|Wolverine and the X-Men: Alpha & Omega # 4|| || |
Issue Date: June 2012
Story Title: Alpha & Omega Ė Part 4
Staff: Brian Wood (writer), Roland Boschi and Dan Brown (art Westchester), Mark Brooks and Andrew Currie, Walden Wong, Ronda Pattison & Andres Mossa (art Construct), VCís Joe Sabino (letterer), John Tyler Christopher (cover), Jared K. Fletcher (designer), Sebastian Girner (assistant editor), Jeanine Schaefer (editor), Nick Lowe (group editor), Axel Alonso (editor-in-chief), Joe Quesada (chief creative officer), Dan Buckley (publisher), Alan Fine (Exec. Publisher)
In the Construct, Logan and Hisako confront the Boss, Quentin Quire, who tries to convince them that they are in a psychic environment he created and which he has lost partial control over. He manages to convince them by destroying the building they are in, however all three of them find themselves chased by soldiers and Quentin cannot simply transport them back. He is able to restore Loganís healing factor though. Finally, he gambles that he has to try to destroy the Construct, which may either save or kill them. In reality, Rachel faces the Berserker Wolverine, who only tells her that he didnít do anything to Hisako. They find the girl but cannot wake her up. Rachel goes to confront Quentin.
Night at the Jean Grey School. Rachel Grey psychically scans for Logan after having cleared the common area. She pleads with him to come out. They can help him. They can end this peacefully. But his Berserker personality is too far goneÖ
Logan sniffs. The place smells like war. Oiled metal, cordite, fear, fascism. Nothing out of order. Thatís the way itís always smelled. This place is fake as hell, he concludes. Itís too real. Like a perfectly programmed set of sensor inputs. His brainís calibrated to recognize it. He doesnít like being screwed around with.
Hisako agrees. Logan promises that whatever bastard is behind this, for all sheís been put through he will not stop hurting them for a long, long time.
The cafeteria. Chamber telepathically contacts Rachel, informing her they completed the head count and Armor is missing. Rachel asks him to check gate security. She prays Logan had nothing to do with this.
Elsewhere, Quentin Quire concentrates on the coming confrontation.
Boss! Logan announces, claws unsheathed.
Quire! the Berserker snarls.
Nervously, Quentin turns around, pretending to be cool. Can he help them with something? he mumbles. Unsheathing his claws, Logan replies he can. How about calling off his dogs? Hisako and he spent the last couple of days avoiding getting killed by him, and frankly itís been a tough time. Threatening Quentin with his claws, he orders him to stop it.
Logan, itís him, Quentin whispers. Speak up! Logan commands. Itís Quentin Quire ! Why are they whispering? Hisako asks and how does he know Quentin Quire? Whatís Quentin Quire? Logan asks. Hisako doesnít know. A fuzzy name from a different life. No, yes, Quentin tries to explain. Itís a name from their real life.
Logan asks if all this isnít real. Quentin explains. He is Logan aka Wolverine. She is Hisako Ichiki aka Armor. Two mutants who live with Quentin at the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Logan is the headmaster. Quentin admits creating this psychic construct and expanding it to include them. Their thoughts and brain processes are within Quentinís. Itís a little complicated. He was sorta having a bad day when he did it. He apologizes.
Logan orders him to shut up. Hisako orders him to talk. Thereís something he isnít telling them. Logan threatens Quentin with the claws again. Is he some kind of hologram? What happens when he spikes him? Quentin asks him not to. He doesnít know. Logan is of a mind to find out. Only way he can prove his story.
Swearing, Quentin claims there is another way to prove it. Isnít he wounded? Nothing that will slow him down, Logan boasts. Quentin explains he can cure him. Itís all code, really. He concentrates andÖ nothing happens.
He admits that since he created the Construct it has become a little tricky to control. When Logan threatens him again Quentin concentrates and turns the building into air. They all land hard. Quentin laughs. He told them! Can he turn that into air? Logan asks. Quentin turns around to see what he means. Namely a whole army of tanks and helicopters arrayed against them. This is not his idea, Quentin pleads. He doesnít know what this is but he can say one thing for sure. His subconscious hates his guts!
Rachel walks through the empty school until she comes across Wolverine in the hallways. HisakoÖ Wasnít him, he growls. Thank God, Rachel mutters. Quire in his room? he asks. Probably, Rachel replies. Why? But he doesnít reply and just leaves.
Rachel tries to stop him, pleading she can help. She knows that the berserker personality stores his rage, to keep it in check. Itís not for tearing up the school and going after kids. She pleads he doesnít want this on his conscience. He finally replies that something was taken from him. By Quire. What was taken? Rachel asks. Logan, is the reply.
Elsewhere, a complaining caretaker Toad walks the cellar to get rid of some things when he comes across the unconscious Hisako. He immediately informs Rachel, who tells him to have Karma help him. She is tied up here.
As the three flee from the army, Wolverine asks if he has any other powers besides the claws. Accelerated healing, Quentin informs him, then admits that he disabled that talent a bit. He hates his guts, Logan states. He knows, Quentin sighs.
They run into the street to find they are surrounded. Can he bring that building back? Logan asks. Quentin brings it down on part of the army.
Logan feels eventually the soldiers will get them. They gotta cut this off at the source. Quentin tries to think them out, to no avail. More soldiers come. Logan and Hisako try to hold them off and Logan suggests he try to work on the healing factor.
Rachel joins Karma, Toad and the unconscious Hisako in the girlís room. Rachel scans her, sensing psychic pain which she can barely tap. Physically, Hisako is fine and it is not really a coma. They wonder what is up. Rachel has an idea. She asks Karma to stay here and try to communicate with Hisako as well as she can. She is trying to find some answers.
Logan fights an endless army while Quentin tries to concentrate. Hisako asks him if, where they come from, they are friends. He doesnít really have friends, Quentin replies. He figures heís got Loganís healing factor switched on. Hisako asks why this is so hard for him to control. If sheíd asked him yesterday, heíd say something like itís so well made, it just took on a life of its own. But more likely itís because he is a mess and doesnít have a handle on his telepathy like he thought he did.
Why do all the soldiers have her dead brotherís face? she demands. Quentin doesnít know. The Construct draws from their memories as much as his. He doesnít even know what her brother looks like. This is really hardó Hisako tells him to save it. Sheís not gonna feel bad for him. Just take them someplace safe.
He tells her to look next to her. There is a big red button. The off button or self destruct, depending on how you want to look at it. But he doesnít know what else to do and he doesnít know whatís going to happen when they press this. If they pull through it okay. But he doesnít know how else to save her and Logan. Okay, she agrees and they press the button together.
Armor, Kid Omega(students at the Jean Grey School)
Rachel Grey, Karma (teachers / X-Men)
Wolverine / Berserker
in the Construct:
Kid Omega / boss
Issue Summary written by: Ruth