If anything can be said about what this series and this issue did extremely well, it's that Kieron Gillen and Adam Kubert took some fantastic chances with panel composition that end up working very well. The way pages are set-up and flow, during action sequences, truly is the highlight of this particular issue.
The book is pretty, but it has lost a little luster. Frank Martin does a fine job with colors and Kubert's action sequences show a great deal of movement and keep the scenes fun.
ORIGIN II #5, which is the last issue of the story, is disappointing and not satisfying. The final confrontation between Essex and Logan is two pages long, where you find out Creed betrayed him all along. It's a trope seen one too many times and it has no real impact on the reader. The best reaction you'll get out of that moment is "meh."
The weirdest and oddest part of this book is that the reveal page, which concludes the series shows Victor Creed finding out about his brother's death. So, the Creed in the previous issues wasn't even the character we all ignorantly assumed it was. That's not really the problem though. This leads towards nothing. There isn't another issue and story. It just stops right here.
No one really expected this to live up to the world-changing story of ORIGIN, not even with the talents of Kieron Gillen, Adam Kubert, and Frank Martin; however, it also wasn't expected for this story, which does truly have some potential, to come out in such a mess. This mini-series may have benefited more with a few more issues to lengthen out relationships and more on Essex. What fans are left with is something that is disappointing and rough.
What really kills this issue and mini-series as a whole is that the first issue not only had a completely different tone and feel from the rest of the book, but it was exhilarating and a breath of fresh air. It continues to be one of my favorite single issues within a mini-series. However, this issue is incredibly disappointing and does not do the mini-series justice. As a Wolverine and ORIGIN fan, it's a punch in the gut, especially when the creative team are all fantastic at their craft. This was not a good follow-up and not a good final issue.