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Wolverine: Origin

(Wolverine Origin #1)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  14,685 ratings  ·  429 reviews
Collecting the best-selling - and controversial - romantic period piece that defied industry expectations and pulled back the curtain on Wolverine's mysterious past! At long last, all is revealed about the incredible forces that molded the world's most perfect killing machine with a heart as big as the great outdoors. Collects Wolverine: Origin #1-6 ...more
Hardcover, Marvel Premiere Classic, 200 pages
Published October 18th 2006 by Marvel (first published November 2001)
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May 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really hoping that this wasn't going to ruin Wolverine for me, and it didn't. I think they did a good job with this story. I know a lot of hard core fans are turning over in their graves, because part of what makes Wolverine so cool is the mystery. Still, some idiot was bound to tell his origin tale someday, and it could have been a whole lot worse. ...more
Sam Quixote
Jun 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
This review wasn’t meant to run for as long as it did but when I started writing it, it kept going. So if you want to skip the many issues I had with Wolverine: Origin, here’s the conclusion I reach at the end, placed at the start:

Origin is to Wolverine fans as The Phantom Menace is to Star Wars fans - just a massive fuck you to the fans of the character. It’s a godawful prequel that should never have been made because of how poorly conceived it was. Wolverine is a character whose mysterious pa
Dirk Grobbelaar
My first instinct was to rate this book higher. It's a very good graphic novel. However, just how well it succeeds as a Wolverine Origin tale is open to interpretation.

We do learn a bit about Wolverine's childhood, and there are some surprises / revelations. However, this is where things get murky. The book conveys a lot of its information through insinuation and it does leave the reader to draw some conclusions. In fact, quite a lot of the specifics are left unattended, and after discussing the
Matt Tandy
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
The origin of Wolverine was elusive for many years. While fans got a taste with the excellent Weapon X storyline, it was still a mystery as to where Logan came from and how his animalistic tendencies developed. With Origin, Jenkins and Kubert do a great job giving our favourite mutant a backstory, full of tragedy and heartbreak. A name, a birthplace and a family, Logan is no longer an antihero with no roots. He’s now a fully developed human with clear motivations, though he’s forgotten most of t ...more
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
Demystifying Wolverine

Every superhero has an origin story. This is not that story. This is the origin of Logan, the Wolverine.

The story follows Logan's life from his tough childhood to manhood. Any elaboration of the story would be a spoiler, I guess.

The story takes after the quote, "You are the sum total of your life experiences". I am pretty sure the writers had a checklist that ran like this:

✔ Red head fetish,
✔ The name: Logan,
✔ The name: Wolverine,
✔ The way Logan calls everyone Bub,
✔ Me
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Before the X-Men, before Weapon-X, Wolverine's struggle with his subconscious savagery first flourished in family tragedy . . ." -- back cover blurb for this edition

There's the 20th century axiom that 'the book is better than the movie.' Boy howdy, right about now I'd rather watch the unremarkable 2009 film X-Men Origins: Wolverine to learn of Logan's beginnings rather than read this print version (which is much different in storyline) again. The book left me as cold as its primary setting - th
Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈
This was just okay. I'm a little confused at the high rating, to be honest. This was yet another story where there's a bare bones plot with Logan and a virtually irrelevant female character.

I enjoyed the first part just fine. I don't know a lot about Wolverine's history short of that awesome beginning montage in the I'll conceived Wolverine: Origins film. Can I just say, that story was 10x better than this? And that movie sucked. Anyway, I liked the story of the sick child who was friends with

This is the greatest Wolverine story I've ever read. But wait! Isn't this unnecessary? Won't this undermine the character's mystique by giving him an origin? I say no, not when it's written like this.

For me, as a hardcore fanboy of Batman, origin determines character. Without that, I don't know what to make of the character's motivation. Wolverine has always been grounded in mystery and I never understood why. Running with wolves. From British Columbia. Small, scrappy, quick to anger. Japan. Bu
Feb 01, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hardcore Wolverine fans, maybe

If you're going to try to create an origin for one of your most iconic characters, that origin had better be (*@#ing memorable. Look at Batman, for example. Or look at what Alan Moore did for the Joker in The Killing Joke. The origin should resonate for the reader.

In Origin, the story kind of lands with a dull thump.

Oh, it's not terrible. The authors clearly tried. They just weren't up to the task, that's all. And so they've created an utterly forgettable, inconsequential, run-of-the
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James Howlett
Here’s the thing. When getting into a character, I always say start with the origin story then go wherever you want. This way you get a good sense of the character’s full personality, important character defining moments, context for relationships between supporting characters ect. But this story is interesting because it takes place before and away from all the characters that Wolverine is usually associated with. All in all this book was disappointing. Not terrible but not gre
Gary Butler
32nd book read in 2015.

Number 396 out of 460 on my all time book list.

