Well, it was nice while it lasted, wasn't it? When Marvel first announced plans to kill off Wolverine, nobody believed his death would last a year. Sure enough, it wasn't long before Secret Wars was announced and we learned that the super-mega-crossover event would be an opportunity for Marvel to bring back characters from various points in their history and select the most profitable and marketable ones to become part of the not-a-reboot Marvel Universe after the event. Of course, that meant we were likely to see quite a few Wolverines make appearances, and here's your first one, Old Man Logan.
"The Great One" Brian Bendis writes the story this time around instead of Scottish national hero Mark Millar, but Millar doesn't mind, having told The Outhouse, "Ah didnae think thare wis muckle mair material tae be mined fae ripping aff Unforgiven again. Ah wis bonny sure ah bilked fans oot o' a maiter o ah cuid whin ah pat oot th' final issue wi' a cost increase fur na additional value. Bit awright, if Brian kin mak' it wirk, mair power tae him. A've git some movie pitches... er, ah mean, comic book scripts tae write masell. "
Andrea Sorrentino provides the art. Wolverine won't be officially "back" from the dead until the book hits stores, but it looks like the counter at "Is Wolverine Still Dead.com" will need to be updated before the end of the summer. :(
Here's the press release and a preview:
Your eyes do not deceive you! Secret Wars has made the impossible possible and the battle-weary hero returns to the fray in OLD MAN LOGAN #1! From superstar writer Brian Michael Bendis and rising star artist Andrea Sorrentino comes a brand-new Secret Wars series returning fans to one of the most revered and iconic X-Men stories of all time! Welcome back to the Wastelands, a land dominated by victorious super villains. The heroes of this land have all perished – butchered by their arch-enemies. Tyrants, terrors and madmen rule over this dusty waste. Hope left this land long ago. But there is one man who may yet make a difference. A man with nothing to lose!
Now, amidst the fire and the fury, a reluctant warrior pops his claws once more! And the war for Battleworld is brewing in his own backyard. As the event of Secret Wars unfold, will he find his life’s mission to rid the world of evil more attainable – or more futile than ever before? Find as a hero is reforged in the crucible of Battleworld. The journey begins with a resounding SNIKT the X-Man formerly known as Wolverine crashes into Secret Wars in OLD MAN LOGAN #1!
Oh look, a Skottie Young baby varient, something else that's not totally played out.
(Is that Jared Leto?)