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Product Details

  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel; 2nd edition (March 18, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785137270
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785137276
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 6.6 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,726 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The art is fantastic and the story was great as well.
Johnathon Scott Hinds
Highest Recommendation possible and a Must-Have for all Marvel, Wolverine and comic book fans!
David LaVeck
It's really just a story about people trying to hide from their past and make a new start.

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49 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Jason N. Mical on July 8, 2002
Format: Hardcover
The tagline on the inside cover to "Origin" describes the book as "The greatest Marvel story never told." Many fans, for years, insisted that it never be told: the beginnings of the mysterious, likable X-Man Wolverine. When Joe Quesada and Bill Jemas took over and Marvel Comics and reversed its almost 15-year downturn, one of their first projects was "let's do a story on the origins of Wolverine." Considered sacred ground - untreadable because part of Wolvie's appeal was his unknown past - the project was reluctantly, and then vigorously, accepted, with top minds from the Marvel universe turning in treatments.
"Origin" is the gorgeous final result of that process.
Somewhere in the 19th Century, on a massive estate in Canada, a young boy called "Dog" Logan escapes his father's drunken beatings by playing with James, the sickly child of the rich landowner in the House, and Rose, James' Irish nanny. The three forge a childhood bond broken too easily when class distinctions and family squabbles get in the way of their friendship. One night, the tensions come to a head when the three, now adolescents, are involved in a life-changing tragedy that leaves one horribly scarred, another without a memory and in possession of strange new abilities, and the third frightened for all three. Two of the friends flee into the night, while the third is left to pick up the pieces.
A quote on the back of the book compares "Origin" with "Watchmen" and "Maus," and suggests it will enter the annals of comic-dom's highest-regarded works. While it doesn't measure up to those examples, or to "V for Vendetta" or "From Hell," "Origin" is certainly worthy of praise and deserves a place next to "The Killing Joke," or "Batman: Year One.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Denes on May 29, 2003
Format: Paperback
Being a huge fan of Marvel's Wolverine character, I really enjoyed this book. 'Origin' had the task of telling the beginnings of the character, and finally explaining what the up until now mysterious origins of the character were. This book tells a good story, throwing in some mildly obvious twists and tragedy to interest all readers. The art is beautiful, and gives the work an identity. The story itself seems to work better as an introduction, an feels unfinished. There is obviously so much more to tell of the characters beginnings, and anyone who picks 'Origins' up to read should understand it's not the complete origin of Wolverine, rather just the first chapter. A good read, and I can't wait for more.
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20 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Origin lived up to and exceeded the expectations of many. The story seems a bit farfetched when reading, especially compared to Wolverine in current times, but in the end it all fits nicely. The digital coloring method utilized on Andy Kubert's pencils fits very well and looks amazing. Jenkins writing is great, and the dialogue is well written. The story is at times even touching as we see the past of James Howlett and all the losses he faces at an early age. He transforms from a privileged, weak and often sick young boy to the beginnings of the feral Logan. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I won't reveal too much, but for someone who is an X-Men and Marvel fan, and not a relatively big Wolverine fan, I definitely recommend this. Even people coming off the movie who doesn't read much Marvel comics but likes Wolverine should try this out. The hardcover collects all 6 issues of this mini-series, and comes with some extras, such as some early sketches and ideas by Marvel COO Bill Jemas, EIC Joe Quesada, writer Paul Jenkins, and artist Andy Kubert. The hardcover also has larger pages than the original comics. For collectors, you can fish out the original issues from comic shops, but even then they may be more expensive than the hardcover edition. Origin explains much of Wolverine's foggy past that even he himself can't remember, but still leaves much to be revealed. Origin 2 is likely to materialize, it's only a question of when.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Devan on May 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
A word of advice: don't waltz into your local comic store or hover the arrow of your mouse over the shopping cart icon and expect the definitive Wolverine origin, but you can count on a great read nonetheless.

"Origin" makes it clear that Wolvie is in fact a true mutant, since bone claws shoot from his fists instead of steel knives, which I suppose makes more sense and hints at things to come (He winds up having to use bone claws after Magneto robs him of his adamantium in a past X-Men arc). Your interest will undoubtedly fuel you further and further into this classy attempt to unscramble a tad more of our favorite X-Man's disjointed past, but it all depends on whether you're a devoted truth-seeker or a person who just loves great storytelling and artwork.

This is a more adult and dramatic take on Wolverine, dealing with fresh surroundings and timeless situations such as love triangles, tragic consequences and inner discovery. The supporting characters are not designed to be remembered other than Cookie Malone, a man who will have you gritting your teeth in anger when you hit the last two pages of the book, but Rose, the heroine, is written extremely well and in certain aspects carries the entire story through her narrative. The book isn't so much about Wolverine himself than it is about a person's perception of him as he evolves.

Again, you won't get a definitive answer if that's all you bought the book for. It ends on a rather rushed, sour note, and you may be left confused or let down, but it's still worth your money regardless. I would strongly recommend the "Wolverine" trade paperback by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in addition to or over "Origin" based on your standpoint.
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