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October 19, 2012

Guide to Marvel Comics Presents #84

Filed under: Guide to Marvel Comics Presents — Doorman @ 6:00 am

Marvel Comics Presents launched in 1988 as an ad-free anthology showcasing four eight-page features, stuffed inside a wrap-around cover. This guide will tell you everything you wanted to know about the series – and more!

Marvel Comics Presents #84
Cover Date: 1991 | Cover Price: $1.25 | Cover Artist: Barry Windsor-Smith

Wolverine in “Weapon X” conclusion
written by Barry Windsor-Smith
art by Barry Windsor-Smith

Weapon X tosses the corpse of the Professor into the fission gate and then breaks out of the facility. In the snowy wilderness he comes face to face with a Siberian tiger and it’s clear to us (although not Logan), that he’s still being monitored. Watched by three voices: Hines, Cornelius and the Professor. But … aren’t they already dead or unconscious? Well, not quite. It turns out that those memories were implanted into his psyche. The story ends with Weapon X finding the three of them holed up in another monitoring room. And, he doesn’t look too pleased with the deception he’s just uncovered.

Firestar in “Life During War Time” part 3
written by Marie Javins with Marcus McLaurin
art by Dwayne Turner

The mysterious Arms of Salvation (Cross & Fitch) have promised Firestar a donor lung for her father … in exchange for a “small service”. The service in question is the capture of Mystique, the leader of Freedom Force. So, Firestar seeks out the government-sanctioned mutant-hunters for round two!

For more than fifteen years, the mysteries surrounding Wolverine’s earlier years were in high demand. The Weapon X story that concluded in this issue was intended to answer some of those questions but it certainly brought up even more questions. Questions like, who was the Professor working for? To be honest, it’s not all that informative of a story nor is it all that entertaining (there’s certainly very little characterization for Logan). But, for its time, it was a very important part of Wolverine’s early history. As for Firestar’s feature this issue, it was quite uneventful.

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