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Friday, September 13, 2013 

Sequel to Wolverine's origin tale may be as unsatisfying as the first

Marvel announced they're publishing a sequel to the Wolverine origin tale Paul Jenkins wrote in 2003, and this is called "Origin II". But we're way past the point where it could be awaited with enthusiasm, as there's every chance it'll end with no payoff and more setup for yet more sequels designed to milk the readers of their cash.

In fact, Marvel's announcement about the cover art for this book is telling of how much they must mean to impress anybody with the story:
“The first acetate cover I ever saw was on 'Marvels' and it blew my mind," Marvel senior editor Nick Lowe, who oversees the X-Men books, said in the press release. "We’re looking to do the same thing with this cover to 'Origin II'."

Perhaps in reference to DC Comics' allocations of their "Villains Month" 3D motion covers, Marvel's statement reads, "In anticipation of this cover's immense popularity, Marvel will have plenty of copies available for retailer orders to appease customer's demands!"
Now just who are they looking to please, exactly? Readers, or speculators and art collectors? The cover isn't what matters, it's what comes inside that should.

And on that note, it's also worth noting that Kieron Gillen is the writer this time. With some of his past track record, I have a hard time envisioning he'll do much to convince that this is meat-and-potatoes storytelling.

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