Daken

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Daken
Daken Dark Wolverine.jpg
Daken as he appears on the cover of
Daken: Dark Wolverine #1. Art by Giuseppe Camuncoli.
Publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance As Daken:
Wolverine Origins #10 (March 2007)
As Wolverine:
Dark Avengers #1 (March 2009)
As Horsemen of Death:
Uncanny Avengers #9 (June 2013)
Created by Daniel Way
Steve Dillon
In-story information
Alter ego Akihiro
Species Human Mutant
Team affiliations Dark Avengers
Dark X-Men
Brotherhood of Mutants
Horsemen of Death
Notable aliases Daken, Wolverine, Dark Wolverine, "Daken Akihiro", Death
Abilities Excellent martial artist
Superhuman physical attributes
Accelerated healing factor
Retractable claws
Hyper senses
Pheromone manipulation
Immunity to telepathy

Akihiro, codename Daken[1] is a fictional comic book supervillain licensed by Marvel Comics. Daken is the mutant son of Wolverine and his deceased wife Itsu. He possesses superhuman abilities similar to his father (e.g., healing factor, retractable claws), and was a member of the Dark Avengers under the name Wolverine until the conclusion of the 2010 storyline, "Siege". Daken was ranked sixth in Comics Alliance's "50 Sexiest Male Characters in Comics" list and is often recognized for his sex appeal.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Daken first appeared in Wolverine Origins #10. He becomes a member of the Dark Avengers, as part of "Dark Reign", taking the role of his father.[3] The character also becomes the lead in the Wolverine series, which becomes Dark Wolverine in issue #75.[4][5] Brian Bendis, writer of Dark Avengers has said:

Daken is one of the best things to come out of 'Origins,' and what better way to piss off his father? He's an iconic and legacy character attached to a number of cool things in the Marvel Universe, but he really hasn't had a lot of face time with it. So we can really roll up our sleeves and see what we've got there and help create a character.[3]

As part of the team he is also a part of the crossover Dark Avengers / Uncanny X-Men: Utopia.[6] He appeared as a regular character in the Dark Avengers series from issue #1 (March 2009) through issue #16 (June 2010).

Dark Wolverine continued after the end of "Dark Reign" and finished with issue #90 with the prelude for the "Empire" storyline, that continued in the new series Daken: Dark Wolverine #1. Writer Rob Williams took over the series in 2011, starting with issue #9.1.[7][8]

In November 2011, it was announced that 'Daken: Dark Wolverine' would be coming to a close.[9] The series ended with issue #23.

Sexual orientation[edit]

Daken has been portrayed as bisexual, having engaged in sexual situations with both men and women. Daken kissed a man in Wolverine: Origins #11; however the encounter also served to further toy with a woman he had been romantically seeing and later, Daken killed the man in question.[10] In Dark Wolverine #75 it is vaguely suggested Daken has had a sexual encounter with a male employee of Norman Osborn, but this was also shown as a means to access top-secret files.[11] Later in the same issue, Daken makes a pass at Mac Gargan however the context is ambiguous, possibly facetious.[citation needed] In the same issue, Daken uses his pheromones to "engage" a female H.A.M.M.E.R. agent. In Dark Avengers #7, Daken humorously states how he "...always did like playing for both teams," a double entendre referencing bisexuality and his membership in both the Dark Avengers and Dark X-Men.[12] In Dark Wolverine #76, Daken uses his pheromones in order to manipulate the Thing, goading him with homoerotic remarks.[13] During the Siege of Asgard, Daken also made a flirtatious pass at Bullseye dressed as Hawkeye,[14] also managing to kiss him on-panel.[15] In Dark Reign: Young Avengers #5, Daken attempts to uses his pheromones during a fight against Hulkling, a gay male superhero.[16] Daken has also been shown on numerous occasions engaging in heterosexual behavior and sleeping with female characters.[10]

