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Wolverine: Origins #30

Posted: Tuesday, November 25, 2008
By: Steven M. Bari

Daniel Way
Mike Deodato, Rain Beredo (colors)
Marvel Comics
Editor's Note: Wolverine: Origins #30 arrives in stores tomorrow, November 26.

"Original Sin: Conclusion"

Plot: Wolverine and Xavier confront Daken with the truth of his mother's death as Sebastian Shaw's plans go out the window. But whose side is Daken on?

Commentary: Generally, the finale of crossovers and events leave me dissatisfied on some level, be it because of some minutia or relevant plot thread(s) that fall to the way side. Conversely, Daniel Way and Mike Carey's "Orginal Sin" has a simple premise that has allowed for not only a satisfying conclusion, but also one that is organic. There is no major deux ex machina or plot twist that makes this last issue feel surreal; it flows logically from the character's motivations. That said the conclusion is pretty predictable.

To Daniel Way's credit at least, he manages to build the reader's expectation of these developments. Wolverine wants to offer Daken the same freedom/torture Xavier gave to him when he joined the X-Men: removing his memories. But Xavier has grown to realize that his manipulative games alienate him from the friends and family, and how miserable his actions have made each of them. Charles instead offers Daken the truth about his mother’s death, the turning point in his life. When the young man demands the reverie to end, Charles finally matures and points to the door. "I cannot hold you, Daken… The door is open." The acknowledgement that he can no longer control others' minds is a major development for his character, hopefully one that will last.

On that note, I hope Mike Deodato remains on this series as well. He executes the requisite violent brawls as well as the emotional scenes brilliantly. When Daken is faced with his mother's death and the revelation that the man who raised him, Romulus, murdered her, his eyes widen as pupils contract. The feeling of shock and disbelief is evident on the young man's face, but so is pain, which is a substantive development from the heartless killer he has been. Deodato balances Way's flourishes of sentimentality and ultra-violence better than any artist so far, even adding a layer of moodiness to highlight the moral ambiguity of the main characters' actions.

Although new readers probably shouldn't pick up Wolverine: Origins #30, definitely consider picking up the eventual trade. It will be worth the $10.95.

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