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April 9, 2014 / Jett

Wolverine: Origin Review

For a very long time, Logan’s past has been shrouded in mystery. Bits and pieces have trickled out over time, though Wolverine: Origin aims to be the definitive starting point for the character. Presumably taking place over a century ago, this story follows him during his childhood up until he becomes a young adult.

Most of the narrative heavy lifting is done by a character named Rose. She meets him at a young age and is his companion throughout. I really like her as a strong-willed girl who not only brings a perspective to the story that Wolverine never could, but makes a positive impact on the story every time she’s a part of it.

As far as the revelations go, they pretty much hit everything you’d want the story to cover, though I’m not necessarily a fan of how it all comes through. Maybe it’s just the pessimist in me, but it reads as if the creators started with a checklist of Wolverine tidbits that needed to be there and built around that. At its worst, the reveal of certain things comes off as cheesy, though there are also a few elements that will catch you off guard.

Wolverine: Origin starts out slow, and the dirt on Weapon X I was looking for may not have be presented in a way that always worked, but once it finds its footing, it makes for an entertaining read. Despite being touted as the definitive origin story for Logan, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going out of your way for this one unless it’s cheap or readily available.

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