‘Wolverine: Origin’: Logan’s tragic tale gets animated

July 10, 2013 | 8:01 p.m.

Wolverine is probably the most popular mutant in the Marvel Universe, and maybe one of the most popular characters ever — but there was a time when the X-Men’s resident slasher-turned-headmaster was a total enigma, his story as shrouded in mystery as his missing memory. Then came “Wolverine: Origin,” which spelled out a lot of Logan’s back story. The Shout! Factory has teamed up with Marvel once again to give the comic book an animated treatment in Marvel Knights Animation’s “Wolverine: Origin.”

The story tells the tale of Logan as a boy, the circumstances of his somewhat privileged early life and how his powers tragically manifested — hundreds of years ago. It goes on to show his always-tempestuous relationship with Sabretooth, his service in many armies, his adventures from the Canadian wilderness to the back alleys of Japan, and other plot points in the samurai-spy-soldier’s life until he joined up with the X-Men.

Among all of the Comic-Con madness, the DVD debuted July 9 and features cover art illustrated by Joe Quesada and Richard Isanove. Extra features include a retrospective with the Eisner Award-winning creative team behind “Origin.”

— Jevon Phillips

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