Part Three of the X-Men mini-crossover âOriginal Sinâ arrives, bringing with it some oddly radical additions to Wolverineâs early days with the X-Men. Itâs clear now that the âoriginal sinsâ referred to in the crossover title are Wolverineâs attempt to kill the Professor, and the Professorâs subsequent rewriting of Wolverineâs mind. While the continuity obsessive in me wants to scream âretconâ at the behind-the-scenes meddling in some classic stories, itâs 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 heâd stay afterwards.
In the present day, Wolverine fights the newly faceless and somewhat under-subscribed Inner Circle of the Hellfire club. Naturally, itâs a one-sided fight in which Wolverine really cuts loose, and itâs indicative of Xavierâs current morality that he feels fully okay standing by during all this.
The art from Mike Deodato Jr. is fantastic -- about as good as heâs 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 Eatonâs over in âX-Men Legacyâ that one really has to wonder where things went wrong. This is exactly the sort of place youâd expect an editor to intervene.
Oddly, Wolverineâs son Daken plays a fairly muted role in this issue. Daken has, for me, been the least appealing element of the crossover, but thereâs no denying that heâs 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 âWolverine: Origins,â you would expect him to do a little more in an issue of that actual series, crossover or not.
Thereâs 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 itâs certainly accomplished its task of making me buy issues of âWolverine: Originsâ that Iâd usually skip over. Iâm 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, Iâd go so far as to say that used this sparingly, theyâre actually really enjoyable. Roll on the next two issues.