R.I.P. Wolverine

It seems that Wolverine’s days are numbered.

It’s been about a year since Wolverine lost his mutant healing factor.  And it seems that without it, Logan will be facing his own mortality in the coming months.

In story on Entertainment Weekly’s website, Marvel announced in imminent demise of the very popular mutant. “For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor,” says Michael Marts, executive editor at Marvel. “He 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 who’s been around for hundred years?”   Marts explains that the idea to kill off Wolverine books came out of Marvel’s semi-annual creative retreat, where Marvel brings together many of their writers, artists, and editors to discuss the plans for the coming year.

Death-of-Wolverine-1-McNiven-Cover-a7ecdThe death of popular characters is nothing new in comics, and inevitably those characters somehow find a way to return from beyond the veil.  Even characters whose death seemed permanent have found their way back in recent years, like Bucky Barnes, Jason Todd and Barry Allen.  So fans may be doubtful that Marvel will not find a way to bring back the very popular Wolverine.

The weekly 4 issue limited series is written by relative Marvel newcomer Charles Soule.  In the EW interview he had this say about Wolverine and his impending demise. “He’s reflecting on his own life as he’s reflecting on his own death. We wanted to have the reader do that at the same time. In each issue, we’re focusing on a different aspect, or a different quintessential Wolverine… I hope that when people finish it, they’ll feel like he died in a way that was true to him

Death of Wolverine #1, written by Soule, and with art by Steve McNiven, will be in comic shops on September 3 and will run weekly, ending with Death of Wolverine #4 on September 24.

Expect Marvel to say more  at the “Wolverine: 3 Months to Die” panel at C2E2 in Chicago this Sunday at 1:15 PM

About David Vandervliet

Once, King of all these lands, but now I am just an aging nerd. I enjoy talking about my favorite things to geek about, and hopefully I say something to make you think a little too. My favorite things include: Comics, Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, Science, Astronomy, Math, Music, theatre, movies, writing, baseball, college football (Go Blue!)
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