughter to him, much like Kitty before.

The Search for the X-Men[]

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Wolverine, Captain America and Black Widow

Now in Hong Kong with Jubilee, Logan met his old friend Rose Wu at the Landau, Luckman & Lake office but Jubilee and Ruth Wu (Rose's granddaughter) were kidnapped and Logan was attacked by the Lady Mandarin. During the battle, Logan recognized her scent and discovered that she was in reality a brainwashed Psylocke who was following the orders of the Mandarin and a member of the Hand named Matsu'o Tsurayaba, using this moment of confusion Psylocke plunged her psychic knife inside Logan’s brain and brought him to the Hand.[229]

Now a prisoner of the Hand, Logan was kept in custody under the surveillance of the brainwashed Psylocke but after their precedent fight, Logan’s mind was in turmoil.

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Wolverine vs. The Mandarin

In order to break him, Psylocke tried to use Logan’s ghosts and memories against him but Logan was able to defeat her in psychic combat. Victorious, Logan decided to fight Psylocke again but this time in physical combat which resulted in Psylocke plunging her psychic knife inside his brain again. But this time, the effect was different, Psylocke regained her memories and was free of the mind control. Together both Wolverine and Psylocke defeated the Mandarin and freed Jubilee and Ruth but unfortunately Matsu'o was able to escape.[228]

While they were tracking Matsu'o, the trio helped the Black Widow in Madripoor against the Hand just like Logan did way back in 1941, and decided to take down both Andrea and Andreas Von Strucker a.k.a the Fenris' twins and Matsu'o but unfortunately they were unsuccessful and their foes escaped.[59]

The Lazarus Project[]

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The iconic cover of Wolverine 27 by Jim Lee

While he was in Madripoor, Logan dealt with the Snow Queen[230] and paid his debt to Mr. Morrow by protecting his son Gabriel from Piggott (the leader of a rival gang in Madripoor).[231] Logan then went to Japan to investigate the murder of his old Master Bando Saburo and his wife.[232]

His investigation over and after paying his respects, Logan then returned to Madripoor, where he had a rundown with some thugs and met with Karma and Tyger Tiger before heading to the Princess bar and meeting with Jessica Drew and Lindsay McCabe. Shortly after, Jessica went to Prince Baran's palace where she heard him talking about the Project Lazarus. Intrigued, Jessica decided to discover what was this project which lead her to a secret laboratory where she heard a discussion between Doctor Page and Merrick about an upcoming attack against a village. Unfortunately, she was spotted and Doctor Page activated a strange robot named Pinocchio to attack Jessica but she was able to escape.

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Pinocchio facing Jessica Drew

Later Logan found her in bad shape and she told him what she discovered, fearing for Jessica and Lindsay safety he decided to send them stateside by plane before heading to the Prince Baran palace. While here Logan fought against Pinocchio and discovered that his claws couldn't pierce or cut Pinocchio’s shell. Their fight was interrupted by the Doctor Page who threw a strange green liquid to Logan's face which blinded him, but despite the pain Logan was able to discover that the village that was about to get attacked was named Rumika before escaping and failing in the water nearby.[233]

Logan awoken later on Rumika island without any memories but even without any memories he decided to help the Island's villagers against a shark attack. To thank him for his help, the villagers took him to their village, gave him a home and let him live here as long he wished. Even without his memories, Logan was riddled with nightmares from his fight with Pinocchio and by how the name Rumika seemed familiar to him.

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During the night, Captain Merrick and his group of mercenaries were watching over the village to make sure that a strange object called the Master Form was safe in the hands of the villagers that they previously met, but back in Madripoor, Karma discovered that her uncle was about to send a squad a mercenary to kill every villager in Rumika and retrieved the Master Form.

She decided to head to Rumika to warn them but it was too late, the next day, the village was attacked by a group of mercenaries who killed everyone. Despite Wolverine and later Karma interventions, no one survived but Karma was able to retrieve the master form with the help of a mercenary named Target who was under Merrick’s command and whose mission was to protect the village.

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Thanks to his heightened senses and despite his amnesia, Logan recognized Merrick’s scent from when he fought Pinocchio before and understood that he was a traitor and the one responsible for this slaughter which angered Target, who shot Merrick in the head. After meeting Karma, witnessing this slaughter, seeing his home destroyed and seeing the dead bodies of the Island's children, Logan finally remembered who he really was: He was Wolverine.[234]

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After giving the last rites to all the dead people of Rumika, Logan asked Karma and Target to tell him how they had been involved with the Master Form. After hearing their stories, Logan discovered how both of their families had been connected to this strange object through the years, how the Master Form was supposed to be some kind of power source and that a man named Broker Andover was also connected to all of this. The trio was then attacked by several mercenaries who wanted to recover the Master Form but Logan and Target managed to kill them. The battle over, Logan decided that the Master Form should stay in Rumika since it was his place and that it was now time to get some answers, and the only place to get them was in Madripoor.[235]

Back in Madripoor, the trio was able to infiltrate the Prince Baran's palace and faced the General Coy, Pinocchio and Doctor Page. During the fight, they discovered that Pinocchio was not just a robot but also a human and more especially Target's cousin Rick.

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Time for some payback.

After this revelation, Logan stopped fighting Pinocchio, took Doctor Page out and discovered that all the other members of the Lazarus Project were dead. Unknown to Logan, Broker Andover, was able to fool Logan’s senses and escaped.

Wolverine discovered that what happened to Rick and to Rumika was part of the Lazarus project, this project that turned Rick into Pinocchio had been going on for years and killed more than a hundred people. The goal was each time to use the survivors of those slaughters as subjects for this project in order to have them volunteered into becoming super soldiers, half man half machine but totally under the control of their masters just like what happened to Rick. Those super soldiers were the reason the Prince Baran and the General Coy financed this project in order to have their own army.

The Project had been stopped and the Master Form was safe but this victory came at a cost as it took the death of hundreds of innocents to uncover the truth about this mysterious project and stopped it once and for all.[236]

Killing Zone[]

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The start of Larry Hama’s Wolverine run

While he was still in Madripoor, Logan under the disguise of Patch decided to have some drinks with his friend Archie at the Princess Bar but shortly after they were attacked by a gang of Yakuza. At the same time at the palace of the Prince Baran, Dai-Kumo had one his scientist named Dr. Malheur forcibly extract the hypothalamic fluid from the brain of a Spider-Monkey in front of Tyger Tiger, the Prince Baran and General Coy.

According to Dai-Kumo, this fluid could cure cancer but also make all them rich, to that end the Prince Baran already agreed to suspend any governmental restriction since the Spider-Monkey was a protective specie native of Madripoor. Dai-Kumo only needed General Coy’s drug harvesters already present in the mountain where the monkeys lived to harvest them and then used Tyger Tiger’s established net of smuggler to ship the monkeys to Japan where they would be processed.

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Of course the idea of avoiding tariff and government inspections delighted both the General Coy and the Prince Baran but Tyger Tiger wasn’t really happy about Dai-Kumo’s plan and warned him that the mountain tribesmen would be furious and that monopolizing a cure for cancer was going to bring a lot of opposition. Dai-Kumo agreed which is why he sent several yakuza to take care of one of the most obstreperous resident of Madripoor: Patch.

Back at the Princess Bar, Patch was overwhelmed by the dozens of yakuza and entered into a berserker rage, he was able to take most of them out until he was shot from behind and fell to the floor, outside Archie tried to find some help but no cop wanted to help and Tyger Tiger wasn’t available.

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Dragonhead, Eleven and Seven ingesting the Thunderbolt drug

Thinking he was dead, one of the zakuza tried to finish Patch with a sword, but after being stabbed Patch awakened, broke the sword and defeated the rest of the Yakuza. Back at the Prince Palace, Tyger Tiger warned Dai-Kumo that taking actions against Patch would be foolish as it would disturb the fragile balance of power in Madripoor. She then asked Dai-Kumo to reveal what he was hiding from her but the Prince told her that it was none of her concern. As Tyger Tiger left the meeting, Dai-Kumo told his right hand man Goro to follow her.

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Dr. Malheur

Outside of the Princess Bar, seeing that Patch was gaining the upper hand, Dragonhead and his minions Eleven and Seven revealed that the fluid extracted from the brains of the spider-monkeys was also used to create a powerful drug named Thunderbolt making them unstoppable and after ingesting the drug they decided to attack Patch. After a long fight, Patch managed to defeat two of them before their leader Dragonhead threw himself and Patch in the waters nearby and blew himself up with two grenades, Patch survived but his healing factor was overloaded, Tyger Tiger decided to take him to one of her safe house in order for him to heal but unknown to them both Goro and his associate Reiko followed them.[237]

Shortly after, in the Madripoor mountains Dai-Kumo started to kill and harvest the Spider-Monkeys and when Goro told him he found Patch’s safe house, Dai-Kumo ordered him to kill him and to bring something back as a way of a proof. Reiko was displeased by what Goro was about to do and revealed that the only reason she was working with him was because she had to pay her father’s gambling debt now owned by Goro.

Just after Archie and Tyger Tiger left Patch alone in order for him to heal, Goro and Reiko killed all of the Tyger’s guards and then Goro killed Patch by stabbing him through the heart with his sword, Goro then took a picture of Patch’s dead body as a proof of the success of his mission.

In a state between life and death, Patch had a vision of Jean Grey, he was able to remove the sword from his heart and came back to life just as Tyger Tiger and Archie came back to the safe house, Tyger then told him that Dai-Kumo had a warehouse in Madripoor, which was Patch next destination.

At the warehouse Dai-Kumo and Dr. Malheur revealed that the fluid extracted from the brains of the Spider-Monkeys allowed them to create a drug named ”Zap” which was highly addictive but also a super-drug which was named “Thunderbolt” which granted super strength, endurance and immunity to pain for one one hour before killing its user. Reiko and Goro arrived at the warehouse and showed to Dai-Kumo, the photo of the dead Patch, their mission accomplished all of them headed to Osaka.

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Patch raising from his grave

Patch now back on his feet was driven to the warehouse by Tyger Tiger, once here he discovered with horror a mountain of dead monkeys and one of the tribesmen who was also shocked by this discovery. The tribesman then felt that Patch was different, he was also a forest creature, a wild thing and he told him that Dai-Kumo headed to Osaka.[238]

To make sure that Dai-Kumo still believed that Patch was dead, Tyger Tiger gave him a drug that induced a state of catatonia so death-like that even doctors could be fooled and then placed his body in a coffin and sent him to Osaka by plane. Once the coffin arrived at the Osaka’s airport, Dai-Kumo was also fooled by Tyger Tiger’s drug and as it was custom for the yakuza to show respect for their foes, he ordered Goro to bury Logan in his personal plot.

As he was being buried, Reiko threw one of her flower on Patch’s coffin lamenting that he couldn’t save her, that he couldn’t kill Goro and set her free. At midnight, Reiko returned to Patch’s grave in order to pay her respect one last time but then after experiencing several nightmares Patch finally awakened from the drug given to him by Tyger Tiger and emerged from his grave. As he was about to attack Reiko, he recognized the smell of her flowers, he spared her and asked her to show him the location of her boss.

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Goro ingesting the thunderbolt drug

Back at Dai-Kumo’s place, the villain showed his invitees the power of his thunderbolt drug by using it on a wolf who became powerful enough to kill three tigers like it was nothing but suddenly Patch arrived seeking revenge for what Dai-Kumo did to him and the Spider-Monkeys. Patch defeated all of Dai-Kumo enforcers before being confronted by the drugged wolf who recognized Patch as one of his own and decided to not attack him.

Patch then went after Dr. Malheur who tried to kill him by making him fall in a vat full of the concentrated Thunderbolt drug, but as he was falling Patch caught Malheur and both men fell in the vat, Patch emerged alive saying that kind of drug had no effect on him while Malheur died a painful death. Patch was then confronted by Goro who ingested the Thunderbolt drug and despite Goro’s new powers, Patch easily defeated him but in the end he decided to spare his life.

Afterwards Patch discovered that Reiko had killed Dai-Kumo while he was taking care of the others, he then joined Tyger Tiger and Archie to their plane in order to get back to Madripoor. Sensing that there was something on his mind, Tyger Tiger asked Patch is he was okay, he answered that he was thinking about being trapped in a bad situation without any way out. Tyger Tiger then told him that not everybody got stuck, sometimes somebody managed to get out and as their plane was leaving Osaka, Reiko watched them from afar, she was now free thanks to Patch.[239]

X-Tinction Agenda[]

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Wolverine vs. Cameron Hodge

Back in Madripoor, Wolverine rejoined Jubilee and Psylocke and the trio decided to leave Madripoor and to start looking for the X-Men which led them to Genosha where they rescued Rictor. Both Wolverine and Psylocke decided to go undercover and infiltrate Hammer's bay but along the way they were captured by the Genoshan magistrates and put on trial.

Shortly after, Logan was forced to fight against Archangel but before the two men could kill each other, Jean Grey interned and stopped the fight. Wolverine then helped the X-Men, X-Factor and the New Mutants taking Cameron Hodge down.[240][241]

The Hunter in Darkness[]

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Wolverine facing the Hunter in Darkness

Shortly after, Wolverine went back to Canada to spend some time in the Canadian wilderness in order to clean up his mind after his recent adventures. While he was fishing with his claws, he met two RCMP officers named Sergeant Doolin and Morris. Sergeant Doolin found Wolverine to be familiar but the real reason of their visit was to ask for his help into tracking a dangerous criminal named Athabasca Ike This murderer kidnapped a young girl named Miss Golightly after killing her whole family and was now on the run. Wolverine was able to quickly catch Athabasca Ike and Miss Golightly scents, and agreed to help the two officers to track them. On the road Doolin told Wolverine a story about how a dangerous monster named the Hunter in Darkness was living in the mountains nearby and how he was able to shoot it a long time ago.

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Sergeant Doolin

Unfortunately, Athabasca Ike saw the officer’s car and shot it with a sniper rifle injuring Wolverine and killing Morris. As night started to fall, Wolverine decided to put on his costume and with Doolin they decided use the dark to track the Athabasca Ike. Along the way they were attacked by the Hunter in Darkness and in order to help Wolverine, Doolin turn his light on which prompted Wolverine to scream to him to "kill that light". But it was too late, the light gave Doolin location and he was shot by Athabasca Ike.

Mortally wounded, Doolin started to remember his past and most particularly his days as a soldier during WW2 after he heard Wolverine screaming to "kill that light" and most especially his corporal who told him the exact same thing. The same corporal who killed a whole regiment of Nazis with only a knife. Memories started to flood the Hunter in darkness' mind too after he recognized Wolverine's scent, especially of the time when a feral Wolverine who just escaped from the Weapon X project helped it when the beast was trapped in a bear trap.

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Athabasca Ike

The Hunter in Darkness decided to track Athabasca Ike and killed him while Logan was able to save Miss Golightly. But as Doolin was dying from his wounds he finally understood that he never shot the Hunter in Darkness all those years ago but Wolverine after seeing his walk and his posture. After this realization, Doolin also understood that the corporal from his WW2 days and Wolverine were the same person and as he was drawing his last breath he finally remembered the name of the corporal that he forgotten for years: "Logan". And as Wolverine discovered that Doolin was dead, he wondered how did Doolin know his name.[120]

Wolverine and Puck time traveling adventures[]

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Wolverine and Puck facing Lady Deathstrike

Not long after this mysterious discovery, Logan decided to go seek his friend Puck and found him in a bar in Vancouver where he worked as a bouncer. Unknown to Logan, Lady Deathstrike was on his trail and traveled to Osaka and Madripoor where Logan was seen previously and after threatening to kill a waitress in Madripoor, Tyger Tiger decided to tell her that Logan was in Vancouver.

In Vancouver harbor, Logan and Puck were fishing, drinking and talking about Literature, until Judd dropped an old photograph of himself with Ernest Hemingway and a girl named Inez taken during the Spanish Civil war in the 30s.

Logan recognized Inez which surprised Judd since he was sure Logan was never here. Before Judd could get an answer, Gateway teleported Yuriko near Logan and Puck but the vortex created by Gateway sent the trio back in time in April 1937 in Spain during the siege of Guernica.[52]

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Ernest Hemingway

After meeting Ernest Hemingway and Inez, Logan and Puck were attacked by the Nazis but they were able to get rid of all of them. At the same time, Lady Deathstrike met the Captain Horst Schlachter, the acting commander of the Luftwaffe Feldgendarmerie and decided to use him to track Logan.

Logan and Judd decided to help the partisan resistance against the Nazis but along the way Puck was hurt by one of the Nazi aerial bombing and fell unconscious. Logan decided to put on his costume and fight the Nazis on his own.[242]

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In the midst of the battle, Lady Deathstrike ambushed Logan and the two started to fight but their fight had consequences most notably with the continuum which created a time vortex. The time vortex became stronger which awoken Puck who rushed to help Logan, but the trio was then transported back in time once again to WW2, then to when Yuriko was changed into a cyborg by Spiral, next to the first fight between the cybernetic Lady Deathstrike and Wolverine and finally back to the present.

Logan and Puck landed in Vancouver harbor where they were before this adventure and Puck discovered that they inadvertently altered the past most especially with Logan now being present on that old photograph he had before this adventure which shocked Judd.

Yuriko on the other hand landed in Spiral workshop and discovered that Pierce created two new cyborgs to deal with Wolverine: one looking exactly like Logan named Albert and a little girl named Elsie-Dee.[243]

Muir Island Saga[]

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The X-Men new costumes

Back at the mansion, Logan was still suffering from his recent injuries, although he still decided to spar in the danger room with Gambit while Jubilee was watching them. During the session, as Gambit's eye blinked, the danger room went haywire and as a result Logan was confronted by an hologram of Lady Deathstrike.

Wolverine was able to defeat Lady Deathstrike but was still shocked by the sudden appearance of this hologram, which reminded him of how Yuriko sacrificed her humanity just to have her revenge on him. Lost in his thoughts, Logan let his guard down, Gambit then decided to strike Logan from behind and pinned him down to the floor while mocking him and savoring his victory.[244]

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The defeat of the Shadow King marks the end of an era for Wolverine and the X-Men

Shortly after an attack of the Shadow King, Wolverine and the other X-Men were teleported to space by Lyla Cheney in order to save Charles Xavier, while there they were confronted by Deathbird and the Warskrulls.[245] Once free, Xavier discovered that the Shadow King had taken over Muir Island, the team decided to head back to earth in order to stop him.[246]

Unfortunately, once they arrived at Muir Island, the X-Men started to fall under the influence of the Shadow King including Wolverine but thanks to Forge Logan was able to regain his senses.[247][248] After saving Colossus, Professor Xavier decided to fight against the Shadow King on the Astral plane while Wolverine and the other X-Men tried to stopped their teammates who were still under his influence.

Along the way Wolverine was confronted again by Gambit who was under the influence of the Shadow King but this time Logan got the upper hand, he easily defeated Gambit and pinned him down to the floor. Logan then found Jubilee who was also under the Shadow King control, and despite her not wanting to fight him, he decided to knock her out to make sure she wouldn't hurt herself. The X-Men then managed to defeat the Shadow King once and for all, freeing all the people who were under his control.[249]

Albert and Elsie-Dee[]

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Albert and Elsie-Dee

In Los Angeles, Storm was investigating why two mobsters operating on Venice Beach named Jocko and Sally put a bounty on Logan's head, she discovered that someone looking exactly like Logan had been robbing them for a while.

Not far from here Molokai and Reno, two other mobsters working for Sally spotted Wolverine and decided to capture him. Logan, who was also investigating who was impersonated him, let himself be captured to learn more informations. After learning that his doppelganger was spotted on Venice Beach, Logan quickly headed here and was ambushed by Albert. The two fought but Albert was no match for Wolverine and was severely damaged by Logan's attacks.[250]

After Storm arrived on the scene and discovered what was going on, Elsie-Dee started a fire in order to attract Logan and kill him with the bomb that Pierce implanted in her body. Thinking she was just a little girl, Logan quickly headed to her location in order to rescue her while Albert managed to escape. After being saved from the flames by Logan and witnessing his heroism, she decided she didn't want to kill him and told him the truth but she didn't know how to disarm the bomb in her body.

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Wolverine and Storm saving Elsie-Dee

To save her, Albert made his way to an electronics store and hacked into the NSA's supercomputers to crack Pierce's programming. He managed to crunch the numbers and made an override code for Elsie, which he transmitted to her even while getting shot down by the police for raiding the store which allowed her to disarm the bomb in her body.[251]

Shortly after Logan took Elsie-Dee to the X-mansion where Forge discovered that her whole body was rigged with explosives, he told Logan that it would be better to get rid of her but Logan refused saying she was different. Elsewhere, Albert's body was taken by the police and put into an evidence room where the cyborg was able to rebuild himself and gathered several information in order to save Elsie-Dee.

While Logan, Jubilee, Forge and Elsie-Dee were spending some time downtown, Albert was able to infiltrate and army base in Palmdale and stole a stealth bomber prototype. Elsie-Dee caught a message from Albert and discovered that he was alive, she asked Logan to help her reached the top of the World Trade Center where the reception would be better in order to contact him.

