Death of Wolverine

Exclusive: From Death of Wolverine Comes The Logan Legacy

Mike Marts and Charles Soule discuss the fallout from a hero's death and new creative blood coming to Marvel!

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Growing out of September’s DEATH OF WOLVERINE, starting in October and running through December, readers will learn through the seven-issue DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY limited series how far and wide the loss of this hero will be felt throughout the Marvel Universe.

Editor Mike Marts along with Charles Soule, writer of the beginning and end of THE LOGAN LEGACY, aim to chart the ever-widening hole left by the departure of Wolverine, a friend to many and enemy to more. In gathering the talent to write the limited series, Marts tapped a wide range of creators—some working for Marvel for the first time or for the first time in a while.

      October 2014

      DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1 (OF 7)
      Written by Charles Soule; Penciled by Oliver Nome; Cover by Oliver Nome

      DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #2 (OF 7)
      Featuring X-23!
      Written by Tim Seeley; Penciled by Ariela Kristantina; Cover by Ariela Kristantina

      DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #3 (OF 7)
      Featuring Sabretooth!
      Written by Kyle Higgins; Penciled by Jonathan Marks; Cover by Jonathan Marks

      November 2014

      DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #4 (OF 7)
      Featuring Lady Deathstrike!
      Written by Marguerite Bennett; Penciled by Juan Doe; Cover by Juan Doe

      DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #5 (OF 7)
      Featuring Daken!
      Written by Ray Fawkes; Penciled by Elia Bonetti; Cover by Gerardo Sandoval

      December 2014

      DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #6 (OF 7)
      Featuring Mystique!
      Written by James Tynion IV; Penciled by Andy Clarke; Cover by Alex Garner

      DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #7 (OF 7)
      Written by Charles Soule; Penciled by Peter Nguyen

      Each installment serves to honor Logan in its own unique way. Judging by Marts and Soule’s plans for the limited series, readers should brace themselves for plenty of surprises along the way.

          Marvel.com: What criteria was there for picking which characters to feature in DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY?

          Mike Marts: We intentionally picked characters with close ties to Logan, either through past history—Deathstrike and Sabretooth—or through genetics—Daken and X-23. Mystique is a bit of a wildcard in the mix.

          Charles Soule: It's also about choosing a group that could be given a very full set of character beats. The way these people related to Logan—and to each other—varies drastically from person to person. So, we get to illuminate a different aspect of Wolverine through these various points of view, and have rich mines to vein for upcoming stories.

          Marvel.com: Without giving too much away, what's the narrative overall goal for THE LOGAN LEGACY?

          Mike Marts: Look no further than the title: we’re establishing a legacy revolving around Wolverine in the wake of his untimely death.

          Charles Soule: Think of the DEATH OF WOLVERINE as an inciting event, one thing that has seismic-level effects on the lives of a great deal of the Marvel Universe. We'll start in THE LOGAN LEGACY by examining those effects on people close to Wolverine, but over time, we'll range far and wide to see what sort of black hole Logan's death actually leaves.

          Marvel.com: THE LOGAN LEGACY will feature creative talent who in many instances are working for Marvel for the first time. How did you go about teaming certain creators with specific parts of the limited series?

          Mike Marts: Well, we already had Charles in place as the architect of the project; after that I cast out for some familiar voices—writers I worked with in my previous job on the Batman titles [for DC Comics]. Great writers like James Tynion, Tim Seeley, Kyle Higgins, Ray Fawkes and Marguerite Bennett. Each writer brings something unique to this grand tapestry we’re putting together.

              Charles Soule: I've been fortunate to get to read these scripts ahead of time, and they're all very different, but still cohesive. These folks have very different styles, but I think that's actually a plus. Each part of THE LOGAN LEGACY will feel different; my chapters won't read anything like Tim's, or Kyle's, or Marguerite's. That's a good thing, to my mind. Logan was many different things, so a set of stories honoring his legacy should have that same vibe.

              Marvel.com: Mike, how tough is it to successfully orchestrate an effective limited series with a variety of talented creators on each installment? What's the key to your success?

              Mike Marts: It’s not difficult at all if you have the right team in place—which we do for THE LOGAN LEGACY. Like-minded individuals all with their own distinct voices.

              Charles Soule: Far be it from me to speculate on the mysterious secrets behind Mike Marts' success. He guards them closely. Devious dude.(But that makes him the perfect guy to be in charge of an event like this, really; there are secrets, easter eggs and mysteries behind every corner.

              Keep checking Marvel.com and our social channels for the latest of DEATH OF WOLVERINE and THE LOGAN LEGACY, coming this fall!

