- Hardcover: 128 pages
- Publisher: Marvel (November 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785122850
- ISBN-13: 978-0785122852
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Wolverine: Origins, Vol. 1: Born in Blood (v. 1) Hardcover – November 1, 2006
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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.
I've read Daniel Way's "Wolverine Origins" series in a pretty haphazard order, picking up volumes whenever I see them rather than reading them in order, so I'm actually finishing the series with the first book! So I know all about the revelations that follow, etc etc but "Born in Blood" is still a pretty damn good read.
We find out just how much of a bastard Logan's been in the past - and he's a pretty mean git at the best of times! - and some of the things he does in the `60s is really dark. And for those who enjoyed "Daredevil: Born Again", Nuke returns with some updates to fight Logan with and Way gives him a pretty nasty backstory on how he came to be the brainwashed killing machine he is.
Steve Dillon's art is fantastic as ever and there's a pretty decent superhero fight at the end which isn't just mutant powers zapping to and fro but has some interesting tactical moves between Wolverine and... well I won't spoil it. But Way's put some thought into it rather than just have the supes bash one another mindlessly.
As for the rest of the series, the best stuff happens in the first five books but the rest of the series isn't bad either and is worth reading if you're a Wolverine fan. "Born in Blood" is an excellent beginning and has plenty of blood and violence to stay true to the (black) soul of the character. Good stuff.
One of the more interesting elements to Wolverine had been the mystery surrounding him. Through out the years we learned that his memories had been altered, and fake memories had been implanted to turn him into a weapon for Weapon X. We learned that he was a secret agent, a failed samurai, had a lover by the name of Silver Fox who was murdered by Sabretooth, and there was even a possibility that Sabretooth may have been his father. Many individuals the likes of Omega Red, Maverick, and even Cyber would reveal themselves, thus opening up another can of worms in Wolverine's life, and there was a possibility that some of that stuff could have been fake. It was cool reading. Unfortunately, there came a time where this stuff needed to be addressed. Who is Wolverine exactly? Well thanks to the events that took place in House of M, Wolverine Origins was birthed in an attempt to clear things up. It doesn't exactly retcon anything in the character's life, instead it provides the necessary details and clarification finally telling us who he is. It's a very interesting take on the character, and in the long run, Daniel Way did deliver the goods despite some missteps. Wolverine: Born in Blood collects issues 1 - 5 and it follows up Wolverine: Origins and Endings.
I have to admit that the only reason I even cared to bother with this series is because of its core premise.Read more ›
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This story picks up as Wolverine gets his memories back after the events of House of M, and I have to say, they did a very nice job with the story. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Ben Martin
I don't know what everyone's complaining about, I enjoyed it. I mean, it wasn't amazing, but it wasn't the worst thing ever written either, like I've read from many reviews. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by Amazon Customer
A lot of plot in this one,but it leaves a lot open for the final showdown between father and son. Interesting.Published on October 29, 2013 by clinton smith
Sloppy writing and very bad art work. It is a very disappointing read. I hope this is not going to be considered canon.Published on August 29, 2013 by Nautius Maximus
I am a huge fan of the oigins story line. The art is so-so but I am a fan of the old Marc Silvestri and Jim Lee stuff. Overall good read.Published on April 29, 2013 by BCHATTS