10 out of 10 - salloria
Declaring war on Lord Shingen and his underworld organization, Wolverine starts tearing it to pieces - literally - from the ground up, each time leaving a message for the crime lord: he's coming. The scene is set for the climatic battle between them, but once it's settled, will Wolverine survive, and if so, with his honor intact?
Just like the rest of the mini-series, Chris Claremont knocks it out of the park. He ties up every loose end here: from Yukio's redemption to Shingen's fall to Wolverine's triumph, and it all culminates in a rare "happy ending" for the Canucklehead. What really stands out though is the fleshing out of Mariko's character, which Claremont does an incredible job of letting the reader know that she's not just another pretty face.
What else can be said about Frank Miller's work that hasn't been touched upon in the previous issues? Where the last issue focused on the repercussions of the storyline at that time, this issue is essentially all-out action, ninja style. Shingen's ninjas, The Hand, Shingen himself… they all attempt to stop Wolverine while we sit back and watch the show. The final showdown is especially gorgeous as the two skilled combatants enter a dance that only one of them will walk away from.
A perfect ending to a perfect mini-series, this issue leaves nothing open as the story comes to a close. Once again, incredible work by the creative team.