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Wolverine: Origins & Endings TPB: Origins and Endings (Graphic Novel Pb) [Paperback]

Javier Saltares , Mark Texeira , Daniel Way
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27 Dec 2006 Graphic Novel Pb
Left shaken at ground zero after the cataclysmic events of House M, Logan has no choice but to soldier on, as he's done so many times before - but has the burden now become too great? In his lifetime, Logan has been both a hero and a villain, a player and a pawn... but what is he now? Don't miss out on the beginning of an epic more than a century in the making! Collects Wolverine #36-40.


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Marvel Comics (27 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0785119795
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785119791
  • Product Dimensions: 25.7 x 16.3 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 796,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 18 May 2009
By D.K
Format:Paperback
Insanely violent. See shards of the memories that make up wolverine and see him at his ugliest, the start of a good story.
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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  13 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best Wolverine Story is quite some time... 24 May 2006
By Madelyn Pryor - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The last Wolverine graphic novel that was this seminal, this important to read was Barry Windsor Smith's Weapon X. Origins and Endings is the rare graphic that provides both a perfect start for new readers unfamiliar with the character and a devishly delicious plot filled with small details the long time fan will drool over.

At the end of House of M, Wolverine regained his memory. His ENTIRE memory. Though I thought I wouldn't like this turn of events, Daniel Way handles it in such a way that just enough is revealed to answer almost none of the reader's questions, but to provide even more intrigue than before.

The art by Saltares and Texira is fabulous, and just moody enough to be perfect. There's even small details the artists have incorporated to make the long time X-Fan say " I can't believe they threw that in!"

This really is the best X-Men graphic in years. I'm frustrated I can't rate it higher. Please, get yourself a copy and then get a copy for your friend. You won't want to lend yours out, you'll be too busy re-reading it again and again!

Highest recommendations to new fans and seasoned fans alike!
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Return of the Classic Wolverine 3 Dec 2006
By Edmund Lau Kok Ming - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
What you need to know: Marvel's "House of M" series was about Scarlet Witch using her powers to grant the wish of everyone. Wolverine's wish was to regain his memories (among other things - including his secret desire to BE Nick Fury!). After the "House of M", many things were returned back to normal but some things were changed (see "Decimation" books for more details). However, for long-term Marvel fans, one of the most important change was that Wolverine now has all his memories. And having lived for a century or more, the memories/information he had to sift through is really quite enormous. This story is the beginning of Wolverine's quest to piece all the jumbled mess of a century's worth of memory/information together again.

Wolverine's character had been defined for years as the man that we really know nothing about. But that's ok for fans since we get to know the man intimately in his tales of triumphs and tragedies. Over the years, we cheered when he proposed to Mariko, we wept when he was rejected, we were shocked when his adamantium was forcefully yanked out of him, we smiled at his beer-drinking with Nightcrawler, we cringed when he went berserk during the "Weapon-X" experiment, etc. He becomes more than a comic character. He becomes an inspiration, a friend. And like our friends, we don't have to know everything about them to know them well. At the same time, because we know and cherish Wolverine, it piques our curiosity to discover more about him. Writers from Chris Claremont to Barry Windsor-Smith and Larry Hama have teased us with bits of information over the years - yet always making us hunger for more. Earlier in this decade, Marvel decided to spill the beans on Wolverine's early life in the Paul Jenkins penned series called "Origin". But that series, while adorned with pretty art by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove showing us Wolverine as a kid named James Howlett, really doesn't even begin to scratch the itch that bugs us about his past. We want to know Wolverine as a spy, as a failed samurai, his connections to government cover-ups, his Madripoor ties, etc. In short, everything that makes this cigar-chomping hairy mutant with a short fuse cool - and WHY these things were so.

