Wolverine: Origins #28 Review: Stalling for Original Sin

Wolverine: Origins #28 coverWolverine: Origins #28
“Original Sin, Prologue”
Writer: Daniel Way
Artist: Mike Deodato

Let’s be honest, this entire issue could have been told in only a few pages.

I get the sense that Marvel Comics told Daniel Way to stall until the next big crossover, Original Sin, is ready to begin.

Over half the issue is spent flashing back to Wolverine’s first fight with the Hulk and we only get a small chunk of new information — a dash of perplexing black ops espionage involving Romulus — and a complete retelling of Wolverine’s recruitment into the X-Men by Charles Xavier.

Of course, this retconning is exactly what bothers me about this series. I’ve been avidly reading Wolverine’s adventures for 30 years (yikes!) and these second-rate retcons feel like a slap in the face for the fans who have supported Wolverine over the years.

And truth be told, I actually enjoy when writers elegantly reveal additional layers to older stories, but ‘Wolverine: Origins’ has done this so crudely over the past three years as to insult the original stories that made Wolverine popular in the first place.

Disagree? Speak out in the comments below…

From Marvel (preview): “FEATURING ART BY NEW REGULAR PENCILER, MIKE DEODATO, JR.! Wolverine’s days in the Weapon X program, his first encounter with The Incredible Hulk, his induction into the X-Men…it’s all here in the prologue to DARK DECEPTION, next month’s WOLVERINE: ORIGINS and X-MEN: LEGACY crossover!” On sale September 24, 2008.

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  1. One of the things I find hilarious is that he is wearing a new costume. (In the previous issue he was wearing is brown and gold one.) That’s very shameful, even for a Origins fan like myself.

  2. I suddenly got a feeling of uncaring by the individuals involved with this series.

    I know Daniel Way has said point blank that he doesn’t care about all that’s come before with Wolverine and will change things however he feels to make his story work but what about the editors? Aren’t they supposed to proof the pages before sending it to print didn’t even make sure that when he fought Hulk and Wendigo he was wearing his original outfit?

    Plus wasn’t it just a few short months ago that we got that great story about Wolverine’s last mission for Department H in Wolverine: First Class where they pissed him off to the point where he walked out on them to join Professor X?

    I understand the desire to retcon things so that your story will actually work but there is also something to be said about being a good writer who can work with the material he or she has been given. As much as Bendis may be dragging out Secret Invasion, he’s actually an excellent example in this case (despite the unnecessary length of the series). Wolverine’s fight with the Hulk, retconned. Wolverine’s reasons for joining the X-Men, retconned. I hope someone comes along and retcons this entire series out of existence just to spite Daniel Way.

  3. The main problem I have with the Origins, is that it started out with such promise. as Comusiv said, reconning so it makes sense, is fine, and the news that the winter soldier was involved with wolverine’s escape from weapon X (a story line they still have yet to follow up), Jasmine Falls (when it was in 1950’s) and even Born in the Blood, were all good stories with a lot of potential.
    However since then it has gone down hill, and is frankly irriating. Some mistakes have even destroyed previous recons (Jasmine Falls in the 1930’s, sorry Bucky wouldn’t have been old enough) and seems intent on destroying what is a potentially a good story.
    Take this away from Daniel Way, PLEASE!!!

  4. That Because of what I am–Because of what we are- his mother was slaughtered and he barely alive was stolen from her dyin’ womb and rasied as a killer by a heartless monster.

    I don’t think Daniel Way is reconning things for the sake of having things done his way. I don’t know for sure what Bucky’s back story is, I can only speculate that it was shameless self promotions for his own melodramatic story line. But from what I read so far , Daniel Way has stood true to all of Wolverine’s past events. He has cleverly tied together what we do know about Wolverine, and added new elements like Daken and Romulus. Why else would he bring back Jubilee, Omega Red, Jasmine Falls, and Cyber ? He has given us the answers that we have been asking for a very long time. It might seem like a slap in the face to all of us old Wolverine fans, but that’s because by now we have made up our own answers to Wolverine’s past. We never thought someone named “Romulus” would pop out of nowhere and make Sabretooth his bitch. But if you reread all the trade paperbacks with some of my points in mind, you might see that this is a interesting way of tying all of Logan’s back story together.