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Wolverine vs Albert

Once they arrived, Albert attacked Wolverine and the two fought once again until Elsie-Dee stopped their fight and told Albert that Logan wasn't their enemy. Albert was happy to hear that he didn't have to kill Logan and he agreed to land the stealth bomber and leave Logan alone, but before he could do it the stealth bomber was attacked by several fighter aircrafts and crashed at the bottom of the East River with Logan, Albert and Elsie-Dee still inside of it.[252]

Fortunately, Elsie-Dee was able to save the unconscious Logan and took him to the Morlocks tunnels nearby. While Logan was still healing, Elsie-Dee decided to look for help, but someone else was lurking in those tunnels: Sabretooth, fully healed from his previous fight with Caliban where he got his back broken.[253]

Logan also awoke and was ambushed by Sabretooth who claimed to be his father!!![254]

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Wolverine, Cable, and Dee vs Sabretooth

As their fight continue to rage on, Elsie-Dee found Cable, and tricked him into helping her and Logan against Sabretooth. All four of them were rescued by Nick Fury, Jubilee, Forge and the SHIELD but along the way Elsie-Dee's body was destroyed except for her head. Aboard SHIELD helicopter, Sabretooth escaped from his restrains, attacked Wolverine and was about to slice his throat but Elsie-Dee attacked Sabretooth and made herself and Sabretooth fall into the east river.

After witnessing Elsie-Dee's sacrifice, a S.H.I.E.L.D. scientist told to Logan that Sabretooth wasn't his father even though Creed really believed it, meanwhile at the bottom of the east river Elsie-Dee was rescued by Albert who also survived the crash of the stealth bomber previously.[255]

Logan then exited the SHIELD helicopter, and discovered that a big show was about to happen in town with none other than the Hunter in Darkness. On his way to this big show, Logan stopped at a zoo and freed a Wolverine who was abused by a dangerous psychopath named Linus Dorfman, at the same time, Albert with the help of the Morlocks was able to rebuild Elsie-Dee body. Elsewhere Lady Deathstrike also learned about the big show that was about to happen and decided to head here knowing that Logan would be here too but unknown to her Sabretooth who survived Elsie-Dee's previous attack decided to follow her knowing she would lead him to Logan.[256]

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Wolverine facing Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, and the Hunter in Darkness

As the show started, the Hunter in Darkness was shot by a sniper and started to become crazy, prompting Logan to quickly jumped on the beast cage in order to free it. Unfortunately, Lady Deathstrike and Sabretooth attacked him at the same time, the trio fought until they broke the cage of the Hunter of the Darkness.[257]

Recognizing Wolverine's scent, the Hunter in Darkness decided to help him and attacked both Lady Deathstrike and Sabretooth while Logan tracked the sniper. Logan discovered that the sniper was none other than Emmy Doolin, the daughter of the sergeant Doolin that Logan encountered previously and she was blaming Logan and the Hunter in Darkness for her father's death.

She shot Wolverine and Sabretooth with some mercury tipped bullets that overloaded their healing factor and gave them some strange hallucinations and an impression of “déjà vu” most notably the mention of the words "the project" and "wranglers". Strangely enough during their hallucinations, Sabretooth also mentioned that Wolverine used to be his partner. Despite the hallucinations, Logan was able to beat Emmy Doolin thanks to Jubilee's help. Unfortunately, Sabretooth disappeared after the fight and Lady Deathstrike escaped with Ronald Parvenue's help while the Hunter in Darkness decided to hide in the Morlocks tunnels where it would soon meet Albert and Elsie-Dee.[258]

The Return of Magneto[]

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The Gold and Blue Teams facing Magneto

After defeating the Shadow King, the X-Men were finally united again and decided to create two new teams: The Gold and Blue Team with Wolverine being part of the Blue team. Strangely enough, Logan's healing factor wasn't defective anymore and was now as good as new.

But the X-Men couldn't celebrate their victory for too long, after a danger room session they were contacted by Nick Fury and learned that Magneto returned to Earth and started to pull out the nuclear missiles from the submarine he sunk a long time ago. After learning the news, the Blue team decided to stop him, during the fight Magneto was severely injured by Wolverine and had to retreat. Back on his Asteroid M, Magneto asked one of his Acolytes Fabian Cortez to use his powers in order to heal him, unknown to Magneto Cortez’s powers never healed him but just boosted his powers for a while in order to give him the impression he was feeling better.[259]

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Magneto triumphant

Afterwards the Acolytes decided to attack Genosha which prompted the X-Men to fight them and defeat them. Unfortunately for the X-Men, Magneto came back to Earth, helped his acolytes defeat the X-Men, took them as prisoners before kidnapping both Charles Xavier and Moira and bringing all of them to his Asteroid M. Back on Earth, the United Nations decided to activate the Magneto Protocols in order to destroy his Asteroid M with a plasma cannon, knowing that time was running out, Storm assembled her Gold Team and went to rescue the Blue team before it was too late.[260]

Unfortunately, after the Gold Team infiltrated Asteroid M, Magneto used Moira to brainwash the Blue team in order to have the two teams fight against each other but the effects were only temporary and after a while the brainwashed X-Men remembered who they were. United again both the Gold and Blue team decided to face Magneto.

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The end of Chris Claremont’s legendary X-Men run

As the two teams were ready to attack him, Magneto collapsed and learned the truth about Fabian Cortez and how he duped him. Cortez escaped from Asteroid M and told Magneto that his base was about to get destroyed by the plasma cannon and that his death would help him gather new followers all over the world.

Shortly after Asteroid M was blasted by the plasma cannon, despite the fact that he was dying from the wounds inflicted by Wolverine previously, Magneto used his powers to keep the integrity of his station intact until the X-Men could evacuate. Despite Xavier’s desperate pleas, Magneto and his acolytes decided to stay behind in order to die.

Before the end and while the X-Men were witnessing the destruction of Asteroid M, Magneto opened his mind to Xavier one last time to show him that he still believed in peace but that Xavier’s Dream was just a fool’s hope and that if one day he was to meet the X-Men again, he would show them no mercy.[261]

Unknown to the X-Men and to Wolverine, back on earth Matsu’o Tsurayaba and the Hand managed to recover a terrible weapon from the Cold War, an old enemy of Wolverine that stayed in suspended animation during all those years: Omega Red.[260]

The Ghosts of the Past[]

Blood Hungry[]

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Wolverine vs Cyber

In the woods, near Madripoor Logan was hunting a deer but an old wolf caught the deer before him, Logan decided to befriend the old wolf by carving the deer with his claws and giving the meat to the wolf. To repay Logan for his help, the wolf decided to give a piece of the deer's meat to him which prompted Logan to stay and eat the deer with his new friend.

Suddenly Logan smelled someone familiar who just arrived in Madripoor, to know more he went to see Tyger Tiger. Tyger Tiger told him that this stranger had something to do with a drug shipment full of hallucinogen and the General Coy, so Logan decided to spy on the General Coy.[262]

While at the General Coy's place, Logan was spotted and attacked by this stranger who finally revealed his real identity: Cyber. Thanks to his adamantium laced skin and his adamantium claws tipped with the same hallucinogen drug he wanted to sell to Coy, Cyber easily defeated Wolverine and poisoned him.[263]

Wolverine managed to escape but Cyber's drug gave Logan several hallucinations where he was reminded how Cyber was responsible of Janet's death years ago.[264][265][266] Despite still being shocked by his fight with Cyber but also afraid of him after what he did to both him and Janet years ago, Tyger Tiger convinced Logan to face him again.[267]

While Logan was recovering, Cyber approached Tyger Tiger to make her the same offer he did to the General Coy about his hallucinogen drug shipment.[265] Cyber's goal was to force both Tyger Tiger and the General Coy to agree to buy his drug shipment, and killed both of them at the same time in order to set himself up in Madripoor and used the port city for his own operations. When both General Coy and Tyger Tiger arrived at the rendezvous, Cyber killed all of their men and as he was about to kill the two of them, Wolverine intervened and saved them.[268]

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Wolverine losing his grip on reality

After this close save, Coy and Tyger agreed to a truce for a while. Wolverine then faced Cyber on top of a truck full of the Cyber's hallucinogen drug and this time Logan was able to gouge Cyber's left eye, the same way Cyber gouged Logan's left eye after he killed Janet years ago.

Despite this injury, Cyber was able to leap on a nearby tree, Logan followed him in order to finish him off but Cyber got the upper hand and tried to rip Wolverine's claws off. Fortunately, the old wolf that Logan met previously appeared and bit Cyber’s neck which made him fall into one of the barrel of his hallucinogen drug below. The drug entered Cyber's system through his missing eye and gave him several hallucinations, as a result Cyber started to scream in terror and ran away.

Unfortunately, the old wolf died shortly after in Logan's arms, Logan then reunited with Tyger Tiger finally free from a demon of his past and told her that the next time Cyber showed up, he would be ready.[269]

Shiva Scenario[]

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Logan facing the ghosts of his past

Greatly troubled by his lost memories, Wolverine investigated the abandoned Weapon X Facility in Canada where he had been transformed years before. There, he started having flashbacks of his time with Team X and from when he was abducted by the Weapon X program.[270]

After Logan learned that his memories were tampered, both Xavier and Jean tried to help him by removing some of his memory blocks but as a result Logan was overwhelmed and almost lost his mind. Professor Xavier told him that if he tried to remove Logan's memory blocks one more time it could be worse, Logan could lose his humanity. This revelation angered Logan and he tore off his brown costume and said he wasn't an animal but an X-Man.[90] As a result Logan stopped wearing his brown costume and decided to wear his original blue and yellow uniform again.[271]

Logan then headed to Windsor, Ontario and infiltrated an old Weapon X warehouse where some of his fake memories were created, while here he inadvertently activated the artificial intelligence Shiva, which was designed to kill rogue Team X members and the top name on their list was Wolverine.

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Silver Fox alive?!

Logan managed to defeat the Shiva robot but another one took his place and Logan discovered that he couldn't defeat it the same way twice, but he still had the upper hand when suddenly the Shiva robot blasted him with a mind probe that made Logan relive every pain, injury and moment of agony he had experienced in the past.

Unknown to Logan, the fight between him and Shiva was watched by both Carol Hines and the Professor Thorton who appeared to still be alive but shortly after Silver Fox revealed herself to both Hines and Thorton and she killed Thorton with what appeared to be some claws.

Logan discovered that Thorton was dead and that Hines was still alive but also that before dying Thorton activated all the remaining Shiva robots and that their main target was none other than Sabretooth. While Logan didn't care about Sabretooth's fate the X-Men worried about the other targets on the Shiva's kill list.

As a result of learning that many of his memories were implants, Wolverine became much darker which worried both Xavier and the X-Men.[271]

Omega Red[]

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Omega Red vs. the X-Men

After they recovered Omega Red container, Matsu’o Tsurayaba and the Hand revived him and showed him a picture of Wolverine, telling him to go after him. At the X-Mansion, Logan and the other X-Men were enjoying their afternoon by playing a game of basketball but shortly after several agents of the Hand and Omega Red attacked them, before falling unconscious Logan recognized his old nemesis and ushered his real name: Arkady.[272]

Cyclops and the other X-Men were alerted by Omega Red presence and decided to intervene, they managed to save all the captured X-Men except for Wolverine, only his mask and his costume were left behind by the Hand. In a secret facility in Berlin, Wolverine has been fighting Omega Red for more than seventeen hours, their fight has been monitoring by the Doctor Abraham Cornelius, Matsu’o Tsurayaba and the Fenris twins in order to test Omega Red’s stamina.

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Wolverine vs Omega Red

Weakened by his fight with Omega Red and most notably by Arkady’s death spores, Logan was rendered unconscious by the vicious attacks of his nemesis, and as he lost consciousness Logan started to remember some parts of his past, most notably a mission in Berlin he did with Victor Creed.

Shortly after the Fenris twins, Mastu'o, Omega Red, and Doctor Cornelius examined Logan, Cornelius was trying to perform several memory inversions in order to discover the location of the Carbonadium Synthesizer also known as C-Synthesizer, the only thing that could stabilize Omega Red’s powers. Once Omega Red condition stabilized, the goal was for the Fenris twins to use him in order to gain dominance in the upstarts and achieve immortality.

Wolverine awakened from the drugs given to him by Cornelius but was still restrained with Omega Red taunting him, unknown to both men Maverick was also present and he switched off the lights, when the lights came back on, Wolverine broke free, took out the guards and was holding a strange canister. Knowing he couldn’t defeat Omega Red in his condition, Logan then taunted him before escaping with the help of Maverick who then brought him to the German Embassy in order for him to heal safely.

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Wolverine fighting Omega Red for more than seventeen hours

Unfortunately, the X-Men Blue Team were also tracking Wolverine and when they arrived at the complex where Logan was held prisoner, Cyclops, Jubilee and Beast were captured by Omega Red. After seeing what happened on Maverick’s screens which was monitoring the whole thing, Logan tried to get back on his feet but the damage he sustained at Omega Red's hands were too important, he fell to the floor and his heart stopped beating.[273]

To save Logan, Maverick decided to give him an injection of Neuro-Epinephrine which revived him and he started to remember that strange mission he did in Berlin alongside Sabretooth, Maverick and a double agent named Janice. Their mission was to put an end to the Soviet Super soldier program by recovering the C-Synthesizer, the only thing that could stabilize the powers of this new Soviet super soldier named Omega Red. As the team was pursued by Omega Red, Sabretooth killed Janice while the rest of team escaped. The trio then wondered if Omega Red wasn’t the only one with mutant power.

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Maverick saving Wolverine from Omega Red

In Berlin the other half of the blue team composed of Rogue, Gambit and Psylocke faced against the Fenris twins but then Matsu’o appeared and ushered the word “Fine” which prompted Psylocke to take down her teammates. Matsu’o was able to control Psylocke’s actions thanks to the previously post hypnotic suggestion he implanted on her mind.

Thanks to the psy-link he shared with Psylocke, Wolverine felt Psylocke’s action and quickly awakened and asked Maverick how did he know his name. Maverick then understood that the reports he read were true and that Logan didn’t have access to his memory of time spent as a C.I.A operative. Maverick then remembered how their last mission in Berlin was considered a failure by the higher up because the team lost the C-Synthesizer after their escape, Logan also attacked Creed for killing Janice in cold blood and decided to quit the team afterwards.

Maverick then wondered at the time if Logan wasn’t the one who kept the C-Synthesizer with him during all those years. In the present to keep his cover intact, Maverick just told Logan he was a representative of the German government, Logan knew that Maverick was hiding something but before they could do anything both men noticed a familiar face on one of Maverick surveillance computer: Sabretooth.

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Psylocke and Sabretooth vs. Wolverine and Maverick

Sabretooth was hired by Matsu'o and the Fenris twins to track down Logan and recover the C-Synthesizer by using the psy-link between Logan and Betsy. Both Psylocke and Sabretooth found the location of Maverick and Wolverine and captured them.[274]

Since they were still unable to replicate Wolverine’s healing factor the only way to stabilize Omega Red condition was to find the location of the C-Synthesizer, and since Wolverine was the only one who knew its location he was once again tortured by Matsu’o and Cornelius, who tried to force him to remember his last mission in Berlin.

Despite Cornelius reluctance to continue the memory extraction as it would kill Logan, Mastu'o forced him to speed up the process which resulted in Logan remembering more and more things from this last mission which helped Matsu'o discovered the location of the C-Synthesizer. Matsu’o then ordered Cornelius to kill Logan but Psylocke stopped him and revealed it was all a ruse and that in reality Wolverine’s near death experience freed her from Mastu'o control and that Sabretooth was under her control all along. She was just waiting to know the location of the C-Synthesizer.

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Wolverine/Omega Red

At the same time Maverick broke free and teamed up with the mind controlled Sabretooth against the Hand and decided to save the X-Men, Psylocke defeated one of the Fenris twins and held her own against Omega Red until Matsu’o struck her from behind which freed Sabretooth from her control and as a result he attacked Maverick. Fortunately, Maverick had the time to free Beast who managed to knock down Sabretooth and free the other X-Men who easily defeated Creed. Wolverine angry about everything that happened to him finally broke free and attacked Omega Red, with the help of the X-Men the Fenris twins were stopped, but Omega Red, Sabretooth and Matsu’o managed to escape.

Elsewhere the Hand and Matsu’o went to a cemetery in Berlin in order to recover the C-Synthesizer after Matsu’o learned that Logan hid it in Janice’s coffin but when Matsu'o opened it, Wolverine was hidden inside of it and he cut Matsu’o left hand off. After defeating Matsu’o army, Logan was confronted by Cornelius who was going to shoot him but before that he apologized to Logan for what he did to him years ago. Logan having no memory of the Weapon X experiment didn’t understand what Cornelius was talking about and before he could get an answer, Cornelius was shot in the head by Maverick and Matsu’o managed to escape. Logan then gave the C-Synthesizer to Maverick telling him that despite the fact that he didn’t remember everything about his past, he had a vague recollection that it must belonged to him. After Maverick thanked Logan and gave him an intel about the location of one of his "former comrade", Logan disappeared.[100]

The former comrade that Maverick was talking about was none other than Logan's best friend Kurt Wagner a.k.a Nightcrawler,[275] at the time Kurt still believed that Logan and the X-Men were dead after their battle with the Adversary in Dallas during the Fall of the Mutants. Logan found his best friend in a small village in Germany, Winzeldorf.[275] and after a happy reunion,[276] the duo defeated Jutta and the Der Jarrmacht (a group of genetically-altered circus performers) in order to prevent a genocide.[277]

The Crunch Conundrum[]

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Wolverine, Mystique and Spiral facing a Plasma Wraith.

After what happened the last time Professor Xavier tried to remove Wolverine's memory blocks, he decided to check Logan's mental state by putting him through several simulations in the Danger Room. During the simulation Charles and the X-Men discovered that Logan was slowly letting his animal's side taking over to the point of howling. Once the simulation was over, Logan decided to head to the Cloud 9 Motel where he met Mystique. In the Morlocks tunnels, Albert managed to find and rebuilt Elsie-Dee's body and their bomber, they were then joined by the Hunter in the Darkness. Both Albert and Elsie-Dee decided to bring the Hunter back to Canada until Elsie-Dee discovered a flux in the space continuum.

Back at the motel, Mystique asked for Logan's help against Spiral who lost her mind and begged Logan to not say her name out loud or she would appear. Logan didn't believe Mystique and said Spiral name and as a result she suddenly appeared.[278]

Before Spiral could warn them of an imminent danger, they were attacked by Plasma Wraiths who they managed to defeat. Spiral then told them there was a problem with the space time and that everything was converging to the Crunch (basically the end of time where the universe collapses into itself and ends). To fix this situation, Spiral created a vortex that transported her, Logan and Mystique to the future but also Logan's bike and Jubilee who was secretly following Logan. Now at the Citadel at the End of Time, moments before the Crunch, Logan discovered that Mojo intended to exploit the Crunch for entertainment value. Jubilee who was also teleported to the Citadel faced against one of Mojo's slave: Abcissa. In Canada, Elsie-Dee and Albert discovered an ancient Native burial mound of bones but more surprisingly the remains of a Wolverine from another timeline.[278]

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Wolverine vs. Mojo.

Back at the Citadel, Logan, Mystique and Spiral didn't have any other choice but to use a missile created by Albert in order to destroy Mojo while still letting the Crunch happened. Spiral and Mystique teleported to the present and in exchange for the missile, Elsie-Dee, Albert and the Hunter in the Darkness were transported to the past in order to continue their investigation about the remains of this Wolverine from another timeline. Albert fired the missile through the vortex and the trio was then sent to the past. After seeing the missile passing through the vortex Logan hoped on it and redirected it towards Mojo, at the same time, Jubilee discovered that Abcissa wrap was none other than a future version of herself who accepted to become Mojo's slave but Jubilee refused to become Mojo's slave and as a result Abcissa vanished. Jubilee then drove Logan's bike and saved him before riding out of the Vortex while the missile hit Mojo, which allowed the Crunch to happen and preserved the universe. At the same time the remains of the Wolverine from the other timeline vanished too.

Logan then found himself at Baxter Building playing poker until he received a call from Jubilee who was teleported to Japan with Logan’s bike and who had been arrested for driving without a licence and for having smuggled a bike in another country.[279]

Mariko's Death[]

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The Death of Mariko

After receiving Jubilee’s call, Logan quickly headed to Japan with Gambit (to whom Logan owed money after that poker’s game) but unfortunately because of his adamantium skeleton he was stuck at the airport security of Los Angeles. After putting a call to SHIELD, Logan was able to go on the plane but his clearance request set off of Hydra's computers and Silver Fox called in to one of Donald Pierce's final cyborgs named Cylla to go after Logan and eliminated him. After landing in Japan, Wolverine and Gambit were attacked by the Hand that they managed to defeat but as a contingency plan the new leader of the Hand, Matsu'o Tsurayaba, bailed Jubilee out of jail and kidnapped her.

Jubilee met the assassin Reiko who was blinded by the Hand and who was tasked to kill her, in exchange Reiko would get her sights back but after Jubilee mentioned that she knew Logan, Reiko let her go as she was indebted to Logan.[280]

Logan and Gambit finally arrived at the police’s station but they were attacked by Cylla and several ninjas sent by Matsu'o Tsurayaba, thanks to the help of Sunfire they were able to defeat them but Cylla managed to run away. Shortly after Jubilee was found by Yukio who took her to her place while Reiko was promised amnesty with the Hand by Silver Fox in exchange for her help.[281]

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After the fight at the police's station Logan and Gambit decided to head to the house of the Yashida's Family and discovered that the Clan Yashida was besieged by internal dispute. After Logan met Mariko and the Silver Samurai, the Hand attacked them forcing the Silver Samurai, Gambit and Logan to work together. Along the way Mariko gave Logan his old brown costume and he fought against Cylla again, this time defeating her.

