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Wolverine: Origins, Vol. 1: Born in Blood (v. 1) Hardcover – November 1, 2006

3.8 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews
Book 1 of 45 in the Wolverine: Origins Series

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Product Details

  • 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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Format: Hardcover
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 The arc collected here (continuing the one began in Origins & Endings) returns the character to the role that originally made the character worthwhile - he's a hero that doesn't believe he's a hero.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.
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Format: Paperback
Wolverine gets his memory back and decides to get his revenge on his former handlers who made him perform a series of heinous deeds many years ago. But a direct attack on the White House by mysterious forces coincides with a visit by Wolverine, implicating him in the terrorist incident. The President orders they send Frank Simpson aka Nuke after Wolverine to take him out once and for all.

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.
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Format: Paperback
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.
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Format: Hardcover
The Scarlet Witch granted Wolverine's wish which was to restore his memories. He now knows just about everything that has ever happened to him, and he isn't happy at all. Wolverine has armed himself with the legendary Muramsa Blade in his pursuit for vengeance. This places him at odds with allies, plus his enemies from the shadows are attempting to defend themselves. -summary

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.
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