Some issues are easy to review without giving away spoilers.
Unfortunately, ‘Wolverine: Origins’ #33 is not one of those, so…
SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!
Wolverine: Origins #33 (preview)
Writer: Daniel Way
Penciler: Doug Braithwaite
Inker: Bill Reinhold
I am of two minds on this issue.
There is one wonderful revelation. Genuinely wonderful revelation.
But it gets obscured, at least for me, by some serious chronological confusion that I will do my level best to chronicle.
In other words, SPOILER ALERT, WILL ROBINSON, SPOILER ALERT!
–Nick Fury suggests that the reason the Canadian government allowed Logan to work for the CIA was because the U.S. government knew about Weapon X and blackmailed the Canadian government into using Logan. But the accompanying visual shows Logan as part of Team X — BEFORE he received his adamantium at Weapon X…
–Nick Fury also talks of Frederick and Elias Hudson, the owners of the Hudson Bay Company. Slight historical problem here as the Hudson Bay Company was named for the Hudson Bay (think East India Company), not any owner named Hudson…
–The revelation of Logan’s mother is a genuine stunner and quite artfully done. Kudos to Daniel Way for pulling that one off (though the flashback suggests young James also walked in on his naked mother, apparently the mansion didn’t employ locks in the 1890s)…
–Hudson secretary Caitlyn MacDonald, however, is the revelation that causes the biggest confusion. From earlier issues in the series, it is revealed that Frederick Hudson ran the Canadian paramilitary camp from at least 1912 until approximately 1959, a staggering 47 years. And at the end of this run (as shown in ‘Wolverine: Origins’ #27), Frederick Hudson is virile enough to impregnate his secretary…
–She gives birth to Frederick Hudson II in 1960 who dies at age 30 after fathering three sons by three different women. So to be generous, all three sons are born between 1980 and 1990. One of those is Truett Hudson, the Professor from Weapon X. Another slight problem. Only five years ago in Weapon X #23, the Professor was revealed to have been a man by the name of Thornton who discovered the notes of Nathaniel Essex, the basis for Experiment X, in the final days of World War II! But even if we do take Nick Fury at his word, then Weapon X must have occurred only a few years ago for Truett would be 29 years old at present given the best of circumstances…
–Victor Hudson, the second son, is left a mystery. Guesses anyone?
–And the final son, is revealed to be James MacDonald Hudson, the man who found Logan after Weapon X, the man who created Department H and the man who founded Alpha Flight. Again having accomplished all that in the past few years before the tender age of 25.
In the next few weeks as I try to update the Wolverine chronology with the above “facts”, I will endeavor to explain away any inconsistencies. Such as Nick Fury was mistaken or willfully lied to Logan. The Professor was much like Benjamin Button and aged backwards into Weapon X. Marvel time blows chunks.
But I must give Daniel Way credit. The concept of imbuing Daken’s claws with metal from the Muramasa Blade is pretty awesome. And would make him the deadliest threat Wolverine has seen in a long time.
Wolverine: First Class #12 (preview)
Writer: Fred Van Lente
Artist: Scott Knoblish
So why am I also reviewing ‘Wolverine: First Class’ #12?
Because for my money, Fred Van Lente is the best at creating terrific stories that respect the source material. Albeit, this is his final issue, but it is a doozy, artfully playing Wolverine and Cyclops off each other and touching an emotional nerve that is sorely lacking in ‘Wolverine: Origins’.
Plus, there is a wonderful exchange in this issue showing how Wolverine views his superhero gear as a uniform, and not a costume. It’s a very large part of the story and carries a surprising amount of weight.
And there on the first page of ‘Wolverine: Origins’ #33, Nick Fury talks about Daken wearing Wolverine’s costume. And Wolverine doesn’t bat an eye.
I know it’s a minor point, but to me, that is the difference in these two series. One is about nuances and the other is about sledgehammering home a point.
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