Many Origins of Wolverine
From Wolverine News #1, 1994.
To his fans, Wolverine is an enigma. Recent stories about his travels have taken him forward through time, backward through time, and all over the place, from Madripoor to Japan to Canada!
Wolverine #25 is a plausible Wolverine origin story. It tells the tale of a young Native American boy cast into the wilderness by his Indian tribe. Befriended by wolverines and raised as one of their own, the boy adopts the instincts of an animal, yet can reason with the intellect of a man.
Other early Wolverine stories include "24 Hours" featuring Sabretooth from Wolverine #9-10 and "Wild Frontier" from Marvel Comics #93-98 which shows a pre-claw Wolverine as a member of the Blackfoot indian tribe in the early l800's...
Wolverine's next major chronological appearance is "Madripoor Nights" from Uncanny X-Men #268. It places him on the island of Madripoor in the South Pacific during 1941 as he teams up with a young Captain America to battle a ruthless Nazi commander named Baron Strucker...
The next milestone in Wolverine's life appears in the acclaimed Weapon X storyline from Marvel Comics #72-84...Wolverine is transformed into an indestructible weapon of a super-secret group by an adamantium bonding process. Unfortunately, the memory implants from the Weapon X program convolute Wolverine's memory of these events...
It is certain that Wolverine was a member of the Canadian Secret Service before Weapon X. Previous encounters with Sabretooth in X-Men #4-6 hint at the fact that they were even teamates.
We also know that Sabretooth is definitely not Logan's father, because in Wolverine #42 a S.H.I.E.L.D. medic confirms that blood taken from the two is different...
We also know that Wolverine's relationship with Silver Fox is genuine since the log cabin that Logan and Silver Fox shared in Wolverine #63 really does exist...
FEATURED IN THE WOLVERINE STORE:
by Bill Jemas, Joe Quesada, Paul Jenkins, Andy Kubert (Illustrator)
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." Kubert's illustrations are mind-bogglingly beautiful, managing to combine the serious nature of the story with the comic origins of the players without effort. The only complaint, and it is minor, is that the book seems short compared with similar series efforts. The story is told without becoming overlong, but the reader can't help but feel it could have been deeper and more involved. Overall, "Origin" is worth its price, and the hardcover book preserves the fantastic art in a great coffee-table format. Wolvie and X-Men fans will want to read it - unless, of course, you would rather not spoil the mystery, which is perfectly understandable.
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