I want to learn the history of Wolverine from the beginning.

What comic issues should I read and in what order to understand how he became what he is (what he actually is) and he came to the present day?

I would prefer historical event order, but whatever you think is the best to understand the whole story is welcome

  • Are you more interested in published order, or historical event order? – NikolaiDante May 20 '14 at 13:03
  • Historical event order preferably, but whatever you think is the best to understand the whole story – Shevliaskovic May 20 '14 at 13:31

Wolverine's history is so long, rich and convoluted that this could almost be seen as a list-question. There are so many stories that help paint the picture of Wolverine that I feel like I could just keep adding more and more stories, but I think this list gives you a good "at least read these" point.

  • Wolverine Origin 1-6 (Collected as Wolverine: Origin) - Canon information regarding the circumstances of Wolverine's birth, discovery of his mutant powers and adoption of the name "Logan".

  • Marvel Comics Presents 72-84 (Collected as Wolverine Weapon X) - The first attempt at an official origin of Wolverine and his claws. Later stories reveal that some of these memories are false or altered, but this is essential reading.

  • Uncanny X-Men 120-121 - Prior to joining the X-Men, Wolverine was a member of the Canadian team Alpha Flight. They haven't forgotten him and demand that he returns to service with them.

  • Wolverine 1-4 (Limited Miniseries) - Wolverine vs The Hand. The first real solo story for Wolverine.

  • Uncanny X-Men 172-173 - Wolverine's wedding - Wolverine prepares to wed Mariko Yashida but must deal with potential fallout from their union. This was loosely adapted into the film The Wolverine.

  • Uncanny X-Men 212-213 - Part of the Mutant Massacre storyline. Wolverine looks for survivors and comes across Sabertooth. Often regarded as their best battle.

  • Incredible Hulk 340 - Wolverine vs Gray Hulk. For many, this is considered his greatest battle ever.

  • Kitty Pryde and Wolverine 1-6 - Wolverine has a tendency to take younger members (particularly females) under his wing and become a parental figure/mentor. Kitty Pryde was the first. This story goes into their relationship.

  • Wolverine 1-23 (Collected as Wolverine Classic 1-4) - Wolverine adopts the pseudonym of "Patch" and spends time in Madripoor. He runs into The Silver Samurai, Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman), Gray Hulk and others. This gives a really good look into Wolverine's mind as a loner.

  • Wolverine 48-50 - The Shiva Scenario. Wolverine's memories begin surfacing when he and Jubilee visit an old Weapon X facility. Wolverine learns that some of his memories are false. Elements of this were loosely adapted into the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

  • X-Men Fatal Attractions (collection of 6 X-Men related books) - X-Men #25 specifically. Magneto returns and the X-Men step up to take very drastic measures. This is where the adamantium is ripped from Wolverine's body by Magneto, revealing his bone claws beneath.

  • House of M (major crossover series, 8 main issues) - The Scarlet Witch suffers a mental breakdown and creates an alternate world and ends up eradicating all mutant powers. In the fallout, Wolverine regains all of his actual memories. He also learns he has a son, Daken.

  • Logan (1-3) - Wolverine has regained his memories. Now he must confront them and tie up loose ends.

  • Wolverine: Origins 10-15. Wolverine meets his son Daken

  • Wolverine & The X-Men 25-35 - Wolverine's half-brother, Dog Logan, appears in the present, working with The Hellfire Club. There is a really great speech by Wolverine about how much he's grown over the years, and what Charles Xavier and the X-Men mean to him.

  • The Death of Wolverine (4 issue miniseries + crossover issues) - A virus shuts down Wolverine's healing factor and he confronts the man who gave him his adamantium. Wolverine dies in the ensuing battle.

  • Wolverine: Old Man Logan Vol 1-3 - Exists in an alternate continuity (Earth-807128) where the X-Men are all dead, and the US has been overrun by villains. Logan embarks on a road trip on a job to deliver a package. Elements of this were loosely adapted into the film Logan.

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  • Wait... no Wolverine and the X-Men??? (covering Dog)? – DVK-on-Ahch-To May 21 '14 at 0:20
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    @phantom42 - Excellent list (Kitty Pryde and Wolverine is the BEST Wolvie story IMHO) but I would add the LOGAN: Path of the Warlord one-shot and maybe the LOGAN: Shadow Society. I also think before the Wolvie mini they should read Uncanny #120-121 and after the Kitty Pryde & Wolverine series they should read the first few Wolverine Classic TPBs as they cover some excellent adventurers like when he was Patch on Madripoor =] – 22nd Century Fza May 21 '14 at 3:36
  • @DVK I'm a little behind in my reading, Dog only just recently showed up for me. I've added the issues though. – phantom42 May 21 '14 at 16:52
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    @22ndCenturyFza I added some of those. I'm not familiar with Path of the Warlord or Shadow Society. I'll read up on them later and add them when I can summarize them reasonably. – phantom42 May 21 '14 at 16:53
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    Cool. I had been thinking you might also want to add Original Sin Wolverine Origins #28-30/X-Men Legacy #217-218/X-Men: Original Sin #1 as well as the Wolverine Goes to Hell storyline in Wolverine (4th series) #1-5 and The Romulus Story Arc Wolverine: Origins #37-40 not to mention the death of Daken -Final Execution Saga- Uncanny X-Force #20-29. – 22nd Century Fza May 24 '14 at 6:05

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