For years Wolverine was my favorite mutant superhero in the game. The ultimate, seemingly unstoppable, fighting machine. Adamantium Skeleton, martial prowess, and a mutant ability to heal from any wound. He was practically immortal. I remember being amazed at how this little man’s presence was bigger than anyone else on the same page. It inspired me how he never backed down from a fight. How he was fiercely loyal to those he cared about.

When I read Uncanny X-Men #132, written by Chris Claremont and drawn by John Byrne: I was floored by this panel. It changed the game for me. It solidified Wolverine into a legendary character. The Hellfire Club, a group of billionaire “elites” who’s hobby was to torture those mutants they deemed as “less than” were our antagonist for this storyline.

They beat the crap out of the Xmen and forced good old Logan through layers of metal and concrete into the sewer system. Certain that the wolverine was dead, the Hellfire Club arrogantly go on with their game. But than something phenomenal happened. Down deep in the mock and rubble, drenched in sewer water, defying all odds, Wolverine got back up.

This panel takes on new meaning to me now, in the days that we are living through. Where we have to deal with the oppression from our own 1%. I think Wolverines mutant ability to heal from any wound acts as a metaphor for the resilience required to get back up no matter how many times we have been knocked down. The resilience that’s needed in this new age to vanquish the old ways. A resilience that lives in all of us. The ability to get up one more time and say “Ok, suckers- you’ve taken your best shot! Now it’s my turn!”

Written by Frank Escamilla a.k.a Professor Mex a.k.a Pablo Naruto

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