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Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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the artwork was a biti too colorful but the story was GREAT.
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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So the funny thing is that I apparently already knew many of the general plot beats of this story, thanks to the X-Men movies — which meant most of the intended “gasp! what!!!” reveals, which were meant to surprise readers, didn’t catch me off-guard.

The most interesting thing for me was reading the background material that went into the making-of Wolverine’s origin, particularly the behind-the-scenes emails trying to beef up the plot. I hadn’t actually known that it took that long for Marvel to
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Lashaan Balasingam (Bookidote)
Nothing like trying to deliver one of the most taboo stories in the history of Marvel comics: an origin story for Wolverine. While the idea in itself isn't bad, it simply had too much to live up to and this creative team couldn't get the execution right.

There are some neat ideas sprinkled across this graphic novel but its style was never really going to take off in my books. There was a subtle dullness that kept on striking me down as I move forward with the narrative. The art style didn't help
May 24, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I just saw the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which draws from this comic book. It reminded that I can't stand origin stories that are written ex post facto. Some characters have origins that are essential to appreciating them. Batman has an origin; he is his origin. The Hulk has an origin. Superman has an origin. Other characters do not and should not have origins. The mystery of their background is part of what defines them. Wolverine should not have an origin.

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Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I read this when it first came out in 2002 but with the new X-Men movie coming out soon, I felt it's time to re-read this.
I saw a new preview where it appears as if they are going to make Sabertooth and Wolverine brothers.
That isn't in the book, or at least I don't remember it. Something that big, I think I'd remember it. But I have to re-read it to make sure.
Mar 18, 2009 rated it liked it
3.0 stars. A pretty good story but not as good as I was hoping it would be. After all these years of wanting to learn the "definitive" origin of Wolverine, the build up probably doomed any effort to only marginal success. Still, a decent read if a bit of a let down. ...more
'kris Pung
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was ok
One of the weaker origin reimaginings I've ever read. ...more
Christian Smith
Apr 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
They could have really messed this up, but guess what, they didn't!!! ...more
May 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This review can also be found on my blog:

Back in 2001 when the first of the six comics came out, I thought Wolverine's origin story would finally be revealed. I eagerly awaited each issue, anxious for the truth. As with any good origin story, some questions were answered, but many more were added.

We are first introduced to Rose, a twelve year old orphan who is being brought up the Howlett estate to be a companion for the younger sickly James Howlett in th
Nov 26, 2017 rated it did not like it
Well, that was godawful.
Considering how short this is, it should be telling that it took me four days to get through it. Let's make this quick, shall we? James aka Logan aka Wolverine aka whatever the hell you want to call him in this is an anti-hero and I get that. In this though, I was left hating him. Also, by the end he's a teenager, right? I mean based on the fact that he's like 10 at the start and this is only a few years old in total, why does he look like a 35 year old dude with roid iss
Jun 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Wolverine Fans...IT'S A MUST IF YOU HAVEN'T READ IT ALREADY!!
I remember for years X-men fans desperately kept begging and begging for a Wolverine origin story beyond Weapon X. Who is he really? How did he get the name, Logan? Where is he from? Well with this book, after years of waiting, we finally get some of the answers.

Born a sickly, weak spoiled kid who becomes a hardened fighting machine through harsh conditioning, we see him become the young Wolverine we know and love. And, unfortunately, the guy's life has always been full of heartache and lethal
Jun 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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This book is only worth something because it finally really tells Wolverine's origins. Can't say I'm much fond of them but at least now there's a real background with dates and names. I'll live with it.

But Andy Kubert's art is a shame to his name. Sloppy doesn't even begin to describe it. Backgrounds are poor, anatomy lessons long forgotten, storytelling shabby.
Only things to salvage of this mess are Isanove's color and Quesada's covers.

Years later, I still can't understand how the editorial s
Jonathan Maas
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not the Wolverine you always thought you knew

And that is this tale's strength. It takes risks and adds twists. I highly recommend it, though be warned - it's different than the standard tale of Wolverine.

Great art as well!
Sooraya Evans
Jun 15, 2016 rated it liked it
An interesting take on Wolverine's origin.
But not as dramatic as it should have been.
Jon Nakapalau
Sep 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Sets the mark for all Wolverine stories.
Sriti Jha
So I read this after finishing batman and hush
So this was very slow for me. Also the art is very simple.
I wouldn’t recommend it at all
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
"What do you think of the idea of a limited series telling Wolverine's origin?" Question posed by Joe Quesada, artist extraordinaire, comic master and head of Marvel.

"Two words immediately popped into my head...bad idea." Tom DeSanto, Executive Producer and Co-writer of X-men: The Movie.

DeSanto would later admit to being wrong about this, but his fears wear certainly well-founded. Part of what made Wolverine so damn awesome was that he had no origin. His past was lost to everyone and all anyone
Alain Gutierrez
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

A good origin story on Wolverine, but I like him much more as the existential mysterious superhero type then one with a generic backstory. This graphic novel leaves many questions unanswered as well.
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