Wolverine: Bloody Choices
Writer: Tom DeFalco
Artist: John Buscema
Color Artist: Gregory Wright
Letterer: Jaince Chiang

Wolverine crosses paths with Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., forced to take into protective custody a drug dealer whom Logan knows to be a pedophile.

  • Continuity Notes
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. has a secret base underneath the Japanese-American internment camps in California
  • Nick Fury is equipped with various personal weapons designed to take down super-powered beings
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. has added the "drug war" as one of its priorities as later seen in issue #20 of Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. (2)

DeFalco crafts a strong story featuring one the best hero brawls in Marvel history; and one of the few where both heroes walk away without losing dignity to their character. Buscema's art is of course amazing and well complemented by Wright's work. Also worth mentioning, the always overlooked work of the letterer, in this case Chiang, who brings a perfect sense of emphasis in the sequence where Wolverine becomes enraged at the doctor who betrays him. The subject matter is well handled and not exploitative. Thankfully the ending is allowed to carry to its normal course and not stifled by the need to portray Wolverine as "kid-friendly".

A note on continuity; I could be wrong but I would place this adventure prior to the return of Von Strucker in S.H.I.E.L.D. V.2 for two reasons. First, being that Fury becomes rather single-minded later on and would more then likely be occupied with matters other then this.Secondly, the opening of issue #20 features a crackdown on drug dealers so I would imagine this adventure was part of a broader global operation. Also worth noting is Logan's familiarity with getting aboard the carrier in later issues could have resulted from this adventure.