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Review: Wolverine Origins #50

Wolverine comes to some sort of conclusion about himself.

After stabbing Nick Fury in the chest, Wolverine confronts the ghosts of his past loves and comes to some kind of peace with the demons that have haunted him all his life.

The Good

Conrad's got a great weight and curve to his work here that reminds me a lot of Claudio Castellini, in a good way. There's real sense of depth to these detailed compositions. As the final issue of this series, it fits thematically that Wolverine would come to some sort of peace with the memories he's been recounting in this series - - ever since he regained them in House of M. Even though the back-up feature is just a small dialogue scene with Hope, it was actually pretty well-executed. Just a solid little scene.

The Bad

I said that this makes a conclusive point about Wolverine's past, but I'm not really sure what that is. Logan's final monologue is phrased in a lot of vague double-talk that doesn't really weigh in strongly on one side of his dilemma or the other. As it is, he just seems to shake off stabbing Nick Fury half to death, like he did nothing wrong.  The choice of words run a bit too detailed and flowery for a character who's supposed to be as bad ass as Wolverine, also.  I would've preferred he voice his conclusions in some terse dialogue like Way uses in the back-up feature with Hope.

The Verdict - 2.5/5

This is a case where the back-up story plays out better than the feature. I can appreciate the intention to give Logan some kind of closure after 50 issues of dredging up the past, but I think it's presented in such a vague way that it doesn't really seem to be of any significance . Fury almost gets killed and all he does is  shake it off like nothing happened... and that really seems to be the thrust of this whole issue.
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Posted by SnottyCane

furys been owed a good stabbing for a long time..
Posted by theiconic

 origins .... prequels....and reboots  oh my,  . #$%#K     move on to new stuff people stop with the over played origins crap

Edited by Amegashita

  I like how on the cover, Wolverine wrote death in Japanese in blood.

Posted by d0npierre

You mean it's done now? O.O

Posted by goldenkey
@Amegashita: I thought it said cheese pizza.
Posted by goldenkey

I really liked a lot of stories in the Orgins run.  Wolverine more then (most characters) has been someone who's popularity has been on his mysterious past.  There had to an answer sooner or later as to where he came from.  You can't just keep adding and adding to his background.  The only downfall is that all his major adversaries are all dead.  Sabretooth, Omega Red, Cyber.  I'm sure all will back somehow, they always come back.  I really dug the Romulus as a puppet master idea also, and I like his look, even tho most don't.  I'll bet money when he comes back that he's gonna have adamantium.  The biggest downfall to Romulus is that he wasn't as tough as they made him out to be.  Sabertooth actually being afraid of him gave the reader a sense that this guy was HUGE badass, and being as old as they played him out to be you'd think he was.  Now Wolverine has Daken (who really really needs a to get a haircut) and sooner or later he'll get adamantium too. 

Posted by Nyogtha

This series for the most part was a complete waste and a way for writers to kill off his main enemies and bring the back for possible retcons.