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.
"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.
“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."
"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.
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 bamfs its way into your hands this April!