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Abandoned Love: Remember How Wolverine Went Feral And Lost His Nose And Then Just Went Back to Normal?

Every installment of Abandoned Love we will be examining comic book stories, plots and ideas that were abandoned by a later writer while still acknowledging that the abandoned story DID still happen. Click here for an archive of all the previous editions of Abandoned Love. Feel free to e-mail me at bcronin@comicbookresources.com if you have any suggestions for future editions of this feature.

This time around, we look at how Wolverine devolved to the point of losing his nose and then went back to normal over night…

As you all likely recall, during the 1993 X-Men crossover, Fatal Attractions, Wolverine had the adamantium ripped out of his body by Magneto. He soon learned that his claws were actually part of his natural skeleton, so he continued having claws, they were just bone claws.

A while after that, in Wolverine #90 (by Larry Hama, Adam Kubert, Mark Farmer and Dan Green), Wolverine decided to take care of the Sabretooth “problem” (at the time, Professor Xavier was keeping Sabretooth prisoner at the X-Mansion) permanently…

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In Wolverine #91 (by Hama, Duncan Rouleau and Joe Rubinstein, which followed the Age of Apocalypse storyline, so it was five months after #90), it was kind of weird how everyone is all so shocked that Wolverine would do that. “ZOMG! The guy we know kills people tried to kill his longtime hated foe who killed at least one of his girlfriends in the past and was currently threatening to kill his friends now! How could Wolverine possibly do this?!?” In any event, Professor X reveals that Wolverine was actually regressing due to the fact that the adamantium was no longer holding his natural mutation back (his natural mutation was to turn Wolverine into a feral creature)…

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So for the next nine issues or so, we had a lot of “ZOMG! I am totally becoming feral” stories while otherwise just having normal Wolverine adventures. This culminated in #100 (by Hama, Kubert and Green) where Cable’s son from the future had gone nuts and began to serve Apocalypse and decided to give Wolverine adamantium to stop the regression and then brainwash him into becoming a servant of Apocalypse…

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Wolverine rejects the adamantium bonding process…

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And the result is an acceleration of the de-evolution process…

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Wolverine is at first able to fight off his animalistic nature and not kill Genesis but eventually loses control and kills Genesis.

The next issue saw Val Semeiks and Chris Hunt join the title as the art team for the next few issues (alongside Kubert returning for one issue out of nowhere – wouldn’t it have made a lot more sense for Kubert to just say goodbye at #100?)

Wolverine #101 saw the official debut of flat-out noseless Wolverine (as Kubert’s de-evolved Wolverine in #100 still had a bit of a nose)…

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It also saw Wolverine just go way too far down the evolution change for no good reason. I mean, check this scene out when he tries to rescue Cyclops…

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I love that the rest of the X-Men are just going with this. “Ah well, I’m sure this will work itself out. I’m fine with bringing him on to the missions anyways. I’m sure it will be fine. He’ll be able to handle himself despite now acting like an animal.” I mean, I guess they were RIGHT, but still, seems kind of foolish.

In Wolverine #103 (after Kubert returned for one last issue in #102), Elektra shows up to bring out the humanity in Wolverine, as she tests him and he eventually succeeds…

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However, even though he has regained his humanity (they really never explain how he goes from being a mindless creature in #101 to being someone that Elektra could even reason with at ALL in #103), it isn’t like he just regained his appearance, as he didn’t. It was just that he was mentally a man again, but he was still feral…

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Along with a new bandanna mask (as his old cowl now no longer fit), Wolverine seemed to have a new status quo…

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By Semeiks’ last issue, Wolverine seems to be settled in as a devolved guy with the mind of his old self…

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But then Anthony Winn began his first fill-in arc from #107-109, and Wolverine suddenly looks normal…

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This is explained in the story as saying that Wolverine is using an image inducer to make himself look normal again (it sure as heck looks like what happened was that Winn drew old school Wolverine and then they just decided to keep it and explain it in the story, as it doesn’t make any sense that Wolverine spend this entire story arc in an image inducer), so they’re conceding that Wolverine still looks feral.

This is confirmed when Joe Bennett fills in for #110, and Wolverine is still de-evolved…

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But then Winn returns for two issues and Wolverine is back to normal without any image inducer explanation…

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Leinil Francis Yu takes over as the new regular artist with #113 and #115-118 are part of the Zero Tolerance crossover and Wolverine is back to normal without explanation.