    Wolverine’s story has always been a gigantic mess of mystery and spy espionage. That’s why I partly knew that whoever took up the job to “bring it all together and retell it” would end up with a lot of hate mail. But Wolverine has already lived a long life as mystery man and secret agent. They had already stretched out the “amnesia” card to the point that no one really cared anymore. So when Logan became more popular thanks to the X-Men movies, it seemed like the best thing to finally reveal his Origin. So I think Origins is the story of how Logan became a “killer”. Why he was chosen to become a killing machine, and who really tortured Wolverine all of his life. These are the answers that I’m eagerly awaiting.

    As for why was Wolverine’s fight with the Hulk and reasons for joining the X-Men was retconned ? You forgot that both Romulus and Professor Xavier have totally screwed with Logan’s mind. First Romulus changed and warped Logan’s perception on things, to the point that he was still a slave from 1910 up until the moment he joined Xavier. While he is going on his first mission Logan says that this was his last mission for Romulus. That’s a pretty important piece of information. Then we find out that Xavier was totally manipulating the first conversation Logan had with Charles. So perhaps the one that we remember, is the one Logan and the soldier remembered from the original X-men comics.

    I’m excited for the Original Sin story line. It’s about time we saw what turned Logan into a killing machine. I even went all fan boy over Logan and Daken’s bonding road trip. I felt sympathy for Logan, while I read his need to heal and save his son. For me this issue was far from pointless, and I think it was a great prelude for things to come. And I got to see Sabretooth get his head chopped off again. I can never get enough of that. <3

  5. Totally agree sabertooth was boring and two dimensional with a past even more vague then wolverines he was evil for the sake of evil and no one is like that in real life or beliveable fiction unless they are mental in which case they cant also be cold and calculating or wind up dead. There was no reason why wolverine or the punisher hadnt killed him already.

    I agree with roleplay adventures the headchopping was awsome its like wolverine said im finally tired of the same old money making show downs your a murderer and im taking you out.

    It might seem like retconning but in story terms he never rememberd his past clearly before and anything they reveal with wolvie post house of M is more authentic then what we have seen before.

    Also I think people put “the classics” up on a pedastal I just got the orignal windsor smith weapon X and thought it was boring and was grim but not in an interesting way like the watchmen it was just wallowing in miserable one word captions which were placed so it was hard to read in order. Right near the end they played the it was all a dream card and then he escaped with little explanation

    long live Wolverine: Origins.

  6. I don’t think Daniel Way is reconning things, in fact, I tthink he doesn’t respect at all the chronology of the events of Wolverine history. Wolverine was free from Weapon X (from Romulus) when he escaped the program that bonded his bones with adamantium, then how it comes that we are still reading “Romulus”? Let me guess, Romulus was disguised in James MacDonald Hudson when he found Logan in the wild….

  7. Probably the same reason Logan still works for the Canadian government and calls himself Weapon X afterwards. Isn’t it strange how Logan wouldn’t remember any of that ?

    Also in Wolverine : First Class, we find out that the Canadian Government knows what happened to Logan. Which is one of the reasons he leaves.

  8. Maybe you don’t understand why there are many fans who feel frustrated. For us, Logan is WWII hero, when Logan worked for the CIA, for the canadian army and as a secret agant, he proved to be a hero, but Way implies that he became a hero after joining Xavier? for me it doesn’t make sense, logan led a life similar as Sabretooth all his (long) life until the 90’s when he joined the X-Men and decided to be a hero?

    Anyway, since D. Way seems to make things on his way, I hope people will stop buying Origins, just to make sure he gets the message.

  9. I agree. If you dislike the comic you should stop buying it. It’s meant to be fun and not something that you get pissed over.

    I hope you understand that just because you don’t like it, it doesn’t mean the Origins fans shouldn’t. Everyone has their own personal tastes, perhaps we could both enjoy X-men comics in our own way. ^_^

    Thanks for responding. And while I still don’t think Logan was in control of his actions, I do understand and acknowledge your point !!

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