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              44 comments
              sniktster
              sniktster

              I think they should do one of two things. Since he broke the timeline have bring ultimate wolverine to his universe or have him return with adamantium laced epidermis. 

              smithee01
              smithee01

              it sucks that wolverine is going to die

              Smurfboy117
              Smurfboy117

              I may be in a minor group, however I am extremely exciting about this new arc. I've been following Wolverine (Paul Cornell's story) since last year and am very itchy to know what will happen to Logan this September. Wonder if we will get an all-new series of Wolverine (maybe something different/new) after Logan Legacy ends? Only time will tell. 

              DangyThang
              DangyThang

              All I know is... the whole X-23 relationship with Young Cyclops is dumb as all hell.

              Please retcon that.

              Also, is X-23 going to replace Wolverine? Because that would be awesome.

              I miss X-23's ongoing solo stuff... once Marvel started giving her "boy toys" she got less and less appealing. Still a great character though.

              ThegnThrand
              ThegnThrand

              At least he gets to die honorably and leave Marvel look at what they are doing to poor Thor :(

              ShaneRunningWolf
              ShaneRunningWolf

              Disney has nothing to do with it.  This is all Marvel and it is stupid.  This is a stupid idea.  Thanks Marvel for killing my favorite hero who I've been reading for 30 years off.  Now I can save some money.

              Wolfternus
              Wolfternus

              OK lets face it, this is a stupid idea. Clearly Disney is out to kill the badest dude on the planet, but, why? It can't just be a money thing, I feal that its because there are more Wolverine books out ther than any thing els and he is past Cleche'. They are gonna bring him back because as cool as the Wolvie Famaly is they can't hold a candle to the ol' canknucklehead and Marvel/Desney knows it. Dead pool is becoming more popular by the second and I bet that they are gonna swing that way not Daken, not X-23, Not good ol Sabertooth, its Deadpool. the Merc with a mouth will hold the candle untill we need Wolverine again...nuff said


              whydoesitmatter
              whydoesitmatter

              And to all the people slating the wolverine, it's simple; stop buying/reading them and read/watch something else...!!!!

              leave the character alone for the people that do....

              whydoesitmatter
              whydoesitmatter

              it's alllllll about money isn't it, you people make me sick......!!!!!!!!!

              whydoesitmatter
              whydoesitmatter

              the end of wolverine, killing off the best character you have....!!!

              Guess it's time to stop reading and watching then.

              This shows a distinct lack of imagination of all wolverine authors, sort it out...! 

              JCrizzle76
              JCrizzle76

              Logan is an Uncle Tom of mutants now.  His character has gotten to be so lame in recent years.  Cyclops is the bad ass now who needs Wolverine when we have X-23 around now.  Hope he stays dead.  All you Wolvie lovers need to get over it.

              shoffy17
              shoffy17

              he will kick the bucket and then return when marvel does their new 52

              wysejoker
              wysejoker

              Wolverine, and Team Wolverine (Saber tooth, Daken, X-23, Lady Dealthstrike, Mystique, Deadpool) New X force 2016 lol I wish!Forget all these haters, Wolverine is the face of X-Men and numerous spend offs, even if they do decide to kill him off he'll be back bc of the backlash. Do we remember what happen When Superman Died?

              were1234
              were1234

              Kill him. Replace him. Bring him back. It all spells out books sold money made . Repeat every few years. 

              wsouth
              wsouth

              If you're just going to have a fill-in Wolverine like Doc Ock Spidey then stop wasting our time. If you're going to kill him then kill him. We'll wait the 2 years.

              Aegaleus
              Aegaleus

              How long have Sabretooth and Daken looked like this? Is this new designs for this series? They both look better than they've ever looked IMO. I know Laura's costume changed for All-New X-Men and I love it. It suits her well and I hope it stays that way. The slightly-armoured but still flexible look is what she needs.

              roguecougar
              roguecougar

              What is the point of his death? His story is just getting good. I have found him to be the Heart of most teams he's on. His character is well written and he is the person the leaders look to for advice and experience. I rather enjoy him running the school and the relationship he has with Storm. First Rogue now Logan, Sigh.  Why cant they kill that boy scout Cyclops if they feel the need to kill someone off... Hell, have Logan kill him..

              Chance632
              Chance632 member

              Spider-Oc, another "new" Captain America, dead Wolverine, dead Prof.X if I'm missing something else that's happened crazy in the past two years at Marvel please someone add. Oh yeah another Nova if I missed anything please add 

              mightyjoe2xl
              mightyjoe2xl

              How many times has Wolverine Died? no matter what the writer do, he never dies, So what's the point?

              He can't Die, what are the comic going to do, stop printing all titles. If only they would.  

              rj155500
              rj155500 member

              I think it would actually be cool if he stayed dead for maybe 10 years and not just 2-3.  Let him be referenced often, and let his legend grow in his absence, and then when he comes back . . . . . BAM!!!!  You basically get to introduce an entire new generation of readers to Wolverine while we who followed him now and before now, get to freak out because "he's back"!

              risq
              risq

              He went to hell because of a demon possession, not cause he died...duh...don't you know nothin?

              texpan19
              texpan19

              Oh gee, killed Wolverine again eh?  Real original...  he's already been to Hell remember?

