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About the Author
Joe Quesada is a comic book editor, writer and artist. In 1998 he became an editor of Marvel Comics' Marvel Knights line, before becoming editor-in-chief of the company in 2000. He was named Chief Creative Officer of Marvel Entertainment in 2010.
Andy Kubert is an American comic book artist, son of Joe Kubert, and brother of Adam Kubert, both of whom are also artists. He is a graduate of and an instructor of second-year classes at The Kubert School, founded by his father (who also taught there).
Bill Jemas is an American media entrepreneur, writer, and editor. He is a former vice president of Marvel Comics, and a founding partner at 360ep, a media management firm. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00B8TANFY
- Publisher : Marvel; 2nd ed. edition (March 4, 2009)
- Publication date : March 4, 2009
- Language : English
- File size : 205124 KB
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- Print length : 177 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #644,394 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What surprised me the most about this book is that it's a coming of age story. You don't start the story with Logan as a kid then jump to him as an adult (a big issue with the film adaptation). The story takes it's time and you get to see him age through the years. If you're looking for an action packed story, this isn't it. Not to say the story isn't intense, but it takes a while to see the hardened animal Wolverine that we all know and love. I'm not going to get into the plot because the reader should know little about this story before reading it. Just knowing Wolverine's real name before reading it was a big spoiler.
Obviously the story is predictable at times (there are some characters that are most likely going to die). Because at the end of the day, it's a prequel. You know how the story is going to end. But to make a prequel work, it doesn't matter if the reader knows how the story ends; what matters is how the story is told. This is a well told story. If you're the type of person that wants to keep the past of Wolverine a secret, then all you need to do is don't read it. Why read it if you don't want to? But if you are interested in Wolverine's past, then this book won't disappoint.
With the amount of anticipation and criticism that must follow such an undertaking, I think they pulled it off tremendously. While there are some missing pieces of the story that could have been elaborated on, the story itself is everything I hoped. It's gripping, shocking, and painful to read as we see how Wolverine became the man that everyone knows without making the character's beginnings look too forced. It ties together a lot of the reasons how we know Wolverine as we do now (the look, the mannerisms, the attractions) and raises a few questions as to how certain people in the past play a role in his future without creating too many retcons.
I understand why some may feel that Wolverine's origin should be left a mystery, as it adds something to the character. But after this long, I think stringing readers along with minor stories and misinformation is enough. It's not perfect, but it's definitely what I was looking for. The discussions and early scripts included in this book are also a great look at the brainstorming that goes into such an endeavor. I highly recommend this as a comic fan or someone looking forward to the movie and seeing how it was done in the comics.
The series is great and definately re-readable. I don't have anything bad to say about the story at all. The artwork was very complimentary to the tone of the story. We also receive some afterthoughts and early planning notes in the back of the book. The afterwords are nice, but the long list of brainstorms was really not necessary. It was somewhat interesting to see how it all started, but after a while it got really boring. I'm the type of person that likes to read every word in his comics, but if you don't there's no reason you won't love this origin. I'm just saying you might want to pass on those pages.
Origin is very much everything we wanted. It has more emotion than blood n guts, which is what I think we all needed. You think you know Wolverine? You have no idea.
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Origin's plot is fantastic and really develops Wolverine as a character; seeing what he experienced as a child, growing up and in his early adulthood, shows the reader how these events shaped the man who would go on to become one of the most iconic X-Men as well as how his personality grew. It is set in late 19th/early 20th century Canada and tells the story of Wolverine's earliest days from the perspective of his first love, including the moment when he discovered his mutant powers. I won't spoil it any further - suffice it to say, fans of the character are almost certain to enjoy this journey into his past. A small part of the 2009 film "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" was inspired by this comic, but it doesn't really do it justice and isn't very faithful to its source material, so if you didn't like it then please don't let it put you off from reading this.
Although I usually prefer the art from older X-Men comic, especially during the Claremont era, I have to say that the style used in Origin is amazing and really rises above much of the other "realistic" drawings used in many other comic since the 2000s. It has a distinct feel and reflects the older setting.
I downloaded this as something to read on a rainy afternoon, and, once started, I couldn't put it down. Many other reviews have explained the premise/synopsis so I won't go into that here.
The story though is not a wolverine story, in the sense that there are no costumes, no other mutants, and no villains. This is not Logan discovering his powers then going on a murder spree for some sort of vengeance, this is the story of a young boy/man who after a family tragedy has to leave his life, accompanied by his friend rose, and surviving in the late nineteenth century, by going to work at a stone mine.
It is a brilliant story accompanied by beautiful art work. I read this using the kindle app on my iPad mini; the art was clear, as was the text, there is only one double page where guided view is needed, otherwise this can be read as normal.
Highly recommend to all, if you have even the remotest interest in comics I recommend picking this up.
Wolverine Origin was a damn fine limited series and good reason why graphic novels exist to collect them all together in one awesome TPB.
Great artwork as well, the page where he is running with the wolves ... I would want that one in poster size to hang on my wall.