Marvel Comics Presents (1st series) #81

Issue Date: 
July 1991
Story Title: 
Weapon X - chapter nine (1st story)

First story:Barry Windsor-Smith (writer, penciler and co-letterer), Jim Novak (co-letterer), Barry Windsor-Smith (front cover), Mark Chiarello (back cover), Kelly Corvese (assistant editor), Terry Kavanagh (editor), Tom DeFalco (editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

First story:

Logan makes short work of the security guards that rescue the Professor from his clutches. It’s a massacre and, once he’s killed them, he heads for the Professor once again. With his hand cut off, the Professor joins Hines and Cornelius. They head to the adamantium reactor, where the Professor hopes they will be safe. Hines grabs a gun from a dead guard when they arrive, and passes it to Cornelius. He is asked to try shooting the harness off Logan, which should shut him down. The Professor contacts his superiors on the main computer, but doesn’t receive an answer as he begs for mercy. Logan shuts the power off by cutting the main lines, and makes his way inside the reactor. As the Professor thinks of an idea, Logan appears, and he ain’t happy.

Full Summary: 

First story:

Security guards have rescued the Professor from Logan’s hands, but they themselves are struggling in the face of his ferocious assault. Using his speed, his strength and his claws, he slices his way through them, and even bullets don’t appear to be able to put him down. The head of security informs Cornelius that they’re losing men fast. It’s a massacre.

The Professor is taken to safety by one of the men, and by the time he reaches Cornelius and Hines, he is bleeding badly from having lost his right hand. The guard tells him that a stretcher is coming, but he replies that he doesn’t need a stretcher. It’s his hand that’s missing, not his leg! Carol Hines asks Cornelius for his tie, which she uses as a makeshift tourniquet, and she asks the Professor to keep his arm raised. Cornelius wants to get him to the infirmary, but the Professor simply wants to get out of there. Instead, he says they need to get to the adamantium reactor. It’s the only place safe from the weapon. Cornelius figures security would have taken care of Logan, but the Professor asks him not to be so stupid. They didn’t stand a chance.

Logan has indeed killed most of the guards, and his feet makes a shlukk sound as he wades through the river of blood and tangled pile of bodies that lay in his wake. A solitary guard remains, leaning against a wall. He is asked his status, and he replies that there’s nothing left. He sees Logan approaching him. “Sir? He’s coming for m…”

The Professor, Hines and Cornelius arrive at the adamantium reactor. A large yellow sign warns of the dangers within. The Professor asks Hines to grab the gun from a dead guard, and she does. She offers it to him, but he asks what he’s going to do with it. She should give it to Cornelius. He asks the Professor what’s going on. What’s he going to do with a rifle?

As Logan makes his way out of the Professor’s lab, the Professor informs Cornelius that he must fire it at the first opportunity. He might not be able to kill Logan, but if he can shoot his harness, that should stop him. Cornelius finds this ridiculous. Even if Logan is still alive, the systems are down. The Professor assures him that they aren’t down. They are in the control of… another. Cornelius asks who, but he is told it is not his place to know that. “You’ve got some gall, Professor,” he replies, as the Professor groans from the pain. He buckles as he’s lost so much blood, and knows he’s got to bandage the wound.

He becomes a little morose. “Dead wood, Cornelius. I am considered dead wood.” Cornelius replies that he’s more like dead meat, and tells him he’s delirious and in shock. The Professor snarls that if the door doesn’t keep Logan back, he will soon discover what shock is. Yes, indeed. Carol Hines has been tapping away at a computer console, and the Professor asks her to stop as it’s irritating him. She informs him that it shows Logan to be fully active and in tunnel two, moving in their direction.

He steps in and, using his left hand, taps away himself. He asks if it’s connected to the main computers. She replies that it is the main computer. He inputs some codes that Carol doesn’t recognize, and she informs him that they’re not part of the central code. Cornelius asks her to drop it. He doesn’t think they’re part of the game anymore. The Professor contacts his superiors. He asks them if they’re surprised that Logan didn’t kill him. Why are they doing this to him? He is not part of this rabble. He begs them for an answer but receives none.

Logan arrives at the reactor door and proceeds to use his adamantium claws to slice through it. Those inside can hear him, and Cornelius knows they have to get out of there. He asks Hines if she’s scared. She says she is. “And you?” she enquires. “To death,” replies Cornelius. Logan’s claws make short work of the power lines, and the computer inside shuts off, much to the Professor’s annoyance. Emergency lighting kicks in to provide them with a means to see.

Cornelius knows that Logan must be inside by now. Hines informs him that, with the power off, the turbines for the adamantium reactor shut down. Cornelius feels that is the least of his worries. Hines continues to point out that the turbines maintain the adamantium coolant. Shut off, it will reduce the charged compound. They must purge the core, or they could just blow up. The Professor gets an idea, just as Logan appears before him, screaming like a caged animal.

Characters Involved: 

First Story:


The Professor

Dr. Abraham B. Cornelius

Carol Hines

Security guards

Story Notes: 

The other features in the issue are:

2nd story: Captain America, “Wargod (part 2 of 2).

3rd story: Ant-Man. “Time Bomb.”

4th story: Daredevil, “The Call.”

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