Hama’s run ends with #118 and when Warren Ellis takes over with Yu for Ellis’ short but acclaimed “Not Dead Yet” storyline in #119, Wolverine’s feral time is never discussed again and his appearance is just back to normal…

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So it seriously just dropped away overnight between #110 and #111. Probably for the best, but still kind of silly how it happened.

In Wolverine #145, Apocalypse follows up on the Genesis plan from #100 and DOES bond adamantium to Wolverine’s bones and temporarily makes him a brainwashed servant of Apocalypse but Wolverine eventually breaks free.

If YOU have a suggestion for an abandoned storyline that you’d like to see featured here, drop me a line at bcronin@comicbookresources.com.

82 Comments

These are some of the ugliest comics ever.

Wolverine did kill genesis in issue 100.

Wow. At the time I missed enough of these shenanigans to never even suspect it was more than an artists stylistic touch. Lucky me!

Yup, I remember Wolverine killing Genesis in that issue as well.

They sort of followed it up in an issue of Cable, with Domino asking Cable why he hasn’t attempted to avenge his son. Cable responded with something like, “I’ll deal with Wolverine in my own time”, and then I don’t recall if it was ever brought up again.

cue the obvious joke
Wolverine has no nose.
How does he smell?
“A warthog. He smells exactly like a warthog”

What I remember best about this era was how AWESOME was issue #102, which if I recall correctly was originally written by Larry Hama as a silent issue, but later backtracked (by editorial mandate i think?) and added a captioned narration of Elektra’s gardener. Incredibly touching story.

There was a Wizard 1/2 issue of Wolverine where he and Cable talk it out. They’re cool now.

There was also another “devolved” appearance in #102.5, which was a giveaway issue, where Wolverine goes to the Mojoverse.

So here’s my attempt for a No-Prize: Wolverine’s body was in flux because of his feral transformation, and as a result, his healing factor kept changing his body around to get it reset to “normal”. Sometimes it worked, and other times it relapsed into noseless form until finally getting it right. Cue the mental image of Logan headbutting a wall a bunch of times to break his nose to get it to reset into human form instead of flat form…

How many issues was he actually noes-less. He has a nose in those scenes with the firemen and the fishing. He looks like a caveman, but he does have a nose.

i started collecting with wolverine 98 and in 100 he definately killed genesis.

I’ve often wondered if Kubert just plain forgot to draw Wolverine’s nose and they just ran with it. It makes as much sense as anything else.

Speaking of ZOMG, that stuff from Wolverine #91 is so 90′s it’s almost painful to look at.

Sweet tap-dancing christ that art is awful…I remember thinking it was awful at the time and I see that the years have not changed my opinion. And the writing? “He streamlines his body out of rude instinct”. Woof. Just…woof…

Aside from the Kubert art and the odd overall issue here and there (90 and 102 in particular), the whole era was flat-out awful.

I was coming off the height of my X-fanaticism and Wolverine had been my favorite character, but this run of issues was dreadful. It’s funny looking back at this stuff now to see how his body kept changing back and forth for no stated reason, but at the time I was almost too disinterested to care about what was going on, period. The caveman/feral look was such an unappealing take on the character, and the personality (or lack thereof) was all over the place. Wildly inconsistent everything, story and art. Hama did great things with Logan for many years, but his last couple years on the title were embarrassing.

Presumably a lot of this was editorial mandate, but Hama had always made this kind of stuff work before. When editorial kept having him do “origin” stuff, Hama found a way to keep Wolverine’s past mysterious by only revealing a bit at a time, and then continually adding the “Maybe it was all false/implanted memories” explanations in ways that actually seemed interesting. Further, when X-editorial took the adamantium away, Hama took the opportunity to show Wolverine has more vulnerable. The dozen or so issues when Wolvie first had bone claws were great; every encounter with an old villain suddenly seemed new and different.

But the caveman/feral retrogression? Ugh. It’s possibly not Hama’s fault that it happened, but the inconsistency of it is his fault. Man those were bad comics.

Wow. That is some serious garbage right there.

Are you sure the no nose thing wasn’t just the awful 90s Liefeld-style art at work here?

102 was a great story, still might be i haven t read for many many years

Xavier sure is getting an awkward view of Logan, there…

IIRC, wasn’t there a (very very) short period in his devolved form where his claws came out from his forearms rather than knuckles? I somewhat recall seeing that in a few issues, then like the nose thing, just go away.

Larry Hama was, IMO, the best Wolverine writer…I think that he handled the editorial mandate of Magneto pulling the adamantium out of his skeleton as well as could be expected…

And 102 was a great story…

Everyone’s going on about how stupid he looks without his nose, nobody’s going on about the huge tufts of fur that suddenly sprouted from his forearms….

