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Wolverine: Origins #16: Review

Oct 2007
Daniel Way, Steve Dillon

Story Name:

Our War, Part 1

Review & Comments

3 stars

Wolverine: Origins #16 Review by (June 13, 2012)
Review: Grim tale of deceit and betrayal by Daniel Way is offset by Steve Dillon’s cartoonish art, for a confusing effect. Wolverine does black ops, so does Bucky while Captain America is kept in the dark; they hate each other. It’s a WW2 story, so Nick Fury has to be there too. The tales follows Ed Brubaker’s revisionist Cap origin, wherein Bucky Barnes is no a kid sidekick but a trained killer to do the dirty work for the squeaky clean Cap. I don’t care for this interpretation but can live with it from Brubaker; Way just shoves it in my face and forces me to swallow it. Meanwhile, the subtext of the story is to convince Wolverine’s regular fans that Captain America is not the boring clod they always thought he was. The patronizing attitude annoys me too, though Cap comes across fairly well, it’s also clear Way doesn’t care for him much. That’s my review as a Cap fan; any Wolverine fans out there are invited to review the story from Logan’s angle.

Comments: Second story reprinted from UNCANNY X-MEN #268. Issue includes eight-page preview of WOLVERINE #56.


Synopsis / Summary / Plot

Wolverine: Origins #16 Synopsis by Peter Silvestro

In the aftermath of the superhero Civil War and the death of Captain America, Wolverine stops by a museum exhibit honoring Cap for an after-hours visit. Logan’s mind returns to his first meeting with Cap, in Madripoor 1941….

Wolverine meets with Cap and Ivan Petrovich and takes them to a bar where Logan goes out of his way to antagonize Nazi official Baron Strucker. He fills his two guests in on the situation: The Hand is looking for a new ally and thinks they have found one in Strucker. The Nazi now has to prove his loyalty to them…by kidnapping young Natalia Romanoff—the future Black Widow. As the Nazis drive off with Natalia, Wolvie crashes though the windshield to rescue her while Cap and Ivan fight off the surrounding soldiers. Logan appeals once more to the girl to give up the dangerous life but she responds by shooting him in the heart. Logan returns to Seraph and learns that Natalia is working with them, an undercover agent whose mission is to kill Jonin, the Hand’s leader. Wolverine heads over there as Cap and Ivan are about to be executed and crashes the party, freeing the two captives and starting a violent melee. A heavily-armed Seraph arrives and lays down covering fire to help the good guys escape. As Wolverine puts Natalia on a plane out of there, Cap expresses his admiration for his new ally’s skills and asks him if he wants to be Cap’s partner; Logan declines. Later Wolverine meets with Seraph and she tells Logan his true mission: to find out if Captain America can be turned to their cause or replicated. If not, Logan is to kill him….

Story #2

Madripoor Nights

Writer: Chris Claremont. Penciler: Jim Lee. Inker: Scott Williams. Colorist: Glynis Oliver.

Synopsis / Summary / Plot

By None

Steve Dillon
Steve Dillon
Matt Milla
Ed McGuinness (Cover Penciler)
Ed McGuinness (Cover Inker)


Listed in Alphabetical Order.

Black Widow
Black Widow

(Natasha Romanoff)
Captain America
Captain America

(Steve Rogers)
Ivan Petrovich
Ivan Petrovich

(Ivan Petrovich Bezukhov)

(James Howlett)

Plus: Baron Strucker, Hand (The Hand), Jonin.

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