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Origins (Supernatural Graphic Novel #1)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  657 ratings  ·  68 reviews
This graphic novel prequel to the hit CW television show written by series Executive Producer, Peter Johnson, gives readers an incredible never-before-seen look into the mythos of the series. After witnessing the murder of his wife at the hands of a demon, patriarch John Winchester begins a journey into the dark world of the supernatural, seeking a way to hunt down and kil ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published May 20th 2008 by DC Comics
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Oceana2602
Fangirl says: OMG WHERE ARE YOUR EYES, JOHN!?!

Ok, so I'm not a comics fan. I like exactly three kinds of comics: Donald Duck, Peanuts and Calvin & Hobbes, which, you know, really doesn't make me part of the "graphic novel" fandom (that's not what it is called. I think.) I'm just not interested in the genre, nothing against it, but, things to do, books to read, no time to look at pretty pictures. (and I do think that many graphic novels are very pretty).

However, I was willing to make an excep
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Otherwyrld
A few years ago Wildstorm Comics produced several prequel Supernatural comic books, of which this was the first one. All of them follows John Winchester as he drags his two young sons across the length and breath of the United States hunting for the creature that killed the boys mother.

The story is pretty average, given that it covers some of the early lessons that the inexperienced John Winchester must learn as a hunter. We get a road-trip to Harvelle's, the bar that serves as a base for hunte
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Janelle Dazzlepants
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Rory
I'm a big fan of the Supernatural TV series, but the tie-ins leave a lot to be desired. Case in point: Origins, the first series of comics released.

It's readable, which is more than I can say for most of the novels, but I don't find the lineart or coloring at all pleasing to the eye (something that's luckily addressed in Rising Son, which is far superior), and the story never pulls me in. Some of the story flaws exist because of the comic's release date - much of the history that would make Joh
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Amber Earley
I was absolutely mortified at this comic. I expected it to be fairly decent at the least, but I was disappointed from even that. The art is terrible, hard to decipher, and nothing like what the characters look like. The writing is corny and overdone, and the only redeeming quality in this book is the demon plot twist near the end with "Uncle Hunter," although any sensible person could see that coming. Would not recommend.
angelette
I didn't like it, maybe because I hate John Winchester. But I think the plot was almost non-existent. Yep, there are some interesthing things in it, for example how Winchester Daddy became a hunter, but the story isn't elaborated or compelling. And the drawings... well let's just say, I saw better. I only liked the Sam and Dean scenes which were very rare. If you're a fan, it's readable once...
Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
I didn't really mind the artwork (a lot of people seem to have problems with it) and I quite liked seeing how the family started out down the track of being hunters.

The plot was good and felt like a TV episode in comic form. Nothing really bad to say about it at all :)
Andrew
As a fan of the TV show, I was interested to see what this graphic novel offered. Overall, I enjoyed the experience thoroughly.

The main character is John Winchester, Sam and Dean's father. The story starts shortly after his wife's murder and follows him as he learns about the existence of demons and starts down the path of becoming a hunter. There's some interesting twists thrown in for good measure, and some references to things that come later on too.

I found the writing to be top notch and suf
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Jaimie
I'm extreemely happy that they chose to write a graphic novel about John Winchester rather than Sam and Dean. The brothers may be the main characters of the series, but the regular novels are already expansions of their adventures in the tv series, and I fear that a graphic novel adaptation would be much of the same. Saturating the market with every medium in which a story can be published can be a very effective marketting technique, but it has to be done in a way that fans do not feel like the ...more
Leslie (Working for the Mandroid)
The story of how John Winchester became a hunter after the tragic firey death of his wife has always been an intriguing one not answered through the canon of the show. This version of the story, involving characters either only briefly mentioned or shown in the show, was intriguing. Too bad it was completely overwhelmed by the awful artwork.

I actually laughed the first time they show little Sam and Dean in a panel because they are drawn in such a way that it makes me wonder if the artist has eve
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Clover
I'm going to have to get used to the way John is drawn. They've really gone overboard with the square -ish contours and deep lines of his face to make him all gruff and haggard. He's kinda blond as well.





Begins with several cameos of John reminiscing about Mary dying and then him going to the fire marshal and police to try and figure out what happened. He isn't getting anywhere so he gets drunk and into a bar fight, where some chick intervenes.

Whoa, that's Missouri? Didn't expect her to be all dr
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Kereesa
Apr 29, 2011 Kereesa rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: If you've enjoyed the TV show
Recommended to Kereesa by: Nic
Supernatural: Origins is a prequel comic book to the TV series Supernatural regarding John Winchester's journey to becoming a hunter after the death of his wife. Plotwise, this comic book doesn't do much other than providing more character development, which the show pretty much covers except for John I guess, and showing the growth of the characters into super badass hunters. That being said, it's still entertaining enough to read, and if you've got the money to spare it's an excellent addition ...more
Susan
Jul 15, 2010 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: die-hard fans of the TV series
I don't really like these illustrations. None of the characters (except Ellen and maybe Mary) look anything like they do on the show. As other have also mentioned in reviews, much of the backstory that happens in this volume is contradicted in the latest two seasons of the series. And I prefer the version that has unfolded on screen.