Yeah, there’s a whole lot of “eh, just throw the muscles anywhere” art up there. I mean, that “He streamlines his body out of rude instinct” panel has some arms that are really in no way arms.

I won’t lie, to my kid self, I thought this was kind of neat. Now, I see how truly horrible it was but it did make me a Wolvie/X-Men fan as this was the time period I started buying my own comics.

One thing not mentioned here, I seem to remember a few issues of X-men with feral Wolvie and Xavier discussing his progression back to humanity. Perhaps some of the change can be linked to the continuity of those books?

I never understood his claws when he devolved. They are so weird and have so many little pieces coming off they would not just slide in and out like they show, they’d rip his arms apart. 90′s comics never made much sense though…

Just because you don’t have a bicep on your forearm doesn’t mean that nobody does, buttler. Maybe you should hit the gym, bro.

There was a time I loved the X-Men. I’m so glad that wore off before this period.

So how does the feral transformation even make sense? Didn’t Wolverine have fifty or sixty years as a mutant before he got the adamantium? That’s a pretty slow mutation rate.

Maybe his nose was borrowed by Iron Man for that not-well-liked “armor with the nose” period? ;)

“Got your nose! Got your nose!”

1990′s art was so grotesque that I half believe people did not notice the change, or chalked it up to artistic license.

“Larry Hama was, IMO, the best Wolverine writer…I think that he handled the editorial mandate of Magneto pulling the adamantium out of his skeleton as well as could be expected… And 102 was a great story…”

I’d like to put an emphasis on the past tense in that sentence. Because while Hama was responsible for many solid Wolverine stories early in his role on the solo book, he also went completely off the rails later on. His stuff simply stopped making sense. Something happened to Hama — as in, he changed his approach, or his storytelling interests shifted or something — because he went from being a reliably decent writer to the man who gave us one of the most mind-bendingly stupid runs of a comic book I have ever suffered through. (I am referring to his “Generation X” run with the Dodsons, but come to think of it, that description could be applied to more of his work than that.) Remember Dirtnap? The evil rat with a frowny face on his ass? Yeah.

Bill Williamson

March 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm

@Fraser It was X-Men. It was the 90s. That’s really all the explanation one needs.

Weird time for the X-books. They had just come off the well received Age of Apocalypse crossover, and then they came back to this kind of stuff.

The X-Men stayed pretty solid for the early part of the ’90′s. I think it was just after Age of Apocalypse where it began to slide off the rails.
I had actually dropped Wolverine soon after Age of Apocalypse, picking up the Onslaught tie-in issues and wondering what Marvel was thinking with this character. I never understood where they thought they were going. I’m not sure Marvel did, either.

The Snappy Sneezer

March 16, 2014 at 1:30 pm

I read these at the time and from what I recall, it was continued sessions with Elektra, many taking place off panel but referenced, in more than one title, that allowed him to regain his mind and eventually his body. I did not like this look or era though I kind of liked the relationship that developed between Wolverine and Elektra.

“I’d like to put an emphasis on the past tense in that sentence. Because while Hama was responsible for many solid Wolverine stories early in his role on the solo book, he also went completely off the rails later on. His stuff simply stopped making sense. Something happened to Hama — as in, he changed his approach, or his storytelling interests shifted or something — because he went from being a reliably decent writer to the man who gave us one of the most mind-bendingly stupid runs of a comic book I have ever suffered through. (I am referring to his “Generation X” run with the Dodsons, but come to think of it, that description could be applied to more of his work than that.) Remember Dirtnap? The evil rat with a frowny face on his ass? Yeah.”

Oh, his Generation X work was indeed horrendous…his Blaze comic was merely “meh”…his Elektra wasn’t particularly good, but Peter Milligan’s work on that title wasn’t particularly good either…I liked his Conan, but nobody else did because it wasn’t Roy Thomas…

He then moved to a VERY ill-received Batman run…yeah, something happened to him in the mid 90s…

Oh, brother…

Lord knows I love and respect Larry Hama. His early writing got me hooked on the original G.I. Joe series with the first 24 issues being among my favorite comics of all time. However, the quality of his storytelling seriously wore thin over the years as he was saddled with tons of outrageous characters and as a result, the book began heading on a downward spiral from roughly issue #25 onward. There are exceptions, but those were few and far in between.

