Uncanny X-Men (1963) 1st Series #139, November 1980 Issue – Marvel Comics
“…Something Wicked this Way Comes!” Part 1 of 2. Guest-starring Alpha Flight’s
Vindicator, Shaman, and Snowbird. Story by Chris Claremont and John Byrne. Art by
John Byrne and Terry Austin.
The X-Men participate in a grueling session in the Danger Room. As Angel,
Colossus, Storm and Nightcrawler go through their exercises, Professor X and Kitty
Pryde witness the spectacle from the room’s monitoring station. Kitty is terrified to
see the degree of danger that she may one day have to face. As the session ends,
the team regroups and they decide to officially welcome Kitty to the team. When
Nightcrawler appears in the room she is instinctively frightened by his appearance
and feels bad for acting that way. When the Professor decides it’s time that Kitty take
up a code name, he suggests the name Ariel. She doesn’t like it and chooses Sprite
instead. When Nightcrawler inquires why Wolverine changed his costume, he replies
that he just felt like it. Wolverine approaches the Professor and asks if he can go up
to Canada and straighten out things with the Canadian government. The Professor
agrees that this is a good idea and Nightcrawler asks to go along, hoping to meet
Storm and Kitty leave the mansion for the streets of Salem Center. Ororo brings her
to a dance studio owned by famed dance instructor, Stevie Hunter. Kitty is excited to
begin taking classes, and feels that the physical exercise will help her balance out all
of the mental challenges that the school might throw at her.
Later, Wolverine and Nightcrawler arrive in Canada. They meet with Heather McNeil
Hudson, wife to Department H’s James Hudson, formerly known as Weapon Alpha.
Now calling himself Vindicator, James arrives shortly after and prepares to settle
affairs with Wolverine. Their past animosity has to be tabled however, as more
pressing matters are brought to the forefront.
In Ottawa, Ontario, the capital of Canada, Heather Hudson comes home to find
intruders in her home. Grabbing a broom she gets the drop on them, and is
surprised to see that it is Wolverine. When she calls Wolverine ‘Logan’, Nightcrawler
asks why Wolverine never told anyone his real name. Wolverine comments that
nobody bothered asking. When Logan gets down to business, he asks Heather
where James is, and she tells him that he’s up in the Hudson Bay area investigating
something with Alpha Flight on behalf of Department H.
Up in Hudson Bay, Vindicator returns to the cabin where Alpha Flight has stationed
themselves on this mission. With Aurora, Northstar, and Sasquatch on another
mission, James only has Shaman and Snowbird with him. As they go over the
maps of the area, Shaman’s mystical alarms go off and Alpha Flight prepares for an
attack. It turns out to be only Wolverine and Nightcrawler who offer their help.
Vindicator is happy to see Logan and explains that they are out searching for a
family that was attacked by the Wendigo. While the son managed to escape the
father was killed, but the mother and her baby child might still be alive in the
wilderness. Wolverine recalls his previous encounter with Wendigo and believes that
if anyone can stop that beast it’s him.