Wolverine: Origins #1
By Al Kratina
May 1, 2006 - 01:59
Writer(s): Daniel Way
Penciller(s): Steve Dillon
Cover Artist(s): Joe Quesada
The original Wolverine: Origins was a hugely popular miniseries that finally set down a definitive back story for the popular X-Man. After years of making him a Civil War general, 16th century samurai, Mongolian warlord, or whatever else was on The Discovery Channel that day, Origins revealed Wolverine to be the son of a wealthy Canadian land-owner, born near the end of the 19th century. Not the most exciting of histories, to be sure, but it was a good read and it answered many long-time fans’ questions. It did, however, end on a bit of a cliffhanger, with Wolverine living in the forest, being hunted by a Sabretooth-looking fellow named Dog.
The new series, in a stroke of marketing genius, chooses not to address any of that, instead starting off with Wolverine running around with a samurai sword in the present, attacking Condoleeza Rice. Even more troubling is the fact that this is an ongoing series, which doesn’t really bode well for fans seeking a canonical, final origin tale, meaning that Oliver Twist is going to get more gruel before we get any answers. Written by
The art is by Steven Dillon, which is fine, if you don’t mind
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