One more review for the night, and it's the 300th issue of Wolverine. Yeah, sure, whatever. I've given up trying to make sense of Marvel's math by this point. So yeah, this is Wolvie #300. Probably. Who knows.
What Happened: Wolverine heads to Japan since an all-out war between the Yakuza and the Hand was impending. Upon getting there he meets up with Yukio, and after the duo kill off a mess of Yakuza goons, Yukio reveals that with the Silver Samurai dead, his duties as the head of the Clan Yashida fell to his illegitimate, and prior to this, unknown son... Who just happens to be dating Wolverine's adopted daughter, Amiko... Sure, why not... Meanwhile, Amiko gets herself kidnapped by Azuma Goda, who was in the process of usurping control of the Hand from Kingpin. We learn that Azuma had hired Sabretooth to kill a leader of the Yakuza because he wanted to instigate a war between Kingpin's version of the Hand and the Yakuza. Wolverine hears that the Hand and Yakuza were going to have themselves a meeting to try to hash out their differences, and smelling a rat, Wolvie races to the meeting site, but is intercepted by Sabretooth. While the two longtime foes battle, Azuma walks into the Hand/Yakuza meeting, tells the Yakuza that HE was now it's leader and sends his ninjas to attack. This leads to a swift response from the Yakuza, which leads to total carnage(“I love it!!”). Azuma has Amiko brought to the meeting place, with the hope being he could draw out Silver Samurai's son, which works when Samurai's son shows up in some high-tech Samurai outfit, intent on freeing his girlfriend. Oh, and Mystique is working with Sabretooth.
Thoughts: Eh, this was a good comic and all, but it was ANOTHER “Wolverine goes to Japan and fights Ninjas/the Hand/the Yakuza” story. I've said it before, but it bears repeating... I've NEVER been a fan of Wolvie's Japanese exploits. I hate Amiko, don't particularly care for Yukio, and could care less that the Silver Samurai is dead. I mean yeah, the Wolverine/Sabretooth throwdown was fun, as were all of Sabretooth's scene's actually, and the story was pretty straightforward, but still, it was a Wolvie in Japan storyline... Eh, so far it's probably the best Wolvie in Japan story I've read, but that's not exactly saying much, now is it?
Score: 7 1/2 out of 10.As far as reunion scenes go, this one between Wolvie and Sabretooth was pretty lame...