We're not going to say how they obtained it (let's just say it involved Lucas Siegel, Axel Alonso, and an underage donkey), but Newsarama has an exclusive preview of next week's Wolverine #8 by Soundgarden vocalist Paul Cornell and legendary artist Alan Davis, and the pages we've seen don't bode well for a certain former Wakandan king. The preview opens up with the Black Panther punching out Wolverine, and goes on to explain that Wolverine was skulking around Wakanda in an attempt to violate the African nation's sovereignty after (presumably) The Avengers asked them to hand over a prisoner. Sound familiar? That's almost exactly how Avengers vs. X-Men started, with the Avengers arriving on the sovereign mutant nation of Utopia and demanding that the X-Men hand over an innocent teenager into their custody despite having no jurisdiction over Hope Summers or the X-Men.
"I know where this is headed," said a visibly frightened Black Panther from the Transit Zone at the Moscow International Airport, where he fled immediately after the preview was released. "One minute you're having a disagreement with Wolverine, the next you're killing your mentor with the power of a cosmic bird force while being scolded by Captain America."
"Come on," said Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada in a public response to the Panther's flight. "We wouldn't do that to the Panther. He's a respected character with decades of history and legions of loyal fans."
"T'Challa should just come out of hiding. Everything will be okay," Quesada added, though we're pretty sure he had his fingers crossed behind his back. "We'll give him his own ongoing title. Let's see if Jason Aaron is available to write it..."
"Noooooooo!!!!" cried a panicked Panther when notified of Quesada's offer. "Anyone but Aaron! That guy fucking LOVES Wolverine!"
"That's a lie!" protested an offended Jason Aaron, quicky hiding a bouquet of flowers and a heart-shaped box of candy with "To: Wolvie, Love: Jason" written on it behind his back.
Wolverine #8 will be in stores next week. Check out the full preview at Newsarama.