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Unfortunately, both Silver Fox and Matsu'o formed an alliance and used Reiko to trick Mariko into being poisoned, after Reiko learned who was Mariko and what she did to the woman Logan loved she killed herself. Faced with a slow and painful death, Mariko asked Wolverine to end her life quickly and mercifully. A heartbroken Logan reluctantly complied.[282]

After the death of the woman he loved, Logan spent the next few days sitting at her grave, even under the rain and despite Gambit and Jubilee's protest Wolverine didn't want to leave. Suddenly after hearing the Silver Samurai said the word “wraith” Logan had a memory flash of the last mission he did with Team X in Berlin that resulted in the death of Janice but now he also remembered the man named Wraith. After experiencing this memory, Logan agreed to leave but on the way to the airport he caught Matsu'o's scent, he then quickly changed in his costume and faced him. Wolverine then vowed to Matsu'o that he would slice off a part of his body on the anniversary of Mariko's death until there was nothing left of him.[283] A promise that Wolverine would kept for years until Matsu'o finally died.[284][285]

The death of Mariko changed Wolverine's character significantly, making him even more disciplined and emotionally distant.[286]


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The mysterious John Wraith a.k.a Kestrel

Shortly after Mariko's death and having experienced yet another flashback Logan decided to investigate his past with Team X. He finally found his old teammate John Wraith who triggered several of Logan's memories thanks to a Shiva's head and revealed that he managed to capture Sabretooth.[287] Afterwards Wraith revealed that he was worried that the age suppressor given to all Team X members was failing, Wraith's fears proved to be true as one of the members of the team named Mastodon died in front of them after the reversal of his "age suppression" factor.

After being joined by Carol Hines in his quest, Logan discovered that Silver Fox was still alive[288] and to his surprise, Silver Fox despised him for something she believed he had done.[91] But before Wolverine could figure out what Silver Fox believed he had done, the team managed to trace Mastodon's death to Aldo Ferro, now known as Psi-Borg. Psi-Borg overwhelmed them with his illusions, resulting in Carol Hine's death from an heart attack and in Silver Fox's death at the hands of Sabretooth. Sabretooth and Ferro both escaped afterwards leaving Wolverine with more questions than answers.[289][290]

Going Down Memory Lane[]

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Wolverine suffering from a mental breakdown

After the recent revelations from Aldo Ferro, Logan began to question the memories he possessed, but his quest to find his true identity and memories proved fruitless. Logan possessed memories of being a samurai in Japan, a mercenary operative for the CIA, a "wild man" in the Canadian wilderness and he also remembered romances with Mariko and Silver Fox. Because of the deaths of both Mariko and Silver Fox and Weapon X's mental tampering, Wolverine suffered a mental breakdown.[291]

Nick Fury and John Wraith decided to help Logan and revealed to him that his memory with Silver Fox was real as Logan was brought to their old Cabin in Canada, Logan then decided to bury her in this place next to the cabin where they used to live.[291]

Professor Xavier also decided to help Logan by unlocking a memory about "Terry Adams," but the process proved to be too much and Logan started to lose grasp with the reality and thought he was back to the 1960s during his team X days and that he had to finish his mission.[292] Logan then headed to Russia where he met a young woman named Elena Ivanova, who told him that she could help him find what he was looking for. At the same time the X-Men managed to find Maverick and learned that "Terry Adams" wasn't a person but the code name of a mission in Russia that took place in a former Soviet space center in Tyuratam.[293]

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Epsilon Red finally free

Soon after arriving at the former Soviet space center, Logan was able to find the super soldier created during the Cold War and more precisely during the space race between the US and the USSR: Epsilon Red He revealed that Logan was sent to kill him at the time but Logan couldn't do it, despite Epsilon begging him to kill him because after the experimentations he suffered he couldn't feel anything anymore not even the touch of his wife but his wife on the other hand begged Logan to spare her husband's life.

Before Logan could make a choice, Sabretooth told him the mission was aborted and Logan left both Epsilon Red and his wife alive. Epsilon Red then used his powers to burn the memory implants from Logan's mind and unlock his memories but unfortunately the process was only half successful and some of Logan's memories blocks proved to be impossible to break. Logan then decided to help Epsilon Red to go "home" which means to the stars so he helped him him smuggle aboard a space shuttle so that he could live among the stars.

It was later revealed that the daughter of Epsilon Red named Elena managed to recover some memories from Logan's mind thanks to her latent psi powers and explained that after Logan left during the original Team X mission, her father also begged Sabretooth to kill him but Creed refused and instead killed his pregnant wife in front of him just to make him suffer even more. As a result Helena was born by cesarean and swore revenge on Sabretooth.[94]

Due to extensive memory implants given to Logan through the Weapon X Project, any or all of these memories were suspect. Logan had at least one memory of meeting Captain America in World War II while he was in the Canadian Army which has been verified as true.[59]

No Longer "The Best There Is"?[]

Magneto's revenge[]

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Wolverine's adamantium is removed by Magneto.

Shortly after, Magneto was revealed to be alive and he unleashed an electromagnetic pulse across the Earth which killed thousands of innocent people, Xavier and the X-Men decided to infiltrate his space station in order to stop him once and for all. Unfortunately for the X-Men, the fight didn't go as planned and as Magneto was about to kill Quicksilver, Wolverine intervened, he slashed him with his claws and saved Pietro's life.

Magneto fell to his knees but quickly retaliated and used his powers to tear the adamantium out of Wolverine's skeleton, causing extensive injuries which almost killed Wolverine.[294] These injuries overloaded Wolverine's healing factor for a time, and Logan also discovered that the claws that he believed a result of the Weapon X program were in fact part of his actual bone structure due to his mutation. As a result of his injuries and the loss of his healing factor, Logan left the X-Men for a time.[295]

The Dying Game[]

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Logan showing his bone claws

After he quit the X-Men, Wolverine traveled all around the world for a while, coming to terms with the loss of his adamantium and healing factor,[296] and facing some of his greatest foes along the way such as Lady Deathstrike[297] and Bloodscream.[64] Logan then decided to go to Muir Island at the request of Kitty Pryde, in here he met Zoe Culloden and was attacked by Cyber who broke his claws.[298]

While on the run from Cyber, Zoe Culloden decided to give a portable television to Logan and showed him a video of Dr. Jaime Munoz, a scientist who recovered a sample from Wolverine's DNA from a federal storage depot.[299] Dr. Munoz discovered that Logan's mutation changed the properties of the adamantium and transformed it into what he called "the adamantium beta." a new metal that would not inhibit the living nature of human bone when bonded to the human skeleton. It could be a major breakthrough in orthopedics but he needed more information and experimentation and implored whoever volunteered to the Weapon X program and to whom the sample labelled "Logan X Vol 1 23" belonged to, to come out and lend his aid not only for science but also because he discovered a defect in this DNA that could caused Logan troubles in the near future.[299] Unfortunately during the chase with Cyber, Logan was poisoned and began hallucinated and losing his mind, Kitty Pryde and Nightcrawler managed to lure both Logan and Cyber to Muir Island where Logan was cured and Cyber imprisoned.[300]

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Wolverine vs. Deadpool

Wolverine couldn't contact Dr. Munoz as his condition worsened, sensing he was dying, Logan decided to put his affairs in order, he went to Japan and saved Amiko from her foster family and gave her to Yukio saying one last good-bye to both of them.[300] He then went to Canada to say goodbye to Heather and James Hudson,[301] helping them against a pack of lupine creatures similar to the Hunter in the Darkness.[302]

His affairs in order, Wolverine returned to Muir Island after receiving a telepathic call from Professor Xavier asking him to rescue the captured X-Men during the Phalanx invasion. Along the way he met again with Cyclops and Jean Grey, returning from their honeymoon (and secretly the future) and with Cable who also received a telepathic distress call from Professor Xavier. All of them teamed up and went to Tibet where they managed to free their teammates.[303][304]

Shortly after Logan went to Madripoor with Gambit where they tracked Maverick, who revealed he was dying from the Legacy Virus and wanted Logan to kill him. Logan refused and told him it was the coward way out and that he should not accept defeat. Maverick agreed but also pointed that Logan should listened to his own advice and not let his own illness made him forget his responsibilities. Gambit agreed with Maverick and told Logan that he should come back to the X-Men.[305]

As a favor to his friend James Hudson, Logan then went back to California to check on Garrison Kane and his girlfriend Copycat but along the way Logan encountered the mercenary known as Deadpool and was almost killed during their fight. But fortunately after his healing factor finally returned stronger than ever and saved him. Logan then went after Deadpool but he managed to run away and after checking on Vanessa and Kane, Logan left them and returned to the X-Mansion.[306]

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Wolverine vs. Sabretooth

Before he could arrive at the X-Mansion Logan was confronted by Ghost Rider who asked for his help against Ogun, Wolverine agreed and after defeating his old master he hit the road.[73] Shortly after Logan finally arrived at the X-Mansion, Sabretooth, who was a prisoner of the X-Men at the time that Xavier was trying to reform, managed to escape from his cell and as a result Wolverine confronted him. After a severe beating and hearing Sabretooth threatening to kill Jean Grey, Kitty Pryde and Jubilee, Logan snapped and thrust one of his claws into Sabretooth's brain almost killing him.[307]

Feral Logan[]

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Wolverine's feral nature slowly taking over

Wolverine's victory against Sabretooth came at price as Logan could feel his feral nature slowly taking over and as a result he decided to live in the woods for a while.[109] Around this time Professor Xavier, Beast, and Heather Hudson conducted experiments on Wolverine which showed that Logan's mutation was actually ongoing, and whilst his healing factor and senses would accelerate it would also cost him his humanity- for it would slowly change him into a bestial, wild, animal-like creature. It also turned out that the presence of the adamantium inside his body slowed his mutation process down, his healing factor treated it like a foreign substance and tried constantly to expel it.[308]

While wandering in the woods, Logan found the unconscious body of Maverick who was attacked by an organization which managed to capture Deadpool in order to experiment on him. Maverick asked for Logan's help and warned him that he might be the next on the list, Logan agreed to help him and together they saved Deadpool and defeated Slayback.

As a payback for saving him, Deadpool sent some samples of his cells to Beast in order to cure Maverick's condition but Beast told him there was nothing to do.[309] Shortly after, still living in the woods Logan was attacked by Kierrok and his army of N'Garai, with the help of Nightcrawler he managed to defeat them but the fight proved to be too much for Logan's sanity and he became more and more feral as a result which worried Nightcrawler.[309]

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While he was hunting a deer, Logan was surprised by Sam Guthrie and after doing a race with him they decided to go for a drink at the Auger Inn, but while here they met the Juggernaut who was still suffering from deliriums after his fight with Onslaught.[310] Logan then decided to go see Jubilee and Generation X in order to train them but while here he was confronted by a Token that he managed to defeat. At the same time Tyler Dayspring sent his Dark Riders to Muir Island in order to free Cyber.[311]

Soon after Sabretooth who finally healed from his previous battle with Wolverine escaped from his cell and almost killed Psylocke.[312] Logan had to travel to Little Asia and then to the Realm of the Crimson Dawn with Angel and Doctor Strange in order to retrieve the Crimson Dawn blood(a mystical life-giving elixir) and saved her life.[313][314]

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After this event, Wolverine finally decided to leave the woods for a while and went to Manhattan but to make sure nothing bad happened Guardian and Vindicator followed him. During his travel, Logan met Dirtnap, a mutant with the ability to absorb living beings and take on their forms. Dirtnap killed a young boy and tried to absorb Wolverine, but Logan's healing factor saved him, Dirtnap was forced to absorb a rat and he managed to run away.[315]

Soon after Logan decided to go camping with the X-Men but despite being with his friends Logan could feel how his perceptions of people were starting to change, how he was now viewing them in a different light and more especially as prey. At the same time Cyber was brought to Akaba, Egypt where he was subdued by Tyler Dayspring and eaten alive by his death-watch beetles who ate his flesh and left only his adamantium behind.[316]

Having learned of Cyber's escape, Wolverine decided to investigate and along the way he met the inter-dimensional pirate Chimera. After defeating her, Logan ran into Zoe Culloden and Landau, Luckman & Lake.[316] Logan headed back to Madripoor and discovered that Archie, O'Donnell and Rose Wu have been killed by someone using claws like him and that he was framed for the murders by Prince Baran and General Coy. After escaping from his cell thanks to Tyger Tiger's help and killing the murderers of his friends, Baran was killed by Coy and Coy was killed by Tyger Tiger. After meeting Dirtnap again along the way, Logan went back to the ruins of the Landau Luckman and Lake office and went through a dimension portal towards Akaba where he met Zoe Culloden again.[317]

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The 100th issue of the Wolverine series

In Egypt, Zoe told Wolverine that his destiny was to find Tyler Dayspring a.k.a Genesis, she then left him to chase Chimera. All alone Logan met Jamil who led him to Genesis's citadel. Inside Logan smelled Dirtnap and attacked him but it was a trap and Genesis shot Logan and put him in a water tank in order to bond Cyber's adamantium to his skeleton and made him his new horseman.[318]

Worried about Logan, Sam Guthrie with Tyger Tiger's help followed him to Egypt and after witnessing what Genesis was doing to Logan, he intervened. Sam was defeated and was about to be killed but to save his friend Logan decided to reject the adamantium and lost his humanity regressing to a feral like state. Logan killed all the Dark Riders and then brutally beat down Genesis and killed him too, knowing that he lost his mind Logan told Sam to tell Cable he was sorry for killing his son, he then disappeared. Elsewhere Stick sensed that Logan lost his way and tasked Elektra Natchios to find him and helped him regained his sanity.[319]

The X-Men also learned what happened to Logan and quickly tried to find him and help him especially Professor Xavier who already lost Sabretooth recently and didn't want to lose Logan too.[320] At the same time, the feral Wolverine came across Ozymandias' prison and finally encountered the X-Men again and helped them against Ozymandias' minions. Once the fight was over the X-Men took Logan back to the X-Mansion to help him while Elektra, who was hiding in the shadows, followed them.[321]

But the feral Wolverine couldn't stay at the institute and quickly escaped, wandering on his own[322] until he was found by Elektra who quickly started to train him in order to get Logan back on his warrior path.[74]

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The Feral Wolverine

Unfortunately soon after, Professor Xavier fell under the influence of Onslaught and attacked the X-Men,[323] so Wolverine decided to look for answers about the origins of Onslaught. Thanks to the help of Elektra and Gateway, Logan went to the astral plane and relieved the painful moment when Magneto removed his adamantium. He also discovered that after Magneto removed his adamantium, Xavier wiped his mind as a revenge for what he did to Logan. But during their fight some essence of evil within Magneto reached out and infected Xavier with a darkness that began to grow and which turned him into Onslaught after a while.

Logan blamed himself for what happened and seeing his older self made him missed being a man, but Elektra told him that wasn't true Logan was still a man.[324] Still dealing with the damages caused by Onslaught, Logan finally met Stick who gave him his final lesson: Logan has always been a man in the places that matter and he needed to accept it or Onslaught would kill him.[324] His training finally complete and back on the warrior path Logan joined the others heroes during their final battle against Onslaught.[325]

After dealing with the aftermath of this battle and making peace with Cable, Logan decided to finish his training with Elektra, first they headed to Alberta where Logan buried Silver Fox to pay his respects and then to Elektra's home in Greece. In here Logan met Stavros who told him about his revenge quest against the murderers of Elektra's father and how only one of them was still alive, a man named Sawyer. But Elektra told him that revenge only brought misery and sometimes it was better to forget and forgive.

Stravos also told Logan a story about a Corporal he respected during WWII, he didn't know his name, only his nickname: "Canada" and that he looked similar to Logan. During the night, Stravos revealed that he already found Sawyer but after what Elektra said he decided to let him go but before Sawyer could leave, Logan caught him and warned him to never come back and to not go to the police or he would kill him. Unknown to Logan, the corporal Stravos was talking about was him all along, but because of Logan's feral appearance he didn't recognize him. His training finally complete, Logan left Greece and went to Japan.[66]

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Elektra training the feral Logan

In Japan, Logan decided to pay his respect to Mariko and then went to see both Amiko and Yukio, but to make sure he wouldn't scare Amiko he used an image inducer to hide his appearance.[326] Unfortunately Amiko was captured by the new leader of the Hand Akatora in order to be brainwashed and turned into a weapon. Logan saved her and fortunately Akatora's brainwashing disappeared after a while.[327]

Shortly after Amiko decided to run away from the temporary foster family Yukio turned her over to when she was on mission, but after Yukio learned the news she quickly contacted Logan and both of them tried to find her. Logan managed to find her and learned that Amiko went on a quest towards the Golden temple where her mother brought her as a kid before she died. Logan decided to disguise himself as a thief and helped her on her journey towards this temple. After reaching their destination and discovering that the temple was only a ruin nowadays, Logan revealed his true identity to Amiko and told her that life is full of change and sometimes they are not for the best but not matter what she must always remembered her mother and kept her memory alive. Amiko having finally learned her lesson decided to go back home with Logan.[328]

Shortly after Logan helped Shaman against a demonic bear and thanks to the lessons of Elektra, Stick and the Professor Xavier, he was able to defeat his foe not with his claws but with his hands.[329] Thanks to Elektra and Stick training and all those experiences, Logan reverted back to his original physical appearance and decided to check on the X-Men.[330]

A Mysterious Box[]

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The Evil Spirit of the Danger Room vs Wolverine

At the mansion Logan found a strange wooden box with a device which showcased an hologram of Zoe Culloden who asked him to look after it and warned him that something dark was coming, and that the timelines were converging around him so he needed to be ready.

Shortly after as as a final test an evil spirit appeared in the Danger Room and taunted Wolverine that he could resurrect Mariko in exchange of his soul but Logan refused and stabbed him. Stick then appeared and said that Logan made the right choice and that he was on the right path. More determined than ever Logan took the mysterious wooden box, left the Mansion and headed to the East Village in Manhattan, in order to prove he could still live as a man. But before leaving he promised to the X-Men he would come back to the Mansion once he was ready.[330]

Now in town with his wooden box, Logan was adjusting to this new life and helped Clive Gooch and Helen Bach against some street muggers. Thanking him for his help, they introduced him to Kirstin the superintendent of a building and showed him the Third eye café where they loved to spend their time. Logan decided to rent a room from Kirstin and to find some work at the building construction site where Helen worked.[331]

Unfortunately a strange mime started to follow him around and tried to kill him, at the same time both Jean and Storm followed Logan and helped him against this mime. The trio discovered that the mime was possessed by an evil spirit and Jean managed to exorcise him but the spirit flew away and took possession of Helen.[41]

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What's inside the Box?

In Helen's body, the evil spirit revealed himself to be the same spirit Wolverine encountered in the Danger Room previously. Logan decided to pursue the evil spirit while Jean and Storm protected the mysterious box, during his search Logan came across Daimon Hellstrom who warned him to protect the box at all cost and vanished. Soon after Logan was attacked by Lady Deathstrike who also wanted the box because it held a great significance to her and her family.

During their fight, Logan discovered that Yuriko now possessed a cybernetic healing factor but after telling her that the box was given to him by Zoe Culloden, Yuriko decided to stop the fight as she wished to learn more about Zoe and the box. Back at Logan's apartment Jean and Storm discovered that a strange light was coming out the box but before they could discovered what it was, they were attacked by the possessed Helen.

Logan and Yuriko managed to lend a hand to Jean and Storm and Jean was able to free Elen, unfortunately the evil spirit took possession of Lady Deathstrike and used her new cybernetic healing factor to reshape her face into a devil mask before running away.

Logan recognized the evil spirit and told the X-Men that the spirit that he encountered in the Danger Room and who followed him here was Ogun all along. Jean noticed that Logan finally beat his feral regression and he was now back to his old self.[332]

Shortly after Logan now back with the X-Men was attacked and almost killed by Bastion as part of his Operation Zero Tolerance.[333][334] Thanks to his healing factor, Logan survived and managed to free the X-Men and Jubilee.[335][336] Unfortunately while fighting the sentinels Scott was infected by a bomb,[337] but both Logan and Cecilia Reyes managed to save him.[338]

After Bastion was arrested and the heroes that sacrificed their life against Onslaught finally made it back to our reality, Scott and Jean decided to leave the X-Men for a time while Logan stayed at the Mansion and helped the remaining members dealing with the aftermath of Bastion's attack.[339]

Not Dead Yet[]

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Not Dead Yet

While wandering in the East Village, Wolverine discovered a dead homeless man in his apartment with a knife and the picture of the dead body of one of his old acquaintance: the movie producer Tak-Wah Wong. On top of that he also discovered that his apartment was booby trapped with several adamantium devices, as his apartment blew up Logan managed to escape by jumping through a window. Logan understood who was behind all of this: McLeish a.k.a The White Ghost, the greatest Hitman that ever lived.[340]

10 years ago, Wolverine used to hang out with McLeish in Hong Kong because he could understand him, most notably the things Logan had to do in the past. But as time went on, McLeish became more and more obsessed with Logan, most notably with his superhuman abilities and his berserker side while Logan grew tired of McLeish company and started to put some distance between them.[341]

Unknown to Logan, McLeish befriended him because he wanted to use him in order to approach Tak-Wah Wong who was the father of Ai-Chia Wong (Logan’s girlfriend at the time), and to kill him. When Logan found out that McLeish killed Ai-Chia’s father and used him, he went after the White Ghost, broke his back and left him for dead in an explosion.

But for Ai-Chia, the loss of her father and the discovery that Logan used to hang out with his murderer was too much and it created a rift between her and Logan, as a result she told him that she never wanted to see him again and that like McLeish the name “White Ghost” fitted him well.[342]

Back to the present, several hitmen employed by McLeish attacked Logan and almost killed him but Logan managed to survive and started to track his old foe. On his way to meet McLeish, Logan was attacked by several mercenaries, all using adamantium bullets. Logan disposed of them and finally found McLeish's hideout but here he also discovered the dead body of Ai-Chia killed by his old foe. The White Ghost then taunted Logan that he killed her and many other and told him to come find him. This revelation enraged Logan and he swore to McLeish that he was going to kill him.[342]

An angry Wolverine continued to track his foe and after he finally defeated the last of his mercenaries, Logan was then confronted by the son of the criminal who hired McLeish to kill Ai-Chia’s father years ago and that Logan killed. Logan killed him with his claws and was then confronted by McLeish himself who shot him down with an adamantium bullet coated with poison and told him that he wasn’t dead yet.

