- All right, you freaks -- just hold it! If you really want to tangle with someone -- why not try your luck against -- the Wolverine!
- -- Wolverine
Appearing in "The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine"Edit
- Georges Baptiste
- Marie Cartier
Synopsis for "The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine"Edit
And the Wind Howls... Wendigo
The Hulk drops down out of the air and lands on a farm in upstate New York, crashing through farmer Jasper's brand new $658.27 knotty-pine fence. Unlike most that the Hulk encounters, Jasper doesn't turn and flee, but instead stands his ground and berates the Hulk for the damage he's caused. At first, the Hulk seems truly apologetic, but then he realize how silly it is to apologize to a "puny human" and bounds away.
Before long, he crosses the Canadian border and is instantly detected by the Canadian Air Force. They remember the Hulk from the last time he visited Canada, and are prepared to deal with him. In fact, this particular facility was built for the express purpose of monitoring the Hulk’s activities. Following the Hulk's progress on their radar, an unnamed military commander barks the order, "Mobilize – Weapon X!"
The Hulk finds a quiet patch of forest to relax in, but his comfort is quickly disrupted as a pack of ravenous wolves surround him. The wolves pile on top of him, driving backwards into a ravine. The Hulk flexes his muscles causing the wolves to scatter.
Meanwhile back at Hulkbuster Base, General Ross meets with Colonel Armbruster and Major Talbot. They discuss a pending visit by the President of the United States, and Armbruster is concerned that Glenn (having only recently escaped from imprisonment in Russia) may not be ready just yet to greet the Chief Executive. Glenn stands up and animatedly announces his determination to meet the President. Betty comforts him, and succeeds in calming Glenn down.
In Quebec, the Hulk continues wandering through the woods. Suddenly, he hears a mysterious feminine voice in his ear. He doesn't know where it is coming from, and the buzzing in his brain is driving him into even greater fits of anger. The sound eventually lures him to a small cave. Inside the cave are Marie Cartier and Georges Baptiste. Marie, having acquired knowledge of the dark arts, wishes to free her brother Paul of the curse that transformed him into the monstrous Wendigo. Her plan is to use an occult ritual to pull the essence of the Wendigo out of Paul's body, and transplant it into a surrogate host form – namely, the Hulk. Georges thinks that Marie’s plan is reprehensible, but she is more than willing to curse another, so long as it saves her brother.
As the Hulk enters deeper into the cave, Marie approaches him and offers him food and broth. The food is laced with a drug that renders the Hulk incredibly sleepy. As she prepares the ritual, the Wendigo enters the cave. The Hulk’s body chemistry quickly burns the drug out of his system, and he rises to fight the Wendigo.
The two monsters engage in an epic struggle that nearly tears the entire forest down. The Hulk hurls large boulders at the Wendigo, and the Canadian creature responds by bashing a tree trunk overtop the Hulk's head. As they continue to trade blows, another player enters the scene – a costumed adventurer with metal claws named the Wolverine.
And Now... the Wolverine!
The clawed hero Wolverine leaps out from the top of a rocky hill landing between the Hulk and the Wendigo. Scurrying onto the Hulk's back, he begins swiping at him with his diamond-hard Adamantium claws, but even they cannot pierce the Hulk's skin. Realizing that the Wendigo may prove to be an easier target, Wolverine springs over the Hulk's head and launches himself at the Wendigo. His suspicions prove correct, and his claws rake into the woodland creature’s hide.
The Hulk, confused by this sudden turn of events, concludes that the "enemy of my enemy is also my friend", so he assists Wolverine in stopping the Wendigo. The Hulk picks the monster up and smashes him through a grove of trees. Wolverine finishes the job by sinking his claws into the Wendigo's throat. The Wendigo is an immortal creature however, and even this seemingly fatal blow is not enough to kill him. For the time being though, the Wendigo is unconscious.
Now Wolverine turns his attention onto the Hulk. The fight is furious, but brief, as both combatants manage to knock each other out.