At one point, he went from saying he had long term plans for characters such as Firefly to admitting that he made stuff up as he went along and he still says so to this day. The Special Missions spin-off was far superior in quality because the continuity and soap opera aspects were kept to a minimum there. Hama’s stories were far more rooted in realistic military lingo (Hama’s strong suit) and he delivered some true masterpieces there.

But for every great issue of the main book, there were a lot of stinkers. I see the same thing happening during his Wolverine run going by these pages. The horrible 90′s art and shoddy editorial did Hama not favors. This was a time where characters like Elektra became Psylocke/Black Widows hybrids. There was even an action figure of Elektra which was basically a repainted Psylocke with a new head since their costumes were practically identical. I don’t know about issue #102, but the 90′s were not a great time to be reading comics if you had done so throughout the previous decade.

that storyline was to me one of the few times the xbooks were bad. for hate to wonder what wolverine was suppose to truely be if the andamantium had not changed things. plus his no nose look was just hiddious. not to mention though sabertooth was chained up in the room xavier had him in and wolverine poped the claw through his brain inside the mansion not outside it.

Is that Shannon Wheeler’s “Too Much Coffee Man” Wolverine is perched on in #100? Sure looks like him.

I remember flipping through some of these comics back in the ’90s and thinking how horrible the art was in them. They made Herb Trimpe, an artist I cannot stand, look positively gorgeous by comparison. Not to mention how stupid and idiotic I thought Logan looked at the time. I am so glad I let 90s superheroes comics pass me by.

What do you mean, Wolverine suddenly looks normal for no reason? When he was going feral, they claimed the animal inside him was ascending. But in the page you plucked from Semeiks’ last issue, the writer downright spells it out : “The human seems ascendant within him” (in other words, his feral nature is receding)

And a couple of issues later, he’s normal again. Did it feel like clumsy course-correcting? Sure, but it’s not like they were hoping we wouldn’t notice. They flat out said his human side was returning, and it did.

I’ve always had a love/hate thing for Larry Hama. First of all, what he did for the entire GI Joe franchise, through his comic book writing… it’s immeasurable. There would be no GI Joe as we know it without him. He literally gave half the characters their personalities. All Hasbro provided was what they looked like. Making Destro and Storm Shadow “tweeners” (not 100% on either side’s camp), that was him. Making Snake Eyes the coolest thing since sliced bread… him again.

However, Hama admitted in interviews that he had no long-term plan. Each issue was improvised. And when he took the book in a place he could not return from, he simply retconned himself. No one cared. Like the time Cobra Commander realized how bad he’d been to his own son Billy. They had made up, Hama moved on to other storyarcs, and then he realized he needed Cobra Commander back as the evil dictator.

So how did he bring him back to that state? He did it in less than a page. Cobra Commander just blurts out something like “I don’t know what I was thinking, I was going soft there… never again!” and just like that, the face turn was retconned to something Hama could actually work with.

Re-reading those issues today, knowing what we now know about him not having any plans beyond the next issue… it does take something away from his run. I would have rather he knew where he was going and how to get there.

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And a couple of issues later, he’s normal again. Did it feel like clumsy course-correcting? Sure, but it’s not like they were hoping we wouldn’t notice. They flat out said his human side was returning, and it did.

The human side was just that he was no longer mentally an animal (like him licking Cyclops). That was different than the physical mutation, which as Professor X said was his natural mutation since the adamantium was removed. And, again, it went from devolved (#106) to normal (#107) to devolved again (#110) to normal again (#111). There is no way that that was some natural progression.

Am I the only person who thinks this development in Wolverine’s history didn’t have to suck? At the time, I remember thinking it was, in principle, an interesting plot turn that simply suffered poor execution. Feral Wolverine in and of itself — noseless physical mutations included — seemed a worthy concept. Isn’t that basically what they’ve done with Beast over the last 12-15 years?

Pretty sure there was a throw-away caption about an Image Inducer in #107, so maybe Wolvie STILL hasn’t got a nose!

I wasn’t reading any mutant books at that point, so all I was aware of was that Logan had lost the adamantium.
No internet for spoilers back then (for me at least) and I wasn’t buying Wizard either.

Then one day I picked up a random X-Men issue for no reason, and was all like… what the hell happened to Wolverine to be so ugly? and what the f…. are those… bone claws? I thought it was the stupidest idea ever.
I looked to me like they didn’t know what to do once they had Magneto rip out his skeleton, and realized the character sucks without claws so let’s just give him bone claws. Stupid.

