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Wolverine: Origins
Author Daniel Way
Illustrator Dougie Braithwaite
Genre Superhero
Publisher Marvel Comics
Publication date Jun 2006 - Sep 2010
Media type Comic book

Wolverine: Origins is a 2006-2010 comic book series written by Daniel Way, published by Marvel Comics and starring Wolverine. Steve Dillon drew the series from the first issue through issue #25.

Publication history

The series is a continuation of House of M and the "Origins and Endings" storyline from Wolverine vol 3 #36-40 (2006). It began publication in June 2006 and ran for fifty issues, including one annual. During its run, it crossed over with the Dark Reign storyline.



In an attempt to prevent Wolverine from finding them, some members of the government send Nuke to stop him. Captain America, Cyclops, Emma Frost, and Hellion intervene. Frost reveals that Wolverine has a son, Daken, who is being controlled by the government the way Wolverine had been, and that Daken hates his father.

Hoping to rescue his son from whoever is controlling him, Wolverine plans to weaken Daken with adamantium power Dido's, eventually focusing his efforts on acquiring the substance from Maverick (who was a fellow victim/member with Logan in the secretive governmental Weapon X program back in the 1960s.) Before Wolverine can learn where the carbonadium is, however, they are attacked by Omega Red. Wolverine is briefly knocked unconscious, giving Omega Red a head start for the carbonadium, which is in Berlin.

Wolverine travels to Berlin followed by and meets up with the Black Widow. Wolverine surrenders to agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. who have been following him. He is taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. base and placed in restraints. Daken, disguised as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent, uses his bone claws to wound Wolverine. After healing, Wolverine escapes from the facility.

Wolverine catches up to his son, only to find Daken being attacked by Cyber. Wolverine saves Daken, allowing him to escape.

In an elaborate plan to draw Daken into the open, Wolverine arranges for The Winter Soldier to hire Deadpool to kill Wolverine. When Wolverine is incapacitated and Deadpool appears close to succeeding, Daken intervenes so he can be the one to kill his father. The Winter Soldier, who has been watching, shoots Daken in the head with a carbonadium bullet. This renders Daken unconscious, but does not kill him.


Wolverine seeks out Professor X for help restoring his son's lost memories. Wolverine learns that Daken is being manipulated by a man named Romulus, the same man who manipulated Wolverine before Weapon X. Wolverine and Professor Xavier are able to save Daken and reveal to him the truth surrounding his mother's death. Father and son plan to track Romulus together and kill him. Daken later betrays Wolverine to ally with Cyber, and then betrays Cyber to hunt Romulus alone.

When Daken joins the Dark Avengers, Wolverine meets with Nick Fury. Fury shares his information on Romulus, including Wolverine's close connection to the Hudson family. Fury accompanies Wolverine to New York to stop Daken's attack on the X-Men, but Daken escapes again.

Wolverine tracks Daken, but is confronted by Victor Hudson, one of Romulus's henchmen. Forced to choose between chasing Romulus or Daken, Wolverine chooses Daken. Meanwhile, Daken has employed the Tinkerer to turn his claws more like his father's.

Wolverine continues to track down Romulus and Victor Hudson in Russia. Following Hudson, Wolverine believes he is close to Romulus when he discovers he has been led into a trap. He is attacked by and defeats Omega Red. He escapes the trap with the carbonadium synthesizer.

Collected editions

The series has been collected into individual volumes

Title Material collected Publication date ISBN
Wolverine: Origins Vol. 1 - Born in Blood Wolverine: Origins #1-5 Oct 2006 978-0785122876
Wolverine: Origins Vol. 2 - Savior Wolverine: Origins #6-10 Mar 2007 978-0785122883
Wolverine: Origins Vol. 3 - Swift and Terrible Wolverine: Origins #11-15 Nov 2007 978-0785126133
Wolverine: Origins Vol. 4 - Our War Wolverine: Origins #16-20; Annual #1 Feb 2008 978-0785126386
Wolverine: Origins Vol. 5 - Deadpool Wolverine: Origins #21-27 Dec 2008 978-0785126157
X-Men: Original Sin Wolverine: Origins #28-30; X-Men: Original Sin; X-Men: Legacy #217-218 Aug 2009 978-0785129561
Wolverine: Origins Vol. 6 - Dark Reign Wolverine: Origins #31-36 Dec 2009 978-0785135388
Wolverine: Origins Vol. 7 - Romulus Wolverine: Origins #37-40 Dec 2009 978-0785135395
Wolverine: Origins 8 - Seven The Hard Way Wolverine: Origins #41-45 Apr 2010 978-0785146490
Wolverine: The Reckoning Wolverine: Origins #46-50; Dark Wolverine #85-87 Oct 2010 978-0785140382
Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 Wolverine vol. 2, #187-189; Wolverine vol. 3, #33-40; Wolverine: Origins #1-5; ; Wolverine: Origins Director's Cut #1; Sabretooth (2004) #1-4; material from I (heart) Marvel: My Mutant Heart #1 Jan 2017 978-1302904722
Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 2 Wolverine: Origins #6-15; Annual #1; Wolverine vol. 3, #50-55; What if: Wolverine #1 Sep 2017 978-1302907389
Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 3 Wolverine: Origins #16-32; ; X-Men: Original Sin; X-Men: Legacy #217-218; material from Wolverine vol. 3, #73-74 Jan 2018 978-1302907686
Wolverine by Daniel Way: The Complete Collection Vol. 4 Wolverine: Origins #33-50; Dark Wolverine #85-87 Jun 2018 978-1302909529