Marvel.com confirmed the news that Chris Claremont will be writing a Nightcrawler ongoing series with Todd Nuack on art starting in April. Springing out of Amazing X-Men, the series was originally planned to be the next volume of X-Men: Legacy, but Marvel has smartly decided to put Nightcrawler's name in the title.
“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.”
With Chris Claremont making his triumphant return to the X-Universe, this book would be almost perfect, except that it apparently features Wolverine as well, at least for the first story arc:
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.
“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.”
Son of a bitch! Hopefully Kurt's time in the afterlife will have given him a new perspective, and he'll be able to see Logan for the hypocritical, sanctimonious, child-killing Mary Sue he really is. Claremont did the right thing in X-Men Forever when he killed Wolverine off in the first issue. We're counting on you, Chris! Don't let us down!
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