Though Wolverine may have technically returned to the Marvel Universe last fall, he’s decided to stick to the shadows for the most part, appearing in various “post-credits” scenes in select comic books along the way. But after recently learning that Logan will once again be headlining his own series before long, we naturally assumed it to be an ongoing title.
Here’s where it gets mildly complicated, though, so be sure to follow along.
Like we said, it was previously stated that a new series would be launching out of the Hunt for Wolverine miniseries in September, the first issue of which had been referred to as “Wolverine #1” in solicitations. But now we’re learning that The Return of Wolverine – written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Steve McNiven – will be debuting that very month.
Our best guess is that this five-issue miniseries was indeed the one Marvel had previously been referring to, and that a proper Wolverine solo book will kickoff sometime thereafter. Still, we can’t rule out two concurrent titles shipping that month, though we should have our answer once September’s solicitations hit the web in a matter of weeks.
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Either way, this gives Soule and McNiven the chance to complete a trilogy that’s already made up by The Death of Wolverine and the aforementioned Hunt for Wolverine. Plus, we’ll finally learn all the details surrounding the mutant’s resurrection!
Here’s what Soule had to say about what’s to come:
“Wolverine’s body has been missing. The entire Marvel Universe has been looking for him, because he’s a very important part of the Super Hero puzzle. And at long last, he will be found. I thought this was a real opportunity to do things that would make him feel new and fresh in a way; if you come back from the dead, it should mean something. One of the outwardly physical manifestations of that is that now, from time to time, his claws—once they’re popped—they can heat up. They can get really hot.”
Yep, you read that right: Logan’s claws can now heat up when popped! Sounding like something that’d work really well in a video game, I find it absurd to scoff at the notion of adding something new to a hero’s repertoire. After being in continuous publication for a number of decades, characters need to be kept fresh and this isn’t as extreme as, say, giving the guy a kiss that can erase someone’s memory.
The Return of Wolverine #1 arrives in comic shops on September 19th.