Towards the end of Hama’s run on G.I. Joe, it kind of did get a little out of control, some of which was based on things he was saddled with, like Star Brigade. I think he is usually a great writer, but can kind of lose his way. His current run on the relaunched G.I. Joe #155 and up from IDW started off with a lot of sci-fi stuff, but more recently, it’s gotten back to a more classic mode.

I was all about these comics as a kid! i had issue 100 and i read that like the torah, i loved these comics. I know people will say ugh these sucks but its the same as likening the awful comics from the 60′s and 70′s not everything that is thought to be gold is actually gold. So i have no shame in declaring my love for these comics. I read most of these missing only one or two here and there. Kubert was so awesome on this book, issue 90 was a blast to read and his AoA Weapon X Was brilliant. Larry Hama is such a great writer I think i have read alsmost every issue of wolverine he has written (Minus a few) and i recommend the Essential Wolverine TPB’s to get all his Wolverine issues. So GREAT!

Wolverine #90 is unique to comics, because it’s a cliffhanger that isn’t resolved until about five months later. I have a copy of it and Kubert (I can’t remember which one) really goes all out ’90s’ on us and gives us this insane action issue complete with a fold-out fight. The kind of 90s art I like-when its done well it’s fantastic. A logical extreme.

Oh yeah, Kubert’s art for that issue was fantastic.

So is that picture of Wolverine licking Cyclops the REAL reason for the X schism a few years back? :)

And in that second page, I did not see the L in “clock” at first, which would have been an entirely different thing. ;)

I did read Wizard back then, and they certainly made fun of noseless Wolvie. And that means it was REALLY bad. I’m not sure I knew HOW bad things had gotten, but man, that’s weird.

Man, Duncan Rouleau’s style certainly evolved over the years, huh?

Akaky Akakievich Bashmachkin

March 17, 2014 at 1:41 am

Hm, I always assumed that Wolverine remained feral throughout the remainder of Hama’s run. To be precise, I never thought that Winn and Yu didn’t depict Logan as feral. I believe that the somewhat different depictions of his exterior were due to the differences in the artists’ styles. I mean, even Winn and Yu depicted Logan with more body hair, in a crouched body position, and with bigger fangs.

Anyway, Brian, you got some new material for a future Abandoned Love column right there. In “Wolverine” #107-109, the Hand ninjas kidnapp Amiko and try to brainwash her, so that she would believe that it was Wolverine who killed her mother. At the end of the arc, it seemed as though the Hand had succeded. But, I don’t remember seeing Amiko’s change of heart mentioned ever again. At least, not during her other appearances in the regular “Wolverine” series.

Akaky, I recall that they did wrap up that Amiko brainwashing story. I can’t even remember what series it was in (X-men, Wolvie? Some annual? A graphic novel rather than an issue in the series?). I can’t even remember what exactly happened. I seem to recall that it was just a story in the future (so did they not use Amiko at all after that since anything now would be between the brainwashing and the future story). I recall that it was a rather convoluted mess, and seemed to just want to “lets just tie up this loose end and get it over with”. Hopefully they can cover the story here, or someone can fill it in better than me. Since I can’t recall too much, and have a feeling of joy in NOT being able to remember it.

As someone who has NEVER read this, I like the idea of Wolverine turning more feral. In a way it’s like letting the character be “free” being an “animal-man”, being more like himself. No more pretty boy Logan.

Yes, he was such a metrosexual pretty boy before this.
The simplest explanation is that Professor X was wrong and yanking out the adamantium caused Logan to shift back and forth before stabilizing as his regular self. But for once I agree with T’s view on retcons, better to ignore the whole mess.

To borrow a very terrible joke from Monty Python “How does Wolverine smell without a nose?….He smells Awful”
Sorry seeing Wolverine from the mid nineties like that I could not resist.

Having quit comics in 1988, I always wondered where the bone claws thing came from. Now I know.

Boy, these are terrible comics.

Because the first thing that would happen when devolving back to a wild animal is that your nose would fall off like a plastic surgery gone wrong. God the 90s were weird – I don’t remember this at all! Some of the ugliest art ever!

Bill Williamson

March 17, 2014 at 7:38 am

@JoBuNYC You basically answered your own question. This type of story-arc has already been done to death with Beast, why do it with Wolverine? Why rehash old ideas?

Yes, the nose disappearing does seem odd. Not to mention that with the art, it’s hard to tell sometimes that it’s actually gone.
AMD, I think that joke goes all the way back to vaudeville.

