Saturday, May 09, 2009

Wolverine: Origin

Official teaser for Wolverine: Origins

Wolverine is not somebody new to me.

Back in the days when my age was still depicted by a single-numeric, I used to watch X-Men cartoon so much. I bought X-Men comic by Marvel as well, apart from products from the toys department and such. I used to record the X-Men theme song using a tape recorder and listened to it over and over before falling asleep.

How X-Men decorated my life back then, when there was no computers nor internet.

Among the characters, I love Wolverine the most when I was a kid. I don't like Professor X because he's bald and disabled, thus useless, and he gives people headaches (I was just a kid, what did I know?); I didn't like Cyclops because he's a sissy-boy (turned out to be as sissy as the recent movies on X-Men depicted) and has a lot of feminine side when it comes to Jean Grey and love; but I like Beast, though, because I find him cute (blue and furry? gawddamn.) and highly educated; I didn't get Colossus much - he's just too weird and metallic; and I love Jean Grey, Storm and Rogue because, well, err, because Marvel drew them so beautifully that sometimes they were impossible. You know what I mean. And I love Gambit too, and somehow I admire machismo of The Sentinels.

Now lets talk about Logan.

The many versions of Logan/Wolverine

James "Logan" Howlett, betterly known as Logan or Wolverine, is the one with twisted backround history. Over a century old, he is considered the most knowledgable and is the X-Men field leader during battle. He had a lot of failed previous relationships, but still is a ladies man, clearly shown by his love towards Jean Grey.

*ding!* wiwiwiwiw

But the most obvious thing in him either than his temper is his special bone claws that strike out from the top of his fists, which later were plated with adamantium, the indestructable metal compound during his service as Weapon X. And also, his body heals itself in just a matter of seconds, closing every wound and cuts so perfectly without even a single trace. Everybody knows that.

I knew Wolverine in a costume - those classic yellow costume with a crossing X at the front and back torso.

Famous yellow suit

And what a pity that Wolverine had to suffer a lot from memory wiping sessions.

"Can I take off this funny headwear already?"
- Logan as Weapon X during experiments.

About the movie, well, some of the plots were altered. But still he is our beloved Wolverine. Sly, temperamental, cynical, ladies-man, cigar-smoking, self-concious, peace-loving, and lovely, despite the face that he likes to lashe out with the intensity and aggression of an enraged animal and is even more resistant to psionic attack during combat.

Like his claws, he uses his lips pretty damn well too.

The brief history of Wolverine's background as in the comic is here:

As shown in the 2001-2002 miniseries Origin, Wolverine was born in 19th century Canada, around 1835, to rich plantation owners as James Howlett.

In the comics series the character grows into manhood on a mining colony in Northern British Columbia, adopting the name "Logan".[17] Logan leaves the colony and lives for a time in the wilderness among wolves, until returning to civilization, residing with the Blackfoot Indians. Following the death of his Blackfoot paramour, Silver Fox, he is ushered into a Canadian military unit. Logan then spends some time in Madripoor, before settling in Japan, where he marries and has a son, Daken.

During World War II, Logan teams with Captain America and continues a career as a soldier-of-fortune/adventurer. Logan works for the First Canadian Parachute Battalion[18] and the CIA before being recruited by Team X, a black ops unit.

As a member of Team X, Logan is given false memory implants. He continues on the team, until he is able to break free of the mental control and joins the Canadian Defense Ministry. Logan is subsequently kidnapped by Weapon X, where he remains captive and experimented on, until he escapes, as shown in Barry Windsor-Smith's "Weapon X" storyline which ran in Marvel Comics Presents. It is during his imprisonment by Weapon X that he has unbreakable Adamantium forcibly fused into his bones.

Logan is eventually discovered by James and Heather Hudson, who help him recover his humanity. Following his recovery, Logan, this time under the supervision of Department H, once again works for Canadian Intelligence. Logan becomes Wolverine, one of Canada's first superheroes. In his first mission, he is dispatched to stop the destruction caused by a brawl between the Hulk and the Wendigo.

Professor Charles Xavier recruits Wolverine to a new team of X-Men Disillusioned with his Canadian intelligence work and intrigued by Xavier's offer, Logan resigns from Department H. It was later revealed, however, that Professor X had wiped Logan's memories and forced him to join the X-Men after Wolverine was sent on an assassination attempt to kill Xavier.


In a short series, Logan is a zombie mutant:

Zombie Wolverine vs Zombie Hulk (Marvel Zombie Heroes)

Cut to pieces and still stubbornly fighting.

Also he exists in the Mini Marvel series with the Spiderman, along with his famous 'bub' when adressing someone :

Obviously these kids are up to something.

And also in many versions of artwork by many artists:

Old Man Logan

...and still the old man Logan.


nadirahzz said...

a gr8 post dearie jackie...keeps ur hard work...urs mcuh inspiring...i like them..oh yes..i da bes study...tgu post frm kkm..tak care...dah ucap happy mothers day lom to ur mom?...tataa;D

miza said...

wolverine? inspiring? which part?

Mohamad Nazmi Zaidi said...

fairuz - thanx naddy

miza - huh? what?