The Cranky Old Reader

I'm a Goodreads refugee, looking for a new home. Old books for children, science fiction, fantasy, mysteries, and humor are my main areas of interest. I've little interest in books that were written after 1975 or so, and prefer books that are older still. There are, however, a few still-living authors that I respect.

Origin: The True Story of Wolverine

Origin: The True Story of Wolverine - Paul Jenkins, Joe Quesada, Bill Jemas, Andy Kubert, Richard Isanove Forgettable.If you're going to try to create an origin for one of your most iconic characters, that origin had better be (*@#ing memorable. Look at Batman, for example. Or look at what Alan Moore did for the Joker in The Killing Joke. The origin should resonate for the reader.In Origin, the story kind of lands with a dull thump.Oh, it's not terrible. The authors clearly tried. They just weren't up to the task, that's all. And so they've created an utterly forgettable, inconsequential, run-of-the-mill...I'm sorry, what were we talking about again?Oh yeah. Origin. Sorry, I nodded off.In a fractional system, Origin would get a 1.8 from me. At best, it was kind of cheesy. I mean, when you've got your character running and howling with wolves, it's a pretty good sign that you're in way over your head...unless you're a really, really good writer. Which these guys aren't. And maybe it was a warning sign that there were three writers on this turkey.Hmm...if they'd had Wolverine running and gobbling with, that would have been memorable! :DPS - the claws looked stupid to me. Claws should look like claws, not unicorn horns!

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