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An old and sick McLeish taunting Logan

Down to the ground, his healing factor overloaded, Logan tried one last bluff and said that when he was working for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service he discovered that McLeish had a son and he killed him. Angry with this revelation and by Logan’s taunts the White Ghost lost his temper, dropped his guard and came close to Logan. Logan then used his claws to grab him and he finally killed him before admitting that everything he said was just a lie.

After burning McLeish's body and his hideout, Logan went back on the road still haunted by the consequences of his actions on the life of the people he cared about and the fact that he killed McLeish with lie and fear just like the White Ghost tried to do to him. Logan wondered if that made him better or worse than his old foe.[343]

Marrying Viper[]

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Sabretooth triumphant!

After dealing with both Bloodscream and Roughouse (who decided to become a villain again)[344] and teaming up with Captain America,[345] Wolverine was contacted by Viper, who invoked Logan's promise to Seraph many years before. Wolverine married Viper, giving her the status to become ruler of Madripoor. During the wedding, Viper and Logan were attacked by Sabretooth who revealed that he now possessed an adamantium skeleton and claws.[125]

As a result Sabretooth easily defeated Wolverine, broke his claws and claimed himself: "The King of the World".[346] Thanks to the help of Kitty Pryde Logan managed to stop Sabretooth from taking over Madripoor leaving only Viper as the sole ruler of the Island for now.[347]

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The Wendigo attacking Wolverine

But Logan's defeat at the hands of Sabretooth shook him to the core and made him wondered if he still had his edge, to prove to himself he was still the best there is he traveled to the old Weapon X compound. But after he arrived, he was quickly attacked by the Wendigo, without any adamantium and with his claws still broken after his fight with Sabretooth, Wolverine was no match for the Wendigo and only managed to scare his face which made the Wendigo ran away while Logan lost consciousness due to his wounds.[348]

Fortunately, Wolverine managed to get back in shape thanks to the help of a young boy named Tommy but the Wendigo wanted revenge and tracked Logan again but this time using some gasoline and an axe Logan burned the Wendigo's face and made him ran away again. Logan then understood that this fight was exactly what he needed in order to find the Wolverine from before Department H, before Weapon X, before the adamantium, not just Wolverine the animal but Wolverine the man! The fighter who could analyze his opponents and defeat them no matter how strong they were and that he didn't need any metal to do it.[348]

Now finally at peace with himself, Wolverine decided to resume his adventures but after returning to the X-Men and dealing with Magneto's return, Logan and the team were teleported to space by Ejulp.[349]

Horseman of Apocalypse[]

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Wolverine as the horseman of Death

During this space adventure with the X-Men,[350] Logan was subsequently kidnapped by the would-be conqueror Apocalypse and replaced by one of the Skrulls who infiltrated the X-Men.[351] Logan was then forced to fight the savage assassin Sabretooth for the mantle of the Horseman Death. Knowing that he might be able to resist Apocalypse's programming and that Sabretooth would be a very dangerous villain with the support of Apocalypse, Logan fought and defeated his nemesis. As a result, Apocalypse succeeded where Genesis had failed, rebonding adamantium to Wolverine's skeleton.[351]

As the horseman of Death, Wolverine completed several missions for Apocalypse and fought the Hulk. Meanwhile, the skrull that replaced him tried to create a rift between the X-Men and their mentor but during one mission, he was slain by the real Wolverine under Apocalypse's orders.[352] After discovering that their teammate was a Skrull, the X-Men found out that the real Wolverine was Apocalypse's horseman and decided to help him.[353] Under the control of Apocalypse, Wolverine fought the X-Men ferociously in his Death persona, but Psylocke, Archangel, Kitty Pryde and Jubilee helped him broke free from Apocalypse's control.[354]

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Wolverine finally regains his adamantium skeleton and claws

Six months later, still dealing with the aftermath of being an Horseman of Apocalypse, Wolverine decided to go to Japan to check on Amiko and Yukio but was soon caught in a gang war.[355] He managed to put an end to this war and spent some time with both Amiko and Yukio,[356] afterwards he joined the X-Men again[357] and witnessed the death of his friend Colossus who sacrificed his life in order to eradicate the Legacy Virus.[358]

After the Legacy Virus was cured, Magneto amassed his army and decided to wave war on humanity and kidnapped the Professor Xavier, Wolverine teamed up with Cyclops (who was also recently under the influence of Apocalypse), in order to infiltrate Genosha and stopped him.[359][360] Years after Magneto removed his adamantium and almost killed him, Logan finally had his revenge when he stabbed Magneto and severely injured him, which put an end to his war against humanity and left the island of Genosha in chaos.[361]

A New Beginning[]

The Return of Weapon X and Ogun[]

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Mr.X and Blok

Shortly after he met the psychopath known as Mister X who wanted to beat Logan to prove that he was the best there is.[362] After beating Wolverine[363] and telling him how much he enjoyed killing, Logan snapped and let the berserker took over. As a result Logan defeated Mr.X and almost killed him but his foe managed to run away thanks to his bodyguard named Blok who knocked Wolverine out. Logan was able to regain his senses shortly after but to his surprise he also had a strange vision of a demon after his encounter with Blok.[364] Not long after, Logan discovered that since he became a horseman, he had nightmares and visions of himself killing people and most notably the X-Men. Something wasn't right with his mind and after taking down a nest of broods, he tried to search for answers.[365]

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Malcolm Colcord

It turns out that all those nightmares were caused by a new Weapon X program held by Malcolm Colcord[366] and thanks to some old Weapon X code, Colcord used Logan to do some recons which helped the agents of the new Weapon X program commit several crimes but after Logan was forced to kill a politician, he broke free of the mind control.[117] To get Logan's back under control, Colcord used his right hand man, the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Brent Jackson to capture Logan and sent him to the Cage.

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Mauvais as the new Wendigo

While here, Logan was tortured by the wardens and almost eaten alive by the immortal monster Mauvais.[367][368][369] To free Logan, Colcord enlisted Sabretooth and infused his skeleton and claws with adamantium again and boost his healing factor.[366] After Sabretooth retrieved Wolverine, Colcord intended to put some new memory implants inside his mind but Logan was freed before the procedure was fully completed by Shiver Man under the orders of Nick Fury. Despite being defeated by Sabretooth afterwards he managed to escape although it was unknown if the memory implants procedure was successful or not.[117]

After receiving a mysterious letter, Logan went to Madripoor to investigate.[370] While here he had to take part into several underground cage fights with several superhumans until he fought Mister X in finals who revealed he was the one who sent this letter to Logan because he wanted to fight him again.[371] During their fight, Wolverine finally understood that Mister X incredible fighting skills came from his telepathic powers which allowed him to read his opponents mind and anticipated their next moves. Logan decided to let the berserker take over just like the first time he fought Mister X, since no one, not even Logan could predict his next move while in this state. Wolverine defeated Mister X again but his foe managed to escape and as Logan was about to leave Madripoor, Viper told him that someone else was here, someone much more dangerous than Mister X: Ogun.[371]

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Wolverine and Alpha Flight

Ogun revealed that he took possession of Viper and he followed Logan since his first meeting with Mister X where he was hidden inside Blok's body hence Logan's vision of a demon because he always wanted to possess Logan's body. Ogun tried to possess Logan but because of Wolverine's bestial nature and everything he suffered in his life, the pain was too big for Ogun to handle and he had to leave Logan's body. In the end, Ogun took possession of Viper again thinking Logan would never strike him down though her but Logan stabbed Viper and managed to defeat Ogun, freed Madripoor from his influence and Ogun died as a result. Logan then struck a deal with Viper by allowing her to get some medical treatment and in exchange she put an end to their marriage.[75]

Back in Canada, the immortal Mauvais decided to eat the heart of the Wendigo and took his powers.[372] Almost unstoppable now, he was finally defeated by the combined effort of Wolverine and Alpha Flight and was then sent to the prison of the Great Beasts where he was tortured. But before leaving, Mauvais warned Logan that no matter what happened to him, Logan's fate was going to be much worse in the following days.[373]

The Logan Files[]

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Logan is running out of time

Mauvais' predictions turned out to be true, as Sabretooth went on a quest to destroy Wolverine's life once for all. To that end, he stole the "Logan Files" from the Weapon X program, hired Omega Red and Lady Deathstrike to hurt Logan's friends and captured Amiko. To make things even worse Creed used the codes he stole from the Weapon X program to access their latest weapon and completely depowered Wolverine.[374]

Without any powers, Logan went to see Yukio and learned that she was tortured by Omega Red and Lady Deathstrike and that Sabretooth kidnapped Amiko . Seeing no other choice, Wolverine went alone to Las Vegas and confronted the trio and despite wearing the Guardian costume he was defeated and almost killed.[375]

Sabretooth then betrayed Omega Red and Lady Deathstrike and took Amiko and Logan to Canada. He then told Logan that if he managed to get to Amiko before he caught and killed him, he would let her and Logan go but he would also give him something else: The Logan Files. Those files were supposed to contain everything related to Logan’s past before he was abducted for the Weapon X experiment. Seeing no other choice, Logan ran away in order to quickly find Amiko and those files before Creed killed both of them. As a result, Sabretooth tracked Logan all though the Canadian wilderness and almost killed him several times while Logan tried to find Amiko.

Logan then discovered that Sabretooth hid Amiko in the old Weapon X compound where he was subjected to the adamantium bonding process but while here Logan found Amiko dead, killed by Sabretooth. Angry by what just happened, Wolverine tried to fight Sabretooth head on, but in the ensuing battle he was brutally beat down by Sabretooth. Creed then revealed to Logan that the "Logan Files" he stole were empty, the Weapon X project never knew anything about his past, it was all a lie. The only person to blame for Logan's memory loss was Logan all along, since his healing factor was healing the trauma and made him forget his most painful memories.

After this revelation Sabretooth fatally wounded Logan but at the same time Colcord who managed to track down Creed and Logan, also used his last weapon to deactivate Creed's powers. Feeling weak from the effect, Sabretooth let his guard down and Logan managed to gain the upper hand but before he could deal the last blow, Creed teleported himself away. After the injuries he sustained during his fight with Sabretooth, Wolverine fell to the ground and finally died in the place where he was made into a weapon.[284]

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Wolverine dead?

In the afterlife, Logan met a strange redhead woman who revealed several things to him about his long life and most notably how he coped with pain. Because of his missing memories, Logan thought that this strange woman was Jean Grey and as he was almost ready to let go of the pain and made peace with himself in order to learn the truth about his origins, he was attacked by several deceased villains who wanted revenge.

Logan decided that he didn't want to let go of the pain just yet and decided to fight all of them one last time, as he was overwhelmed someone intervened and helped him: his deceased friend Colossus. Happy to see his friend back, they both managed to defeat all those villains but Logan's choice had a big consequence, his will to fight kicked back his healing factor and his soul was returning to his body but before leaving the mysterious redhead woman told him one last thing: "I'm not Jean."

As Logan regained his body and wondered who this redhead woman was, in the afterlife, all alone the redhead woman said one last thing before letting a rose flower fell to the ground: "Farewell, James my love, perhaps we'll be reunited again someday." Back to the land of the living, Logan made his way to the X-Mansion and discovered that Amiko was alive, she was saved by the Weapon X project and Colcord to make up for what Creed did.[286]

But this near death experience would have big consequences on Logan, leading him to have nightmares and an obsession about discovering the true identity of this woman.[376][377]

Weapon Plus and the Death of Jean Grey[]

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The New X-Men

After the X-Men defeated Cassandra Nova,[378] Jean Grey and the Professor Xavier went to Paris and met a strange character named Fantomex who revealed several truths about the Weapon X project and most notably that Weapon X meant "Weapon 10" all along and that the Weapon X program was just a part of the Weapon Plus program which created several weapons through the years. It was also revealed that the latest weapons were created in The World which was a self-contained research facility built by Weapon Plus somewhere in rural England.[379]

After defeating Weapon XII, Jean Grey learned that Fantomex was also a Weapon Plus victim, that his real codename was Weapon XIII and that he was also created in "The World." Shortly after while rescuing the mutant Dust, Logan met Fantomex who called him by his real name for the first time in years:"James."[380]

Shortly after during a riot at the Xavier School, Quentin Quire used his powers to trap Wolverine into one of his memory where he heard someone calling him again by his real name: "James."[376]

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Wolverine and Phoenix

After Jean Grey discovered that Cyclops had a psychic affair with Emma Frost, Scott left the Institute but Logan and Fantomex managed to track him down and convinced him to help them infiltrate "the World" in order to learn the truth about the Weapon Plus Program and about Logan’s origins.[381] Wolverine, Cyclops and Fantomex infiltrated "The World," there Wolverine learned how he had been used in the Roanoke slaughter during the Weapon X experiment, and other Weapon Plus secrets.[382]

It was later revealed that it was Sublime's plan all along to let Logan looked at those files in order to unlock this memory about Roanoke and to bring him back to this place later on.[383] After being confronted by the last product of the Weapon Plus program Weapon XV, Logan detonated a bomb blowing up the Weapon Plus station and Weapon XV in the same process.[382]

Shortly after, Jean decided to rescue Wolverine and went to the Weapon Plus station where she discovered that he managed to kill Weapon XV but Logan told her that it was a trap. Jean realized they were both standing on Magneto's old asteroid M[384] and that it was hurtling toward the sun which was Xorn's plan all along.[377]

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Wolverine as part of the Astonishing X-Men team

As the heat slowly began to intensify, Logan could no longer stand seeing Jean in such pain and decided to take her life with his claws, giving her a quick death. Logan then took Jean in his arms, opened the airlock and together they faced the heat of the sun. As Logan and Jean were consumed by the heat, Jean's eyes opened and she unleashed the power of the Phoenix.[377] Thus empowered, Jean returned Wolverine and herself back to earth as Logan slowly healed. However, as the duo confronted Xorn alongside their fellow X-Men, he injected Jean with a lethal electromagnetic pulse and she died in Cyclops arms. Angered by what just happened, Wolverine beheaded Xorn to avenge her.[385]

Wolverine greatly mourned Jean's loss and was not pleased with Cyclops' and Emma Frost's new relationship,[386] but he remained a valued member of the X-Men, serving on as many missions as he could while also indulging in the occasional solo missions. It was during this period that Logan discovered that his friend Colossus had been brought back to life by the alien warrior Ord,[387] he also met Hisako Ichiki a.k.a Armor and decided to train her.[388][389] Thanks to her training with Wolverine, Armor became a valuable member of the X-Men and would even replaced Kitty in the team roster after she was lost in space.[389]

The Brothers, Cassie Lathrop, and the Native[]

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Wolverine is out for revenge

While living on his own, Logan met a young woman named Lucy and they became friends most notably because they both love reading. Unfortunately, one night, a commando entered the building where Logan was living and killed Lucy.[390]

After learning that this commando was part of a cult named “The Brothers” and that Lucy escaped from them, Wolverine decided to take them down. After meeting the ATF agent Cassie Lathrop and locating “The Brothers”' stronghold, Logan discovered that Lucy wasn't the first woman who was abused and killed by this cult, and after he saw all the murders this cult committed he entered in a berserker's rage and killed everyone on sight.[391] This experiment was hard to handle for Logan and he asked his friend Nightcrawler to help him but despite Kurt telling him he was an honorable man and his friend, Logan still pondered if after all of that and despite everything he did in the past, he was no more than a bloodthirsty animal.[392]

Shortly after Logan discovered a human trafficking business at the Mexico border, he decided to investigate and put an end to it.[104] Along the way he met Cassie Lathrop again and the two of them began a relationship,[393] but Logan was still riddled with nightmares,[39] and one night he decided to leave while Cassie was still sleeping.[394]

Around the same time Sabretooth was hired to capture a new creature called the Native but he failed. Seeing an opportunity, Creed used Logan to track the Native by telling him that this creature was also part of the Weapon X project.[394]

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Wolverine vs. the Native

Logan went on a quest to discover the truth and learned that the Native was a woman with the same powers as him, after a brief fight and letting his feral side took over, both him and the native felt a strange attraction to each other and made out.[395] Regaining his senses, Logan discovered that the Native's mind was fractured but he also discovered several clues leading him to believe that the Native and him had a long history together in the past, most notably that they were both living in a cabin before the Weapon X project abducted them.[396]

Unfortunately, after Creed failed to capture the Native his employers double crossed him and tracked both Logan and Native down and captured the Native and experimented on her. Logan decided to team up with Creed to save her but he betrayed him and then went on his own to save the Native.[397][398] Logan discovered that the Native was pregnant and that her "eggs" were retrieved and would be used as a potent weapon. Logan freed her and killed the scientists while Sabretooth killed his employers and decided to track Logan.[399][400]

After defeating Wolverine, Sabretooth then tracked the Native and told her he couldn't let her live, because other scientists would find her again and used her as a guinea pig to make both him and Logan obsolete. The two of them fought and Creed finally killed her, after retrieving her dead body Logan asked Kurt to give her the last rites.[400]

Meeting X-23[]

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Wolverine and X-23 meeting for the first time

Around that time Wolverine received a strange letter from Sarah Kinney, telling him that a young female clone of him named Laura and codenamed X-23 was created and used to commit several assassinations all around the world. Shortly after, X-23 tracked Logan to the X-Mansion, Logan smelt her scent and led her to a quiet place where they wouldn't be disturbed. While here Logan tried to reason with Laura, but Laura attacked him and almost killed him but before she could deal a fatal blow, Logan used this opportunity to calm her down and broke through Laura's conditioning in order to help her. After talking to her and telling her that he would help her, Logan and Laura were attacked by the S.H.I.E.L.D. and Captain America, who were here to arrest Laura for her crimes and despite Logan’s intervention Laura was finally captured. Captain America with the help of Daredevil discovered that Laura wasn’t in control of her actions so he decided to let her go. He told her to go find Logan and the X-Men but unfortunately Laura didn’t listen to Steve’s advice and now on her own she disappeared for a while.[401]

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Wolverine meeting X-23 again

Some time after, Wolverine and the X-Men were investigating several murders cases committed in New York and after looking at the dead bodies Logan and Ororo discovered several slashes similar to Logan's adamantium claws. Their investigation led them to a super-being themed nightclub called the "Wannabees." In here Logan caught Laura's scent and when he tried to talk to her she stabbed him in the chest and cut his face with her foot claw.[402][403] Not giving up on her, the X-Men tracked her and Logan finally confronted her alone, Laura attacked Logan again but this time Logan easily subdued her.[403]

After clearing the misunderstanding, she helped the X-Men and Logan brought her to the Xavier Institute, although Logan made a deal with Laura and decided to hide the fact that he knew her to the X-Men in order to protect her.[404] While here Laura acted really protective towards Logan following him everywhere and even attacking Bishop while he was sparring with him during a training session.[405] Not long after Laura left the X-Men but Logan who called her his “sister,” convinced her to come back to the mansion in order to work with both the New Mutants Squad and the Hellions Squad despite Emma Frost protests.[404][406]

Enemy of the State[]

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Wolverine under the control of Hydra

Some time after a young boy named Rikuto was kidnapped and in order to deal with the kidnapper the parents of the boy Ichiro (who was Mariko's cousin) and Fukuko asked for Wolverine's help. It turned out the kidnapping was a setup and Wolverine was ambushed by the Hand and killed by the Gorgon who told him that they already killed Rikuto.[407] Logan was then resurrected by one of the Hand's mystics, Phaedra[33] who retained a fragment of Wolverine's soul, which became the warrior Shogun.[408] Hydra then used their technology to transform him into a killing machine that they unleashed aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier.[409] Now in control of Logan's body and with the help of several teleporting devices, Hydra forced him to first kill a S.H.I.E.L.D. nurse[407] before forcing him to fight against several other heroes such as Elektra[409] the Fantastic Four,[410] the Hornet,[410] and Daredevil,[411] each time succeeding in completing his mission.

Although the fight with Daredevil proved to be decisive, as Daredevil managed to impale Wolverine on a sword creating intense pain which allowed Logan to break through Hydra mind control just in time to warn Matt that Hydra was planning to kill the President of the United States and that their fight was just a diversion allowing the Hand and Hydra to kill and resurrect Elektra as one of their own before being teleported away by Hydra.[411]

Wolverine then infiltrated the X-Mansion and threatened Rachel Grey into using Cerebra in order to lobotomize the U.S. President or he would kill everyone in Westchester thanks to a bomb designed by Reed Richards and stolen by Hydra. But instead Rachel used Cerebra to read Reed Richards's mind, dismantled Wolverine's bomb and warned the X-Men. Logan's teleporting device was damaged by Rachel so he could only teleport to short distances, while he was trying to escape from the X-Mansion compound he killed Northstar. Wolverine was finally stopped by the combined efforts of the X-Men, the Avengers and finally by Captain America himself.[412]

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S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to remove Logan's brainwashing

Back in the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D., Nick Fury tasked a team a scientists to remove Logan's brainwashing and turned him back to his older self in order to use him against Hydra and the Hand. Unfortunately both Hydra and the Hand with Elektra's help killed several superhumans and resurrected them as part of their army and attack the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier where Wolverine was detained.[413]

Seeing no other choice, despite Wolverine's rehabilitation far from over, the S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists decided to unleash him against Hydra forces, as a result Logan killed several members of Hydra army and was able to save Nick Fury from the resurrected Northstar. After regaining his senses and told Ichiro and Fukuko that their son was dead, Logan promised them that he would avenge the death of their son no matter what.[414] Wolverine started by tracking Northstar in a bar and after trying to reason with him, he was beat down by Jean Paul and his team and was then taken to an old warehouse in order to be killed. But unknown to Northstar, everything was according to Logan's plan and thanks to the help of a sentinel he stole from the S.H.I.E.L.D. he took all of them down and then headed to Japan to face the Hand.[415]

While in Japan, Wolverine faced an army of ninjas and Elektra who revealed she was undercover all this time, together they took down the Hand and went on their way to take down Hydra and the Gorgon.[416] Unfortunately for them, the Gorgon proved to be too powerful and he defeated them, the Gorgon then read Elektra's mind and discovered the location of a wounded Nick Fury.[417] The Gorgon teleported himself to Nick Fury's location where he easily dispatched all the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents protecting him and was about to kill him but Wolverine wearing a jetpack managed to save Fury and engaged the Gorgon on a one on one fight.

