In 1946, a night club singer named Dean Martin first teamed up with a young comic named Jerry Lewis. The pair would soon become one of (if not THE) hottest acts in the world.
In 1957, Paul McCartney first met John Lennon, and the pair soon went on to create great music together.
In 1958, Jack Kirby began working with Stan Lee, and the pair soon went on to create much of the Marvel Universe.
Decades from now we will surely remember 2008 as the year that Miss Sinister met Daken, Wolverine’s long-lost son.
This issue is a one-shot leading in to the four-part crossover between Daniel Way’s Wolverine: Origins and Mike Carey’s X-Men: Legacy, and it was co-written by the two men, with Way taking the first chapter and Carey the second. One thing you have to give credit to both guys for is that they certainly wrote a cohesive narrative – you’d be hard-pressed to tell that it was written by two separate writers, which is particularly notable as Way and Carey aren’t writers you’d normally think of as having similar styles.
Anyhoo, since this was the one-shot leading into the crossover proper, it was most certainly a set-up issue, although there were some action scenes, as well.
The main point of the comic is the newly revealed secret (sigh) that Wolverine and Professor X were involved in some sort of secretive plot prior to the formation of the All-New, All-Different X-Men. Giant-Size X-Men #1 will soon have more written BETWEEN the lines than actually written in the actual issue, as a recent mini-series, X-Men: Deadly Genesis, already gave us a massive retcon of the formation of the All-New, All-Different X-Men. How soon before we learn that Krakoa was actually…duh duh duhhhhhhh…Wolverine’s long-lost DAUGHTER!!
Mike Deodato (who handles the art on the first part of the story) does not do a bad job on the flashback scenes.
There is some very tight continuity between this and X-Men: Legacy, as this issue takes place directly following the events of X-Men: Legacy #216, where Scott Summers and Emma Frost encounter a (surprisingly) living Professor X.
Here, Wolverine now learns that Xavier is alive, as well, and he doesn’t take kindly to Cyclops knowing before him.
As someone noted elsewhere on the CBR X-Men forum, it appears that punching Cyclops is the new “Cyclops and Emma Frost having sex” X-Book meme – every book has to have it!
A lot of this issue, sadly, is devoted to Miss Sinister (working with Sebastian Shaw and the Hellfire Club) trying to capture Daken, who Wolverine is trying to cure of the mental programming that has turned Daken into a sociopathic killer. I’m not a fan of Wolverine’s long lost son, Daken, but I’ll admit that now that he’s basically stripped of all of his (annoying) personality, he’s not a terrible character. Not like Miss Sinister, who I dunno – are we supposed to find her charming or something? She’s Miss freakin’ Sinister!! I guess she IS kinda funny, but not in the “I’m amused by her charming banter” way, but rather the “I can’t believe that we’re actually seeing a Miss Sinister not only used in a comic, but being treated like she’s totally serious and not at all incredibly lame” way.
Their scenes play out blandly and basically like cliche action sequences peppered with some stereotypical characters (Random Chinese dude Wolverine knows who takes in Daken because he owes Wolverine a favor, Chinese dude’s granddaughter who disapproves of Daken being taken in, but then gains begrudging respect for Daken just in time to be killed to give Daken motivation, female version of a super lame villain who was created to be a joke character as an example of the silliest idea for a villain that a child could think of but then began being used as a super-serious character…wait, my bad! That last one is not really a stereotype…yet).
Wolverine and Xavier meet up and Wolverine wants Xavier to clear out the programming that has mucked up his son’s head. Xavier says no, because otherwise, there wouldn’t be any conflict, right?
One thing I really like about the story is the way that Wolverine treats Xavier. I like that he doesn’t get sanctimonious, because he knows that he’s done some effed up stuff in his life, too, so he doesn’t even dare judge Xavier. I also like that he doesn’t treat Xavier like the other X-Men do – he seems to treat Xavier like they’re actually equals, and not Cyclops’ “We’re equals now – okay, I’ll still treat you like my dad, but I’ll SAY that we’re equals a lot – and soon I might convince myself that it’s true!”
All in all, this works pretty well as a set-up for a crossover, in that it gets everyone into place and has them ready for the real story. The art is pretty nice (and the two colorists do an amazing job of making the book look visually the same, even with two dramatically different artists in Deodato and Eaton). But while it will likely be quite useful for the trade paperback of this storyline, as a single issue, there’s a dearth of cool stuff happening, with most of the action in the issue coming from the silly Miss Sinister/Daken stuff.
The Professor X/Wolverine interactions are good, though.
Slightly Not Recommended.
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