Wolverine: Dark Wolverine Volume 1 - The Prince Paperback – Mar 3 2010
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About the Author
Daniel Way, M.D., began taking pictures at the age of eleven and had already developed a passion for the art long before beginning his career in family medicine for the Hudson Headwaters Health Network, which serves the entire southeastern Adirondacks.
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Then I took a chance on the relaunched Daken: Dark Wolverine series and was totally drawn in by the writing and the art. This Daken character is one manipulative SOB and I loved it! I wanted to fill in some (keyword) blanks and found this TPB Dark Wolverine Vol. 1.
First off there are only three Dark Wolverine issues in this run 75-77; I should note that the creative team of Way/Liu writing and Camuncoli/Catacchio pencils/inks is the same as the new Daken on-going. The colorist is different but the results are not so different that the casual reader would notice. I love the art team in this book!!
The majority of the story in these issues takes place between the all out action scenes of the Dark Avengers series. If you want big super hero brawls, look elsewhere. In Dark Avengers, Vol. 1: Assemble and Dark Avengers, Vol. 2: Molecule Man, Daken's role is severely diminished, to the point of obscurity. In Dark Wolverine Vol. 1: The Prince its a battle of wills between Osborn, Daken, and the rest of the dark avengers. The action takes place in meeting rooms, bedrooms, parties, Reed Richards' lab, rooftops, weight rooms.. lol. Its behind the scenes, its all about character interaction and its fantastic. If you like it when the characters don't get along, you'll love this book.
After the run there is a "dark Wolverine saga" filler, an 8 page history of Daken with pics.
The final two issues, Wolverine 73-74, are unrelated and tell a stand alone story of Daken's dad, Logan. The art is reminiscent of the David Mazzucchelli/Richmond Lewis team from Batman Year One. Its a decent story but a total departure from the rest of the collection. Kind of a letdown if you buy this just for Daken.
I love the three Dark Wolverine issues (+5.0 stars), the filler is ok (+/-0.0 stars), and the final 2 issues are actually pretty good but they aren't about Daken despite the Dark Wolverine tag on the cover(-0.5 stars). I wanted a collection vs tracking down the singles so overall I knew what I was getting and wasn't disappointed. Verdict: 4.5 stars.
Daken's scheming political nature is gone into in this book, aptly named "The Prince" after Niccolo Machiavelli's famous book on power and politics. He's a double agent, at times doing good, at times doing bad, he's trying to bring down Norman Osborn, he's trying to set up the Fantastic Four - the reader never knows his true nature and he seems to be playing a larger game than anyone else. Unlike Wolverine though he can manipulate peoples' feelings and emotions through the release of pheromones which is interesting (and kinda like Poison Ivy from Batman) and only adds to his mysterious persona - he's like a pan-sexual psychotic ninja with genius level IQ.
The only bad point about this book is it's shortness at three issues. Daniel Way and Marjorie Liu have written an intriguing introduction to this character and I wanted to read more about him. Guiseppe Camuncoli's pencils perfectly compliment the script, giving Daken the look of a model in some scenes, the classic Wolverine look in others, and a perfect face for deceit.
The book is padded out with a two-short story where Wolverine goes all "Sons of Anarchy" which was ok. There's also a lengthy explanation giving the background to Daken for newcomers, and a covers gallery.
Daken becomes a more and more a character I feel is worth exploring further and I'll definitely be looking out for more books with him as the main character in the future. "The Prince" is an excellent place to start for new readers to give you a flavour of what this guy's all about.