Wolverine's son?!?!?

We were told in Wolverine: Origins #5 that Wolvy had a son.....guess
what? It's freakin' true...

Daniel Way breaks it down for you

When Wolverine began probing his dark and violent past in search of
truth and vengeance, he thought it might be a simple task of clawing
his way through all his adversaries, but then in issue #5 (which
concluded the first storyline "Born in Blood") of Marvel Comics'
"Wolverine: Origins" things got complicated as they often do when
children are involved. In this case, the child involved was Wolverine's.
Now, if Wolverine continues his crusade it will launch him on a violent
collision course with the son he never knew he had. CBR News spoke
with "Origins" writer Daniel Way about the revelation of Wolverine being
a father and what it means for Logan's quest.

The idea that a character as long lived as Wolverine might have
fathered a child isn't a new one. "It's something that has been kind of
put forward before and then kind of pulled back and wiped out," Way
told CBR News. "So we decided to make it concrete and real.

"I pitched a story to my editor probably about two years ago," Way
continued. "That story was about Logan discovering that he had a son
and that son had basically been following in dear old dad's footsteps.
None of the good stuff just all the bad. So, Logan feels responsible for
this kid, as he should, for both his existence and his actions. So he
goes on this quest to save his son, but his son didn't want to be saved.
All he wanted was to kill his dad, whom he hated for basically making
him what he was."

Way's editor liked the story when it was originally pitched, but thought
it was too big of a story to do without following it up with another
large story. "When we started laying out 'Origins,' it just made a lot of
sense that this was the place to tell that story," Way explained. "We've
seen in the first five issues of 'Origins' and the previous 'Origins and
Endings' storyline that somebody is ultimately responsible for Logan
being what he is and we've also learned that whoever it is has tried to
recreate these results with experiments like Nuke. So it made sense;
they wanted another Logan so they took one and raised the kid inside
this system. When this kid finally shows up good and proper in the
Marvel Universe we're going to have a new bad ass on the block."

Way promised that Logan's son will be making his proper Marvel
Universe debut very soon. "We know this kid inherited Logan's healing
ability," Way said. "So the big questions are, 'What else has he
inherited? What else does he have? How does this character operate?'"

The fact that Wolverine has a son out there operating in the shadows
helps to define the larger, continuing story that is "Origins." "This
series is about Wolverine confronting the sins of his past and the son is
those sins incarnate," Way explained. "So it gives things a form. This is
what Logan needs to make right. He needs to get his kid straightened
out and be a dad.

"There's going to be repercussions because of this," Way continued.
"You know the saying, 'Keep your friends close and your enemies
closer?' That's pretty much the situation Logan operates in. Most
people act like his friend because they don't want to be considered his
enemy. The guy is not stable - you don't want to be on his bad side.
But Logan, he wants to belong to something. He's always trying to fight
those savage impulses. He's trying to be the good guy. His son doesn't
have any of those characteristics. He doesn't know right from wrong.
All he knows is what he's been fed his entire life, which is a diet of
violence and pain."

Learning about his son and his aggressive proclivities has a
tremendous impact on Logan emotionally. "This is an unexpected
turn," Way stated. "This whole quest that he's been on thus far, it's
been solely for him. It's been his quest for revenge and now it's kind of
been brought to a screeching halt. He now knows that if he goes any
further on his question that he's going to run into his own son. That's
going to result in Logan going fucking crazy if he kills his own son; he
can't deal with that, or he's going to killed or cut to pieces and buried
somewhere. They've got him."

In order to get out the trap that "They" have ensnared him in, Logan
has to temporarily alter the objectives of his quest. "He needs to, as
Emma Frost said, reevaluate this selfish mission of his," Way said. "He's
got more important things that he needs to tend to because if Logan
doesn't get this kid on the right track, somebody else will. Imagine
what kind of mess that would be. What if the Avengers assembled and
went after this kid? Do you think Logan's going to let that happen? That
would be another 'Civil War' and it would be set around one guy who
simply would not give up. He's not going to allow his kid to be used as
a pawn or as a killing tool, like he was. So he's got to make an end run.
He's got to get this taken care of before he can move on, if he can
move on."