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Wolverine killing the Gorgon

Angry after what the Gorgon did to him and to Rikuto, Wolverine decided to kill him once and for all but despite severely injuring the Gorgon, Logan was about to get killed by his foe's vision. Wolverine then used used his claw as a mirror in order to reflect the Gorgon's sight which turned his own powers against him and turned him to stone that Logan proceeded to shatter. After defeating the Gorgon Logan disappeared for months, leaving a trail of body all around the world which started to worry Nick Fury and the X-Men. The truth was that Logan was searching for Rikuto's body and after finally finding where the boy was buried he told his parents the location of his body, saying he was sorry for everything.[416]

Logan later attended the funeral of the S.H.I.E.L.D. nurse he killed under Hydra's mind control, but unknown to him, the son of the nurse swore revenge against him for the death of his mother. The young boy was bounced around from foster home to foster home, six different foster homes in less then a year. But one day, an old man took him in and knowing how much he hated Wolverine, he brought him into his criminal organization, the Red Right Hand.[105]

Wolverine the Avenger[]

The New Avengers and House of M[]

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The New Avengers

While on a mission in the Savage Land, Wolverine met the recently reformed Avengers and eventually accepted membership, as Tony Stark felt that Logan could provide a useful perspective to the team in this modern world.[418]

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The Muramasa Blade

As a result of the House of M, during which Scarlet Witch altered Earth's reality and then restored it, Wolverine regained all of his memories due to Wanda attempting to give all the heroes what they most desired which allowed Logan to finally being able to sort between what was true and implanted in his mind. After regaining his memories he traveled to Japan in an attempt to come to terms with his past and went to visit the Silver Samurai, who serves as a guard to the prime minister of Japan.[419] Wolverine battled with Silver Samurai, cutting his hand in the process.[420] Later, he visited the site of the original Weapon X program,[118] which led to a clash with Bucky, who apparently killed Wolverine's wife, Itsu, who was pregnant at the time.[421] Bucky apologized to Wolverine, telling him that he was not in control of his actions at the time.

Logan then went to see the immortal blacksmith, Muramasa, and claimed the weapon forged with the piece of his soul just after Itsu's death. Muramasa gladly gave it to him, telling him to "wield it like an angry god." The Muramasa Blade now in his possession, Logan was ready to start his quest for revenge.[78]

Shortly after, U.S. government officials aware of Wolverine's intentions and probably under Romulus' command, sent a Shiva robot,[422] as well as Nuke, to kill Wolverine[81] however, he survived.[423] Emma Frost later learned that Daken, Wolverine's son, was still alive and had been manipulated into hating Wolverine. Logan swore to locate him and decided to give the Muramasa Blade to Cyclops to make sure that Scott would use it against him if he went too far.[25]

After the events of House of M, all the powers of the depowered mutants were absorbed by Michael Pointer a.k.a the Collective and was heading to Earth leaving mass destruction and almost killing the members of Alpha Flight[424] but fortunately Wolverine and the New Avengers managed to stop the Collective.[425]

Meeting Daken and the Return of Cyber[]

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Wolverine vs. Daken

Despite having Dum Dum Duggan and the S.H.I.E.L.D. on his trail, Wolverine was still tracking his long lost son in Berlin but while here he was confronted by Omega Red who wanted the Carbonadium Synthesizer. In order to lure Logan out of hiding, he decided to attack a center for depowered mutants where he severely injured Maverick and took Jubilee as an hostage along the way.[426]

With the help of the Black Widow, Logan managed to trick Omega Red by promising him the Carbonadium Synthesizer in exchange for Jubilee's life and as a result he was captured by the S.H.I.E.L.D. Unfortunately during the ensuing battle, Jubilee was severely injured and only S.H.I.E.L.D. medical units could helped her.[427] Logan accepted to be taken into S.H.I.E.L.D. custody and Jubilee was saved, but shortly after Daken managed to infiltrate the S.H.I.E.L.D. facility where Logan was detained and father and son finally met for the first time. The family reunion was cut short after Daken eviscerated Logan deeming him weak and left him for dead.[428]

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Wolverine, Cyber and Daken

Thanks to his healing factor Logan survived, he managed to escape and decided to resume his track of Daken which lead him to Brussels.[429] While here Logan finally confronted Daken and despite the fact that he wanted to help him, his son decided otherwise and slashed Wolverine's throat.[430] Soon after while Logan was bleeding on the floor, Daken was attacked by a resurrected Cyber who tried to kill both him and Logan. Logan managed to recover from his injuries and helped his son against Cyber, but in the midst of the battle Daken decided to abandon Wolverine and left him to fight Cyber alone.[28]

Cyber had the upper hand during his fight with Wolverine but fortunately for Logan, it turned out that Cyber suffered from a heart condition and as a result he was defeated.[28] In order to get some answers about Romulus, Logan decided to save Cyber's life by taking him to the lab of Tinkerer in the Hague. The Tinkerer saved Cyber by implanting a carbonadium peacemaker on him, the Tinkerer also created three carbonadium bullets that he gave to Logan.[29]

Cyber then learned that the radiations produced by the carbonadium would slowly killed him without the Carbonadium Synthesizer but Logan stole it. Shortly after while walking on a bridge Logan got rid of of the Carbonadium Synthesizer by throwing it in some water below, savouring his revenge on Cyber. Logan then sent the three carbonadium bullets to Bucky with a message telling him to get ready to use them soon.[29]

Civil War[]

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Civil War

After the destruction of Stamford by the super-villain Nitro, which started the Civil War, Wolverine went after Nitro himself. Although the X-Men were neutral in this conflict, Wolverine, also a member of the New Avengers, led a S.H.I.E.L.D. team to apprehend Nitro.[431] This went badly, with Wolverine as the only survivor, and which resulted in a conflict with several Atlantean guards, and the king of Atlantis himself, Namor afterwards.[432] Nitro was eventually brought to Atlantis, where he lost a hand to Wolverine's adamantium claws.[432]

Wolverine then discovered that Damage Control was behind the destruction of Stamford and more precisely Walter Declun. After escaping from S.H.I.E.L.D. and fighting several Damage Control guards equipped with Mandroid armors Logan confronted Declun and stabbed his eyes out.[433][434]

Wolverine then worked with Atlanteans and fell in love with Amir, an Atlantean woman,[435] but she was killed by Scimitar terrorists, who attacked Wolverine.[436] Lazaer then defeated him in the astral plane, leaving him brain-dead. He recovered with the help of Doctor Strange, and then confronted Scimitar members Shogun and Phaedra, who resurrected Shingen Harada to fight him.[437] Wolverine defeated Shingen and slew Shogun and Phaedra. Lazaer also returned the stolen soul fragment, but warned Wolverine he could never escape death by defeating him in astral combat again.[408]

After the end of the Civil War and the death of Captain America, Logan decided to pay his respects to Steve before resuming his quest of vengeance, the next target on his list: Sabretooth.[438]

The Death of Sabretooth[]

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Wolverine facing Sabretooth

After Sabretooth joined Rogue's X-Men team and decided to live at the X-Mansion, Logan confronted him in order to put an end to their feud once and for all but also to get answers about Romulus.[439]

Their fight took them all over the world from Westchester to Wakanda and finally to Canada. During their fight, Logan had many visions about the mysterious Romulus who supposedly had manipulated the events of his whole life with the help of Sabretooth, he also learned that him and Creed were part of the Lupine race (this revelation was later revealed to be a lie). As part of those visions, Wolverine also heard the phrase: "Quod Sum Eris" several times.[440]

Unfortunately Wolverine lost Sabretooth's track for a while, and while he was trying to find him he met the new and improved Wild Child along the way. When Logan finally found what appeared to be Sabretooth again, he discovered that his foe had regressed to being no more than a feral animal.[441] After attacking Wolverine, this feral Sabretooth killed Feral[442] which prompted Logan to get his Muramasa blade back from Cyclops in order to confront his foe near the cabin he used to live with Silver Fox years ago.

Armed with the Muramasa Blade, Wolverine was able to easily defeat this feral Sabretooth by cutting his right arm off, he then beheaded him while wishing him a "Happy Birthday." Shortly after, he was confronted by Wild Child again and he met for the first time since he recovered his memories Romulus. Both Romulus and Wild Child managed to escape and an angry Logan swore he would find Romulus and kill him for what he did to him.[21]

Tracking Mystique and becoming the Black Dragon[]

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Mystique and Wolverine

After the events of Messiah Complex, Cyclops asked Wolverine to find and kill Mystique for betraying the X-Men. Logan managed to find Mystique less than 9 hours later in Iraq and after several encounters with her where she mocked Wolverine and the X-Men, he managed to defeat her.

As the result of their fight Mystique was severely injured, Logan decided to not kill her but to abandon her in the Syrian Desert alone with just a gun, telling her that despite what she thought of him or the X-Men at least he had a family but not her, after betraying everyone she would always be alone and no one would come to help her.[443]

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Wolverine as the new Black Dragon

After the destruction of the Xavier's Institute during the events of Messiah Complex, the X-Men relocated to San Francisco. Unfortunately for Wolverine who just recovered his real memories, coming back to San Francisco opened some old wounds and most notably his past in Chinatown with the Black Dragon Tong. After his last visit, Lin became the new Black Dragon and swore vengeance for what Logan did 50 years ago when he refused to become the new Black Dragon which forced Lin to take his place. After she learned that Logan was in town, she sent her Black Dragon Death Squad after him and he was almost killed as a result.[444]

Fortunately Logan was saved by Master Po and a young boy named Yuen Yee, with their help he learned the way of Kung-Fu and was able to easily defeat the Black Dragon Tong Death Squad. Logan then ended Lin's reign and this time he accepted to become the new Black Dragon, the protector of Chinatown. Unfortunately Lin managed to escape.[445]

Leading X-Force[]

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Shortly after Wolverine took care of Mystique, Cyclops decided to assemble a new X-Force consisting of Wolverine as team leader, Warpath, Wolfsbane and X-23 in order to take care of the dirty business the rest of the X-Men wouldn't do normally, including murder. Although Cyclops decided to add X-23 to the team without consulting Logan first which angered him since he was trying to have Laura to be more than a killing machine but despite Logan's protest Laura was added to the team.[446]

Their first mission involved infiltrating a North Dakota S.H.I.E.L.D. facility to root out a group of Purifiers led by Matthew Risman who had infiltrated the base and stolen valuable technology required to resurrect the Sentinel known as Bastion. During the planned raid, the team discovered that Wolfsbane had been captured, despite Wolverine telling her to stand down, X-23 disobeyed his orders and as a result Risman shot Wolfsbane in the leg.[446] With Risman still having Wolfsbane and the X-Force team held at gunpoint, Logan told X-23 for the second time to stand down, but instead she detonated several explosives that she planted earlier without telling her teammates. The explosion destroyed most of the Purifiers' base but almost killed the team and allowed Risman to escape with Wolfsbane as his prisoner.[447]

After Risman managed to resurrect Bastion, Bastion found the Magus at the bottom of the sea and in combination with the Transmode Virus he was able to resurrect and control several dead foes of the X-Men and together they formed the Human Council.[448]

After the failure of their first mission, Logan talked some sense into Laura and afterwards the team managed to rescue Wolfsbane but she had been drugged and subjected to subliminal programming by the Purifiers, as a result she attacked on sight both Laura and Warren, ripping Warren's wings off.[449] Following this attack, Warren reverted to his old Archangel persona, the team managed to stop the Risman and the Purifiers but Logan discovered all the villains that Bastion resurrected and he knew that X-Force mission was just starting.[450][451]

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Don't mess with Wolverine

Shortly after still dealing with the aftermath of their fist mission, the team added two new members to their lineup: Elixir and Domino, the team then tracked the Vanisher who stole a sample of the Legacy Virus. The team managed to destroy the sample and the Vanisher was forcibly added to the team after Elixir gave him a brain tumor.[452] Around that time, Warpath discovered the true identity of one of the Purifiers: Eli Bard, a two thousand years old follower of Selene who resurrected several deceased mutants with the transmode virus as an offering to Selene.[453]

During the events of Messiah War, the team was sent to the future by Cyclops in order to locate and help Cable and Hope against Bishop and Stryfe. Once in the future, the team managed to defeat Stryfe and protect Hope but Bishop ran away. Back in our time, X-23 managed to save Boom Boom and killed the Leper Queen, but she was captured and took to the Facility and tortured by Adam Harkins and Kimura.[454] Thanks to the help of Agent Morales, Wolverine and the team managed to locate Laura and rescue her.[455]

During the events of Necrosha, thanks to Eli Bard and the Transmode Virus Selene became more and more powerful and resurrected many dead mutants and used them as her own army against the X-Men. X-Force managed to infiltrate her fortress in Genosha and defeated her returning the souls of the deceased mutant to rest. After this event Wolverine told Cyclops that Laura was out of the team from now on, Cyclops agreed but first he had one more mission for X-Force.

Secret Invasion and Dark Reign[]

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Wolverine with the New Avengers during Secret Invasion

Not long after the end of the Civil War, Logan stayed with the New Avengers team and during a mission in Japan they discovered that the Marvel Universe had been infiltrated by the Skrulls.[456] After failing to defeat the Skrull Queen and the world witnessing Norman Osborn saving the day, Wolverine and the Avengers were labeled as criminals and outlaws.[457] Norman used his new position to track down and seized everything he wanted and more precisely The World which put him in conflict with both Wolverine and Noh-Varr who both put an end to his plans.[458]

Later on, Norman Osborn recruited Mystique, who managed to survive her previous encounter with Wolverine, for his Dark X-Men team. Mystique then resumed her war against Wolverine and the X-Men in order to have her her revenge against them.[459][460]

Once done, Wolverine then resumed his quest of vengeance against Romulus and used Deadpool to find his son, after he located him Wolverine arranged for Daken to be shot by Bucky with one of the carbonadium bullets he gave him previously. The carbonadium bullet slowed Daken's healing factor down and Logan was able to capture him with the intention of removing Romulus' influence.[461]

However,Sebastian Shaw abducted Daken, intending to brainwash him into servitude. After learning that Professor Xavier was alive, Wolverine teamed up with him and fought against Shaw's Hellfire Club. Blocked by a psychic booby trap in Daken's mind, Shaw manipulated Professor X into triggering the trap and absorbing most of the damage, which restored Daken's memories. Both Wolverine and Daken defeated Shaw and resolved to seek vengeance against Romulus together.[462]

Shortly after, while looking for clues about Romulus both Logan and Daken met Cyber in North Africa who also wanted revenge on Romulus. Unfortunately after learning what Cyber knew about Romulus, Daken betrayed Logan and left Cyber for dead because he decided he didn't want to kill Romulus for revenge anymore but because he wanted to take his place.[463] Now on his own, Daken was then recruited by Norman Osborn for his Dark Avengers.[464]

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Time for a fresh start?

After learning the news that Daken joined the Dark Avengers, Logan met with Nick Fury and they understood that Daken was after the Muramasa blade in order to have the metal bonded to his bones and becoming unstoppable. But before Logan could warn the X-Men of Daken's plan, Cyclops decided to take matter into his own hands and almost got himself and his squad of X-Men killed by Daken.[465][466] Logan managed to save them and stopped his son from getting the Muramasa blade, but unfortunately a piece of the blade was retrieved by Daken[467] and with the help of both Romulus and the Tinkerer, two of his claws were bonded with the metal of the Muramasa blade. Logan tried to help Daken one last time but he was stabbed in the chest by his son who then ran away. Thinking that Daken was a lost cause, Logan decided to resume his quest of vengeance against Romulus.[468]

After all these revelations about his past, his son's betrayals, seeing him joined Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers and stealing his codename, Logan started to show signs of a nervous breakdown as pointed by Yukio and Spider-Man.[469]

The Adamantium Men[]

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Wolverine taking down one of the adamantium men

Before Wolverine could go after Romulus, his former Team X teammate, Maverick, contacted him to inform him that a private military contractor called Blackguard got their hands on the old Weapon X files, including the recipe for synthesizing adamantium which allowed them to create a group of twelve mercenaries called Strikeforce X, an elite unit of men armed with healing factors, unbreakable skeletons and laser claws.[470] Not only that, but they were being used to carry out atrocities in the name of Blackguard's corporate interests.[471][472] With the help of reporter Melita Garner, Logan was able to expose Blackguard to the world and kill most of Strikeforce X, but the Chief Executive somehow managed to survive. What Logan didn't know was that Maverick was the man who stole the Weapon X files in the first place and sold them on the black market. In an effort to cover up his involvement in kick-starting the Strikeforce X program from Wolverine, Maverick killed the man whom he sold the files to.[473][474]

Insane in the Brain[]

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Wolverine in Dunwich Sanatorium

No long after, Wolverine found himself in Dunwich Sanatorium in a foggy haze with a hospital full of misfits and few memories of his past that seemed to point to the fact that he was insane. A fellow patient warned him that the director, Dr. Rottwell, had a penchant for harvesting brains, which seemed to be proven out when, the very next day, Logan discovered that the patient had been lobotomized.[475] After Logan lost his identity in this insane asylum, Dr. Rottwell tried to get him to release the aggressive killer inside of him while still sublimating the rest of his past. A pair of mob goons came looking for someone to pull off a contract killing and Dr. Rottwell offered them Charlie Chainsaws from whom he had removed his hands and attached actual chainsaws. As Logan reached the end of his tolerance for abuse and torture, he finally popped his claws and took out an orderly while Rottwell looked on and smiled.[476] Unable to warp Logan's mind into becoming a feral killer using conventional brainwashing, Dr. Rottwell decided to take the direct approach by cutting directly into his skull. When Rotwell kept wrecking blades on Logan's adamantium skull, he plugged Wolverine into his innovative God Brain machine to get some readings. Logan was able to make a mental cry for help to reporter Melita Garner (the very same journalist who helped him expose Blackguard previously) before the machine took full effect.[477] Melita received the desperate psychic message from Wolverine and called in the X-Men to help, Nightcrawler and Psylocke answered her call and invaded Dunwitch Sanatorium and dismantled Rottwell's God Brain machine. The mob later showed up looking for their missing goons; with chaos abounding as the mob, the patients and the staff all try their best to kill each other, Logan took the opportunity to try and carve up Dr. Rottwell but found his tormentor impossible to kill; Rottwell then escaped as Wolverine made his way to Melita to recuperate but shortly after, Rottwell used what he discovered inside Logan's mind to manipulate him into killing a man and stealing his brain.[478]

Relationship with Melita[]

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Melita celebrating Logan's birthday

As his relationship with Melita blossomed into something more, Logan received relationship advices from the women in his life. He tried to warn Melita away from him because of his lifestyle and his past history with women who ended up dead but she simply replied that she could handle it. Unknown to both Logan and Melita, Mystique also found out about this new relationship.[479]

Tomorrow Dies Today[]

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Before resuming his quest for revenge, Wolverine learned about Steve Rogers' return so he took his friend to a bar to celebrate his resurrection, unfortunately they were soon attacked by Deathloks.[480] Shortly after Wolverine met Miranda Bayer who told him that the Deathlok cyborgs from the future had killed all of their targets except for one: Captain America. In the dystopian future where those Deathlocks came from, an aged and damaged Wolverine helped the future version of Miranda Bayer and her troops in their mission to destroy the Deathloks' time portal to our time.[481]

Both this aged Wolverine and the future Miranda were killed by the Deathlock in the future while in the present Logan, Steve Roger and Bucky helped the future Deathlok overcame his programing after he met his younger self: Evan Wakowski. Now free of his programing, the future Deathlok decided to explore the present while the Marvel heroes wondered if they really managed to change the future.[482]

Afterwards, Miranda was tasked by the commander of the future to leave the boy in an orphanage where he was going to be brutalized which would lead him to become a criminal and then one of the subject of the Deathlock project. It was later revealed that this boy, the future Deathlock and the commander of the rebellion in the future were the same person at different points of time meaning this apocalyptic future wasn't averted.[483]

Facing Romulus[]

After dealing with the Deathlocks, Wolverine decided it was now time to put an end to Romulus' plans once and for all, so he tracked his right hand-man Victor Hudson in order to locate him unfortunately both Romulus and Victor tricked Logan and led him to a Russian's prison where an angry Omega Red was waiting for him. Logan managed to defeat him but he was soon captured by Wild Child.[484]

Wild Child then revealed to Logan that everything he did since he retrieved his memories was part of Romulus plan, that he made sure that Logan fought against Sabretooth, Cyber, Omega Red, Wild Child and Daken to see who would be the strongest and the fittest to replace him as the head of his empire, which was what the phrase: "Quod Sum Eris" meant.[485]

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Logan facing Romulus

Suddenly Omega Red appeared and killed Wild Child, Wolverine was able to escape but Omega Red managed to find him again. After what Romulus revealed to him previously, Wolverine decided he didn't want to fight Omega Red because he didn't want to play Romulus' game anymore, but Omega Red threatened to go after Daken if Logan didn't want to fight against him. With no other choice, Wolverine used the broken Muramasa Blade and killed Omega Red but suddenly Romulus finally appeared and confronted Logan.[485]

Wolverine managed to defeat him but Romulus reminded him that no matter what happened, if Logan killed him he would be at the "top of the food chain" and he would have to kill his son next because there could be only one person at the top. Logan shocked by this reveal decided to let Romulus live but he vowed to destroy Romulus empire. As Logan turned his back and lowered his guard, Romulus used this opportunity to knock him out and then left him alone with his broken Muramasa blade.[486]

In order to take down Romulus, Logan needed the help from someone with a plan so outside of the box that nobody, not even Romulus could ever figured it out and that someone was Deadpool. Deadpool's plan was to used the Answer in order to stage the evasion of Ruby Thursday but at the same time Logan needed to seek help from Skaar, Bruce Banner and the Silver Samurai. Before putting Deadpool's plan in motion, Wolverine rediscovered his skills in sword fighting by training with the Silver Samurai, he then rescued Dagger who had been kidnapped by Romulus and Victor Hudson and he killed Victor Hudson.[487]

Once done, Deadpool's plan was put into motion and after witnessing Ruby's evasion, a confused Romulus tried to blackmail her in order to learn what she knew. Naturally Ruby betrayed Wolverine and his team and revealed everything she knew, which was part of Deadpool's plan. Once done and Romulus fooled, she was then quickly sent back to the Raft by Cloak. Thanks to this misdirection Logan was able to lure Daken out of the shadows and staged his son's death which confused Romulus even more.[488]

Once Romulus was out of the shadows, Wolverine was then betrayed by Daken again who decided to ally himself with Romulus against Logan and Skaar. After the battle, both Romulus and Daken escaped, and Daken revealed to Romulus that he wanted to kill him and take his place. Unknown to Daken, his betrayal was also part of Logan's plan and as he was about to strike Romulus with his Muramasa claws, Romulus was teleported away by Cloak.[489][490]

Romulus was transported by Cloak near the Howlett estate, in here Wolverine slashed Romulus with the Muramasa Blade but didn't kill him, instead he made sure that Romulus would be trapped in the Darkforce dimension forever.[491] At the same time Daken, now all alone and without any means to kill Romulus and take his place, was confronted by Logan armed with the Muramasa Blade. Thanks to the lessons of the Silver Samurai,[492] Logan was able to easily defeat Daken and remove his Muramasa claws. He then hid both Daken's claws and the broken Muramasa blade in an unmarked grave near the Howlett Estate putting an end to Romulus empire and legacy once and for all.[491] Shortly after ending Romulus' reign, Logan met Nick Fury and finally made peace with his past, he then decided it was time for him to move on and to focus on the present and the future.[493]

The Death of Nightcrawler[]

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The Death of Nightcrawler

During the events of Second Coming, Cable and Hope finally came back to our time, Wolverine and his X-Force team had to help them against the Purifiers and the Human Council. Unfortunately after X-23 killed a prisoner in front of the X-Men the news about X-Force broke out and a rift was created between Wolverine and several members of the X-Men most notably with his best friend Nightcrawler. Before Logan could explain himself to his best friend, Kurt was killed by Bastion while trying to protect Hope and shortly after Bastion unleashed an army of Sentinels from the future which forced X-Force and Cable to go to this future in order to stop the source: Nimrod. Once Nimrod was stopped, Cable sacrificed his life to make sure the team could come back to the present. After all the members of the Human Council were killed, Bastion tried to kill Hope but he was finally defeated.