I've never been a huge fan of graphic novels or comic books. I think they cause my ADHD to flare up. My eyes are always jumping all over the page and I feel like I
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romney
It was alright. A prequel to the Supernatural TV series. I usually have issues with prequels because you know whats going to happen afterwards, so the storyline can't go anywhere terribly exciting. I preferred Nevermore, a tie-in novel set during the Supernatural series about Sam and Dean.
Anne
This may be the first graphic novel in the series, but I read this one last. It's very heartbreaking to know John's struggles during the times after Mary's death. I could feel the emotion in the storytelling, and it freaked me out a bit as well. This is the reason why I love Supernatural---the story is rich and detailed...with so much feels! This is the best one I've read out of the three. Good thing I read it last!
Dovile
I'm a big fan of Supernatural, and I really like comics and graphic novels, so I just had to read this one. The book has actually two prequel stories: Origins and a very short 5-page story See No Evil.

My first impression: don't bother reading this if you haven't seen the TV series. The artwork throughout the book looks quite primitive (similar to what's on the cover), and the plot of Origins was confusing and not interesting (I'd give it 1.5 stars). I liked See No Evil better (3 to 3.5 stars):
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Shellock Holmes
The only reason I did not give this 5 stars was because the the dates were completely off, which irritated me.
Dean was born January 24 1979
Sam was born May 2 1983
Jo Harvelle was born April 7 1985.
There was a point when John was leaving the boys behind with someone to hunt and it was 1982 so Sam wasn't even born and Mary didn't die until November 2 1983. During another part Ellen was telling Dean that her daughter was about his age. Not only was Sam not suppose to be born yet but Jo definitely ha
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Robin Edman
Story was okay, until it went goofy at the end. Art was kinda icky, actually. Bland and coarse and choppy. But I had fun reading most of it.
Summer Robinson
This was an interesting book. I like seeing the lives of Sam and Dean before the show, so I am a big fan of these origin stories. However, after reading this one I dislike their dad even more than I already did. He is neglectful to the boys, leaves them with strangers, puts them in danger, and all around is just not a good dad. I mean, I get that he went through something crazy, but he really just comes off as a bad father. The last short story part in the back shows Dean really trying to protec ...more
Andrew
This is an interesting little graphic novel - It came out in the early days of the TV series Supernatural as either an exploitation of the show or as a taster of the reasons for what happens in the show (you decide).The novel is illustrated in a basic manner very reminiscent of Hellboy and BPRD. The story itself is an interesting read but honestly for someone who tries not to give spoilers away - there is really not much new to learn from it. You can see the motivation and the start of the dysfu ...more
Chrissy
Nov 10, 2010 Chrissy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: die-hard Supernatural fans
Recommended to Chrissy by: hedda
As the title suggests, Origins is a look into John Winchester’s beginnings as a hunter and picks up only a few days after Mary’s death in the Pilot episode. John begins to investigate her death, sensing that it wasn’t a normal electrical fire which claimed her life. During his interrogations he catches the attention of Missouri Mosley, the town psychic. Missouri opens John’s eyes to the truth—that we live in a world full of dark things that go bump in the night and it was one of these which kill ...more
Sean
As a fan of the television series, I was hoping this would be more fun. While I love the high stakes, dramatic action, and eerie elements of the show, the sense of humor between Sam and Dean helps keep the show fresh. Here is a tale of their father we get none of that. The plot was pretty by the book and made John, who we know to be intelligent, look ignorant. While I understand he grew into the character we knew this is a huge learning curve then. The art was decent but not fantastic. Overall t ...more
Elizabeth Norris-lemke
The art work was horrible. The story was decent but a bit choppy.
J-Lynn
Oct 10, 2007 J-Lynn rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fans of the CW show Supernatural
I love the show Supernatural and thought this was an interesting glimpse at the story behind the strong characters of Dean and Sam Winchester. While the story focuses on John Winchester's struggle with his wife's death, it is fascinating to see how the boys were raised. The story shows us the first time John meets the cryptic psychic Missouri (the brothers run into her during season 1). The short vignette at the end between Dean and Sam is heartbreaking and helps to show how all of the layers to ...more
amelia cavendish
I really enjoyed this despite the fact that I watch SPN for the Winchester brothers and not Papa Winchester. It is very insightful about how the Winchester family have ended up as they are. I particularly like the little side stories with Dean and Sam.

The thing that lets this graphic novel down, however, is the fact that none of the characters look how they do in the show. Maybe this is a copyright thing but then that doesn't explain why the colour plates have the correct characterisation on the
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Mike Jozic
I was really looking forward to this prequel to the show but overall it was a pretty mixed bag. The first two issues got my curiosity up, the next three killed it, and the final issue delivered in only an almost satisfying way. Very little insight was given regarding the shows mythos, very little character development occured for any of the Winchester men, and I'm only reading volume two because the wonderful Brian Wood wrote volume three. Only for real fans of the show.
Jack Iles
Supernatural as a TV show is almost faultless. (Oh yeeeah.) The transition to graphic novel however leaves something to be desired. The narrative was simply a rehash of storylines already covered in the television series, and the ending was inconclusive and dull. The artwork was, at best, basic. Because of this it was very difficult to distinguish between different characters or fathom what was actually going on. Not entirely bad, but certainly not what I was expecting.
Stefanie
Loved this prequel to the TV series...especially the last 5 pages!
Khara
So disappointed! I've read most of the Supernatural novelizations so I had high hopes for the graphic novels, the bar was not met. The writing does not sound like the characters at all, John Winchester, in particular. And sometimes, it's best to not over explain things. Maybe fans of SPN don't need or want to know what the time between Mary getting killed and Dean breaking into Sam and Jessica's apartment held. A bit of mystery is a good thing.
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