Enter Daniel Way with this book, "Origins & Endings" and the follow-up series "Wolverine: Origins". This is the Wolverine that we want to read about discovering, in truth, his own coolness. I approached this series with some hesitation, being forewarned by many that this series represents the extreme of Marvel's "decompressed" storytelling style and how it was deliberately stretched out/padded to fill hardcover/paperback collections. Honestly, it's "decompressed" all right but I don't mind. The last thing I want is for Wolvie's origin to be told in several panels (ala' Silver Age comics). Friends, this is something that we've been waiting for since we were around 9 years old in Primary School (my eldest kid is 9 years old now)! Do you want all the chips laid out quickly? Personally, I wish this can go on forever! In this first volume, we see Wolvie confronting the Silver Samurai and the Winter Soldier (the former Bucky, Captain America's partner from WWII). We see his Japanese roots finally established as well as his ties to government agencies. Javier Saltares and Mark Texeira handles the art and you can see how they interpret the details in Daniel Way's scripts. Way is not a wordy/expository writer like Claremont or a talky writer like Bendis. His strength lies in setting up and presenting a scene - and in that he's nigh unbeatable. Many of these scenes are wordless - he allows the art to breathe, to tell the story on its own. Take for example, Dum Dum Dugan's silent fear of Wolvie when he uncontrollably started pointing a gun in every direction, almost expecting Wolvie (who was actually a continent away) to pounce at him from any direction. Another example, we see how Wolvie slowly slips into a mindless berserker rage, seeing his eyes turn red slowly, then seeing the world through those eyes (everything looks garish and red) and how his dialogue becomes animalistic growls. We also see how competent a fighter Winter Soldier is - and how he subdued berserker-Wolvie with only a dagger and handcuffs. The big revelation here about the connection between these two mind-wiped ex-government agents are very intriguing and I for one am looking forward to their next meeting.

Finally, the book closes with Wolverine inheriting the Muramasa blade. This is another point that received tons of criticism from fans who claimed that a man with adamantium claws doesn't need a samurai sword. I find these comments very amusing. My advice to these people - please learn to read a book! The samurai sword is still the most dangerous weapon in the world (have you seen "Kill Bill"?). There is nothing like it - not even adamantium claws. But it is dangerous only if wielded well. And wielding it well takes more than brute strength or berserker rages. It takes discipline. It takes focus and restraint. Read the original Claremont-Miller "Wolverine" mini-series. See how Shingen was able to defeat the animalistic Wolverine initially because Wolvie lacked that samurai spirit/discipline. Of course, we see Wolvie's eventual mastery over his bestial nature and was able to defeat Shingen in the end. Nowhere is Wolvie's struggle between his man-beast natures more focused than when he wields the weapon of the disciplined warrior. Also, the samurai sword is really the extension of the man. The man is the weapon and the sword provides the reach. Therefore, if Wolvie is to once again discover himself, to be again "the best there is at what he does", then the reach of a samurai sword far exceeds that of his claws.

The version of Wolverine presented here by Daniel Way and company makes people uncomfortable. He's a survivor who'd eat his own arm to stay alive or cut off someone else's (Silver Samurai) as an act of mercy (to retain the Samurai's honour). He's grittier than ever without needing the aid of exaggerated mangaesque art with exposed fangs and no nose (see mid-90s comics to see what I mean). This is Wolverine fully conscious and being himself (especially now that he finally knows everything about himself). And we'll discover that the conscious Wolverine is an even more dangerous man than the brain-washed "Enemy of the State" as previously depicted by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. He's on a quest of self-discovery and to pay back all who had done him wrong in the past. We're just glad to be along for this grindingly slow but satisfying ride. This is the best that Wolverine has been in years.
4.0 out of 5 stars A good start to epic story. 16 Jun 2014
By Brian Watson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I Love Daniel Way's Origin arc. It is a good move forward in the characters story, A needed push in character development, and I'm truly sad that it is contradicted by later stories. The first volume is a good start, it sets the pace and tone for what is a fun and action packed adventure.
3.0 out of 5 stars Looking for people who have answers to his questions that will generate more questions for which he'll need answers. Sigh. 9 Dec 2013
By THowerton - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Long pauses of mostly silent art are used to varying effect in this collection. We find a couple of surprises here, especially regarding Bucky Barnes' Winter Soldier mission that involved killing some of Wolverine's loved ones. He goes animal quite a bit in this collection, regarding himself as something other than human. But he's on a mission tracking those who have used and abused him, and those who still have answers that will lead to even more questions to the questions he already has. It's a quick read.
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring 26 Sep 2007
By dalieu - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Pretty boring and not worth the $12. The art wasn't bad, but it felt like the book was lacking substance. See if you can read this at your public library. If you're really into the whole pre-wolverine/weapon-x era, get the $14 hardcover comic by Windsor-Smith. The art is raw and the story is dark.
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