Review: Daken: Dark Wolverine #1

Published on September 13th, 2010

So, in case you weren’t aware, Wolverine had himself a kid at some point inthe 1930’s or 40’s.  This kid inherited Logan’s healing ability (so he doesn’t age) and bone claws, was raised in Japan, took the name Daken and became a crazed, sadistic, killer person Hell bent on destroying Logan’s life.  Recently he became Norman Osborn’s “Dark Wolverine” on the “Dark Avengers.”  He also has a mohawk.

Daken: Dark Wolverine #1 is a new series that focuses on Daken and tries to pull him out of Logan’s shadow a bit.  This series is written by Daken’s creator Daniel Way with art by Giuseppe Camuncoli and replaces Daken’s previous series, Dark Wolverine, which ended at issue #90 last week.  Dark Wolverine was originally just Wolverine and was a solo Logan book until the Dark Reign story and Marvel wanted to give Daken a book of his own since Logan already had about 3 or 4 other titles of his own.  Ultimately, Daken became so popular that it warranted creating an entirely new title for him.


Daken #1 is really nothing more than a set up issue.  It ties into the “Wolverine Goes To Hell” story arc that just began in the new Wolverine #1.  In Daken #1, the titular character is working behind the scenes with someone ostensibly to orchestrate Logan’s descent into Hell.  He also meets with a fashion designer in Milan to get his new costume which is inspired by the classic brown Wolverine costume that he was wearing as an Avenger.  Ultimately, the designer gets some claws through the face and Daken takes the costume, shocking I know.

As previously stated, not a whole lot happens in this issue.  It mainly serves to set up the new series and show how Daken is still working to destroy his father.  It actually serves as almost a prologue for the series as a whole.  One interesting thing we learn about Daken is that he and Johnny “Human Torch” Storm became buddies after Daken came to the Fantastic 4 for help in Dark Wolverine #75.  Johnny actually calls Daken’s cell phone while Daken is in Milan to tell Daken that he lit the Thing’s pants on fire while he was “making his move on a woman.”  I thought that was a really funny, interesting angle for both Johnny Storm and Daken.

This series looks to really have to staying power.  Way created Daken so there’s nobody on Earth more qualified to write this solo series and Camuncoli’s art fits the character incredibly well.  He worked on Dark Wolverine on and off and in my opinion, nobody draws Daken better.  One of my few complaints is his new costume.  It’s just a little bland.  I’m a huge fan of the 1980’s brown Wolverine costume in general and Daken really pulled it off well, especially with the mask off.

So what’s my Jerry Springer, final thought on Daken: Dark Wolverine #1?  This is a great jumping on point for what looks to be one Hell of a great series.  If you’re not familiar with Daken, this issue has a brief history of the character after the main story that will tell you everything you need to know about him.

Ian Candish