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Wolverine: Origins #29

Posted: Tuesday, October 28, 2008
By: Steven M. Bari

Daniel Way
Mike Deodato, Rain Beredo (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Wolverine: Origins #29 arrives in stores tomorrow, October 29.

"Original Sin: Part Three"

Although this "Original Sin" crossover is worth reading, the main attraction of Part Three is Mike Deodato and Rain Beredo's art. Deodato pencils in a photo-realistic style that he inks heavily, emitting a moody ambience. His perspectives are dramatic, moving the lens of the panel from above, below and in profile while remaining tight on the figures, whose bodies are angled toward the reader. He draws the audience into this noir world with incredible ease.

In the very first panel Miss Sinister--in a loosened black girdle, black pantie, and thigh-high boots--lounges on a burgundy couch with a glass of red wine in her hand. The reader's line of vision is forced to follow along her voluptuous legs to her face on the right side of the panel. Whether she is smiling, smirking, or simply placid, is intentionally made ambiguous with the subtle curvature of her lips and the dark shadows on her face.

Beredo adds to this panel's sultriness with deep red colors, namely burgundy, set against textured grays and whites. Sinister's clothes (if you can even call them that) have a leathery luster that Beredo creates by smearing a layer of white over the gray. I don't if he does this digitally, but it looks painted. As for Sinister's pale, white skin, Beredo gives it a rosy pink tinge; it is as if this color is emanating from the deep red diamond mark upon her forehead or the glass of burgundy colored wine in her hand. Of course, this adds to her ambiguity.

And this is just the first panel. I've read Daniel Way's work with artists Steve Dillon, Stephen Segovia, and Paco Medina. He tailors his dialogue to fit their style respectively, such as using sparse dialogue with Dillon and Medina to showcase their energetic storytelling. Deodato and Beredo, however, open Way creatively. There are more word balloons per panel, thus more character interaction on the page. The noir atmosphere enhances Way's morally gray aesthetic, where no one is wholly good.

When Xavier chastises Wolverine for attacking the Hellfire Club despite the fact that they had nothing to do with his son's disappearance, a heavily shadowed Logan retorts, "Bad guy's a bad guy, Charles. Just 'cause they're innocent'a one thing don't make 'em not guilty of another." As Wolverine proves his point to Xavier, Prof. X dips into the darkness of Deodato's shading too.

Despite being three parts into "Original Sin," Way's story is straightforward enough to allow new readers to enjoy. It's not too late to repent!

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