Spoilers for Origin II #2
At this point in the story, Wolverine is Bigfoot. No, I’m not even kidding, after the events of last issue the “wolfish man” is an urban legend, a clawed beast said to roam the nearby wilderness. Tales are told and sold about the remains of a strangely mutilated polar bear, with wounds unlike those made by any known creature. This is where the stories of two future X-Men villains cross over Wolverine’s. The bear belonged to one Nathaniel Essex, aka Mister Sinister. He seeks to reclaim the genetic secrets stored in his escaped science project, and investigate the possibility of getting his dissection happy mad scientist hands on a real live mutant. Also hunting him is Mr. Creed, aka Sabretooth. They don’t come right out with either of their future names or appearances, but so far I think you can take these things at face value – I’m not sensing “Dog Logan” levels of misdirection. At this point Creed is just a very accomplished tracker with some very prominent teeth, and sharp finger nails. He brings with him a female accomplice named Clara, who has the apparent power to calm and sooth a raging beast. This communion with animals will surely make her a sympathetic character, and her warn torn face suggests a time in her past when this special skill failed her. Creed’s team gets their hands on Wolverine first, and after Clara subdues him, they stomp him to the ground and cage him, despite Clara’s protestations. This is where, and brace yourself, because you can only hear this for the first time once, we learn that Origin II #2 has decided to set in the stone the fact that the first encounter between Wolverine and his arch-nemesis Sabretooth, was when Sabretooth captured Wolverine to put him in the circus.
A couple of points to note:
- Clara has some pretty pointy teeth herself, and of course there’s the matter of that eye. They’re playing a bit coy with her relationship to Creed, that could be something to look out for.
- Sabretooth has already called Wolverine runt within mere panels of meeting him.
- Clara compares Sabretooth to Wolverine, and Creed snorts that he’s nothing like him. Later it will often be Wolverine defending that he’s nothing like Creed. I’m not sure if this early role reversal is clever or cliché, but there’s a good chance it won’t be the only one we see.
My rating: 3.3 out of 5
I’d be lying if I said it I wasn’t curious where they were taking this, especially in regards to this new character Clara, but honestly I’m bored. Wolverine is my favorite character, but he hasn’t spoken an actual word in Origin II yet. This whole issue was about the villains anyway, and while I like Sinister and Sabretooth, I kind of envy anyone who has the patience to wait for the trade or the will power to skip the series altogether.