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Week of Cool Wolverine Comic Book Moments – Wolverine Asks a Lot of Katie Power

All week long we will feature brand-new Cool Wolverine Comic Book Moments in celebration of his recent film. Here is an archive of all the past cool comic moments that I’ve featured so far over the years.

We continue with a tremendous piece of character work by Chris Claremont and Barry Windsor-Smith in Uncanny X-Men #205…

There are many awesome fight sequences in Uncanny X-Men #205, where a battered and bloodied Wolverine (driven nearly insane with all of his injuries) is being hunted by Lady Deathstrike and the Reavers through New York City. However, the highlight of the issue to me is how Claremont uses Katie Power from Power Pack. She is on a class trip to the City and when she gets separated from her class she encounters a messed up Wolverine and she decides to help him out. The pair then must try to get to safety while still being hunted by the bad guys. The contrast between the two is brilliantly written by Claremont and drawn by Windsor-Smith…

And this leads to what I always think of as “the” moment of the issue, where Wolverine tries to protect Katie’s innocence as much as he can before the final battle against the Reavers…

Just like the newly fallen snow, Katie manages to get through the issue pure, which is one of the most heroic feats Wolverine has achieved over the years…

Damn, no wonder writers keep pairing Wolverine with young girls, the contrast is just too awesome.

Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com to suggest other cool Wolverine moments to me for the rest of the week! Make sure to check the archive, though, as a number of cool moments have already been featured starring Wolverine (including the aforementioned bit from X-Men #132).

26 Comments

This is probably my favorite Wolverine issue. I pull it out once every few years, to read how Wolverine should be portrayed.

Good god, lemon. I had forgotten how incredible that issue was.

It’s a shame no one has ever followed up with their relationship over the years. It would have been nice to see them having a recurring relationship. It was also bad to see how writers dropped the ball with Wolverine and Kitty Pryde over the years. Yet Jubilee, the most annoying of the Logan little girl sidekicks, that obnoxious character we get to see reunited with Logan repeatedly. I never understand how Jubilee has fans.

Frank, I totally agree with you. Claremont just had a way with the character no one else has really been able to duplicate the same way.

Say what you will about Claremont (and I’ll probably agree with you), but that issue is beautiful.

I bought this issue back in the day because I was a Power Pack fan. Finished it as a Wolverine fan.

I always figured that Wolverine’s thing for partnering with young women/girls like Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Armor, Katie Power, and so on, was reflected in a subconscious desire to settle down and have a family.

Raymond Wonsowski

August 7, 2013 at 11:04 am

*sniff*…pardon…all the feels…

i like how wolverine is just chilling at the end, walking around the snow in his underwear and one remaining boot, holding hands with a small girl. just another day at the office.

“I always figured that Wolverine’s thing for partnering with young women/girls like Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Armor, Katie Power, and so on, was reflected in a subconscious desire to settle down and have a family.”

Don’t forget Elsie Dee and X-23!

“It was also bad to see how writers dropped the ball with Wolverine and Kitty Pryde over the years.”

Except for that one time when they opened a school together.

Issues like this are why Wolverine will always be one of my favorite characters.

Except for that one time when they opened a school together.

Yes, but what about the intervening DECADES of no to minimal contact?

The fact that they are rectifying that now doesn’t change what I said earlier about the fact that writers dropped the ball for years on their relationship.

Man, this looks like a great issue. I’m going to have to scout the back issue bins for it.

Nobody colors like Barry Windsor-Smith. :)

I think there’s a lot of psychological stuff there, aside from the aforementioned desire to have a family (though that’s part of it, for sure). Looking back, Wolverine is always disarmed by women/girls. All of his male relationships are rivalries, even his friendships. But women not only soften him, they seem to hold some kind of power of him. Sometimes he’s in love with them (Jean, Mariko, Silver Fox), and sometimes he has a father or older-brother relationship with them (the many examples mentioned above). No matter what the case, he seems to have that chivalrous need to protect them (which some would call sexist, but it is a common instinct for many men, myself often included) and devote himself to them.

I can’t think of any examples of him having such a relationship with a male child. I’m sure there must be at least one, especially now that he is a teacher/runs a school, but off the top of my head it’s alway been women and girls.

*power OVER him

This was such a great issue, I just reread it recently in the Lifedeath hardcover.

There’s no question that Claremont wrote Wolverine well, and perhaps the best, but anyone that hasn’t checked out Jason Aaron’s work on the character really should. He basically writes Wolverine as the Dos Equis’ “Most Interesting Man In The World,” but for the Marvel U. A Mile in My Moccasins might be the best non-Claremont wolverine story, Aaron rekindled the Logan/Kitty Pryde partnership, Aaron wrote one of the best “Logan retreating from society stories (Wolverine 15-16) and also a great story about Logan’s history with women (Wolverine: Weapon X #10). Just a lot of great stuff.

It’s too bad there were only a few of those Claremont/BWS UXM issues from that era, just focusing on Storm and Logan. It would have been cool to see those creators team up on solo issues for each of the X-Men of the time.

This is absolutely, positively one of my all-time favorite issues of X-Men. It was in my #3 spot on my list of 10 votes for the recent 50 Greatest X-Men Stories. I’ve been fortunate enough to meet Chris Claremont on a handful of occasion. The last time, I got Uncanny X-Men #205 autographed by him, and I was able to tell him how much of an amazing read it was for me as a ten year old when I first bought it back in 1986.

Folks need to take a hint and Power Pack as guest stars more often. Brining the kids POV gets kids reading comics.

They’ve got powers given to them by a dying alien, their own sentient space ship, have defeated an intergalactic race of death lizards but still have a curfew.

The appearances write themselves.

Btw…this issue is on Comixology I just bought a copy so I could re-read it right now.

They DID write themselves before writers foolishly decided to age them all.

Well, they had several Power Pack minis semi-recently where they met up with various characters, and they were still kids, right? I’ve read at least some of that, and it was pretty good.

Potomac Ripper

August 8, 2013 at 3:19 am

Yeah, but those were outside the 616 universe.

The best we’ve gotten in my recent memory FF #15 of Hickman’s run.

Wolverine always been the most feminist male superhero in comics. Aside from the mentoring teenage girls thing, he has tons of intimate, platonic friendships and partnerships with female superheroes. He’s comfortable working on teams lead by women. He dates independent women, supports their goals, and doesn’t treat them as sex objects or mere helpers for his missions. It’s true that he rarely dates women his own age, but that’s mostly because he’s more than 130 years old.

First of all….great point that Potomac Ripper made regarding the Pack and no offence to the All Ages version from the PP Miniseries; but I’m still a classic fan of the 1984 version of the Pack and patiencely awaiting to see Jack & Katie again (I’ve no problem with Alex in the FF Series nor Julie {soon to appear within AVENGERS ARENA #13}) within the 616 MU soon.

Oh and speaking of young girls….anyone has made any suggestions of Wolverine’s meeting(s) with Molly Hayes (of the RUNAWAYS)…??

“Yes, but what about the intervening DECADES of no to minimal contact?”

They don’t exist. You’ve got about 8 years for Kitty to be in Excalibur. Then she’s back on the X-Men, with Wolverine, until 2000/2001. Then back again in 2004, again on a team with Wolverine, and guesting frequently in the other X-titles that he’s also in. That lasts until 2008, at which point Kitty’s out of circulation entirely for two years. But then she’s back, and remains so until the launch of the Jean Grey School.

And that’s not even counting guest appearances in Wolverine’s own title.

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