Wolverine Origins #45 Review: Plans Within Plans

Hey, everyone, jrpbsp here…This week we have the latest Origins from last month to review. Hope you enjoy it.

[DiG here as well. My apologies as I play catch from last week — this should have been posted last weekend — more backlogged posts coming as soon as I can get to them.]

Wolverine: Origins #45 (Preview)
Writer: Daniel Way
Pencils: Doug Braithwaite
Inks and Washes: Bill Reinhold & Mike Manley

SPOILERS BELOW…

RECAP: The issue opens with Romulus confronting Ruby. He wants to know Wolverine’s plan. She resists at first, trying to play a game with him, but then he threatens her daughter and she talks. Wolverine finds her a short while later and hints that he knows what happened. Ruby lies but Logan pretends to sniff  out the truth and she panics and attacks him.

They fight and Wolverine gets the upper hand, but he stops to try and reason with Ruby and gets stabbed through the belly for his troubles. Before she can hurt him further, the rest of Logan’s troop shows up. With four against one odds, Ruby does not last long. Soon enough, Skaar gets a hold of her and throws her to Cloak who teleports her back into her cell.

Once she is gone, Wolverine reveals that the whole incident of her betraying them was part of the plan. He fingers a man called The Answer as the brains of the operation. The Answer was apparently trying to use them to rescue Ruby who he loves. He knew that she would betray them though he did not tell Wolverine this little fact. The man who did actually plan the whole thing up is finally revealed once Wolverine leaves. He heads to a small apartment and meets up with Deadpool.

MY TAKE: This was an okay issue and a very fast read. Not much happened in the plot as evidenced by the unusually short synopsis. Most of the issue was the team fighting with Ruby which is a bit of a waste since she really would not have stood a chance even against Wolverine normally. The plot advancement was mostly the introduction of the two new characters. The Answer seemed to be pretty much redundant, he was simply the reason that Ruby was chosen to be the one to spill information to Romulus.

Deadpool is meant to be the real surprise here and if this was a year ago it might have worked. Now it is more of a shock when Deadpool is not included in a plot somewhere. Considering that Way writes both titles, it was only a matter of time until Wade showed up. A year ago I would have been excited to see Deadpool getting more exposure, but now he is in too many books. Not to mention that he is not exactly the planning type, or very subtle, so his appearance does not even make much sense.

I was also a bit confused at Silver Samurai being a part of the group. I know that Logan went to him for help but I thought that was limited to sword training. Considering the fact that the two men hate each other, it does not make much sense for Harada to go to the extra trouble and leave Japan to help Logan. I would have liked to see a bit more of reasoning behind that move rather then just have him showing up here with the rest of the gang.

In the end this issue was decent, mostly because there was not much to it. The fight scenes were pretty well done and they comprised most of the story. It would have been better for the overall plot line if a bit more had happened, still it was nice to see a bit of action. With only a few more issues in this story though, I hope the narrative picks up a bit next issue or the comic series is going to feel very slow and drawn out.

Thanks for reading my review for Wolverine Files. I will be keeping to this format for the most part but please keep the comments coming and I will see everyone again next time.

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  1. With all due respect, this arc has been a complete total waste. There are filler arcs that this title has done and then there is 7 the Hard Way, where absolutely nothing of note happens. 3 issues of springing Ruby loose to only find out that she was merely a decoy is so very lame. All I’ve mustered from this arc was that it ”set” up some pieces for Wolverine’s end game, but they spend so much time just hiding it from the reader what the end game is that its become uninteresting to find out what it really is.

    Your right, SS just showing up out of the blue was really awkward. The ”reasons” these people are even helping Wolverine seems very vague. This battle plan set up by Wolverine and *gasp* Deadpool seems to hint at another dimension to Wolverine but it fails miserably with the terrible pacing and horrid writing. And as for Deadpool, they already wasted an arc to Deadpool for no reason like 2 years ago, why waste more space on him other than sales gimmick? This is Wolverine, he needs no sales gimmick, just a writer that is true to his roots. This is as un-Wolverine as it will get. Way seems to just fail at ”getting” Wolverine and I feel that Wolverine the person is just much to complex, even in his simplicity for Way to properly portray. Wolverine written by Aaron is a complete yet true contrast to the whiny and ball less Wolverine written by Way.

    I am glad Marvel has taken notice and cut this series from the proposed 60 to 50 because this promises to have the weakest payout/conclusion in comics history.

    Ok rant over…I need to stop coming to this site, makes my blood pressure raise. LoL

  2. Well keep in mind that I have often stated I do not like the series and really hate Way as a writer for Logan. My standards are extremely low so I tend to give a decent review to anything I don’t actively loathe when I read it. This issue was basically a ‘meh’ which is good for the series. I certainly agree that they are trying to stretch the arc to make it to 50 issues, but at least nothing completely horrible happened here. It was just silly and a bit confused which is pretty much the norm.

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