Uncanny X-Men (1st series) #252

Issue Date: 
November 1989
Story Title: 
Where’s Wolverine?!?

Chris Claremont (writer), Rick Leonardi (Guest penciler), Kent Williams (Guest inker), Glynis Oliver (colorist), Tom Orzechowski (letterer), Bob Harras (editor), Tom DeFalco (editor in chief)

Brief Description: 

The Reavers find Wolverine missing from his crucifix and search the base for him. Jubilee helps Wolverine recover, then they attempt to escape the complex before being found by Donald Pierce’s cyborg hounds.

Full Summary: 

Donald Pierce comes out of the Australian base to find Wolverine missing from his crucifix. After smashing the crucifix in rage he tells the Reavers to search the entire base for Wolverine. Lady Deathstrike questions his leadership abilities, before Pierce admits he is attracted to her, at which point they embrace but Lady Deathstrike warns him not to mess her about. Reese, Cole and Macon start searching through one of the buildings, but appear to find nothing. Overhead Jubilee waits in the shadows before stealing some food from the fridge. Jubilee then climbs through the tunnels before coming to a halt as she notices Pierce below her. Luckily he doesn’t see her and she continues on until she arrives at her make shift home in tunnels and pipes below the base where wolverine is lying on the bed bandaged up. Wolverine awakes to hallucinations of Carol Danvers and Nick Fury standing over him. Whilst still disorientated, Logan grabs Jubilee and the hallucinations of Carol and Nick tell him to let go of her and that she has been helping him. Wolverine pops his claws at Jubilee, who in shock hits him with one of her plasma blasts. Wolverine realises his mistake before slipping unconscious.
Meanwhile Donald Pierce and Bonebreaker use the complex’s computer to scan the complex for Logan. They notice that Pretty Boy is in Wolverine's room and Lady Deathstrike is about to approach. Inside Wolverines room Pretty Boy starts smashing everything up with the Clan Yashida Honor sword that Wolverine owns. Lady Deathstrike enters and steals the sword away from him telling him that he shouldn’t touch the sword; she takes the sword from Pretty Boy and leaves the room. Bonebreaker realises that the computer scanning equipment is altering as if being a living organism and they will be unable to use it to find Wolverine, Pierce says this isn’t a problem as they can use the cyborg dingos to hunt Wolverine down.
Wolverine is sat at a campfire opposite Gateway and Jubilee is wandering around them wondering why they are outside when they should be hiding, suddenly they reappear in the tunnels and Wolverine tells her that they are back in the real world after spending a short moment in Dreamtime. Pierce and the Reavers enter the tunnels with the hounds but split up to cover more ground faster. Skullbuster, Bonebreaker and Pretty Boy spot what they believe to be Wolverine and start shooting, cut to Macon, Reese and Cole who hear noise up ahead. Suddenly Pretty Boy appears and tells them to run for their lives as the tunnel starts to flood (caused by the gunshots). Lady Deathstrike discovers Jubilee‘s quarters, but it’s empty. At least she now knows that Wolverine has help (of a child by the looks of the room) and that they already are on the way out. Deathstrike decides to hide the Yashida blade in this room since it would be safe there till Wolverine might one day return to pick it up.
Pierce’s hounds catch Wolverine’s scent and attack him, however Wolverine cuts them to pieces with his claws, he then beckons Pierce on before jubilee jumps the cyborg from behind and attacks with her plasma blasts, knocking him under a pile of rubble.

Characters Involved: 

Jubilee, Wolverine (all X-Men)

Gateway (X-Men ally, in a dream sequence)

Bonebreaker, Lady Deathstrike, Cole, Macon, Donald Pierce, Pretty Boy, Reese, Skullbuster (all Reavers)

Carol Danvers, Nick Fury (wolverine hallucination)

Mariko Yashida (photo in wolverines room)

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