So it’s come to this. Killing the Human Torch wasn’t enough, and killing Spider-Man (twice, in the regular and Ultimate universe) wasn’t enough, now Marvel Comics announced that Wolverine is the next superhero in their crosshairs. The news came out this morning along with some accompanying art work, all pointing to one inevitable fact: the X-Men brawler is going to be taking a dirt nap once Back to School time rolls around this coming fall. Details, and art, follow.
Marvel Comics broke the news courtesy of Entertainment Weekly who say that the decision to kill Wolverine came out of one of the company’s annual retreats. Despite the fact that Wolverine stars or co-stars in about 200 monthly books for Marvel, the editors decided to push through with the storyline which will kick off this summer in earnest and will end in the four-issue miniseries called, unimaginatively, The Death of Wolverine, this September. The miniseries will be written by Charles Soule with art by Steve McNiven.
Marvel has been teasing a radical new development in Wolverine’s history with this summer’s story arc, “3 Months to Die,” which robs Wolverine of his healing factor, the mutant power that has kept him alive and kicking through decades of fatal injuries. Now, EW is excited to announce exclusively that “3 Months to Die” will culminate in a 4-part miniseries in September called, simply, Death of Wolverine. Written by Charles Soule and drawn by Steve McNiven, Death of Wolverine #1 hits on September 3. The next three issues of the series will follow every week ensuing, climaxing with Death of Wolverine #4 on September 24.
Michael Marts, an executive editor at Marvel overseeing the project, explains that the idea to kill off one of the most iconic characters in comic books emerged out of Marvel’s semi-annual creative retreat, when Marvel writers and editors come together to discuss major projects. “For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor,” says Marts. “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?”
Below is the first two pieces of art from the project, a cover design for issue #1 and what looks like an interior page:
Are you sad that Wolverine is dying? Why?! He’ll be alive again in 18 months to two years! Mark my words.
I mean, ‘Nuff Said.
Source: Bleeding Cool