Wolverine: Origins #20
“Our War, Conclusion”
Writer: Daniel Way
Artist: Steve Dillion
Another arc in this series is now finished, so I can pass judgment with being reprimanded for judging a storyline before it’s over.
I hated it.
I know what your thinking. Hey, don’t hold back.
This series has taken the fun out of Wolverine’s background. And not by revealing too much of his past.
Logan used to be a heroic figure in World War II, albeit one with a chip on his shoulder. This story reveals him to be thoroughly dislikable, dishonorable and a weasel.
We grew up liking Wolverine because he was a failed samurai who never stopped trying to become a better man. It was his indomitable spirit and will that we admired. Did he kill? Did he do things that were wrong? Sure. But he did them because he believed they were the right thing to do at the time. That sometimes, assassination is necessary. That sometimes killing is necessary for the greater good.
But in this series, Daniel Way has reduced Logan to a traitorous pawn who would betray anyone simply because he is told to. Shockingly, he seems no different than the Nazis running concentration camps, claiming simply to be ‘following orders.’