In the aftermath of this battle, the death of Nightcrawler had a profound effect on Logan and the news of this X-Force team broke his friendship with Ororo. True to his words, Logan removed Laura from the team and told her it was time for her to find her own mission in life and to be more than just a weapon. Despite Cyclops' orders to disband the team, Wolverine secretly assembled a new X-Force team with Psylocke, Deadpool, Archangel and Fantomex.[494]

Shortly after the death of his best friend, Logan paid his respect to Kurt, fulfilled his last will and learned a last lesson from him.[495]

A New Era[]

Uncanny X-Force[]

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Wolverine's Uncanny X-Force team

After the formation of the new X-Force team, Warren called for X-Force and revealed to Logan that he hired Deadpool (it would later be revealed that Wade worked for Warren for more than a year[496]) in order to investigate the activities of the Clan Akkaba and that Wade discovered that Apocalypse was going to be reborn in a new body. Logan agreed to help Warren and X-Force went after Apocalypse and the Clan Akkaba.

But unknown to the team, the Clan Akkaba resurrected Apocalypse as a child and was indoctrinating him into resuming his old duties.[497] The young Apocalypse was protected by a new group of Horsemen but X-Force was able to defeat them and they discovered that the new Apocalypse was only a child.[498] After this discovery the team decided to not kill him and Logan proposed to bring the boy back, rehabilitate him and train him but Fantomex, acting on his own, immediately shot the young Apocalypse in the head which created a rift in the team.[499]

After this event, Angel lost control of his Archangel personality, and went on a killing spree.[500] Trying to remove Apocalypse's influence on him, X-Force traveled to the Age of Apocalypse universe, thanks to Dark Beast, to find the Life Seed, the only thing that could save their friend's life.[501] There, Wolverine met the Jean Grey of that universe, his alternate daughter, and an evil version of himself.[502]

When X-Force returned to their universe, they were attacked by Archangel and the Dark Beast, who took the Life Seed in order to restart evolution.[503] After a heavy battle between the forces of Archangel and X-Force, Psylocke was able to stab Archangel with a different Life Seed, killing his alter ego, and saving Earth from the Age of Archangel.[504]

The Heroic Age and Fear Itself[]

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Wolverine and the New Avengers during the Heroic Age

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Logan the Mighty during Fear Itself

After the events of Siege, Logan stayed with the Avengers[505] and worked with them during the Serpent's attacks on Midgard, first by fighting the secret organization S.T.R.I.K.E. that planned to destroy New York with an Atomic Bomb, and later, by using one of the armors Tony Stark made with the mystical metal Uru to defeat the Worthy.[506]

Later, Norman Osborn appeared again alongside his new Dark Avengers team (which included the resurrected Gorgon who was masquerading as Wolverine) to get his revenge on the Avengers but Wolverine and the Avengers managed to stop them.[507]

Spider-Man and Wolverine: Time Travelers[]

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Wolverine and Spider-Man

During what seemed to be a routine robbery, Spider-Man and Wolverine were thrown back in time by magical diamonds, to the time of the dinosaurs. While Spider-Man secluded himself, Logan befriended a tribe of early humanoids. His involvement with them allowed them to survive the K-T Extinction Event. When the meteor came, Spidey and Logan found themselves flung into the future, where the extinction of humanity allowed the tribe to dominate the world.[508][509]

But in the future, the world was menaced by Doom the Living Planet and only one thing could defeat him: Phoenix Gun, a weaponized piece of the Phoenix Force, capable of destroying anything at the price of the life of the one who fired it. Despite Spider-Man's protests, Wolverine used the Phoenix Gun to destroy Doom and as such, he died in the process. However, Spider-Man resurrected him with a Cosmic Cube, much to Logan's dismay, the duo was then assaulted by the pair of Czar and Big Murder, who sent them through time once again with the diamonds.[510]

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Dark Phoenix Wolverine

Logan wound up in a wrestling ring, facing down Peter Parker. He realized that this was before the death of Peter's Uncle Ben. Meanwhile, Spider-Man found himself in a frozen wilderness as a feral Logan was hunted by Dog. They were then transported to Mojoworld; Mojo had been using Czar and Big Murder to arrange the entire list of shenanigans.[511] Wolverine became overcome with an uncontrollable anger; however, he did not enter a berserker rage, but instead became something far worse. After previously using the Phoenix gun and being resurrected by Spider-Man, the Phoenix Force had stayed within him, and as time passed it grew until Wolverine became the new Dark Phoenix.[512]

Fortunately Spider-Man managed to calm him down, and after Logan told the Phoenix Force to go away, the Phoenix Force seemed to leave him, the duo was then sent back to the American Midwest in the time of the cowboys. Peter fell in love with a woman named Sara Bailey, whom had also been transported through time by the diamonds, while Logan became the chief of a Native American tribe. Any diamonds they found appeared to be inert. The Time Variance Authority found them and set the duo and Sara back into their proper point in the timeline with their memories intact except for Sara who didn't retain any memory from this adventure, which left Spider-Man heartbroken.[13]

Wolverine Goes to Hell[]

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After this adventure with Spider-Man, Logan visited John Wraith, who survived Creed's previous attack,[117] and was now a pastor. A few weeks later, a child was found dead with three claw marks. Wraith found Logan but he was attacked by him and discovered that his friend's body had been possessed by a demon, this “Hellverine” was going on a rampage against people Logan cared about and Wraith was one of his target. After stabbing Wraith and covering his body with insects, he burned Wraith's church with the congregation still inside before moving to its next target. Meanwhile Wolverine's soul was sent to Hell by the Red Right Hand with the help of Mystique where he was about to be tortured for eternity.[513][514] In Hell, Logan met Satan and was forced to battle several of his deceased foes and most notably what appeared to be Sabretooth.[515] Meanwhile, Hellverine was going around trying to kill the people Logan cared about such as Amiko, Yukio, and X-23[515] while the Red Right Hand's army killed the Silver Samurai and tried to kill Maverick. At the same time, the Mongrels also confronted Tyger Tiger and destroyed everything dear to Logan in Madripoor,[516] they then tried to kill Melita who was saved by Mystique.[517] Melita discovered that Mystique betrayed the Red Right Hand after she learned what the criminal organization intended to do to Logan if he escaped from Hell, the duo then teamed up with Ghost Rider and Daimon Hellstrom in order to free Logan's soul from Hell.

Back in Hell, Logan discovered that the Silver Samurai had been killed by the Red Right Hand and that the Criminal Organization was after everybody Logan cared about, Logan also discovered that Mariko had been condemned to Hell because of her past actions as the head of Yashida Family. Mariko was then forced by Satan to torture Logan in order to break his spirit while Hellverine managed to get past the X-Men's defense and infiltrated Utopia, in order to burn Logan's belongings and killed Kitty Pryde but he was soon confronted by Colossus.[516]

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Wolverine meeting his biological father, Thomas Logan, in Hell.

In Hell, after being tortured by Mariko, Logan was crucified on a cross by Satan and met his old friend Puck, who told him to not give up and to keep fighting as all the demons of Hell was watching him. After hearing those words, Logan was able to free himself and started to fight several demons and then Satan himself. On Utopia, Colossus alongside Kitty, Iceman and Angel tried to fight Hellverine, but they were overwhelmed by the demon's power but as Colossus was about to get killed, Melita, Mystique, the Ghost Rider, and Hellstrom captured Hellverine, took him to a church and began the ritual to bring Logan's soul back to his body. In Hell, Logan was able to make Satan bleed which created a riot in Hell and allowed him to crucify the Devil with his broken bone claws, he then met Thomas Logan (his biological father), who told him he was proud of him. Logan fought "Sabretooth" once again, and defeated him, he then recovered Satan's sword, "Soulcutter", making him the new King of Hell. With the sword in his possession, Logan was approached once again by Thomas Logan and quickly understood that his father had been lying all along, he only wanted to use him in order to rule in Hell. Logan then decided to throw the sword to the demons and punched Thomas Logan in the face, Logan and Puck then decided to escape from Hell.

During their ascension, Logan tried to free Mariko but she refused saying that there was nothing left for her on Earth, she then bid him farewell and told him to remember her as she was before her death and not how he saw her in Hell. Logan and Puck then continued their ascension but along the way Puck fell, but told Logan to keep going. Thanks to his actions and the Hellstrom's ritual, Logan managed to escape from Hell while Puck recovered "Soulcutter" making him the new King of Hell.[514]

But the demons were still present inside his mind, and as result his body was still under the control of Hellverine. Hellverine almost killed Magneto, Cyclops, Namor and the rest of the X-Men while Logan was still trying to fight against the demons inside his mind. It took the help of his own memories, Melita, the X-Men, a subconscious projection of Nightcrawler and what appeared to be a vivid memory of Jean as the White Phoenix to burn the demons from his mind once and for all while telling him to forget revenge and live. Finally free, Logan didn't listen to what Kurt and Jean told him, and planned to get revenge on Mystique and the Red Right Hand for sending him to Hell.[518]

Facing the Red Right Hand and the Mongrels[]

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The Red Right Hand

Wolverine quickly found Mystique, who tried to talk Logan down in order to explain to him the plan of the Red Right Hand by respect for his friendship with Kurt, but having enough of her after all the lies she told him in the past and sending him to Hell, he decided to kill her. During their fight, the duo was confronted by Lord Deathstrike who had been hired by the Red Right Hand to kill Mystique in case she would reveal the next phase of their plan, however Lord Deathstrike was defeated by both Mystique and Wolverine and escaped. Maverick then called Logan to tell him that he found the location of the Red Right Hand's base, Wolverine then resumed his fight with Mystique and killed her. He then headed to the Red Right Hand's base but unknown to him, Mystique's body was recovered shortly after and sold at auction to The Hand resulting in her resurrection some time later.[519]

Wolverine then invaded the Red Right Hand's base, where he was confronted by the Mongrels.[42] Despite what they did to his friends, he gave each one of them a chance to surrender peacefully but the Mongrels attacked him on sight and tried to kill him. As a result Logan killed most of them,[42][93][520] while the others killed themselves[178] and after defeating the leader of the Mongrels, Gunhawk, Logan confronted the members of the Red Right Hand.[520] To his surprise, the members of the Red Right Hand already killed themselves, leaving Wolverine with only a message: the Mongrels were his children, this revelation and the fact that he killed his own children devastated Logan.[105]

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Wolverine vs. The Mongrels

Logan then took the bodies of his children and buried them next to their mothers, the last one was William Downing whose mother was Dolores Downing. After burying William, Logan went to a bar and got himself drunk. When Logan left the bar he was attacked by Daken who told him he helped the Red Right Hand in what they did which made Logan enraged but he was then surprised by the appearance of Dog and Thomas Logan who started to laugh at him. It was seemingly an illusion or a vision as he was awakened by someone who wanted to steal from him. Later he called Melita Garner and told her to tell everyone not to look for him and to let him go, after that he started to climb a mountain and throwing himself off it many times over as a punishment for what he did.[521]

After a while, he started to move with a pack of wolves and whenever the pack was hunting, Logan couldn't kill the prey as he remembered how he killed his own children. One day, the pack was attacked and the youngs were taken, the old were killed, and Logan was shot in the head, however, his healing factor saved him. Logan tracked the attackers, killed them and freed his pack. Logan found who took his pack and that they were using the wolves to fight children for sport. Logan freed the children and returned them to their parents. Logan was confused afterwards knowing that if he hadn't killed his own children, he wouldn't have saved those children. In the middle of this, Melita found him and with the help of his friends convinced him to return.[521]

Unknown to Logan during this tragedy, Daken worked with the Red Right Hand for years[93][522] and he helped them with their plans to send Wolverine's soul to Hell but more importantly he was the one who found and gathered all of Logan's children. He then gave them to the Red Right Hand and convinced the criminal organization to use them against Logan. Daken's goal was to make sure that his father would kill his own children in order to hurt him in the worst way possible.[105] Later on, after he buried his children Wolverine had a vision showing him how Daken had been involved in the Red Right Hand's horrific plot.[521]


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The opinions of Wolverine and Cyclops diverge

When the return of Kid Omega set off a new wave of anti-Mutant sentiment,[523] Wolverine and Cyclops steadily grew divided. Wolverine wished to hand Quire over to Captain America, while Cyclops wished to deal with him within the mutant community.[523] When a new Hellfire Club attacked and incapacitated the X-Men at the opening of a Mutant History Museum Oya, whom Wolverine had taken a liking to, was the last one standing. As Logan tried to convince Idie to stay hidden, Cyclops pressured her to act leading to Idie killing a dozen men. Logan was enraged and blamed Cyclops.[524]

Eventually it got worse when Wolverine saw that the idea of Cyclops raising and training the teenage mutants as soldiers were only going to get them killed and after demolishing a Sentinel that was sent to destroy Utopia, Wolverine and a number of X-Men quit the team and left with a number of the teenage mutants to return to their former home in New York with it clear that Cyclops has clearly crossed the line with his actions.[525]


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The Jean Grey School teachers and students

In order to start the new Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, Logan needed to retrieve all the fortune that he had amassed over the years, unfortunately his money had been stolen.[526] With the help of Gorilla-Man, Master Po, Yuen Yee and Fat Cobra, Logan managed to retrieve his money and was able to open his school.[527] He also let Fat Cobra took his place as the new Black Dragon.[14]

On its first day, the school was assaulted by the new Hellfire Club, whom had been a major force in causing the Schism of the X-Men.[528] Wolverine made it clear that he didn't want to lose any of the kids and fought as hard as he could against several Frankenstein monsters, whom Iceman defeated by making Ice clones of himself. Then, the Hellfire Club sent a spawn of the original Krakoa to destroy the school.[529] Kid Omega who wanted to prove himself to Broo, Idie and Kid Gladiator who told him they never heard of him, reasoned with Krakoa who then joined Wolverine's X-Men.

Wolverine, along the School's staff and students, then confronted the Hellfire Club and he made clear to them to stay away from his school. As the Hellfire Club members were leaving, Krakoa almost attacked them but Logan stopped him as he had a better idea on how to deal with them. The next day Matt Murdock told Kade Kilgore that he was being sued by Wolverine for the sum of 879 million dollars for the damages he had done to the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning and if he didn't pay, Wolverine and the School would take control of his company. As the school was being rebuilt, Logan was informed that Krakoa was glad they allowed him to stay and Logan found it good to have a school ground that could fight back.[530]

After the events of the Dark Angel Saga, both Warren and the young Evan were admitted to the school as new students.[531][532] Logan on his own continued to juggle between his life as a Headmaster and as a member of X-Force in order to protect his school.[532]

The Return of Sabretooth[]

After hearing the news that Sabretooth was alive and that he kidnapped Dagger in order to force Cloak to open the Darkforce dimension and free Romulus, Wolverine decided to investigate. During his investigation, Logan discovered that the Sabretooth he beheaded wasn’t the real deal but just a clone created by Romulus, but as soon as Logan learned the truth, he was attacked by the real Victor Creed and several clones of him.[533]

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Sabretooth back in action

After surviving his encounter with Sabretooth and his clones, Logan met a mysterious redhead woman named Remus who claimed to be Romulus' sister, Logan also learned that Romulus lied to him, there never was any Lupine’s race, as Remus confirmed it was just a bunch of lies. After several encounters with Romulus, Wolverine managed to rescue Dagger and tracked Romulus to his fortress in Italy where he discovered that his foe had gotten his bones laced with adamantium, with 4 adamantium claws implanted in each of his forearms.[534]

During their fight, Romulus claimed that the Weapon X program was always Logan's idea, but Logan not believing another one of Romulus' lies, managed to defeat him and he was imprisoned at the Raft while Sabretooth escaped.[535]

After defeating Romulus, Wolverine discovered that Seraph was alive and was working with both Cassie Lathrop and Lynx as part of a team called the Seraph's Angels, Seraph then told Logan that Sabretooth resurfaced in Japan where he was working alongside a revived Mystique with the Japanese branch of The Hand and its new leader Azuma Gōda.[536] After hearing the news, Logan quickly traveled to Japan and was ambushed by the Hand and later by Sabretooth.[537] While here he discovered that Yukio's spine was severed after she was attacked by Hellverine and that Amiko was now dating the illegitimate son of Kenuichio Harada:Shingen Harada II. Afterwards, while he was tracking Sabretooth, Wolverine was drugged by the Mind ninjas and forced to relive the death of the Mongrels but Logan managed to break free by letting his berserker side out and as a result he killed all the Mind ninjas. Unfortunately he was then tricked by Mystique into having an affair with her, Raven used this strategy to break Logan and Melita up.[538] However, despite the appearances Creed betrayed Azuma Gōda and left him to be killed by Wolverine in order to give Logan the illusion that he won. In reality, Sabretooth went to a meeting of all East Asia's greatest crime syndicates and killed all the representatives, declaring himself the invisible King of all Asia with at his side Mystique, Lord Deathstrike, and Shingen Harada a.k.a the new Silver Samurai. Before leaving Japan, Logan teamed up with Amiko and they stopped a bank robbery together.[539]

Shortly after, Sabretooth organized a birthday party in Madripoor and invited most of Wolverine foes, thanks to Maverick’s help Logan discovered the location of this party and beat everyone up and wished to Victor a "Happy Birthday."[14]

Some time later Wolverine returned to Japan and was confronted by the new Silver Samurai sent by Sabretooth, Logan was able to defeat him and cut one of his hand off.[540]

The End of X-Force[]

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The Nightcrawler from the Age Of Apocalypse universe and Deathlok join the team

After the events of the Dark Angel saga, the resurrected Angel and the young Evan were sent to the Jean Grey School and the Nightcrawler from the Age Of Apocalypse universe decided to stay with the X-Force team in order to track the Iceman of his reality who fled to our reality and make him pay for his betrayal.[531]

Shortly after, Fantomex was captured by the Captain Britain Corps and sent to the Otherworld to be trialed for the crimes he committed in the past under Weapon Plus order. Psylocke was also teleported to the Otherworld by Brian Braddock and Jamie Braddock because they needed her help to access the Tower of the Omniverse and stopped the war that was ravaging Otherworld.[541] After hearing the news from Ultimaton, the X-Force team managed to go to the Otherworld thanks to Gateway and put an end to this war.[542]

It was later discovered that the true antagonist was an older version of Jamie Braddock and in order to stop him, Psylocke took possession of Brian's body and used it to snap the younger Jamie's neck erasing his older version in the process and putting an end to the war.[543] A rift was created as a result between Betsy and Brian, afterwards Betsy and Fantomex started a relationship and decided to take a break from X-Force.[544]

Back in our reality, the X-Force team tracked the Iceman from the Age of Apocalypse universe and Nightcrawler finally had his revenge when he managed to kill him,[544] but unknown to X-Force, at the same time Daken, the Shadow King, Sabretooth, the Skinless Man, Mystique and the Blob from the Age of Apocalypse universe decided to form the new brotherhood of Mutants.[545] Daken and Sabretooth abducted the young Evan while the rest of the Brotherhood hired the White Sky criminal organization to create three clones of Omega Red and to give them fake memories in order to use them against X-Force.[546] The goal of Daken and the Brotherhood was to torture Evan long enough for him to become the new Apocalypse, then to use the Shadow King to mess with his mind in order to force Evan to destroy the Jean Grey School, to kill all the students, to kill all of Logan's friends and then blamed X-Force for everything.[547]

Shortly after Fantomex was captured by Mystique and then tortured and killed by the Skinless Man in front of Evan's eyes and to make sure the X-Force team couldn't stop their plans, the Brotherhood hacked Ultimaton and used him to kill Gateway and then detonated him to kill the X-Force team.[548] Thanks to Psylocke, X-Force managed to survive and went to the future where they met their older counterparts and discovered the truth about the Brotherhood’s plan and what needed to be done.[549][550] Back to the present, the team prepared themselves to attack the Brotherhood's stronghold to free Evan while Daken and Sabretooth were still torturing him both mentally and physically in order to have him unleashed the power of Apocalypse.[551]

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End of the line for X-Force

During the assault, Nightcrawler killed Blob and then after being duped by Mystique he betrayed the team which resulted in Wolverine being tortured and almost killed by Daken.[552][553]

The X-Force team managed to stop the rest of the Brotherhood and to punish him for his betrayal, Nightcrawler was fatally wounded by EVA. Wolverine managed to escape and knew that he had to kill Daken after what his older self revealed to him when he was in the future: "He'll kill the students if you let him live".[550] To protect his students, Logan decided to kill Daken by drowning him in a puddle of water.[547]

After killing his son, Sabretooth appeared and revealed that all of what happened was his plan all along that he wanted to hurt Logan in the worst way possible, an angry Evan almost killed Sabretooth as a result but Logan told him to let him go, revenge would only lead him to a path of destruction just like what happened here.[547] Shortly after E.V.A managed to create three clones of Fantomex thanks to White Sky technology, but after those events the team was disbanded.[550]

Avengers vs. X-Men[]

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X-Men Or Avengers? Wolverine will be forced to choose a side.

