This is an obvious prediction to anyone who’s been paying attention, since the Marvel Knights Animation motion comic releases from Shout! Factory tend to follow the path of the Marvel movies, and The Wolverine is due in theaters July 26.
The next motion comic DVD will be available on July 9, adapting the Wolverine: Origin comic “written by Eisner Award winner Paul Jenkins from a story by Joe Quesada, Paul Jenkins, and Bill Jemas with captivating artwork by Andy Kubert and Richard Isanove.” Remember those Jemas days at Marvel? Here’s the plot synopsis:
Wolverine is the best there is at what he does — although of course, what he does isn’t very nice. But long before he was a member of the X-Men, a tormented experiment of the Weapon-X project, or even a savage bar brawler known as Logan — he was simply a young boy.
What incredible forces created this man, the world’s greatest killing machine? For years, Wolverine has searched desperately for answers from his past, from the wilds of the Canadian Wilderness to the teeming cities of Japan and beyond. And despite his perseverance and longing for the truth, he remains an enigma to himself and those around him. But, in this landmark event, Marvel reveals all: the birth and childhood of young James Howlett… the intriguing secrets of his family history… and the tragedy that changed everything.
Bonus content includes interviews with the creators and illustrators, described as “an exclusive retrospective with the Eisner Award-winning creative team behind Origin.” (Bear in mind, since they’re throwing “Eisner” around a lot in this press release, that Jenkins worked on Inhumans, which won “Best New Series” in 1999. Wolverine: Origin did not win any Eisners.)
It’s kind of weird to me that the cover art, by Joe Quesada and Richard Isanove, looks more suited to a horror movie than a superhero comic origin. But they’re just reusing the image from the book cover, anyway.