Logan discovered that his son is still alive in "Origins" #5 in a unique
flashback sequence in which the only color used was red. "I don't know
where that came from," Way said. "When I saw the preliminary colors, I
was immediately on the phone. I was like, 'This is perfect.' I don't think
color gets enough use as a storytelling technique. So when I saw those
pages and how there's an abrupt shift with the black, white and red it
really jars you and drops you right into that scene. Now that there is a
precedent, that is going to be popping up in my art direction. I'll be
making more notes to the colorist."

In the uniquely colored flashback, Wolverine's infant son is carried off
by a mysterious man wearing a red trench coat. Many readers were left
wondering the identity of the enigmatic abductor. "That's the big
mystery isn't it? Who's behind it all? We'll get there at exactly the same
time Logan does," Way stated. "I think we're going to start seeing some
glimpses here in the near future. There might also be some interplay
between 'Origins' and the other 'Wolverine' title as well."

To coordinate this interplay, Way has been talking to upcoming
"Wolverine" writer Jeph Loeb. "We have a common editor," Way said.
"We've been kind of talking over the fence; shooting notes back and
forth. I spoke with him just briefly in San Diego. We've worked up
something that will link up the two books for a short time."

In addition to the identity of the shadowy figure in the red trench coat,
readers of "Origins" #5 were left with another question - what's going
to happen to the Muramasa Blade? The blade is a mystical sword that
Wolverine acquired at the end of the "Origins and Endings" storyline
and is one of the few weapons in existence that could put Logan down
for good. In "Origins" #5, Wolverine entrusted the blade to fellow X-
Men member Cyclops. "Cyclops has control of this thing," Way said.
"Everybody keep's an eye on him. That's going to be something that
pops up later. There are big things in the works. 'Civil War' is
reshuffling the deck extremely effectively."

"Savior," the next storyline of "Wolverine: Origins" beginning with issue

6, finds Logan reshuffling his plans for vengeance and trying to

formulate a plan to rescue and safely neutralize his son. "Logan comes
up with this plan and it hinges on something from his past, this shady
mission that he was on in Berlin," Way explained. "He thinks of a
mechanism to safely take down his son and get him away from
whoever is controlling him. That mechanism is the Carbonadium
Synthesizer. Carbonadium has this strange radioactivity about it and it
kind of feeds off people. It's what is attached to Omega Red and is
eating him alive. Wolverine has to find the synthesizer. The problem is
the last he saw of it, he handed it to a character named Maverick, way
back when. So, now he has to find Maverick and the Carbonadium
Synthesizer and put his plan into action. Unfortunately things go awry
because when he finds Maverick he also accidentally finds Jubilee and
neither of them have their powers. And right when Wolverine finds
them Omega Red finds them, too."

Omega Red, who has been hunting for the Carbonadium Synthesizer
for decades, is just as desperate as Logan to find the device. "Omega
Red has a plan," Way stated.

"The Carbonadium attached to him is eating away at him. He can no
longer stabilize it. He needs to get that synthesizer to fix himself up.
This is his last attempt as well. He's willing to go for all the marbles.

"So, now Wolverine gets further bumped back from his goal because he
has to protect his friends," Way continued. "It's a fairly complicated
situation where he finally has to make a deal and the details of which
are dodgy at best. He knows that even if he wins this situation, he
loses. So, he's got to come up with another plan to back up this first
plan and he's doing this while on the run from SHIELD and basically
every other law enforcement agency on the globe. And the clock is
ticking on one of his friends who could possibly die at any second."

