In a Nutshell
Wolverine, Cannonball & Juggeranut walk into a bar.
Script: Larry Hama
Pencils: Adam Kubert
Inks: Dan Green & Matt Ryan
Letters: Richard Starkings & Comicraft
Colors: Joe Rosas & Digital Chameleon
Editor: Bob Harras
In Scotland, the Dark Riders break Cyber out of prison and take him to their leader. At the X-Mansion, Cannonball & Wolverine are racing each other through the woods around the mansion when Juggernaut suddenly regains consciousness. Still worried about Onslaught, he quickly busts his way out of the mansion. Later, Wolverine & Cannonball are having beers at a local bar when Juggernaut comes in. Cannonball drunkenly picks a fight but is no match for the Juggernaut. Wolverine then confronts him and urges him to leave, which Juggernaut agrees to do; he knows what's coming, and has no desire to stick around. As Juggernaut leaves out the back, he's teleported away by Zoe Culloden and her associate, who say he'll no longer be a problem. When Wolverine follows behind him and finds Juggernaut gone, he's once again struck with the feeling of being watched.
Firsts and Other Notables
The new Dark Riders free Cyber, last seen in issue #81, from the Scottish prison where Moira sent him, setting up his involvement in the storyline that will carry the series through to issue #100.
Juggernaut wakes up from his Onslaught-induced coma, helping spread the word about Onslaught on his way out of the mansion.
At the end of the issue, Juggernaut is transported away agents of Landau, Luckman, and Lake; he will end up in the Malibu universe, setting up his role in the Malibu Exiles series that will carry him through to the start of "Onsalught".
A Work in Progress
Cannonball gets drunk in this issue, lamenting the time Boomer is spending with Sabretooth.
This issue essentially concludes the same way as the previous one, with Wolverine (rightly) feeling like he's being watched by the cloaked Zoe & Noah; I'm willing to give Hama the benefit of the doubt that this repetition is intentional.
Adam Kubert seems to be having a lot of fun with the relative size of Juggernaut & Wolverine in this one.
Like the previous issue, this is light on plot - "Wolverine gets a beer with Cannonball. Juggernaut passes through" - with a decent chunk of its pages dedicated to setting up later stories, both for this book and elsewhere (Cyber's escape, all the Juggernaut stuff). But like the previous issue, this lack of plot is made up for by some increasingly-stunning art by Adam Kubert (who, amongst other things, does a great job of rendering Juggernaut as a massive chunk of a character). I've been on record as not being a huge fan of the deluxe paper of this era, but there is no denying it did do a lot to improve the art, and arguably nobody took advantage of it more than Adam Kubert. Every issue he's drawn since #87 (the first "deluxe" book) has been impressive, all the way up to this issue, in which he makes an issue in which very little actually happens seem exciting nonetheless.
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