Marie Cartier prepares once again to conduct an occult ritual that will remove the spirit of the Wendigo from her brother's body, and transpose it onto the Hulk. With the Hulk unconscious, he slowly changes back into Robert Banner. Georges refuses to take part in Marie's plan any longer. It was bad enough when she intended on placing the curse on a mindless monster, but now she plans to subject an innocent human being to the curse of the Wendigo. Georges angrily storms off.
Marie tries to drag Banner's body back into the cave with the unconscious Wendigo, but Banner awakens and just as quickly turns back into the Hulk. Wolverine revives as well and the two begin fighting once again. Marie flees from the battle and races back into the cave. The Hulk swings a mighty punch, but Wolverine manages to roll just in time so that it is only a glancing blow. The punch is still strong enough to knocks him out however.
Inside the cave, Marie discovers that Georges has completed her occult ritual. He has transferred the power of the Wendigo out of Paul Cartier's body, and placed it inside his own. As the new Wendigo, the last vestiges of Georges' intellect quickly fade away, but not before he manages to profess his love for Marie Cartier. The Wendigo turns and smashes through a section of cavern wall and runs off into the forest. Paul Cartier is now forever free of the curse of the Wendigo.
Appearing in "At the Sign of the Lion"Edit
- Sign of the Lion
- Sign of the Lion
Synopsis for "At the Sign of the Lion"Edit
Wolverine is in a local pub, drinking away his frustrations. He is tired of the way his teammate Cyclops leads the X-Men, and he is even more irritated by the fact that a woman like Jean Grey chose Cyclops over him.
To sour Logan's mood even more, the Olympian, Hercules, enters the room and begins drawing a crowd. He pompously instructs Logan to take a seat at the end of the bar, allowing Hercules enough room to entertain a flock of amorous women. Logan, never one to kowtow to the expectations of another, unsheathes his claws and begins fighting Hercules. The two continue fighting one another until nearly everyone else has cleared out of the establishment. Eventually, Hercules decides that Logan has fought well, and has provided the Lion of Olympus with plenty of sport. Calling a truce, the two sit down at the bar together and order drinks.
- This 48-page double-size issue features a wrap-around cover.
- This issue reprints Incredible Hulk #180-181. It is also reprinted in the Wolverine Battles the Incredible Hulk one-shot special.
- "At the Sign of the Lion" was originally printed in Marvel Treasury Edition #26.
- This issue includes a six-page text article by Peter Sanderson entitled, "Wolverine: The Evolution of a Character".
- The Hulk chronologically appeared last in flashback in the first story in Marvel Comics Presents #59. His last previously published appearance was in Giant-Size Spider-Man #1.
- Georges Baptiste and Marie Cartier appeared last in Incredible Hulk #179. Baptiste becomes the second Wendigo in this issue. Final appearance of Marie Cartier to date.
- The Weapon X Project is referenced for the first time in this issue.
- This issue features the first canonical appearance of Adamantium, although it won't be referenced as such until issue #181.
- First and only appearance of Jasper and Hector, two farmers.
- Jack Armbruster makes reference to Major Talbot's recent escape from Russia. This event took place in Incredible Hulk #176.
- First and only appearance of Matthews and Holeridge, two officers in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
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- Cover gallery for the The Incredible Hulk and Wolverine series
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- Incredible Hulk #162 (1st appearance of the Wendigo)
- Incredible Hulk #181 (1st full Wolverine story)
- Incredible Hulk #340 (Wolverine vs. Grey Hulk)
- Giant-Size X-Men #1 (Wolverine joins the X-Men)
- Hulk/Wolverine: Six Hours #1-4
- Wolverine/Hulk #1-4
- Ultimate Wolverine vs. the Hulk #1-6 (Alternate continuity)
- What If? #31: What If Wolverine Killed the Hulk?
- What If? Vol 2 #50: What If the Hulk Killed Wolverine?
Links and ReferencesEdit
- Incredible Hulk profile at Wikipedia
- Incredible Hulk profile at Marvel Universe
- Wolverine article at Wikipedia
- Wolverine profile at Marvel Universe