As Way hinted, the forces of SHIELD will complicate Logan's life during
the course of "Savior." Leading the forces of SHIELD is Dum Dum Dugan
who, to borrow an analogy from the film version of "The Fugitive," is
sort of the Tommy Lee Jones character (Marshal Sam Gerard) to
Wolverine's Harrison Ford (Dr. Richard Kimble.) "Things did not go well
for Dugan after 'Origins and Endings,'" Way said. "Obviously he didn't
succeed in his task of catching Wolverine. So with everything that is
going on within the SHIELD organization, they're putting the war
horses in their stables and letting the politicians take care of business.
Dugan has been extremely marginalized and has been moved into one
of the more inactive branches of an anti-terrorism unit, where they
blow a bunch of smoke up his ass about how his experience will be
invaluable. He's riding a desk and he can't stand it. So, he's making the
most of his position and constantly scanning for signs of Logan
because he knows he's still out there and still moving. Dugan gets a
blip on the radar and doesn't exactly go lone wolf, but has just enough
clout to legitimately mobilize a small group of SHIELD personal. He's
on Logan's ass, just a couple of steps behind him and moving quickly."

With Dum Dum Dugan and SHIELD hot on his heels while he's trying to
protect his vulnerable friends from a desperate Omega Red, Logan's
clearly in a bad situation. To escape the situation he has to find the
Carbonadium Synthesizer, but in order to do so Logan must uncover
the truth behind Team X's (a Cold War era unit of super powered spies
that Wolverine once belonged to) disastrous mission to Berlin. "We're
going to be revisiting that mission in Berlin," Way said. "You'll be
getting the behind the scenes story of what went on there and why that
mission failed seemingly on every level. The team infiltrated that
facility with two objectives. One was to rescue and extract a double
agent, Janice Hollenbeck. The other objective was to get the
Carbonadium Synthesizer. Sabretooth shoots Janice Hollenbeck in the
back and she dies. The Carbonadium Synthesizer never made it back to
CIA headquarters. The mission failed, but we find out that it succeeded
in other ways."

If this mission seems familiar to long time X-Men readers, it's because
it is. Flashbacks to the mission first appeared in "X-Men" #5-7. This is
just one the many stories in Wolverine's thirty year past that Way plans
to address in greater detail over the course of "Origins." Way and the
editorial staff of "Origins" will continue to assist fans in tracking down
these stories with the checklist box, which lists all the stories
referenced in an issue and tells readers where they can find them. Way
feels the checklist is a useful tool for both readers and storytellers. "I
always liked that when they used footnotes," said Way. "It was cool
when you were reading one comic book and they mention another one
and it's a story that you're kind of invested in that plays off something
in other issues, and they told you exactly what issue. A lot of times it
used to say, 'last month' or 'last issue' or as seen in 'Iron Man' #
whatever. So you go and find it and you're like, 'Oh I like 'Iron Man.' It's
a helpful tool and when you're a writer that's a lot of exposition you
don't have to bother with because that shit can get clunky and boring."

No chance the future of the series will get boring as "Savior" and the
storylines that follow are certain to be fast paced, while further
illuminating the truth of Wolverine's long, sordid, violent past. "We've
got a ton of stories," Way stated. "We've got to address the whole son
thing. We've got lots of thing in the pipeline. We've got thirty odd years
of continuity to comb through. So, we've only hit the tip of the ice
burg."

If sales on "Wolverine: Origins" continue to be good, eventually readers
will have the full story and at that point the series will come to an end.
Way does have an ending planned for the series. "It's sort of a sixty
issue limited series," Way explained. "Actually though, I think we're
doing Annuals as well. The ending is all mapped out. We just need to
get there. All the pieces need to be put into place. As the series goes
on eventually you'll have the whole story. Eventually the spaces
between the flashbacks will become narrower and narrower. In 'Origins
and Endings' we saw him in Jasmine Falls. In 'Born in Blood' we saw him
in Vietnam and we saw him operating in the States in the '50s. In
'Savior' we'll see him in Berlin during The Cold War. In another
flashback, shortly after the events of what happened in Jasmine Falls
we'll see him in Europe, in Russia actually, with a family of spies that
he associated with very early in his career. Those flashbacks will be
built upon and built upon and soon you'll have the whole story."

