I know Dark Wolverine #76 just came out last week, but I'm just getting around to reviewing issue #75. Yell at Brandon for putting necessary content on here, not me.
Daken. Stupid name. Even worse hairdo. Needless character. Waste of time and resources. Those were my opinions going into this book. I love Wolverine as much as the next guy, probably more, but I just couldn't accept the idea of a forgotten son who has the same abilities as Wolverine showing up after all these years to take revenge on his daddy. I understand Marvel's desire to farm out the character because he is without a doubt one of their top sellers. Put Wolverine in a book and it's going to sell. There is no easier equation in the comics world. With that in mind they tried making the female version (X-23 who is a clone/hybrid of Wolverine's DNA) and now his biological son. So now, not only do you have Wolverine appearing in Astonishing X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, New Avengers, X-Force, Wolverine, Wolverine Origins, Wolverine Weapon X, and any other book in a given month, they can now throw X-23 into X-Force, Cable, and possibly New Mutants while Daken appears in Dark Avengers and now Dark Wolverine. Talk about covering the bases.
Needless to say, my expectations going into the book were fairly low. I wish I would have given it a fairer shot from the get go because it turned out to be quite good. It just goes to show that in the right hands, any character can be made interesting and worth reading. I should have looked back on X-23 as an example. When she was first introduced in 'NYX' she was a scared girl working as a prostitute who specialized in cutting up masochists. That dovetailed into a limited series where they explained why she had claws and where she comes from, which was quite good. After another limited series which explained events up until her appearance in NYX, they moved her to Uncanny X-Men where she was written by Chris Claremont. He did not understand the character at all and turned her into a snarling, feral Wolverine knock-off, which was both stupid and lackluster. So in the hands of good writers she was a conflicted girl who was trying to deal with the fact that she had been used by everyone she ever knew but in the hands of a bad writer all she did was growl. Daken was pretty much the same when he was introduced, a barely one dimensional character who had one note to his entire existence. Now in this book he is more well rounded. The odd thing is it is the same writer.
Maybe they needed time to flesh out the character, but I like the direction they are taking. Daken is now a cocky little prick who enjoys busting the balls of everyone around him. The issue starts out with Norman Osborn asking Daken if he knows what a hero is and him responding '...like Spider-Man?' The first page alone sets up how Daken is going to interact with Dark Avengers teammates. It is revealed that Daken has a previously unknown mutant ability where he can affect emotions through scent. This allows him to either make the cute girl find him more attractive or piss off Hawkeye at a meeting. There is an excellent scene where Daken asks Hawkeye "...did you kill your father because he touched you...or because you liked it?" This obviously elicits a very violent response from Hawkeye. But Daken reveals that he has been messing with Hawkeye for weeks through his previously unknown mutant ability. He has been subtlety pushing his buttons, just waiting for him to go off. This manifests itself when some guests show up to a Dark Avengers mixer looking for Hawkeye.
Who showed up to the party unannounced? Is Daken trying to take over the Avengers? Wanna know what happens next? Buy the book, available at Bent Wookee Comix located at 127 Fairfield Avenue in the West End section of Johnstown. See ya there!