Friday, May 5, 2017
X-amining Wolverine #66
In a Nutshell
Wolverine searches for information about Terry Adams.
Writer: Larry Hama
Artist: Mark Texeira
Art Assist: Steve Birsi
Letterer: Pat Brosseau
Colorist: Steve Buccelato
Editor: Bob Harras
Editor-in-Chief: Tom DeFalco
In Canada, Wolverine enters a bar called Prophecy, looking for information about Terry Adams. At the X-Mansion, the X-Men are concerned about Wolverine's bedroom, which he appears to have destroyed himself, and Professor X admits he tampered with Wolverine's mind after Wolverine asked him to remove the blocks in his memory. In Canada, haunted by figures from the Sixties, as well as an angel and Janice Hollenbach, Wolverine discovers a cache of government IDs and guns, then rushes off. Storm tries to enlist the aid of Wraith in finding Wolverine, but he is less than helpful. Eventually, the X-Men track Wolverine to Kazakh, in the former Soviet Union. There, Wolverine is shot and left for dead by a pair of Russian soldiers, who make off with all his belongings, save for his yellow-and-blue costume.
Firsts and Other Notables
This issue begins a story in which Wolverine attempts to learn the truth about "Terry Adams", first mentioned by Wraith last issue, when he thanked Wolverine for his help with that mission (a mission Wolverine doesn't remember). This will be Mark Texeira's last story as the series' artist.
The bar Prophecy first appeared in Marvel Comics Presents #72, during the "Weapon X" story (it's the bar outside of which Wolverine is first abducted in that story).
In order to learn more about Terry Adams, Wolverine asks Professor X to help unlock his memories, something Xavier has said Wolverine has never asked him to do before. In the process, Xavier ends up on the "painscape" of Wolverine's mind which is tied to his false memory implants.
A Work in Progress
Upon discovering his destroyed bedroom, Professor X says it looks like Wolverine was trying to obliterate his present.
Wolverine is haunted by Janice, the scientist who worked on Omega Red and was rescued (and then subsequently killed) by Sabretooth, Wolverine & Maverick back in the '60s (as seen in X-Men #4-7).
The Reference Section
Wolverine spends much of this issue thinking it's 1967, and as a result, it's peppered with references to history and pop culture from that era, such as the assassination of JFK, the fact that the Mets hadn't won a World Series yet (they would in 1969), Star Trek, Howdie Doodie, and the Beatles (who appear in the background of the opening splash page).
The Best There Is At What He Does
Wolverine hallucinates Elvis, Fidel Casto, Neil Armstrong and John & Jackie Kennedy telling him he's the best there is at what he does.
Larry Hama's apparent "keep the reader off-balance and slightly confused" approach to recent stories continues; after last issue's "epilogue to a story that never actually ended", this one opens in media res, with Wolverine (and readers) once again unsure what is real and if what is happening is happening inside Wolverine's head, as he finds himself thinking its 1967 as he stumbles through some old Canadian stomping grounds while trying to learn the truth behind "Terry Adams" (it reads a bit like the X-Men version of Billy Joel's "We Didn't Start the Fire" which is, frankly, the best thing about it). Eventually, it's revealed that Wolverine addled condition is the result of a botched attempt by Professor X to unlock his memories, but the end result is the same: another issue of general confusion, cryptic hints, and unexplained events. Perhaps this is intentional on Hama's part, a way to make the reader feel like Wolverine, slightly lost in the narrative and not entirely sure what's going on. Intentional or not, it's getting a bit wearying at this point.
Next week: X-Men #17, X-Force #19 and Excalibur #62.