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All-New Marvel NOW! Q&A: Nightcrawler

Chris Claremont, Todd Nauck and Daniel Ketchum bring the swashbuckling X-Man into his own ongoing series!

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Kurt Wagner, the swashbuckling X-Man, will take the lead in NIGHTCRAWLER, a new ongoing series beginning in April. Bringing the fuzzy elf's adventures to life will be artist Todd Nauck and legendary writer Chris Claremont, the man who helped turn Kurt into the hero he became with his highly regarded and influential runs on UNCANNY X-MEN and EXCALIBUR.

Nightcrawler #1 cover by Chris Samnee

“He’s smart, tough, creative [and] daring, with an instinctive understanding of people and situations,” touts Claremont of his leading man. “He has a wicked sense of humor and a devastating charm. As his body’s designed well outside the box of human experience, so too are his thought processes. His ‘normal’ is revolutionary to most people; throw him a problem, he’ll find a way to solve it that’s unique to him. He quite simply is the kind of man [who] others trust; to know him is to have faith in him.”

"Chris Claremont was the first writer I read on a regular basis," Nauck says. "It's a thrill and an honor to be working with who I feel is the godfather of X-Men comics. It was his stories that made me care about these characters and made me a lifelong fan of the X-Men."

NIGHTCRAWLER marks Wagner’s return to leading man status following his resurrection in AMAZING X-MEN. With Nightcrawler’s role in the eternal struggle between Heaven and Hell behind him, Nauck promises that the series will lean heavily towards the lighthearted tone that fans have come to expect—and love—when Kurt gets into the mix.

Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck

"When editor Daniel Ketchum contacted me about drawing this series, we discussed how [it] will be a fun action/adventure comic," recalls the artist. "That is definitely a direction I am excited to take in drawing these characters and stories."

“For the longest time, we lived with the idea that this series would be the next iteration of X-MEN LEGACY,” adds Ketchum. “But with all the excitement surrounding Kurt’s return, the enthusiasm from both fans and creators alike, we ultimately decided that this book couldn’t be called anything other than NIGHTCRAWLER. And let me tell you: Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck are weaving a heck of a Nightcrawler story in this series!”

After his debut in 1975's GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1, Nightcrawler quickly teleported into the hearts of X-Men fans everywhere, including Todd Nauck:

"Nightcrawler has been one of my all-time favorite X-Men. He's a fun, cool character and he's easy to care about. He's a guy you root for."

Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck

Nightcrawler also sticks out in a crowd, thanks to his distinctive features. Nauck looks forward to bringing this unique hero to life, and he's definitely done his homework.

"I've been doing character studies referencing some of my favorite Nightcrawler artists like Dave Cockrum, Paul Smith, Art Adams, and Alan Davis as well as what Ed McGuinness has currently been doing in AMAZING X-MEN,” he explains. “I want to capture and pay tribute to the classic Nightcrawler look and feel while bringing my own flavor to the mix."

Joining Nightcrawler on his new adventure will be his longtime teammate and drinking buddy Wolverine. With Logan's involvement also comes a bit of a reality check for Kurt, as he will become aware of the deep schisms that have formed within the X-Men since he last saw them. Professor X has died, Cyclops has become the fugitive leader of a band of revolutionaries, Wolverine guides impressionable young mutants as the headmaster of the Jean Grey School, and most of Kurt's closest friends find themselves ideological opposites.

Wolverine sketch by Todd Nauck

“The one that comes most markedly to my mind is that Kitty [Pryde] appears to have gone over to the ‘dark side’ by leaving the school and joining up with Scott’s group,” says Claremont of what change hits Nightcrawler hardest. “To Kurt, without an explanation from Kitty herself, it would seem a fundamental violation of character, something she would never have done especially [in] Excalibur. Presumably one of his major goals would be to find out directly from her the truth behind her decision.”

NIGHTCRAWLER will follow our hero and Wolverine as they drive across this radically altered mutant landscape, and hopefully right some wrongs along the way.

“If we presume that the Kurt who returns to the land of the living is fundamentally the same man who departed years ago, why would the experience affect his friendship with Logan at all?” questions Claremont. “If anything, given how the two of them relate, it might cherish their time together as friends and teammates all the more.

Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck

“By the same token, it might also fundamentally affect how Kurt relates to combat; knowing there is an afterlife and an implicit judgment of the individual soul might make him more reluctant to take another’s life, or it might make him even more determined to protect the innocent. Either way, it gives the storyteller something nice to play with.”

NIGHTCRAWLER bamfs its way into your hands this April!

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Delaware_Mayor
Delaware_Mayor

I don't think that Nightcrawler will join either side of the X-men, I think he will forge his own path and if his path crosses with Wolvie or Cyke's squad he will help both...


spiderman66199
spiderman66199

Yes!!! First they bring spidey back and now nightcrawler!

cloakshadow
cloakshadow

What is even worse is that Wolverine has dumped the school he founded and will be working for a low tier crime lord. I wonder how the morally devout and resurrected Nightcrawler will deal with that? I like Wolverine ALOT but I in his current mental state I don't like Nightcrawler being around him.

nouri101
nouri101

yes elfs back in action dis guys the coolest guy in marvel

Waller85
Waller85

Dammit, Marvel, you're gonna bleed me dry. First Spider-man, now this?

ablackraptor
ablackraptor member

Dislike that he's taking Wolverine's side without, apparently, asking Kitty why she joined Cyclops' side. If he knew that Scott's NOT 'dark and evil' and that Kitty joined because Logan and Storm didn't respect her POV and perspective, and realized what a hypocrite Wolverine's being, then he'd probably just tell them to get past this Schism nonsense.


franky727
franky727

Yes! I love Claremont Dark Phoenix Saga was amazing. When was the last time he wrote any x-men stuff?


Donkeljohn
Donkeljohn member

I sincerely hope Claremont's writing does not abandon Kurt's piety. One of the things that resonates so much about the character is his devout reverence for deity in spite of how others see him as a demon.


There are precious few mutants in the Marvel U that look upon their mutations as gifts from an all-powerful creator. I think that is a missed narrative opportunity.

EmiWanKenobi
EmiWanKenobi

I'm crossing my fingers that Nightcrawler will be able to get through to Wolverine and get him back where he belongs. Because I can't picture Kurt being at all okay with the path that Logan is currently on.

Y2Jus10B
Y2Jus10B

@Donkeljohn I agree. I also think it would be nice to see more religious characters in the marvel universe who are not depicted as being villainous.