If youâ€™ve been paying attention to Paul Cornellâ€™s Wolverine series since he took over, youâ€™ll already know that Wolverine has lost his famous healing factor and has been living without it. It looks like the â€œlivingâ€ part of it will be coming to an end in September as Marvel Comics will release a four part weekly series titled “The Death of Wolverine.”
The mini-series will be written by comic’s newest wunderkind Charles Soule (She-Hulk, Swamp Thing, roughly ten billion other series) and will feature art by Steve McNiven (Civil War).
Check out McNiven’s cover for “The Death of Wolverine” and let us know what you think about this below.
Leading into the mini-series will be issues 8-12 of Cornellâ€™s Wolverine series, which will feature an arc titled â€œ3 Months to Liveâ€ and those issues will feature art by Kris Anka and Pete Woods.
According to the announcement on EW.com, editor Mike Marts said of Wolverine:
â€œHe almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight. What does that mean for this character whoâ€™s been around for hundred years?â€
And when asked what a world without Wolverine would look like, Soule said:
â€œA Marvel Universe without a Wolverine has a big vacuum to be filled. Villains are emboldened, and heroesâ€”or near-heroesâ€”are inspired to step up. People rely on Logan; they probably donâ€™t even realize quite how much. Heâ€™s part of the calculation they make about their own behavior. I think of it sort of like this: say youâ€™re Lady Viper, running your criminal empire. With Wolverine dead, you can be much more brazen, much more open about what you do, because you know Loganâ€™s not out there to stop you.â€
Itâ€™s hard (read: impossible) to think that Wolverine will be gone for long, what with him being Marvelâ€™s most popular character. But given how long they kept Doctor Octopus as the Superior Spider-Man, I think we can at least know that there will be a plan in place and an interesting story that will come out of “The Death of Wolverine.” Soule is a hot writer right now and heâ€™s putting out a lot of quality material, so itâ€™s exciting to see him on a high profile book like this just a few years into his comics career. It certainly will be interesting to see an X-Men world without Wolverine.
Do you think Marvel is taking a risk by killing off their biggest character, even if it is for a short amount of time? Or are you interested enough in the story to see where they take this?
[Source: Entertainment Weekly’s Popwatch]