018: Escape from Weapon X

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Logan escaping from Weapon X
Barry Windsor-Smith, Wolverine #166.

X-23 #1 (Mar 2005) – “X-23: Innocence Lost, Part One”
Story: Craig Kyle; Writers: Craig Kyle & Christopher Yost; Penciler: Billy Tan; Inker: Jon Sibal
As Logan escapes from the Experiment X facility, he takes down several guards in his path. As he exits the main building, Logan kills an Experiment X scientist by the name of Dale Rice.

House of M #2 (Aug 2005)
Writer: Brian Michael Bendis; Penciler: Olivier Coipel; Inker: Tim Townsend
During the reality-changing events of “House of M,” Logan finds that he remembers his entire past, specifically facing a host of guards at the Experiment X facility as he tried to escape.

Wolverine #166 (Sep 2001) – “The Hunted”
Writer: Frank Tieri; Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith
The Director of the resurrected Weapon X program recounts that he received orders as a young American soldier to guard an installation that housed a joint U.S./Canadian top-secret project, Experiment X. Right after Logan had finished cutting up at least 15 Experiment X guards with his claws, he tore into the young man, butchering his face beyond recognition. As Logan fled the facility, the young man lay there waiting for death, but, miraculously, survived for several hours in the bitter cold before finally receiving medical attention that saved his life, but not his face.

Wolverine #175 (Jun 2002) – “The Logan Files: Conclusion”

Writer: Frank Tieri; Penciler: Sean Chen; Inker: Norm Rapmund
The Director of the resurrected Weapon X program, revealed as Malcom, remembers Logan, as Weapon X, attacking him.

Weapon X #1 (Nov 2002) – “The Hunt for Sabretooth”
Writer: Frank Tieri; Penciler: Georges Jeanty; Inker: Dexter Vines
Malcolm Colcord has a nightmare of Logan quickly slashing his way through at least nine Experiment X guards in the frigid cold. Logan then turns to face the last guard between him and complete freedom, a young soldier named Malcolm.

Marvel Comics #84 (1991) – “Weapon X: Chapter Twelve”
Writer/Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith
Completely naked, Logan heads deep into the Canadian wilderness, bounding through the snow-covered terrain in the bitter Canadian winter.

Wolverine #80 (Apr 1994) – “…In the Forest of the Night”
Scripter: Larry Hama; Penciler: Ian Churchill; Inker: Al Milgrom
Dr. Jaime Munoz, a molecular biologist from Alexandria, Virginia discovers ingots of adamantium in federal storage with medical records and tissue samples from mutant patients. One sample, Logan X #23, demonstrates tissue self-generation. So it seems that tissues samples from Experiment X were kept and stored by the US Federal government (and perhaps used to create X-23).

Warheads #8 (Jan 1993) – “The Dream Trap, Part One”
Writer: Nick Vince; Penciler: Simon Coleby; Inker: Rod Ramos
A time-jumping commando team, Warheads, mistakenly ‘jumps’ into the Canadian wilderness and finds themselves face-to-face with Logan, half-crazed from the remaining Experiment X implants and wires still attached to his body. One of the Warheads commandos, Gregory, shoots him in the shoulder, but Logan barely seems phased.

Warheads #9 (Feb 1993) – “The Dream Trap, Part Two”
Writer: Nick Vince; Artist: Simon Coleby
As the Canadian wilderness begins to dissolve under their feet, the Warheads commando team realizes that they have not jumped into the past, but instead, directly into Logan’s dreams.

Wolverine #34 (Dec 1990) – “The Hunter in Darkness”
Writer: Larry Hama; Penciler: Marc Silvestri; Inker: Dan Green
After escaping from Experiment X, Logan vaguely remembers finding the “Hunter in the Darkness,” a large wolf-like creature of Canada, caught in a steel bear-trap. With a spark of compassion, Logan frees the Hunter and drags the trap off, throwing off the trail of his human hunters. Caught in the moonlight, Logan is shot through the lung by a young Royal Canadian Mountie, Sgt. Doolin. Logan’s lung quickly heals and he slips away into the wilderness.

Wolverine #46 (Late Sep 1990) – “Home Is the Hunter…”
Writer: Larry Hama; Penciler: Marc Silvestri; Inker: Dan Green
In a confrontation between Hunter in the Darkness, Wolverine, Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike, it becomes clear that Hunter remembers Logan from long ago when he freed him from a bear-trap.

Wolverine #84 (Aug 1994) – “Things That Go Bump in the Night”
Scripter: Larry Hama; Penciler: Ron Wagner
Inker: Reinhold, Younger, Palmer, Milgrom with Yancey Labat and Matt Banning

The Hunter in Darkness again seems to confirm these events when he calls off an attack on Logan.

Wolverine #118 (Nov 1997) – “Out of the Darkness Into the Light”
Writer: Larry Hama; Penciler: Leinil Francis Yu; Inker: Edgar Takeo
Logan remembers living like an animal, hunting wildlife as a source of food.

…Logan seems to have ranged over large sections of territory after Experiment X…

Daredevil (Vol. 2) #54 (Jan 2004) – “Echo, Part 4”
Writer/Artist: David Mack
Near the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, Logan states, “…long ago I used to run these woods like a wild animal.” There he met a chief of the Lakota Nation. “…When I approached him, wild and snarling, wounded and full of rage, he stood there. He talked to me in a slow and even voice. He talked me down until I settled down. He stood there unflinching. Unafraid.”

Marvel Comics Presents #130 (1993) – “Passion Play, Part Eight: Missing Lynx”
Writer: Scott Lobdell; Scripter: Dan Slott; Penciler: Dennis Jensen; Inker: Jon Holdredge
Wolverine tells a woman known as Lynx that he had some good times living in the wilderness after Experiment X.

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #13 (Jun 2004) – “Return of the Native, Part I”
Writer: Greg Rucka; Artist: Darick Robertson
Sabretooth informs Logan that there was a female mutant, the Native, who was also experimented upon during his time as Weapon X.

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #14 (Jun 2004) – “Return of the Native, Part 2”
Writer: Greg Rucka; Artist: Darick Robertson
Logan travels to British Columbia and tracks down the Native. Though mute, she recognizes Logan as a fellow Weapon X experiment, for she also has claws that spring from the back of her hands. When they return to her cave, Logan discovers that she has carved pictographs on the wall depicting their captivity within the Weapon X facility. Logan then discovers his dog tags, “Wolverine,” and hers, “Feral.”

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #15 (Jul 2004) – “Return of the Native, Part 3”
Writer: Greg Rucka; Penciler: Darick Robertson; Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti & Tom Palmer
The Native takes Logan to a strangely familiar abandoned cabin within the Pacific Northwest. As Logan walks through the cabin, he realizes that he lived there briefly with the Native, presumably after he escaped from Experiment X.

Wolverine (Vol. 2) #16 (Aug 2004) – “Return of the Native, Part IV”
Writer: Greg Rucka; Penciler: Darick Robertson; Inker: Jimmy Palmiotti
The Native confirms that Logan lived in the abandoned cabin, but Logan simply cannot fully recall the memory.

Logan in the wilderness
Barry Windsor-Smith, Marvel Comics Presents #84.

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