At the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con International, Marjorie Liu commented (on Daken's sexuality) that "[Daken] will do anyone and anything [to achieve his goals] and he's past that kind of identification. He's beyond it." Daniel Way added that Daken's sexuality will be addressed later on, but it's more about his personality. "He's no more homosexual than he is heterosexual. It's about control."[17] Marjorie Liu later confirmed Daken's bisexuality in a 2011 video interview with Newsarama.[18][19]

Alternate versions[edit]

What If?[edit]

In What If? Wolverine: Father #1, Logan was present when Daken was born and was able to save him from the people who would have raised him in the original course of events, taking him to live in seclusion in the mountains in the hope that he could raise John Howlett (as Daken is known in this timeline) away from the kind of life he has lived himself. However, despite his attempts to ensure privacy by turning Professor X away when he came to recruit Logan to join the X-Men, Logan's attempts to suppress Daken's darker instincts failed when Sabretooth found them, revealing the truth about his father's past to John. Leaving his father, John became a brutal killer, roaming various cities and killing his opponents, proclaiming that Logan made him what he is by denying him his heritage. Concluding that he will never bring anything good into the world, Logan stabs John in the heart with the Muramasa Blade, subsequently impaling himself to end his own dark stain on the world.[20]

Collected editions[edit]

  • Dark Wolverine Vol. 1: The Prince (Dark Wolverine #75-77)
  • Dark Wolverine Vol. 2: My Hero (Dark Wolverine #78-81)
  • Siege: X-Men (Dark Wolverine #82-84; New Mutants #11; Siege: Storming Asgard - Heroes & Villains)
  • Wolverine Origins: Reckoning (Dark Wolverine #85-87; Wolverine: Origins #46-50)
  • Punisher: Franken-Castle (Dark Wolverine #88-89; Punisher #11-16; Franken-Castle #17-21; Dark Reign: The List - Punisher)
  • Daken: Dark Wolverine Vol. 1: Empire (Dark Wolverine #90; Daken: Dark Wolverine #1-4)
  • Daken/X-23: Collision (Daken: Dark Wolverine #5-9; X-23 #7-9)
  • Daken: Dark Wolverine Vol. 2: Big Break (Daken: Dark Wolverine #9.1, 10-12)
  • Daken: Dark Wolverine Vol. 3: The Pride Comes Before the Fall (Daken: Dark Wolverine #13-19)
  • Daken: Dark Wolverine Vol. 4: No More Heroes (Daken: Dark Wolverine #20-23)

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolverine #1. "Wolverine Goes to Hell" Jason Aaron (writer); Renato Guedes (pencils); Setp. 2010.
  2. ^ http://www.comicsalliance.com/2013/02/14/comics-sexiest-male-characters/
  3. ^ a b "The Osborn Supremacy: Dark Avengers". Comic Book Resources. January 22, 2008. 
  4. ^ "NYCC: Way and Liu Talk Dark Wolverine". Comic Book Resources. February 6, 2009. 
  5. ^ NYCC '09 - Way & Liu on 'Dark Wolverine', Newsarama, February 7, 2009
  6. ^ Richards, Dave (June 5, 2009). "IRON PATRIOTISM: Daken". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved June 6, 2009. 
  7. ^ Ching, Albert (March 2, 2011). "Rob Williams Takes Over DAKEN - And Takes Him to LA". Newsarama. Retrieved March 22, 2011. 
  8. ^ Richards, Dave (May 19, 2011). "Rob Williams Is Rockin' With "Daken"". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved May 19, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Comic Book Resources' weekly interview with Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso". 
  10. ^ a b Wolverine: Origin #11
  11. ^ Richards, Dave (2009-07-22). "Daniel Way Talks Wolverine(s)". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2009-07-22. 
  12. ^ Dark X-Men #7
  13. ^ Dark Wolverine #76
  14. ^ Dark Wolverine #82
  15. ^ "Dark Wolverine #84". Comicbookresources.com. Retrieved 2011-02-08. 
  16. ^ Young Avengers #5
  17. ^ "CCI: X-Men Panel". 
  18. ^ "Dark Wolverine and His Sexual Arsenal". 
  19. ^ "Dark Wolverine and His Sexual Arsenal". 
  20. ^ What If? Wolverine: Father #1

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