When Nova arrived on Earth with a warning, the Avengers discovered that the Phoenix Force was heading on a destructive path towards Earth. Captain America turned to Wolverine for advice. Wolverine informed him of Hope Summers' connection with the Phoenix, and the stand that Cyclops and his X-Men team would take on this matter, using the cosmic energy that comes with the destructive power of the Phoenix to save mutantkind from extinction. Captain America asked if the Jean Grey School would side with him, but Logan insisted that he had founded the school to keep the kids out of fights.[554]

When Captain America called on the Avengers to invade Utopia, Wolverine was there alongside them. While the X-Men and the Avengers fought for the control of the mutant nation Utopia, Wolverine found Hope, and was going to fulfill his promise of killing her. But Hope, using the powers of the Phoenix, was able to escape, burning Logan's skin and muscles.

Wolverine recovered and went with Captain America to the Savage Land looking for Hope, but Captain America, thinking that Logan was a liability, asked him to stay in the Quinjet while they searched, punching him in the face and prompting a vicious fight between them that was resolved thanks to Giant-Man who pushed Wolverine out of the plane, making him fall in the middle of the North Pole.[555] Wolverine was tracked down by Hope who offered him a truce if he could help her go to the Moon in order to confront the Phoenix but in case she lost control she wanted Wolverine to be there to kill her. Wolverine agreed but betrayed her by calling the Avengers who showed up on the Moon to capture her. The X-Men arrived shortly after but the fighting was cut short by the arrival of the Phoenix.

As the Phoenix descended on the Moon and was about to possess Hope, she released a huge amount of energy, knocking everyone out. Hope said she wasn't ready, it was too much power for her, that she couldn't control it and she begged Logan to kill her. Seeing no other way Iron Man used a special suit to try to destroy the Phoenix but he only managed to splinter it, and it took the five other X-Men present as hosts: Namor, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magik and Colossus.[556] The Phoenix-possessed X-Men started changing the world into a better place for living, but knowing that Phoenix's ultimately destructive nature would bring chaos, Steve and the Avengers tried to get Hope from Utopia in order to use her knowledge about the Phoenix against it. After the Scarlet Witch helped them against the X-Men (previously having visions of the Phoenix destroying Earth), Cyclops decided to hunt down every Avenger. The Thunderer offered the Avengers to hide in K'un-Lun, as well as to train Hope to face the Phoenix, because of his past experience with the Phoenix Host and Iron Fist Fongji, and the prophecy of the Phoenix bringing chaos to Earth. Before the entire Avengers could teleport to K'un-Lun, Namor attacked where they were hiding, Wakanda, along a full army of Atlanteans. After defeating Namor with the price of the partial destruction of Wakanda, the Avengers teleported to K'un-Lun, in order to help Hope to train to face the Phoenix.

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Wolverine vs. Captain America

The Avengers were attacked by Cyclops who now possessed half of the Phoenix Force, he made quick work of anyone that opposed him but was defeated by Hope who in an act of desperation combined the powers of the Iron Fist, Scarlet Witch's chaos magic and Shao-Lao's flames to teleport Cyclops to the Moon. The Avengers then teamed up with several X-Men who had realized that Cyclops and Emma had completely lost control. Together they attacked Cyclops and Emma and gained the upper hand until Cyclops was forced to take the final piece of the Phoenix Force from Emma, making him the sole host. Unfortunately the complete Phoenix Force proved to be too much for him and after Scott killed Professor Xavier, it finally turned him into the Dark Phoenix.[557]

The Avengers fought Cyclops all around the world with the help of the X-Men and Nova, as well as trying to contain the chaos the gigantic force produced around Earth, but who finally managed to defeat him were Scarlet Witch and Hope, the Phoenix left Scott and possessed Hope. Thanks to the K'un-Lun training, Hope managed to control the Phoenix Force and repaired all the damage Scott caused on the planet. Finally, using the powers of the Scarlet Witch to manipulate reality, Hope and the Scarlet Witch destroyed together the Phoenix Force with a final blast of energy which caused millions of people around Earth to manifest mutant powers. Cyclops was finally incarcerated, and Steve accepted the Avengers should have done more to help mutants, and not allowed the world to hate them. As a result, he started planning a new team of Avengers in hopes of unifying mutant and humankind.[558]

After the war with the X-Men and End Times, the Avengers team that Wolverine was part of was disbanded,[559] but both Captain America and Iron Man asked him to join the new main Avengers team and the new Avengers Unity Division, which he accepted.[560][561]

Uncanny Avengers[]

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Wolverine as part of the Avengers Unity Division

After giving an eulogy at Charles Xavier's funeral, Wolverine tracked Sunfire in Japan in order to recruit him for the new Avengers Unity division team but at the same time a clone of the original Red Skull awoken and stole Professor Xavier's brain and used it as his own to create a world of hate[562] forcing Wolverine and the Avengers to intervene. Logan managed to cut the Red Skull's hand but was severely injured by a mind controlled Thor, fortunately his healing factor saved him but the Red Skull managed to escape.[563]

Shortly after the Apocalypse Twins made their appearance and started to create tensions in the Unity team by revealing that Logan’s X-Force team killed a child Apocalypse, angering Captain America and creating a rift between them.[564]

Shortly after while looking for clues about the Apocalypse twins, Wolverine was confronted by a resurrected Daken who defeated him thanks to his new powers and crucified him.[565] Logan was rescued by Rogue and Sunfire and told them to go after the Scarlet Witch thinking she was working with the twins.[566]

Logan managed to heal and fought against Daken again and learned the truth about Wanda’s intentions but despite trying to warn Rogue to not kill the Scarlet Witch because it would doom the earth, it was too late, Rogue killed Wanda and she was then killed by the Grim Reaper. Angry about what happened Logan quickly dispatched Daken but in the end he was captured by the Apocalypse Twins and sent to Planet X while the earth was destroyed by Exitar.[567]

In here, Wolverine was tortured during 8 years by Daken[568] until Thor managed to free him, once free Logan made quick work of Daken but didn’t kill him since he didn’t want to relieve the nightmares he had after the first time he killed him.[569] Kang decided that the best course of action was to send the Avengers' consciousnesses back in time, Logan agreed with the plan but warned him to send them back before Rogue’s death or he would sabotage the whole thing.[569] Once done, the Apocalypse twins were defeated, and despite Kang’s betrayal, the Earth was ultimately saved.[570]

Professor Logan[]

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Professor Logan

On top of being a member of the Avengers Unity Division, Logan was still the headmaster of the Jean Grey School and continued the education of his students. After the conflict between the X-Men and the Avengers, Kade Kilgore started his own school to rival the Jean Grey School: The Hellfire Academy.[571] After dealing with the Frankenstein Monster menace and the Murder Circus,[572] Ororo Munroe joined the Jean Grey school as a teacher and began a relationship with Logan.[573]

To train the students to survive, Wolverine decided to send them on a trip to the Savage Land, in here he met his long lost half-brother: Dog Logan.[574] Now armed with time diamonds and motivated by his future self, Dog tried to prove that he was a better Logan, a better teacher and a better mentor than Wolverine.[12] In the end he failed and was afterwards recruited by the Hellfire Academy after killing his future self.[575] Soon after, the Hellfire Academy and the Jean Grey School clashed, Logan and his school proved their superiority and defeated Kade and his Hellfire Academy but unfortunately both Kade Kilgore and Dog Logan were able to escape.[576]

Around that time a dying Beast, afraid of what Cyclops was doing with his revolution decided to go back in time and snatched the original X-Men in order to confront Scott with his younger self.[577] After the younger Beast helped the current Beast survived his latest mutation, Wolverine learned the news and he wanted them to go back to their time immediately, but the original X-Men refused except for the younger Angel who decided as a result to leave the Jean Grey School for the Cyclops' School.[578]

Logan decided to accept the rest of them as students in his school and let them train under Kitty’s leadership for a while.[579] Unfortunately Mystique with the help of Sabretooth and Lady Mastermind reformed the Brotherhood to commit several heists, Lady Mastermind then used her illusions to incriminate the original X-Men.[580]

Logan decided to go to Madripoor with the original X-Men and with the help of the Avengers Unity Division they were able to put an end to Mystique and Sabretooth plans.[581] After the events of the Battle of the Atom crossover both the original X-Men and Kitty left the Jean Grey School and joined Cyclops’ school.

The Return of Dr. Rot and of the Dreaming Maiden[]

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Logan at the mercy of Dr. Rot

After several reports of murders where the victims had their brains removed, Logan became one of the main suspect, it also didn't help that since Logan's last encounter with Dr. Rot he suffered from several episodes of blackout where he didn't remember what he did. To get some answers, Logan decided to return to the Dunwich Sanatorium, in here he discovered many monstrosities created by Dr. Rot, most notably some shapeshifting monsters who took the appearances of people he knew and a diary containing informations about Dr. Rot.[582]

Following the clues, Logan managed to find Dr. Rot but thanks to one of the old Weapon X trigger phrase that Rot discovered the last time he experimented on Logan, he managed to have Logan under his control again by saying: "Dream a dream of pretty prey and blood red as rage," he then resumed his experiments on Logan's brain.[583]

Melita who recognized Dr. Rot modus operandi in those murders, helped the Police and led them to Dr. Rot,[584] in here she was confronted by a mind controlled Logan, who almost killed her. Fortunately Logan managed to break Rot's hold on him by reversing the trigger phrase and breaking it. When he finally found Dr. Rot, he learned that the Weapon X program implanted many more trigger phrases inside his head but also that those shapeshifting monsters he fought were actually some of his mapped memories extracted from his brain and made flesh. After this revelation, Logan killed Dr. Rot and burned his place. Unfortunately because of Dr. Rot's experiments on his brain, Logan lost several memories and most notably he didn't remember who Melita was. Elsewhere Dr. Rot managed to come back to life thanks to Nurse Fester and decided to find everything he could about the Weapon X program.[585]

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Logan and the Dreaming Maiden

Shortly after Melita decided to help Logan remembered some of his lost memories but their session was interrupted by Vanessa Baker who told him that the Dreaming Maiden that Logan hid in 1934-1935, started dreaming again, attracting the attention of the Covenant and Elsa Bloodstone.[586] After fighting several members of the Covenant such as Murderous Lion and Jefferson Chambers and teaming up with Seraph's angels Logan finally found the Dreaming Maiden again.[587]

Unfortunately, in the ensuing battle between Wolverine, Seraph's Angels, and another member of the Covenant named Menace the statue of the Dreaming Maiden was decapitated.[48] After placing the statue of the Dreaming Maiden in the garden of the Jean Grey School, Logan resumed his sessions with Melita in order to remember who she was.[48]

Death and Return[]


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Wolverine wearing the Ablation Armor

Shortly after, during a S.H.I.E.L.D. rescue mission, Wolverine was infected with a Microverse virus that shut down his healing factor.[588] Losing his healing factor proved to be a shock to Logan but Nick Fury Jr. warned him that the sentient virus from the Microverse that removed his healing factor was still present and was spreading all over the world.

The virus was conducting several strikes all over the world against villains who were able to control viruses, and the last viral controller left was The Host. Because she couldn't be killed, she was detained in Wakanda and Nick Fury Jr. feared that the reason she was arrested was because T’Challa was infected and was now controlled by the Microverse virus.[589]

Logan went to Wakanda to check the situation here and to distract T'Challa while Ororo Munroe, Nick Fury Jr. and Victoria Von Frankenstein retrieved the Host. While here a fight broke between Wolverine and Black Panther, both men wanted to test each other to see if they were infected, and to trick the virus into thinking they had a good reason to fight. Once the misunderstanding was resolved and the crisis averted, S.H.I.E.L.D. took The Host into custody and began using her to destroy the Microverse virus. While Logan was in Wakanda, Sabretooth sent Mystique to the Jean Grey School to steal one of Logan's honor sword and to leave him a map with some coordinates, those coordinates would lead Logan to the place he was born: The Howlett Estate.[590]

After checking that the students were safe, Logan and Kitty headed to the Howlett Estate to face Sabretooth and his army. Before they could reach their destination, they were attacked by Batroc the Leaper who was interested in the 10 million bounty Sabretooth put on Logan's head, and despite not having any healing factor Logan was able to defeat him. On the way to the Estate, they were attacked again but this time by Fiber, who didn't want to kill Logan but just hurt him.[591] After Logan and Kitty arrived at the Estate, they discovered that it had been transformed into a mall. Despite this change the place reminded Logan of his childhood’s memories, but shortly after they arrived Logan and Kitty were attacked by the Hand, Lord Deathstrike, the Silver Samurai and Mystique.[592]

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The Wolverine dies tonight!

Wolverine was severely injured by all these attacks and because of Fiber’s previous attack each wounds inflicted to him made his body flinched, his senses were also affected by the Hand’s magic and as a result Logan was acting more and more erratic. Seeing no other way out and welcoming his end with open arms, Logan asked to see Sabretooth one last time.[593]

Sabretooth finally appeared holding Logan's honor sword, Logan tried to fight him but Creed beat him to a pulp but he didn't kill him because letting him live powerless and weak was in Sabretooth's mind a fate much worse than death for Logan. At the same time, thanks to the Host, the Microverse virus was forced to leave every hosts it possessed in the world and was almost destroyed. While the defeated Wolverine was lying on the floor broken physically and mentally, the Microverse virus took possession of a security guard nearby and begged Logan to save it, that it could reactivated his healing factor but Logan refused and the virus died as a result. Logan then broke his honor sword and told the X-Men that the Wolverine was dead.[594]

After this defeat, Logan started to prepare himself to face Sabretooth again and get his healing factor back. Shortly after an encounter with the Superior Spider-Man, Otto created the Ablation Armor for Logan in order for him to protect himself.[595] Now in possession of this armor, Logan left the Jean Grey School (though he remained the leader of the X-Men) and the main Avengers team (though he remained with the Unity Division), and started working for a businessman's squad of mercenaries.[596]

In reality, however, Wolverine was sent to work for the Offer by the S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to trace Sabretooth's whereabouts by killing one of their agents, Agent Monkton.[596][597] With MI13, he eventually tracked Sabretooth down in Madripoor and tried to retrieve an object that Sabretooth was going to use to alter reality, but the mission was a failure and as a result, Pinch's daughter was kidnapped.[598][599]

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The beginning of the end.

Before facing Sabretooth, Wolverine decided to rediscover his martial arts by training with Iron Fist and Shang-Chi and the three of them went to Itsukushima, where they battled several ninjas from the Hand and had an encounter with the entity Death. Logan also encountered Rose's soul and was forgiven by the latter for killing her years ago.[600] With the help of Thor, the X-Men, Damage Control, and S.H.I.E.L.D., Logan was able to defeat Sabretooth and recovered Pinch's daughter.[601]

Despite the loss of his healing factor Logan was still helping the Avengers on several occasions most notably during their battle against the Superior Venom[602] and during their investigation of the Superior Spider-Man.[603] Although Captain America decided to remove him from the main Avengers team, fearing for Logan’s own health and safety.[604] Shortly after dealing with Kang and the Apocalypse Twins, he also quit the Avengers Unity division.[605]

After dealing with some time traveling X-Men and the Future Brotherhood,[606] he tried to make peace with Cyclops after battling some sentinels[607] and he finally succeeded in reforming Quentin Quire.[608]

Around that time while looking for a runaway student he met and teamed up for the first time with the new Miss Marvel,[609] he also teamed up with Deadpool and Captain America in order to stop Butler's plans,[610] he helped the X-Men stopped Azrael's plans and witnessed the return of Nightcrawler,[611] and fought against an army of Wendigo.[612]

Unfortunately, after some time travel adventures,[613] Quentin Quire left his school for a while and a rift was created between the two of them.[614]

Temporary Death[]

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The Death of Wolverine

Logan had a reunion with Mister Fantastic, who explained to him that his entire physical structure is based on the fact that he could heal himself and that now only using his claws could be fatal. He assured him he could reactivate his healing factor but he needed time and asked him not to fight until he could figure it out. Traveling to an island in British Columbia, Canada, Wolverine was attacked again and again by A.I.M. agents, ninjas and other mercs and assassins who came for a bounty in his head. They took most of each other out competing for the bounty and he killed the rest. Logan then returned to the mainland and left a note with a bartender for whomever else came looking for him before heading back to the island. Next came Nuke and several of his mercenaries. One of them was sent to the port, which was set to explode. Wolverine sunk the boat from below and killed the other mercenaries as they tried to escape to the coast, leaving only Nuke alive. Nuke threw Logan against some rocks but he head-butted Nuke with his adamantium skull until he was defeated, he told Nuke to tell everyone that he was the last one he let live and demanded him who put out the contract. Nuke revealed that the contract was to bring him alive and that it was put by the new queen of Madripoor: Viper.[615]

After this revelation, Wolverine traveled there and disguised himself as an arms dealer and offered to sell to one of Viper’s men an Iron Man helmet, demanding to see Viper herself for the deal, which he agreed. Viper saw through Logan's disguise and sent her guards against him, but he defeated them with little effort. He demanded answers and she revealed that a client came to her for various works and that she subcontracted the word out for him. She would tell him who the client was if Logan could beat her “pet”: Sabretooth, who was chained and captured. He explained that she got him out of prison and injected him with her venom, only getting the antidote if he obeyed. She claimed that she wanted one to die and that only the victor if their fight would get what he wanted. Sabretooth attacked Wolverine and slashed his eye, Logan set the helmet to explode and threw it to Creed but the explosion didn't stop him. However, Lady Deathstrike attacked and impaled Sabretooth, allowing Viper to escape, but Logan stopped Deathstrike from killing Sabretooth, claiming that "when it happens, it's not going to happen this way," Yuriko reluctantly let him go. She explained that she didn't come to capture him but that the bounty extended to her and others like them and she barely escaped from Japan from another who took the contract: Lord Ogun. She tracked Logan there in order for them to work together and get to the bottom of it. However, she noticed that his eye didn't regrow and realized the loss of his healing factor and claimed that he can’t help her but decided to exchange his life for her own. However, Kitty arrived and phased her arm through Deathstrike’s chest.[616]

Kitty threatened Yuriko with un-phasing, but Deathstrike tried to attack her and Kitty un-phased her hand and broke Deathstrike’s right hand and told her to leave. Wolverine passed out due to his wounds, but Kitty injected him with a Regen Serum, which healed him. They traveled to Japan to find Ogun. In Tokyo, Logan considered that it may never stopped until he died and contemplated ending it now but ultimately decided to live out the remainder of his life, however short it turned out to be. Kitty kissed him until he stopped her, she then taunted him on what happened to Jean, Mariko and Rose. Logan then realized that Kitty was possessed by Ogun, his old master revealed that Kitty came looking for Logan in Japan and he decided to possess her. He offered to release her if Logan surrendered but Logan refused and they fought. Ogun threw him into a house, where Logan took a samurai armor and some swords and battled Ogun, who started losing control of Kitty's body as she was fighting him and Logan taunted him that he couldn’t win against two of his students at the same time, as a result Kitty was able to force Ogun's spirit out of her body. Kitty insisted that Logan went after Ogun’s new body and told him she heard the name of who put the contract while Ogun was in her head: Abraham Cornelius. Wolverine tracked Ogun to a factory and found the corpse of Cyber, which was recuperated by Ogun, melting in acid. Ogun revealed that Cornelius was paying great money for Cyber's skin, some swords and other articles. Wolverine assumed he was looking for his adamantium skeleton and Ogun told him where Cornelius was, Paradise Valley in Nevada. Claiming he didn't know more, he threatened Logan with stepping to the acid and killing his vessel but promised to Logan he would find another vessel and leave his current one unharmed if Logan simply let him go. Before departing Ogun also offered to Wolverine more Regen Serum but Logan claimed he was done living forever and told him to warn Cornelius that he was coming for him.[617]

Wolverine then traveled to Cornelius' facility in Paradise Valley. Using improvised fake claws, he killed the guards and broke into his lab, where he witnessed Cornelius experimenting on innocent people. He demanded to know what he was doing and Cornelius claimed that he was "getting it right," claiming that he deserved to be known for something other than helping to make a killer unkillable. Cornelius claimed that he was responsible for what Logan was and that his test subjects were conditioned to do whatever they were told to do, revealing that all they needed was the adamantium. He told him that he had enough adamantium and that what he needed was his healing factor for the subjects to survive, the Regen Serum being his attempt to recreate it. Cornelius told him that he could save his test subjects by giving him his healing factor, but Logan made a cut in his hand and let it bleed, showing Cornelius the loss of his healing factor. Cornelius then ordered a volunteer of his program, Sharp, who was made into a fighting machine, to kill Logan. During the fight, Cornelius activated his machines on the test subjects and taunted Logan, claiming that he was an animal and that Sharp was perfect; however, Logan tricked Sharp into breaking the glass protecting Cornelius, who was hurt by a shard of glass, Logan then knocked out Sharp and crushed his armor, though Cornelius activated the adamantium merging process and escaped.

