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Wolverine: The Origin TPB

July 30, 2005

Wolverine: The Origin TPB (Marvel Comics)
by Paul Jenkins, Bill Jemas, Joe Quesada, Adam Kubert & Richard Isanove

Well, after 30-plus years, the comic book fans of America finally have an origin to put to Wolverine. And now, having read the book, I’ve got to approach it with a resounding, “So what?”

Okay — the good stuff first. The artwork by Adam Kubert and Richard Isanove is absolutely wonderful. Kubert’s sense of storytelling is second to none and Isanove’s gorgeous, lush painted-colors process is something I’d love to see more often.

But the story… the STORY… Paul Jenkins, as he has proven with his work on Spider-Man, is a superb writer, so for the life of me I can’t figure out how “Origin” wound up with such a so-so story. It felt like he was playing a “fill in the blank” game when he, Joe Quesada and (then-Marvel President) Bill Jemas put the story together. “Okay, what do we know about Wolverine? He’s Canadian, he calls himself Logan and he’s got a thing for redheads. Can we do anything with that?”

It isn’t a BAD book, but the story doesn’t really have any jarring or eye-popping revelations, no outstanding surprises and no real lasting repercussions for the regular X-Men titles, unless Wolverine were to somehow regain his memory of these events. Even then, I’m not sure how much of a difference that would really make, either in terms of story or characterization. Jemas said Marvel did this book because they wanted to do “The greatest story Marvel’s never told.” I’ve gotta say, if this is indicative of the rest of those “untold tales,” they may as well stay that way.

Rating: 6/10

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