The “Wolverine goes to Hell” storyline, the first arc of the fourth Wolverine series, continues with part four in this issue, with Wolverine already in Hell since issue #1 and a ton of hellish stuff going on since, both down in Hell and up in the “real world” as his evil demonic twin rampages on Utopia. A few brief appearances by Puck in issues #2 and #3 set up another appearance in this issue.
After last issue’s disappointing “words of encouragement” cameo, the action picks up quite a bit. As Wolverine is engaged in brutal one-on-one (or should I say sword-on-claws) combat with the Devil, Puck and the “old-timer” that we saw him talking to in issue #2 lay out their plans, which includes escape for Puck and Wolverine. During this exchange, Puck reveals that he has a clue that this old-timer isn’t who he claims to be, calling out his suspicions boldly, and I’m glad writer Jason Aaron didn’t play Puck for the fool, choosing instead to give him the wary smarts of a world traveler that we’d expect.
After Logan wins the aforementioned combat, the Devil’s gigantic soul sword is up for grabs. Some minor demon picks it up and declares himself the Lord of Hell. This deserves a rock upside the head, of course, thrown by Puck, as he leads an army of murdering badasses against the swarming demons.
Now, this is the kind of thing the reader was expecting after that determined look on his face in issue #2! It’s a great little sequence that seems just right for Puck and I really can’t think of anyone else from Logan’s past who could have pulled this off any better.
In a scene from the “real world” after Demon Wolverine attacks the X-Men on Utopia, there is one panel that could be a possible appearance from Mister Jeffries. As Cecilia Reyes tends to Iceman and Dr. Kavita Rao tends to Angel, a figure dressed in what appears to be the same type of clothes worn by Jeffries stands behind Angel. Unfortunately, the figure is cut off by the top edge of the panel, so it’s not clear who it is. Since so few mutants dress in civilian clothes and it’s clearly not Dr. Nemesis, it’s suspected that it could be him.
Note: this issue has a variant cover by Marko Djurdjevic, taken from a much larger Wolverine poster and a Tron variant by Brandon Peterson. For those of you keeping track of these sorts of things, Marvel’s parent company, Disney, released Tron: Legacy on December 17, 2010, and this variant was published in the same week on the 15th.
|Wolverine #4 – Djurdjevic variant|
|Wolverine #4 – Tron variant|