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It’s been almost 40 years since Wolverine’s first appearance on the very last page of The Incredible Hulk #180. In comic book time, of course, Wolverine is much older: Over a hundred years old, a century-plus lifespan that has seen the man called Logan become a soldier, a samurai, a superhero, an X-Man, an Avenger, the amnesiac victim of horrific scientific experiments, a renegade, a teacher.

 

This September, that’s going to end.

 

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 (that’s the cover image above.) 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?”

 

Charles Soule entered the Marvel fold relatively recently, working on ongoing series Thunderbolts and the new Inhuman. Soule explains that the series is meant, in part, as a retrospective for both the character and the audience. “He’s reflecting on his own life as he’s reflecting on his own death. We wanted to have the reader do that at the same time. In each issue, we’re focusing on a different aspect, or a different quintessential Wolverine.”

 

Eagle-eyed readers will note that the Wolvie silhouette on the issue #1 cover is an homage to the character’s first appearance; future covers will feature similar nods to the character’s past. Soule’s reading list in preparation for the project included classic Logan stories like the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller Japan-set miniseries, the Barry Windsor-Smith Weapon X tale, Mark Millar’s “Enemy of the State” arc, and Old Man Logan (also drawn by McNiven.) The writer isn’t revealing any specific details of the Death Of story arc. “He’s basically been told, by his various genius buddies, to not get into any fights, because he can’t survive them,” says Soule. “Wolverine being Wolverine, violence tends to find him.”

 

The concept of “death” in comic books can seem a bit tenuous — unless your name is Uncle Ben — but Marts says that Marvel approached this event “from a standpoint of finality, of closure.” The hero’s death will have ramifications throughout Marvel’s line. “You’re gonna be entering into a world without Wolverine. That affects not only his teammates, but also the Marvel Universe at large. We’ve got a lot of things in the works already.”

 

For now, Soule just hopes that Death of Wolverine feels true for the readers. “I hope that when people finish it, they’ll feel like he died in a way that was true to him,” says the writer. Marvel promises to reveal more about Death of Wolverine at this weekend’s C2E2 event in Chicago, at the “Wolverine: 3 Months to Die” panel this Sunday at 1:15 PM CST. But right now, you can check out another exclusive image from the first issue: The first page of Death of Wolverine #1, showing the hero in what appears to be a less-than-ideal situation:

 

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He'll comeback from the dead. Marvel can't truly kill of one of their major characters.

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They actually wrote that out a while back, so he no longer can regenerate. :p Makes it easier to kill him.

 

^ Exactly, lost that ability long ago.

 

Whoa whoa whoa, what? I don't read the comics (but I tend to follow some major events). When did this happen?

 

Also, how does that work with his claws? Does he just bleed profusely everytime he retracts them?

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Or like the death of Spiderman. I heard they're reversing that... or already have :think:

 

I think they basically wrote in a new character as spriderman in one of the story arcs. I don't think they're having the "original" character in the main story arc now but there's so many going at once it's hard to tell which one is the actual one that Marvel considers "true".

 

What is up with this trend of killing off the superhero and then reversing it? Seems to belittle their death in the first place :/

 

Gotta keep the series fresh. They can't just have them never get injured or anything, and they won't completely kill off one of their largest characters. I guarantee within a year they'll bring back Wolverine, since he's the most prominent member of X-Men and they wouldn't just drop that.

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I think they basically wrote in a new character as spriderman in one of the story arcs. I don't think they're having the "original" character in the main story arc now but there's so many going at once it's hard to tell which one is the actual one that Marvel considers "true".

 

 

 

Gotta keep the series fresh. They can't just have them never get injured or anything, and they won't completely kill off one of their largest characters. I guarantee within a year they'll bring back Wolverine, since he's the most prominent member of X-Men and they wouldn't just drop that.

 

Yeah, they basically explore what it'd be like if the character no longer existed. Then they either bring them back in an unsatisfying way, or find a replacement for them.

 

As for the Spiderman thing, Peter ended up dying and was replaced with Myles (I think). But I heard that they're bringing back Peter...

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As for the Spiderman thing, Peter ended up dying and was replaced with Myles (I think). But I heard that they're bringing back Peter...

 

Miles replaced Spiderman in Marvel's Ultimate universe.

 

And your right Marvel brought back Peter Parker in Superior Spiderman #31 and this Wednesday Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 3) begins.

 

A lot of marvel characters die & come back from the dead such as Captain America, Human Torch, & Jean Grey (just to name a few). So I'll give it a year till Wolverine comes back.

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Miles replaced Spiderman in Marvel's Ultimate universe.

 

And your right Marvel brought back Peter Parker in Superior Spiderman #31 and this Wednesday Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 3) begins.

 

A lot of marvel characters die & come back from the dead such as Captain America, Human Torch, & Jean Grey (just to name a few). So I'll give it a year till Wolverine comes back.

 

Yes! Original Peter comes back!

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Ok.. Can someone please tell me how did Wolverine lost his regeneration powers? And if that have happened, I had say everyone must be out there to get him now.. Does he or has he already taken down 1 or 2 villains with him?

 

Story Arc: Killable

During a rescue mission to help S.H.I.E.L.D, Wolverine was infected with a Microverse virus that shut down his healing factor.[33] In an attempt to prove he was still the best at what he did, he tried to fight a brainwashed Black Panther, but failed miserably.[34] Even having to be defended by Kitty was a little embarrassing for him

 

Wolverine (James "Logan" Howlett - Marvel Comics Database)

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