Coming this Tuesday is the highly anticipated follow-up to the 2001 hit Origin by Bill Jemas, Paul Jenkins, and Joe Quesada with pencils by Andy Kubert.
ORIGIN II #1 (of 5)
Written by Kieron Gillen
Art by Adam Kubert
Cover price $4.99
First I have to be honest here: I’m not a fan of Wolverine or the X-Men. I’ve never read Origin and never had an interest in it. Having said that I have been given the privilege of reading the first issue and now offer this spoiler-free preview!
We pick up the story of James Howlett a few years after the events of Origin and he’s all but lost his human side. He’s living in the wild and has sort of been adopted by a new family. He lives with them, even grows to love them. He protects them and hunts with them. Things are fine in his new life with the exceptions of a rival and a stranger.
One of these two makes a huge impact in his new life and sets him on his path.
The way this story is told is different for a Marvel book. There are no dialogue balloons and not even a thought box to be found. It’s told through straight narration and it really helps with the type of story this is. Gillen continues to impress me.
Naturally the art is amazing. If you see the name Kubert on a book you know you can expect it to be astounding and Adam does not disappoint. Even the cover is poster worthy. Speaking of the cover, this book has a really cool acetate cover that reveals something more Sinister, and that wicked grin on the back cover… nice!
Yeah, I know, how vague can I get but the fact is with this book having not been officially released yet I simply can’t give away any major plot points. But I can say this: I liked it. You read that right, this book is so well written and drawn that a non-fan like myself was able to read and enjoy it. For the price of the issues though, I don’t think I’ll be buying the issues as they come out but I don’t really see a reason why I won’t pick up the trade. I should also admit that this has gotten me somewhat curious about the original story and might look for the trade of that.
So, while we have to wait for its official release this coming Tuesday to most stores, you can be confident that it’s an entertaining book and well worth reading.
Check out this unlettered preview and some of the covers for this book (including one of the two Deadpool variants):