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What's left of Logan, after he suffocates from the hardening Adamantium

Wolverine unleashed his claws to slash the batch of liquid adamantium before it was injected and the metal covered his entire body in the process. He injected the subjects with the Regen Serum left around and went after Cornelius before the adamantium hardened. A soldier tried to help Cornelius escaped but he ran away when Logan arrived. Wolverine then killed Cornelius as he asked him what he ever did beside killing, Logan then reflected on his life and said: "Enough." Wolverine then died from suffocation from the hardening adamantium, kneeling in the sunset,[618] leaving Storm in charge of the X-Men and the team heartbroken.

After the facility exploded,[619] Logan's petrified body was left in its ruins, where it was located by Shogun, Skel, Neuro, Endo, and Junk, along with the "Wolverines." They planned to use Logan's petrified body to find a way to prevent their deaths. However, Mister Sinister took the body with him to his fortress, from where the X-Men later retrieved it.[620]

The X-Men initially placed Logan's body in a cabin hidden in Alberta, with a shrine built by Forge in his honor for people to pay their respects; however, they rapidly decided to find a better way to put him to rest. Kitty Pryde phased Logan's corpse out of the Adamantium casing, and he was given a proper burial in a secret location. The casing remained in Alberta as a memorial,[621] which was later shown to an alternate version of Wolverine by Steve Rogers and Kate Bishop.[622]

Hunt for Wolverine[]

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Where is Wolverine?

Months following Logan's death, his body was found by Persephone who resurrected him as one of her undead killer.[621] With the reanimated corpse of Logan under her control, Persephone used it to carry out assassinations and other type of dirty jobs all over the world,[623][624] including activating a prototype machine, which killed 343 people in Maybelle, Arizona,[625] as part of Persephone's efforts to extend the reach of her abilities.[626]

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The reanimated corpse of Wolverine under Persephone's control

Around that time, the Reavers tried to steal Logan's corpse and broke his adamantium casing believing his valuable body was still inside. To their surprise the casing was empty and they were apprehended by the X-Men and Alpha Flight, but one member of the Reavers named Starshine managed to escape and warn Lady Deathstrike that Logan's body wasn't in the adamantium casing, which prompted her to gather a team and to start looking for Logan's missing corpse.

After the battle with the Reavers, Kitty Pryde also discovered that Logan's body had gone missing from his unmarked grave, as a result she rallied numerous superheroes to find him, from the X-Men to his least close associates.[621] Despite finding several leads that connected Wolverine's return to Soteira,[627][623][628][629] their investigation was interrupted when Persephone attacked the X-Mansion and threatened to kill latent mutants around the world if they didn't stop looking into it.[624]


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Back from the dead

Shortly after Persephone decided to dress Logan's reanimated corpse in his old yellow costume in order to impress Dr. Bernard Delacroix;[630] however, something happened with Logan's healing factor,[626] and he came back to life, breaking free from Persephone's control and killing several Soteira soldiers in the process.[630]

Now in control of his body, but without any memories and with his claws burning hot for unknown reasons, Logan started to track a Soteira kill team led by Zagreus. After witnessing the murder of a scientist by one of Zagreus' men, Logan decided to intervene, but was quickly stopped by a reanimated Omega Red and lost consciousness. Logan then saw Persephone on the astral plane and discovered that his missing memories were metaphorically represented by various personas locked within a prison of the mind. Persephone gave him a key to open any cell he wanted before kissing him and telling him that she was the one who brought him back to life. Logan then woke up and met Ana, who told him she needed his help to save her son. Logan agreed to help her and opened a cell in his mind freeing his heroic persona.[630]

Logan then stole a boat and started to track Zagreus and his team, along the way Zagreus sent both a reanimated Daken and the reanimated Omega Red after him. With the help of Ana, Logan managed to defeat them and tracked Zagreus to Persephone's island. At the same time, Jean Grey discovered that Logan was alive.[631]

Thanks to the help of Cypher the X-Men managed to locate Logan on Persephone's island where they were quickly attacked by both Soteira's police forces and the island's citizens. Hearing some screams, Logan decided to investigate and after learning from one of the wounded island's citizen that the X-Men were evil, Logan decided to fight them.[632]

With the help of his X-Force persona, Logan was able to defeat Nightcrawler, and while Jean Grey was distracted by her battle with Soteira forces, he used this confusion to take her down as well, though Iceman intervened and froze Logan to try to reason with him in order to calm him down. Unfortunately Logan didn't listen to Iceman, and seeing no other choices, he opened another cell in his mind and unleashed his berserker persona. As a result his claws started to heat up and Logan cut Iceman in half.[632]

Storm quickly intervened to protect Iceman from Logan and after Persephone warned Kitty that if the X-Men didn't leave she would use Logan to kill all of the persons on her island, Kitty and the X-Men had no choice but to abandon Logan in retreat. Logan was then ambushed by all the island's citizens, who tried to subdue him; however, he managed to take a lot of them down until he fell unconscious thanks to his "hot claws" sapping his energy.[633]

Logan woke up shortly after in an hospital with Ana at his side, she revealed that he did well and that her son was okay, thought it was quickly revealed that Ana was none other than a vessel used by Persephone all along and that she, her son, and all the people on this island died a long time ago and were merely used as reanimated drones by Persephone in an effort to strengthen her abilities. After telling Logan about her powers, she revealed that the X-Men he attacked were in reality his friends, she then told him to follow her brother Zagreus to their space station where he could meet her.[633]

Once on Persephone's space station, Logan discovered that Soteira had gathered a small group of gifted people and that she intended to kill everyone else on Earth in order to resurrect them as drones under her control to help build the perfect society. She also revealed to Logan that she was the one who resurrected him as one of her undead soldiers and he killed for her all around the world, but that somehow Logan's healing factor brought him back to life when he met Delacroix.[626]

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Wolverine in space

She then told him that because of his actions, the world now knew that Wolverine was a monster and that his friends would never trust him nor love him again, but that thanks to her plan he could leave the past behind and start a new life in her future world. Logan refused, and as a result she tried to kill him, though he managed to survive and discovered that Persephone's plan hinged upon her satellite network, which Logan managed to destroy with the help of Soteira members that were having second thoughts about the ethicality of the plan.[626]

Seeing that the Persephone's space station was the only thing that could still threaten the world, Logan decided to destroy it as well, but on his way he was confronted by Zagreus and a kill team who beat him to a pulp. Without any other solution, Logan decided to open all the cells in his mind, except for the berserker cell, and as a result he regained most of his memories and most especially his fighting experience.[626]

Finally whole, Logan easily defeated Zagreus and despite Persephone's threats to forever haunt him as a ghost, he crashed her space station into the Pacific. Logan survived and was rescued by some deep sea fisherman.[626]

Infinity Watch[]

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Wolverine and Loki facing Warbringer

Now back to the land of the livings, Logan decided to head back to the X-Mansion but on the way to the mansion he was summoned by the Fantastic Four to help them against the Endlings and the Griever at the End of All Things.[634] Once done Logan was sent back to earth[635] and met with an older version of himself[636] before finally arriving at the mansion.[626][637]

While here he discovered that the mansion was in ruins, that the X-Men were dead and that Loki was standing alone in here and was blaming him for the events of the recent Infinity Wars. After Logan explained to Loki, that he had nothing to do with all of this, a future version of Wolverine hosting the Phoenix Force appeared and explained to Loki that he was the one that Loki met during the Infinity Wars.

After clearing the misunderstanding, this Phoenix Wolverine gave to Logan a Time Bat and told to both him and Loki to track the new wielder of the time stone: Hector Bautista. The Phoenix Wolverine then went back to the future in order to help King Thor against Doom and die.[637]

Unfortunately, Wolverine and Loki weren't the only ones after Hector, a Chitauri warrior named Warbringer landed on earth and decided to kill Hector and retrieved the time stone. Fortunately, Logan and Loki were able to trick him into leaving the earth but soon after the Fraternity of Raptors appeared and captured Hector.[638]

To track him, Logan and Loki enrolled the help of Bats and together they managed to find the location of Hector who was tortured by the raptors leader: Talonar. Logan and Loki were overwhelmed by the dozens of raptors and as a result Logan was captured but Loki managed to escape and decided to find Gloria Rider (the mother of Talonar) in order to free both Wolverine and Hector.[639]

Wolverine was then sent into a burning chamber in order to be killed but Logan managed to escape and thanks to Bats' help he was able to get his hands on his time bat. The power of the time bat fully regenerated Logan who then defeated all the raptors until he found both Loki and Hector. But after finding them, they were attacked by the Time Variance Authority and then by Warbringer who wanted his revenge after being tricked by Logan and Loki previously.[640]

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Wolverine, Loki and Hector

Warbringer's attack damaged the ship which was about to explode, but after listening to Logan's advice Hector froze time completely to save everyone but he was unable to make it start again. After a while, Hector was able to unfreeze time, and with Talonar’s help Logan, Loki, Hector, Bats and Gloria were able to teleport back to earth while the ship exploded with Warbringer and Logan's time bat still inside.

Back on earth, Logan asked Hector, now calling himself “Overtime,” to help him go back in time in order to save the X-Men but Hector refused and after fighting Logan, he disappeared. Angry after what happened, Logan wanted answers from Loki about what was his plan and about finding a way to save the X-Men. After telling Logan that he foresaw his own death, Loki told him that the X-Men were dead and he needed to move on. Still angry after what happened with Hector and in denial about the X-Men “death,” Logan decided to leave.

In the future, King Thor now all alone after the death of the Phoenix Wolverine against Doom, learned that Logan and Loki were successful in their mission and that the clock has been reset for the Infinity Watch.[641]

This Is Forever[]

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Cyclops and Wolverine are back as "The Last X-Men"

Shortly after his cosmic adventure with Loki, Logan went to a bar where he fought against several drunk men until the arrival of the new Black King: Emma Frost. Emma told Logan that Cyclops was alive and she needed his help to protect him, Logan was happy to hear that Scott was alive but he was still shocked by the death of the X-Men and didn't trust Emma so he asked her to leave him alone. Emma decided to mess with Logan's mind and removed all the memories of her from it and implanted a mental suggestion that would lead Logan to find Scott.[642]

Soon after Wolverine found Cyclops and met a younger version of Cable who asked him to protect Scott and to find someone who knew about the future. Logan decided to go see Layla Miller and Jamie Madrox and then went to the Morlocks tunnels in order to find Blindfold. After dispatching O*N*E soldiers and meeting Callisto, Logan found Velocidad who told him the location of Blindfold.[643]

After meeting Blindfold who told him to follow Cable's advice, Logan decided to track Scott in order to protect him, along the way he met Black Widow and the Winter Soldier who discovered that Logan was alive. Cyclops then made a call asking to every surviving X-Man to meet him where it all began in Westchester; however, only the Reavers, the Purifiers, and the Sapien League answered his call, and were about to kill him, when Logan intervened and together they made quick work of their foes. Once the battle was over, Wolverine told Cyclops it was time to get to work.[643]

Wolverine and Cyclops decided to rescue several mutants held prisoners by the O*N*E and the general Calahan, during this rescue mission they discovered that some of them, such as Strong Guy, were used as a new type of sentinels. After rescuing Wolfsbane, Magik, Havok, Mirage and Karma, the team was almost killed by a bomb planted into one of the Madrox dupes also held prisoner by the O*N*E but unfortunately Guido wasn't so lucky and died.[644]

Afterwards thanks to Magik, the team was able to escape and relocated to Harry's Hideaway while Wolverine returned to the ruins of the Xavier's institute and brought back some costumes for the team, Logan decided to wear his classic brown costume again. Now ready, Cyclops created a list of things the X-Men needed to take care of and their first target was Dark Beast.

Shortly after, Wolverine discovered one of Dark Beast's working lab in a warehouse on Long Island, but once here the X-Men were attacked by several Madrox dupes that were captured and experimented on by Dark Beast. After the team made quick work of Dark Beast army, the real Jamie Madrox appeared and revealed that he was also investigating the disappearance of his dupes. Despite the trauma, Jamie decided to reabsorb his dead dupes and discovered the location of Dark Beast.

The team was able to track Dark Beast who revealed that he was now half mutant, half cyborg since his resurrection. The X-Men stopped him and kept him as a prisoner but before they could celebrate their victory they discovered that the Mutant Liberation Front (MLF) was back with Banshee amongst their ranks and that they were led by one of the X-Men own: Hope Summers.[645]

Afterwards Cyclops decided to strike a deal with Valerie Cooper in order to have access to classified informations and intelligence reports which could be useful to the X-Men, at the same time the other X-Men were able to catch Reaper in order to use him to infiltrate Hope's MLF. With the Dark Beast as their prisoner, Cyclops intended to use his skills to help the team, to gain the trust of the X-Men, Dark Beast gave them the location of one of his old teammate: Scrambler. After the X-Men arrived at Scrambler's location, he attacked them and tried to run away, Wolverine decided to pursue him but before he could catch him, Callisto stabbed Logan in his right eye with one of her knife. Fortunately both Callisto and Scrambler were quickly caught by Madrox, Callisto then revealed that she stabbed Logan because she wanted to be the one to make Scrambler pay for what he did.

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The new X-Men team assembled by Cyclops and Wolverine

The X-Men then discovered that Scrambler killed several Morlocks and that Chamber and Shogo were ones of the few survivors. In order to find a new home for the surviving members of the Morlocks, Cyclops struck a deal with Valerie Cooper and in exchange for taking care of an extremist group in Chernayan that stole several S.H.I.E.L.D. and Latverian technologies, the Morlocks were allowed to relocate here and live in peace. After this small victory, Chamber decided to give Shogo to Callisto and joined the X-Men in order to have his revenge on the Marauders but shortly after while the X-Men were celebrating their victory, Captain America appeared and told Cyclops they needed to have a talk.[646]

Captain America warned Cyclops and the X-Men to not trust Valerie Cooper but also that he could help them and after giving them an Avengers card he left. Wolverine and Cyclops decided that it was time to take care of Hope and the MLF as they were going to kill an anti-mutant politician at political rally. After Magik teleported them at the rally, the X-Men made quick work of the MLF while Cyclops decided to confront Hope and Banshee on his own. After seeing that Hope was getting ready to murder a politician, Scott tried to reason with her, but Hope who was blaming Scott and the X-Men for Cable’s death didn't want to hear any of it so he decided to take down Banshee before confronting Hope again.

Hope pointed her gun at Scott and told him he came back too soft and that the world had no place for soft anymore, as she was about to shoot Magik teleported Logan behind her but despite his intervention the shot was fired and Cyclops was hit in the eye.

Angry about what Hope just did, Logan swore he would kill her but Hope managed to borrow Cyclops’ powers and blasted Wolverine away before killing the politician. Thanks to his healing factor, Logan was quickly back on his feet and impaled Hope on his claws and was about to kill her when the injured Cyclops told him to spare her before falling unconscious and in a coma for six days.[647]


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Wolverine, the Immortal Hulk and Weapon H

After he discovered that both Bruce Banner and Logan came back to life, Dario Agger decided to trick them into fighting Clayton “Clay” Cortez a.k.a Weapon H who betrayed him previously.[648] Since his return, Logan spent several weeks tracking down Weapon H and thanks to the anonymous tips from Dario Agger, he finally found him in a brawl with both Hulk and the Leader, Logan decided to intervene and engaged into a battle with Weapon H.[649]

The battle was short as Weapon H weakened by the Leader's gamma altering virus and by Logan's attacks decide to run away in order to track the Leader who threatened his family. As Clay ran away from their fight, Logan understood that all of this was just a set up and as a result he decided to help both Clay and Bruce Banner.[650] When the trio understood who was behind all of this, Logan and Bruce were kidnapped by the Leader and Doctor Alba and with the use of nanotechnology the mad scientists managed to combine the DNA and the powers of the two heroes and turned them into "Hulkverines."

Full of rage and uncontrollable, they were set loose near a nuclear reactor where they started to destroy everything before turning on each other. Weapon H being the only one able to survive the radiation decided to intervene and put an end to this madness but he was no match against the two Hulkverines and was about to get killed until he saw both the Leader and Doctor Alba from afar.

Weapon H decided to run away and lure both Hulk and Wolverine to the Leader and Alba, seeing no other choice the two villains decided to revert Logan and Bruce to their original form before teleporting away. The battle over, Clay rejoined his family while Logan and Bruce decided to go get a drink.[651]

War of the Realms[]

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Wolverine, the Punisher, Valkyrie and Doctor Strange facing Malekith army

After his team up with the Immortal Hulk and Weapon H, Wolverine decided to go to a bar and get some drinks but unfortunately at the same time the Earth was attacked by Malekith and his army. After meeting with the Punisher, Wolverine decided to intervene, he fought Malekith's army and helped refugees to go to Doctor Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum where Strange was supposed to teleport them away thanks to one of his spell.[652]

Unfortunately, Strange's spell proved to be too powerful and it teleported both the refugees and the heroes away leaving earth defenseless against Malekith's army which resulted in the death of Valkyrie.[653]

After being teleported to the Avengers Mountain, Wolverine met with his old Avengers teammates Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Spider-Man and Captain America and together they decided to head to Utgard the capital city of Jotunheim where Thor has been trapped by Malekith. Now in the Land of the Giants, the team was attacked by several Frost Giants but in the end they were able to defeat them, the battle over Logan heard Thor's screams from afar.

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The New Avengers

Before they could investigate the screams, the team met the Superior Spider-Man and the West Coast Avengers which allowed Logan and Quentin Quire to have a brief reunion. After some talks with Spider-Man, Otto Octavius and the West Coast Avengers went back to California to face Malekith’s army.[654]

The team then resumed their investigation and they discovered that Thor was in a berserker state and had killed several frost giants.[655] The team was able to extract Thor and after paying their respect after the death of the Valkyrior Steeds that helped them during their mission, they returned to Avengers Mountain in order to plan the next phase of their offensive against Malekith army.[656][655]

Logan then went to Shanghai and helped both Hogun and Fandral against several Fire Goblins,[657] once done he went to back to New York City and helped She-Hulk, the Punisher and the League of the Realms against Malekith’s army until it was defeated. Now that the war was over, Logan told Frank he would buy him a beer to celebrate their victory, but the Punisher refused saying that his war wasn’t over yet.[658]

The Savage Avengers[]

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Wolverine vs Conan

Not long after the end of the War of the Realms, Wolverine discovered that his friend Signore Saviano has been kidnapped. Despite missing some of his memories, Logan still remembered Saviano who helped him in the past. During his investigations, Logan was attacked by members of the Hand that he quickly dispatched but before killing the last of them he learned that his friend was taken to the City of Sickles in the Savage Land.[659]

Wolverine then went to the Savage Land to rescue his friend (unknown to Logan Saviano was already dead) and fought against the Hand again until he met a strange barbarian named Conan. Conan mistakenly attacked Logan and a fight broke between them, but after a while Conan finally understood that Logan didn't want to kill him and they decided to help each other. After parting way, Wolverine discovered that Doctor Voodoo had been captured by this strange cult and despite Logan's pleas Jericho was killed in front of him by a Sickle Priest.[660]

Furious about what happened, Logan teared through several Hand Soldiers and faced the murderer of Jericho, despite gaining the upper hand the Sickle Priest was able to escape. Still hopeful he could help Jericho, Logan decided to perform an open heart surgery on him, then used his own blood while doing some CPR which brought Jericho back to life. Jericho then helped Logan fighting against the Hand until they faced the leader of this cult, a wizard named Kulan Gath.[661]

Unfortunately, Voodoo and Wolverine were no match against Kulan Gath and as a result Logan was captured and used as a blood sacrifice by the mad wizard in order to awaken Jhoatun Lau the Marrow God, while Voodoo managed to escape in order to find a way to free Logan. Voodoo faced Kulan Gath once again shortly after but this time, he was joined by Conan, the Punisher and Elektra and together they were able to free Logan.[662]

But it was too late Kulan Gath was able to summon the Marrow God, Wolverine and the team tried to fight both Kulan Gath and Jhoatun Lau but they proved to be too powerful for them. Logan was absorbed by the Marrow God who was then teleported by Kulan Gath to Shanghai which prompted Conan, Elektra, Punisher and Voodoo to follow it.[663]

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