Writer: Daniel Way
Artist: Steve Dillon
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Wolverine is the best there is at what he does. Steve Dillon is the best there is at what he does. Daniel Way. meh.
My opinion on Way's writing makes an upgrade from "meh" to "wow, this guy ain't bad" this month with Wolverine: Origins #2. I could spend a good part of this review on the obligatory complaints about Logan's overexposure, but, simply put, this book is top-notch comic book entertainment, regardless of the seeming inanity of a second Wolverine ongoing series.
Everything that makes Origins "worthy" of its own monthly series seems to be tailor-made for the sole purpose of making Origins worthy of its own ongoing series. Wolvie's back to wearing the fan-favorite tan and gold, he now wields a magical sword, and the statement that he "remembers everything" about his life is far enough from accurate that there's plenty of mystery left for him to solve. Wolverine doesn't know everything about what happened in his life as House of M led readers to believe; instead, he knows just enough to realize what gaps still exist within his memory, and what he has to do to fill them. The premise could not seem any more artificial, but somehow none of these factors keep the book from being a fun read.
Part of the reason for that is Way's ability to write a very well-balanced script. The flashbacks to Logan's days in Vietnam are well-paced and interesting, forging ties between Logan and Nuke. Equally important, Way makes the White House politics going on behind closed doors compelling and not too over-the-top. There's even a mole! What more could you ask for?
As for Dillon. Wow. That's all I can say. His Logan is so clean-cut that the art, particularly in regards to the pajama-like costume, goes so far into the realm of potential goofiness that it actually emerges as really, really awesome. It couldn't be more appropriate for this character, and I couldn't be more surprised about that.
"Clean-cut" is a perfect description of the entire presentation, actually. Everything from the glossy cover design to the simple panel arrangements to the recap pages makes the title very aesthetically pleasing. Overall, it's a great looking comic book. It's got a tight, exciting script, clean, expressive art, and it's all wrapped up in a shiny, glossy cover. A lack of focus was definitely a problem with the first issue, but Origins #2 begins to add some depth to Wolverine's troubled past and his current struggle to come to terms with it.
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