It’s been a long road to for Wolverine to finally meet his mega arch nemesis “Romulus” in the flesh but today in Wolverine : Origins #39 it finally happens at least on the last full page of the comic. Yes we finally see Romulus in the flesh! He, well, looks kinda like what should be either Wolverine’s older brother or father mixed with the ultra old rat “Nicodemus” from The Secret of Nimh. He’s about twice Wolverine’s size and has four, most likely adamantium claws.
So was it worth the wait? I guess he pretty much fits the bill as to what I expected but personally I was hoping for a villain who appearance wise would be much more frightening. He’s nothing too incredibly shocking at least yet. But this next issue better be good because it’s been like a two & a half year wait to even get a glimpse of this brand new “ultimate” Wolverine villain. It looks like it’s gonna be an all out battle with Wolvie using the Muramasa blade to put and end to Romulus once and for all(I highly doubt it).
Supposedly in this issue Wolverine’s enemies have been trying to kill each other off and prove themselves worthy of being Romulus’s successor. It’s stated that of them all Wolverine has been most efficiently getting the job done as he took out Sabretooth and Nuke without knowing Romulus was watching. And he proves himself again in this particular issue killing off Omega Red. Also meeting his demise in this issue is one of my personal favorite villains, Wild Child.
I like John Byrne’s creepier version of Wild Child much better than today’s new “Hot Topic” version
Perhaps it’s his roots in the original Byrne Alpha Flight series of the 80’s but either way I’m glad he’s been getting back into Wolvie’s business by way of Romulus who restored and enhanced his powers. Too bad by mid issue he’s thrown into molten lava by Omega Red. I’m sure this issue will not be the last of Omega or Wild Child.
This series makes me wonder how long Romulus will be with us all? Is he going to make it into Wolverine hall of fame of bad guys or is he going to be dealt with quick. He’d better stick around if we’re really all supposed to beleive this entire time he’s been orchestrating all of the events in Wolverine’s life. Lets hope next issue proves that this villain was treuly worth the wait!