With Supernatural’s fourth season just around the corner, I thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the past of the two Winchester boys, Sam and Dean. A while back, Wildstorm has released a six-issue mini-series called Supernatural: Origins (funny how many Origins titles we have had on this site already…). The story deals with the Winchester family (especially John) just after Mary was killed and shows us how John tries to make sense of it all. He starts off by asking around the usual places (police, fire department, neighbors) and finally meets Missouri Mosely, who the fans of the series will know from the season one episode “Home”, and she claims to be a psychic, who can help him to find the killer of his wife. He learns what’s out there and then there is no turning back. His life is set on a new path, he becomes a hunter. While searching for information he meets a man who claims to know everything about Mary’s killer, but it all takes a wrong turn along the way.
Peter Johnson, one of the producers of the show, provides the story and it shows that he has had a lot of experience with Supernatural and knows how to bring these characters to life. The art of Matthew Dow Smith is different. His characters have chiseled features and some of the art can be really detailed, while other panels are completely basic and featureless. It took me a while to get used to it, especially since he does not try to draw the characters with the actors’ likeness in mind, like most artists try in their TV to comic adaptations. Still, the mini-series is quite interesting to know, how John became obsessed with the paranormal and why he lived his remaining years on a crusade against evil.
As I am a big fan of the show, I really enjoyed this book, but I guess it is only for real fans only. It helps if you are into comic books already however, as the art is a bit special. At the moment Wildstorm is releasing the second six issue mini-series called Rising Son. As soon as all of the issues have been published, I will be back with a review.
Reread Value 7
Overall Rating 7/10