Editor's Note: Wolverine: Origins #27 arrives in stores tomorrow, July 30.
"Son of X: Conclusion"
Quite a bit happens in this issue and much of it will appeal to fans of Wolverine's mythos and convoluted history. (Any takers?) Nonetheless, if you're picking up this series for the first time, you can still get a handle on it what is going on and appreciate the significance of events.
Namely, Wolverine comes to terms with another dark patch of his past and discovers in the end, to his pleasant surprise, his son. Not the seasoned killer. Not the violent young man with father issues. Not a clawed mutant with weird hair and tattoos. But his son Daken.
Readers have been privy to Daken's past: his ostracized youth, the murder of his foster parents, his apprenticeship under Romulus, and Daken's early exploits in his service. His life is now open to us, even the anger directed at his father. Yet despite all these answers, there is one glaring question that will either make or break this series: Why is Romulus doing this?
From that question stems queries of his identity and connection to Wolverine, his malicious intent on getting revenge, and the literary purpose of having such a character in the first place. Does a character like Wolverine with a complex and contradictory back-story need a single figure such as Romulus to make sense of it all? To what end has Romulus been controlling Wolverine and to what extent?
For fans of this series, it is the lynchpin that holds the reader glued to the next issue. Every story arc moves closer and closer to understanding Logan's shadowy malefactor or his manipulations. There is a thrill in watching the slow reveal of a mastermind at work and waiting for the eventual resolution between these two violent characters.
And yet, for newcomers, the existence of Romulus may seem rather unnecessary, forced, and another piece of Wolverine's past to be ret-conned. These detractors may be right, but all proof rides on Daniel Way's revelation of Romulus's intention.
The reader, however, is closer than ever to understanding his intent and already set up for a new larger arc, "Original Sin." So it's up to Way and whoever is pencilling this story--be it the humbling humanity of Steve Dillon or the hyper-realistic pathos of Stephen Segovia--to prove those nasty critics wrong.
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