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X-Men: Original Sin #1

Posted: Tuesday, October 7, 2008
By: Steven M. Bari

Mike Carey, Daniel Way
Scot Eaton, Mike Deodato
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: X-Men: Original Sin #1 arrives in stores tomorrow, October 8.

Jean Grey touches the cool glass of the window in Professor Xavier's office as the sun creeps in over the grounds of the Institute. The two greatest telepaths the world has ever known are deprived of sleep with work and life on their minds. The fiery-haired Jean is lost in her new surroundings, displaced by the arrival of these new members of the X-Men. Eyes set on the approaching sun, she asks the Professor: "What of my own dreams and plans…? Must they be sacrificed on this terrible altar of responsibility?"

X-Men: Orginial Sin is the first two chapters of a four issue crossover between Wolverine: Origins and X-Men: Legacy. Writers Daniel Way and Mike Carey seamlessly weave the journeys of both their titles into one massive adventure. In addition, this issue includes a reprint of Classic X-Men #1, from which Jean's questions are taken.

The creative teams of Wolverine: Origins and X-Men: Legacy each complete a separate chapter. Way and Deodato's "Chapter 1" flows smoothly and elegantly into Carey and Eaton's "Chapter 2." The plot is simple: Wolverine hopes to reorder his son Daken's brain so that the boy can choose for himself and no longer follow his programming. He seeks out Emma Frost only to find that Cyclops "smells" of Xavier (a reference to their meeting in X-Men: Legacy #216). Learning that Charles is still alive, Wolverine seeks him out, leaving his son in the care of a Tibetan monk in San Francisco's Chinatown. Unfortunately, Logan isn't the only one interested in reprogramming Daken. Enter Miss Sinister, the Hellfire Club, and whole load of napalm.

Carey and Way's writing move into one another fluidly. There is no scene change or switching of narrative perspective from the end of Chapter 1 to Chapter 2, just Logan walking down the street toward Xavier. Both chapters remain focused on Wolverine, each speaking with the same voice and elocution (well, elocution in terms of written dialogue). Logan doesn't morph from bar brawler to Cambridge don, but remains consistent.

Although Deodato and Eaton's styles are different (especially with Hennesy inking Eaton), they meld together nicely thanks to a shared color palate by Rain Beredo (Chapter 1) and Jason Keith (Chapter 2). Deodato's hyper-realistic composition and wild panel layout is mellowed by deep browns, yellows, and oranges. Keith continues with this muted mood on Eaton's pages, whose inked forms have become more rounded and sharper akin to Paco Medina's work. The semblance of light creates, of course, consistency, but its tone of sunset carries the concept of time running out throughout the book.

But whose time is running out? Daken's future rests in a man who has resolved never to use his powers to tamper with another's mind again. Can Wolverine convince Charles to do what's contemptible yet necessary to ensure his son's freedom and choice before the Hellfire Club takes it all away?

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