I was really very surprised to read the two reader reviews preceding mine. Revealing Wolverine's past was probably the most risky initiative of the Joe Quesada reign, but to say that it hasn't been handled with the utmost care and respect for the character is completely false. The arc collected here (continuing the one began in Origins & Endings) returns the character to the role that originally made the character worthwhile - he's a hero that doesn't believe he's a hero. Daniel Way illustrates this idea as cleverly and as artistically as Claremont and Miller did on the original Wolverine mini-series over 20 years ago and Steve Dillon's art which "makes it look like the characters are playing dress-up" only heightens this story as anything BUT a cliche superhero drama. The real battle here isn't between the external forces of good and evil but the internal ones. Is the past an indicator of Wolverine's future? Has the life he has acheived since attoned for those sins? These are questions that demand a series of its own to answer.
I love the idea of Wolverine paying for the crimes of a past that has only just recently been revealed to him. The idea of the tortured hero and failed samurai have been lost in recent years, especially in the X-Men titles. Even Astonishing X-Men and New Avengers, though admitedly fine reads, only portrays Mervel's arguably best character as little more that a hot-headed comic relief who is never actually involved in the story. In Origins, we see the same tortured soul envisioned by his best writers so long ago with the capacity to fit in the gruesome scenes of violence Marvel was censored from exploring in those days. (If you need any proof, just take a gander at his issue long slugfest with Captain America.) In short, the character needed the direction paved here by Daniel Way more than anything, and the only people that disagree with that are the ones who wish to stunt the growth of a character who has been largely ignored.
everyone is entitled to their own opinion, so, this is in no way hostile to other reviewers. I used to read comics as a kid, especially wolverine, and now i'm in my 30's and back into them big time. i stumbled into the best comic store in richmond, va and was blown away by the art and the intellegent story lines of todays comics. Since then i have gotten a lot of the newer wolverine graphic novels. i was really not into anything about these origins books or the art, to be honest..for some reason i thought it looked like cheap and generic or something. Then i found that i really like the artwork 'dillon' does for the current jason aaron punisher run, which made me more interested in checking out daniel way's origins. i finally got origins 1 and now i'm hooked. Reviews do help when looking to find something worth while, but, in the end, everybody has their own taste and opinion so don't look over something to quick that you might like.