While comic book readers have been able to piece together the popular character’s past over the years, Logan only managed to regain his memories a few years ago. Now, movie audiences will get their own crash course on Wolverine’s beginnings in “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” which hits theaters this week.
For anyone who enjoys Wolverine stories and wants do some reading before (or after) the film premieres this week, we’ve compiled a list of must-read stories starring the mutant who’s “the best he is at what he does” — and as you’ll learn from the stories below, what he does is provide some great reading!
If you’ve never read a Wolverine comic in your life or you’re not really interested in superhero stories, this novel offers a crash course on Marvel’s most famous mutant while also delivering a layered thriller.
WOLVERINE: RETURN OF THE NATIVE: Written by Greg Rucka (“Whiteout“) and drawn by Darick Robertson, “Return of the Native” involves a mysterious woman who may be another escapee of the Weapon X Project. As he tries to figure out the truth behind this woman and what connection they may share, Logan is also once again hunted by his arch-enemy Victor Creed.
An emotional, tragic story that involves one of the most vicious battles between Wolverine and Sabretooth ever depicted, “Return of the Native” matches up the two characters who will be facing off in the movie, so check it out.
WEAPON X: Written and drawn by Barry Windsor-Smith, this story was the first time readers were given details on just how Logan’s skeleton became unbreakable and what other sick things were done to him in the Weapon X process.
This is a haunting story where the villains aren’t super-powered mutants but callous scientists who look on Logan solely as a weapon to manipulate. It’s also a major influence for the film.
Judging by the various “Wolverine” movie trailers and clips we’ve seen thus far, the movie is basing a lot of its story on this volume, so be sure to pick it up.
“X-Men Origins: Wolverine” hits theaters May 1.
What did we miss? Any must-read “Wolverine” stories you think should be on the list? Let us know in the comment section!