Editor's Note: Wolverine: Origins #26 arrives in stores tomorrow, June 25.
"Son of X: Part 1"
We all knew Wolverine has done shady and immoral jobs in his past, but Daniel Way elucidates one particular instance that could be the tip of the iceberg. Way has certainly made me question Logan's moral fiber--and sanity for that matter--but we all have done things we're not very proud of. In Wolverine's case, this includes Daken, the son of Wolverine and Itsu. We discover his secret origin: who raised him, why he is called Daken, and some explanation as to why he's such a nasty and evidently troubled human being.
Surprisingly, I was more astonished by this issue's art than its story. Yes, we get closer to discovering the identity of Romulus, who apparently has been toying with Wolverine his whole life, but Segovia's art gives a fresh start to this arc, and ultimately this series, that should really garner more readers.
While you're sitting on your butts reading this review, Stephen Segovia is living in the Philippines pumping out pages for our greedy shores, working from home, eating longganisa, and probably speaking Tagalog (I made those last two up). Stylistically, he's a mixture of Mark Silverstri's hyper-realism and J. Scott Campbell's energetic perspective with a character design very reminiscent of Francis Yu. Therefore, his art is simultaneously clear and sketchy, nostalgic yet modern.
For instance, the opening page of Wolverine in costume with an unconscious Daken over his shoulder, trailed by an enormous moon evokes the classic Logan on the run in John Byrne's brown and yellow suit but instills a new dynamic of immediacy, which is the hallmark of hyper-realism. The hyper-realistic style loves the exact moment of a jump, a landing, a shot fired, or a throat cut, which propels the importance of the action as well as its implication to the character acting it out, putting it to the forefront. Thus, this scene of Wolverine skulking under the moon signifies the character's tradition of clandestine activity being represented front and center. My only reservation, however, is Segovia's strange need for Logan to have huge feet. Check it out in the preview below. They're ridiculously oversized.
As for the story, Way does give the reader a good tale of Daken's background. It drips of blood and pathos, but would you expect any less from the son of Wolverine?
Also, the focus on the identity of Romulus gives the series accessibility for new readers, as all other plot lines flow into answering the question of who this man is--and that's pretty easy to follow along.
Lastly, if Romulus turns out to be Sabertooth (which is just an inference from his silhouette), I'm going to be really disappointed.
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