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Wolverine: Origins #28

Posted: Tuesday, September 23, 2008
By: Steven M. Bari

Daniel Way
Mike Deodato, Rain Beredo (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Wolverine: Origins #28 arrives in stores tomorrow, September 24.

"Original Sin: Prologue"

As an opening to a large story that will redefine Wolverine's past, Wolverine: Origins #28 sets the stage and its players up quite nicely. Wolverine reveals (to the reader) his long affiliation with Romulus, going back to his days in Department H and even in joining the X-Men. More than any issue thus far, Wolverine: Origins #28 is an accessible comic for new readers looking for more. What am I talking about? There's enough exposure of this character to satisfy even the most Wolverine-hungry audiences.

So why read this comic?

Way treats Wolverine differently than most writers. He isn't just an indestructible force who gets the job done. He isn't just the grumpy, chain-smoking, disgusting, alcoholic, old teammate who deep down wants to belong. Wolverine is an incredibly flawed man, whose bad decisions continue to haunt and make his life hell. Way makes Logan relatable, revealing a litany of bad decisions and actions that come back to haunt him. Last issue it was Japanese interment victims who have waited some fifty years for revenge. Here, Wolverine must deal with his son, an angry and bitter young man.

But Wolverine has been given a second chance with Daken--a carbonadium bullet in his skull makes him an amnesiac. Wolverine seeks the only man who can help his son, the same man who helped him: Charles Xavier. The narrative explores the history between Xavier and more so Romulus's efforts to get them to meet. Way adds a darker side to Xavier's visit to Department H in Giant Size X-Men #1 with Wolverine slicing up a few fellow canucks before skipping out. The story doesn't retcon a classic comic so much as it adds a layer of intrigue, giving it an underbelly of suspense and murder.

Art duties change again this issue with Deodato who, like Segovia last issue, works in the hyper realistic style. Closer in composition to Scot Eaton, Deodato's action and violence has a softness to it. The retelling of the battle between Wolverine and the Hulk is energetic and dangerous but not hyperbolic. Deodato infuses humor into fray, pacing a debilitating "Hulk Smash" in incrementally; the effect allows the reader to take in the destructive power of the Hulk and laugh at Logan being punched in the face.

Accessibility. Intrigue. Good old fashion brawls. Add in some good characterization and terrific art, Wolverine Origins #28 is must buy.

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