              BlueBear22
              BlueBear22 member

              Woah, Logan is going to stay dead, and someone is taking his place?

              FHIZ
              FHIZ

              Wolverine Eternal.

              wsouth
              wsouth

              @Aegaleus Daken has looked like that since the Apocalypse twins brought him back from the dead...so not long...A few months. Sabertooth looks the same to me. Everyone draws him slightly different and the artist have been making him a little more "animal" in recent years.

              JCrizzle76
              JCrizzle76

              @roguecougar Wolverine is a lame ass now.  Cyclops is way more interesting of a character now.  Seriously Wolverine is so outdated as a legitimate badass.

              Aegaleus
              Aegaleus

              @roguecougar Because, though you have this view, the masses are sick of seeing his face in comics, we're sick of seeing his face in movies (especially in lead roles that weren't his in the comics they're based on), and most of all we're sick of how he seems to be able to overcome people who are infinitely more powerful than him. He's sighted at every historic battle. He's sighted as everyone's trainer who's ever been someone (even black widow's story got rewritten with Logan as one of her combat trainers). It's getting out of hand. It's gotten to the point where if Logan wasn't at the scene it wasn't really that important. He's outshining every single other part of the Marvel U. And for that, he needs to die.

              Aegaleus
              Aegaleus

              @Chance632 The first class got pulled from the past to the present time by beast and have gone somewhat rouge. That's a pretty big one. And in amongst that and the cross-over stuff between them and Guardians, there's this newish girl on the scene called Angella who just showed up in space one day and decided to help, and may actually turn out to be Thor's lost sister from a 'tenth realm', which may turn out to be an entire realm banished, probably by Odin or Bor, and was probably largely Asgardian-populated. This is just speculation for the mini-series within the Original Sin arc called "the tenth realm". Uhm... Oh yeah last yeah I think it was there was some pretty interesting stuff going on with the New Avengers dimension-hopping, assembling a counsel of 'reed's and such to tackle a certain large-scale threat. Has to do with a theory related to transdimensional-imploding, which turns out to be quite a real threat, so the infinity stuff is involved. Not saying more. I'd love to, but can't ruin it. Uhm. Oh yeah not only is Charles dead, but the Red Skull dug him up and cut out half his brain and transplanted it so now he's going around spreading his Nazi idealism with psychic-precision. Yeah I'd read all that stuff first. All pretty important.

              Aegaleus
              Aegaleus

              @texpan19 It'd be cool if once dead, he actually became a badass demon eventually. All that evil in his soul manifests itself and consumes him.

              Ebudae
              Ebudae

              @BlueBear22 I know I'm being cynical but I'd put money on Wolverine returning in a few years time for a big cross-over.

              wysejoker
              wysejoker

              @Aegaleus @roguecougar BS I'm with @roguecougar, if he's given the "Marvel U" so many problems and everyone is fed up with why is there no financial push back my anyone. Movies are selling out, as well as games, clothing, etc. Not to mention the comics alone are big parts of Marvel too like Batman is to DC. I feel like its something else to all this, what next are we going to see a Dealth of Spiderman and Avengers bc there in everything as well. 

              wsouth
              wsouth

              @Aegaleus @roguecougar ahhh he's not going anywhere in the movies...too much...$$$. Also were we really going to watch DOFP as told in the comics. Pride has not been established as a player in the MCU so that movie would have needed an extra 30 minutes to do that. Although I'm a big Wolverine fan I agree that he's overexposed. I really don't want anyone to "pick up the Wolverine mantle". He should be completely gone for 2 years. Completely. Otherwise what's the point.

              wsouth
              wsouth

              @Aegaleus @Chance632 nice recap. Angela is from the Spawn comics and Marvel was forced to bring her over when they hired her creator. If they are just going to make her an Asgardian what was the point? don't forget Nightcrawler is back, the Watchers dead, Thanos is in prison but about to escape thanks to Maxiumus,(Black Bolts brother), oh speaking of BB, Atilian is destroyed, there are millions of new Inhumans, there's a new spiderwoman/girl shhhh no one's supposed to know about that, that's in addition to all the other spider girls and women running around. Oh and Spidey form the future is back (2099), Captain Marvel and Flash Tompson are now Guardians of the Galaxy. What else did I miss?

              BlueBear22
              BlueBear22 member

              @Ebudae @BlueBear22 Less than that. Give them a few months. Maybe a few years. Maybe a big event like you said in a couple of years, who knows? But I am really hoping for him to die FOREVER (or at least for more than 5 years). I really want someone to take Logan's place. My chances are low though.

              wsouth
              wsouth

              @BlueBear22 @Ebudae If someone takes his place then what was the point. No. He needs to die and no one take his place.