Way has been immensely pleased and grateful with the reception and
support both readers and Marvel editorial have shown "Wolverine:
Origins." "I've been pleasantly surprised that Marvel has allowed me to
take Logan as far and as dark as I have thus far," Way said. "That's been
really cool and obviously the numbers speak for themselves. I think a
lot of people were waiting for this. It's been said for years that Logan is
such a bad ass and has done bad things in his past and now we're
actually seeing that. It might make some people feel uncomfortable,
but you have to look at it like for Logan to go from that guy into the
character he is now, that's a huge journey. That's a hero's journey."

paw comments: I love the idea that this is all mapped out with an ending
to the series....but the idea that Wolverine has a son, really bothers me.

i read that and cursed myself for buying thar pices of shit series......htis is a good example of why i don't buy any x-books anymore (except astonishing)...........

I want to know who the mother is. I wonder if the mom is a mutant as well, because they stated that the son has inherted the healing factor and maybe other things. So if the mom is a mutant as well I wonder if the son will inhert some of her mutant abilities.

Story seems kind of odd but I guess its better then him hunting down and killing mad scienctists and evil military personal over and over again.

I want to know who the mother is.

The mother would be the japanese woman, Itsu, that Logan was revealed
to have married in Wolverine: Origins #2 or #3......

wolverine has jumped the shark......

thanks paw, and i agree with mteub wolverine has seemed to have jumped the shark

wolverine has jumped the shark...... yet again

I think it's the 1st interesting thing to be done w/ the character in a long time. at least the writers are planning to actually tell the whole story (or lots of it) and seem to be taking it seriously, tieing it all together.

As for the son thing, that all depends on the character himself. If he's a good character it will be good. If not.....

BTW Wolverine already has a son. He got that girl from the savage land pregnant way back in that "Wolverine : Jungle Adventure" story about Apocalypse (by Mike Mignola). At the end of the story you see the girl holding her infant son. The kid hasn't been mentioned since, but I'm sure they will one day.

.....along with little Peter, Colossus' son back in the Savage Land....

You're right . Collossus also has a son in the Savage Land, but from a different tribe. He had a kid w/ that mohawked girl (Nereel ??), except he's a bit older than Wolverine's Savage Land son. Collossus actually met his son, but Nereel never revealed to either of them about their father son relationship.

I always thought that these plotlines would resurface eventually. I actually expected them to come out w/ a "Kid Collossus" type character to replcae Peter after he died.

Wolverine has no idea he has a kid in the savage land. Considering his genes (the mom is a huge, amazonian cave woman......her name is "Ghack" BTW) I fugyred that tyke will grow up to be a tough SOB.

The Origins series is garbage, imo.

The story is starting to pick up, but they REALLY need to find a new artist.I like him, but not for this type of character or story.Lenil Yu woulda been good, he's kicking major ass on Ult Hulk vs Wolverine. Unfortunately they're having HUGE problems w/ the script and he'll be delayed forever it seems. Pacheco would have been nice.

You could have been a better artist than Dillon. Though, Way's dialogue just seems a bit off for some of the characters, imo. Could be just the mismatched art, though.

The Berlin mission...is that the one where he fights spiderman and
tries to goad him into killing him?

No, that was another Berlin mission, chronicalled in "wolverine vs Spider-
man'.

The Berlin mission Way is talking about was X-Men 4 - 8 ish, iirc. Jim Lee
was the penciller, and it introduced Omega Red and Maverick.

I dig Dillon's art.

I do too, but he doesn't draw a very good Wolverine. He's managed to make his costume look like a dull pair of pajamas. His Cap America looked pretty silly too. He's not set out for superheoes IMO. His style comes off really awkward w/ heroic characters and they all look silly and dumpy.

He also sucks at fight scenes.