Part Three of the X-Men mini-crossover “Original Sin” arrives, bringing with it some oddly radical additions to Wolverine’s early days with the X-Men. It’s clear now that the “original sins” referred to in the crossover title are Wolverine’s attempt to kill the Professor, and the Professor’s subsequent rewriting of Wolverine’s mind. While the continuity obsessive in me wants to scream “retcon” at the behind-the-scenes meddling in some classic stories, it’s hard to deny that this does make a fair amount of sense in explaining both why Wolverine was allowed to join the X-Men, and why he’d stay afterwards.
In the present day, Wolverine fights the newly faceless and somewhat under-subscribed Inner Circle of the Hellfire club. Naturally, it’s a one-sided fight in which Wolverine really cuts loose, and it’s indicative of Xavier’s current morality that he feels fully okay standing by during all this.
The art from Mike Deodato Jr. is fantastic -- about as good as he’s ever been -- clear, dynamic and experimental, every page a real joy to behold. That said, his version of new villainess Miss Sinister is so different from Scott Eaton’s over in “X-Men Legacy” that one really has to wonder where things went wrong. This is exactly the sort of place you’d expect an editor to intervene.
Oddly, Wolverine’s son Daken plays a fairly muted role in this issue. Daken has, for me, been the least appealing element of the crossover, but there’s no denying that he’s taken a central role in it. Or rather, he had until this issue, where he spends his one appearance lying in bed. Given his recent prominence in “Wolverine: Origins,” you would expect him to do a little more in an issue of that actual series, crossover or not.
There’s definitely a lot of mileage in this story, which examines the jumbled past of two morally grey X-Men and compares it with their present, and it’s certainly accomplished its task of making me buy issues of “Wolverine: Origins” that I’d usually skip over. I’m perfectly pleased to do so, as long as the story is good. Even though these kind of crossovers made the X-line in particular very difficult to read around 10 years ago, I’d go so far as to say that used this sparingly, they’re actually really enjoyable. Roll on the next two issues.