Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Origin II #2 Review

Writer: Keiron Gillen
Artist: Adam Kubert

What will happen when Wolverine and Sabretooth meet for the first time? Read on to find out.

The official description from Marvel:

Without his family, Logan struggles to continue on. Meanwhile, word of a clawed wild man in the woods has reached civilization and the hunt to capture him first begins! And enter…CREED!

I had my doubts about this series prior to it's launch, but after reading the first issue them doubts faded away, turning into tons of optimism. The symbolic nature simply amazed me, and despite it not having quite the same feel as the original Origin series, it was still very interesting in it's own unique way.

Keiron Gillen did however not quite follow up on that with this issue, as despite producing some decent plot developments, it felt more like a filler issue, meant purely to set up future events. On the other hand Gillen did do a terrific job of introducing both Sabretooth and Mr. Sinister to the series, as although it had already been announced that they'd feature in this series, it was nice to see them début. Overall however I didn't feel that Wolverine was featured enough in this issue and despite having tremendous set-up, there wasn't really much story wise that made it feel special.

Adam Kubert did however once again produce some fantastic artwork, with his art easily being the best thing about this issue. Much like the first issue Kubert's layouts were simply outstanding, giving a lot of depth as well as a lively tone to the issue. I also loved how Kubert handled the facial expressions, and especially on the likes of Mr. Sinister and Sabretooth, as it gave a eerie atmosphere to the issue. Added to this the dynamic action sequence and the spectacular colours from Frank Martin and it's hard to consider the art anything short of phenomenal.

Origin II has some brilliant development points in this issue, and it's future does look very promising, but as for this issue itself it was slightly lacking in certain parts, and if it wasn't for the intensity added by Sabretooth and Mr. Sinister I doubt it's be as good as it is. I still however recommend giving it a read, especially if you read the first issue.

Rating: 7/10