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Origin II #4 - Book Four Review


Logan tries to become more human while evading Essex's men.

The Good

ORIGIN II has become more of a feature of Adam Kubert's art and Frank Martin's colors than anything else. This issue takes a lot of chances and risks in page and panel set-up that, for the most part, works incredibly well. Each page is in unique in its layout, and it really keeps the reader engaged and enthralled with the art. As the issue goes on, and the scenes get more chaotic, so does the page set-up. This is also something I'm really enjoying coming from writer Kieron Gillen. As this book gets crazier, we see a lot more panels packed into a page, which will put you right into the scene. Gillen puts us into the action with more than just the dialogue and pictures, the pages themselves depict the tone of the scene.

As far as the story goes, it's enjoyable if you like watching Wolverine slash and bash his way through people. Aside from that, it doesn't offer much. The action here is intense, dramatic, and frankly, eye candy for those who secretly love the level of violence we've come to expect from a solo Wolverine book. There's two pages in particular which are so simple but work so well. It's two pages which completely put the reader inside of Wolverine's mind and they couldn't be simpler. No spoilers, but when you see it, you'll know.

The Bad

The problem with ORIGIN II, which really shows here is that is series isn't about much more than Logan's early days with Victor Creed and Nathan Essex. We're given glimpses of moments in his life and how he stopped living in the wilderness, but unlike ORIGIN, which had a very specific point of showing readers where Logan came from, but ORIGIN II feels like it doesn't have direction.

The book is becoming less and less of an interesting read, which is a bit of a shock, since I'm normally a fan of Kieron Gillen's work. It feels like more of the same Wolverine stories we're used to and doesn't live up to the excitement and hype.

There was actually one huge problem with the art here, believe it or not. There's a lot of odd choices in page and panel set-up midway through the issue, and while Kubert takes some fantastic chances, there are a few pages that don't work because of odd character placement in the panels, especially during more intimate moments between Logan and Clara.

The Verdict

If you love Adam Kubert's art and Frank Martin's colors, pick this book up because they take some chances here in page layout and set-up. It's a workshop for artists to take a look at how differently you can set up a page and invoke emotion from the reader. The problem with the issue is that it doesn't do much. It's hard to figure out what direction this is taking and unlike the original ORIGIN, this book is not much more than a moderately fun and violent Wolverine book.

Posted by Super_SoldierXII

I'll pick it up. But issue #2 made it a little tough to want to ... and this review doesn't quite help. I agree with all points made herein based solely on my read through of last issue - which I found riddled with inconsistencies (Wolverine busts out of specially made, high near unbreakable restraints on a semi-regular basis but cannot escape Essex's leather straps. Hm.).

Story-wise, it does all feel rather pointless. At least there is Kubert's art.

Posted by mickeymayhew

how many issues is this series?

Posted by ptigrusmagus

Origin II is simply nothing like Origin. Its so much less compelling story wise, the art is great but the painted art from Origin is better. Logan is likely to put his claws through your chest if you try and break up a fight, we get it. The only thing better about Origin II is that there is more action otherwise I'm not seeing the point of this.