Vindicator in Wolverine, Punisher & Ghost Rider: Official Index to the Marvel Universe #3

Wolverine, Punisher & Ghost Rider: Official Index to the Marvel Universe #3
Dec 2011

Note: Despite being clearly printed on the cover, “Official Index to the Marvel Universe: Wolverine, Punisher & Ghost Rider” is not the actual title of this series. The indicia reveals it reversed as above.

The Official Index to the Marvel Universe, or OITTMU, continues in its third incarnation after taking on Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men in the first series and the Avengers, Captain America, and Thor in the second. This third series coves the massive set of comics for Wolverine and Punisher, and the large but not as massive Ghost Rider series. The index contains detailed synopses of individual comics, including all of the relevant data pertaining to the comic as well as a thumbnail of the cover art, 2 issues per page (roughly). Vindicator (Mac) appears in this issue in reprinted art from the cover of Wolverine #95 (Nov 1995).

Originally, the solicits for this issue indicated it would start at issue #75 for the Wolverine section of the book, but the writers only got so far as issue #70 last issue. The contents were estimated a bit off, but since it’s under, not over, it means readers got more detail on a per-issue basis than originally anticipated. The Wolverine section continues from issues #71 through #100, inclusive of a few special issues published during that portion of the run. Alpha Flight members appear in issues 76, 77, 83, 84, 91, 92 and 95, with Mac on the cover of issue #95.

Cover of Wolverine #95
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The accompanying text for these issues note the appearances of Mac and Heather, with notes and the usual details of chronology, which weren’t that hard to discern at the time because most of these issues took place in the hiatus between the end of Alpha Flight v1 and the beginning of Alpha Flight v2. The comments also confirm the error on Beast’s part to call Mac “Guardian” in issues #91 and #92 (at the time Heather was going by Guardian and Mac was Vindicator as correctly indicated on the cover text above). But don’t get too much of a headache – these index books are perfect for sorting out these types of pesky details!

Also contained in this index are the four issues of Wolverine re-named “Weapon X” for the 1995 Age of Apocalypse crossover. AoA Box appears in issue #2 of that series. He was chopped up by Weapon X (the AoA version of Wolverine) and generally considered to have been killed, but it had never been confirmed until now. The text confirms that even though AoA Jeffries was phased into his armor, Weapon X’s brutal attack was fatal.

Of all the indexed issues mentioned above, the only Alpha Flight image appearing in this book is the cover for Wolverine #95. The actual image shown inside is a tiny thumbnailed image, so here is an inset from the actual cover to that issue featuring Mac as he slams hard into Wolverine, preventing him from engaging in what Mac believes is a rage-fueled street brawl.


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3 Responses to “Vindicator in Wolverine, Punisher & Ghost Rider: Official Index to the Marvel Universe #3”

  1. flightpath07 / dredd sweet Says:

    Considering James’ Vindicator suit was designed to withstand Logan’s claws specifically, you’d think Vindy would be able to take him down instead of always seeming to end up with a loss or a tie 😦
    It’s like being Bill Murray stuck in Father’s Day, always getting a bad tie. 🙂

    • rplass Says:

      He did take him down. The image on the cover looks like a mid-air collision, but the actual take-down was a very hard THOOM slam straight into the ground. Because Mac had been observing Logan from a nearby rooftop, his angle of approach was from way above and from behind – straight down into the shoulder blades with a good shove and definitely out of the path of Wolverine’s claws.

  2. flightpath07 / dredd sweet Says:

    Flight powers and distance attacks mean that James should always take down Logan. Keeping him down…well, that’s another story. But just because he heals, doesn’t mean he can’t get knocked out!

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