Best Shots Extra: X-Men: Original Sin #1
by Lucas Siegel
Date: 09 October 2008 Time: 08:02 AM ET
Review: X-Men: Original Sin #1
X-Men: Original Sin #1
Writers: Daniel Way and Mike Carey
Art: Mike Deodato with Rain Beredo and Scot Eaton with Andrew Hennessy and Jason Keith
From: Marvel ComicsThank Odin for recap pages. I found myself initially interested in this story simply because it was crossing into X-Men: Legacy, a book I’ve enjoyed quite a bit of late, but worried I’d be lost as I haven’t read an issue of Wolverine: Origins in quite some time. I knew of Daken, the son of Wolverine, but had pretty much written off the character in my mind. The bad news is, the recap doesn’t actually introduce all of the relevant characters, focusing just on the big three. Lady Sinister would be a bit confusing for a casual X-Fan, for example, especially going by the name “Claudine” in the whole book. The good news is, I was able to come into this story almost completely fresh and unaware of the people contained herein, and follow it easily. I also found myself more excited and intrigued than I initially expected. The format of the book, as an introduction to a crossover being done by two creative teams, was an anthology with one section written by each of them. The tone of the story, along with the characterization of those involved did not change at all between the two chapters. It was heartening to know going into the crossover that these writers and editors are working so closely together, and have an established style that all their characters will be presented within. The art, similarly, shared enough qualities to not be jarring in any way from Chapter 1 to Chapter 2. There were a few panels that looked rushed, with some just plain odd drawings, especially from two artists who are so well established. There are also some great homage sequences that will tug at a long-time X-Fan’s heartstrings. Eaton makes Xavier look a little creepy; I can’t quite put my finger on what disturbs me about it, but it doesn’t seem too fitting with the apologetic and sheepish way the character has been portrayed lately, and even within this issue. This certainly isn’t going to be the issue that makes anyone excited about Daken who wasn’t already. However, it could possibly infuse Logan with some new life by letting readers into just how difficult his transformation to hero was. Really, it seems that every scene Daken is in here is just to help establish Logan’s journey. It’s a somewhat sneaky writing technique, but it works here. Thanks to the aforementioned recap pages prevalent in Marvel’s books, if you’re currently only reading one or the other, you can probably safely stick to just that book and get enough of the story to know what’s going on. However, Wolverine fans looking for him to be a little more like his old self should be pleased with how this storyline kicks off. The book overall is not a must buy for anyone other than die-hard Wolvie fans, but if you pick it up, you’ll likely enjoy it. It should be noted there’s also a backup story reprinted from Classic X-Men that gives a bit of context, but really isn’t super relevant to the story being told now. It’s a nice little tale, though, and a fun look at how much these familiar characters have changed over the last few decades. An above average book in most ways, the story is off to a good start. Maybe I’ll even care about Daken after the next couple of months.