Those Winn issues actually look pretty good, almost like a cross between Silvestri and Kubert, which I attribute to Green’s inks. While I think the feral nature and appearance was just plain dumb, I did like the shredded costume, bandana, and bone claws. There’s a cover Madureira did for UXM 335 with his rendition of the “feral” Wolverine on it and I think he made him look pretty good; at least his version didn’t look anywhere near as ridiculous as the Val Semeiks version.

In that Wolvie #90 page, it seems like Sabretooth is listing Logan’s top 5 fanfic pairings.

Oh man. I have no idea this existed. I have no recall of this plot point crossing over UXM at the time as well.

This is one reason I didn’t collect Marvel in the 90′s.

yeah this was a weird period in Wolverine’s history, but it was also during the time when wolverine was living in a tree outside the mansion dispensing advice to the team which was kind of awesome and silly.

I will always love him for his GI Joe run, but I still haven’t forgiven Hama for killing Mariko….

I do remember Wizard Magazine doing a bit on “apologies of 1996″: “Going into Marvel’s offices and erasing all the drawings of Wolverine’s nose. We really thought they’d catch that before publishing.”

In was in one of the xmen issues linked with operation zero tolerance. They shoot down the blackbird. and everyone is hurt but wolverine get it the “worst” when they roll him over to show he is still alive. They make note that his face is normal again,

@Bill Williamson: This storyline predated the ones you’re talking about. This came before all of the developments with Beast’s character over the last 15 years. So, if anything, Beast’s story-arc is a rehashing of Wolverine’s.

Bill Williamson

March 18, 2014 at 2:14 am

@JoBuNYC I’m not big on the X-Men, so correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Beast undergo a regression that predates this entire story arc? Didn’t he go from being a giant, ape-like man to being a blue furry beast at some point? Doesn’t that count?

@JoBuNYC I’m not big on the X-Men, so correct me if I’m wrong, but didn’t the Beast undergo a regression that predates this entire story arc? Didn’t he go from being a giant, ape-like man to being a blue furry beast at some point? Doesn’t that count?

That wasn’t a regression in the same sense, though, as that was the result of a chemical experiment gone wrong that trapped Beast in the blue, furry form. He was the same guy he was before, he was just mutated into looking like a blue, furry beast.

Years later, in 2001, the Beast then began his secondary mutation, which began to make him more animal than man. This mutation, on the other hand, did affect the Beast’s mental state as well as his physical state. It was very similar to Wolverine’s feral stage.

This column would be so much better if you could just have obtained a comment from one of the artists, writers or editors that was responsible for undoing this horrible character arc. Anyone with eyes can see what happened. How about a little insider information?

Personally, I’d be curious to know what Hank McCoy’s secondary mutation would have looked like if the Beast hadn’t gone all blue-furred? You know, if he’d’ve retained his original, almost human look?

I doubt the concept of secondary mutation would ever have been introduced if the Beast had not gone blue-furred.

I seem to remember a retcon in the first run of Astonishing X-Men stating that Apocalypse got to Logan almost immediately after Magneto ripped out his adamantium to begin the long process of re-bonding his bones and brainwashing him into a horseman. They explained the “feral” stuff by saying these appearances (along with, it would follow, most of his mid ’90s appearances and stories) were a Skrull impersonator. This was years before Bendis even began hinting at Secret Invasion stuff, mind you. Even before the super-early paranoid rantings of Fake Rick Jones in Alias.

Beast did get de-furred in X-Factor 3(?), and then got stronger, dumber, and ended up blue, furry and smart again. The de-furring was not a natural process, I duo not know if the subsequent developments were or not, but he did kind of devolve before Wolverine.

A bigger mystery: who took off Apocalypse’s pants between pages?

That’s how you “re-inject the adamantium”, if you will. wokkawokkawokka

And this, friends, is just a small part of how they got an 11 – 12 year old “X-Men” fanatic to not read anything from the line for almost 20 years.

WOW.

This just reminded me…painfully…of how God-awful mainstream comics were in the 90′s.

That panel of Logan licking Cyclops is awesomely hilarious. I love that.

These are the sole issues of the older Wolverine series’ that I am happy to avoid owning. What a terribly a sloppy execution of a terrible idea. I didn’t know it was done so badly.

I was reading these at the time thinking ‘this is going to culminate in something that will change how mutants are viewed.’

I was right: they were terrible! This was also the big guns and shoulder pads era. It’s not surprising that Marvel headed into bankruptcy and Disney wouldn’t buy it!

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