Hot on the heels of Marvel Comics' announcement of their newest ongoing series, WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, the industry giant unveils the creative team who'll tackle the new adventures of the feisty Canadian mutant.
Writer Daniel Way and artist Steve Dillon, known for BULLSEYE: GREATEST HITS, PUNISHER VS BULLSEYE, and SUPREME POWER: NIGHTHAWK, will reunite for WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #1...and beyond.
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, premiering this April, will detail Logan/Wolverine's quest to set his past into order and fulfill a list of personal priorities. In the aftermath of HOUSE OF M, he knows his origins completely but wants to explore that history and perhaps relive some of it. The new series promises revenge, validation, passion, and not a little globe-trotting.
Daniel Way, one of Marvel's Ten Terrific writers, had a strong reaction when first offered the book. "When it was decided that I would be allowed to continue my story of Logan's past and future in a brand-new series, free from any entanglements with the various upcoming crossovers, I...well, as geeky as it sounds, I was honored. This is one of Marvel's top two characters, so getting the green light to go ahead meant a great deal to me. I'm confident, however, that I'll nail this one-I've been laying out the story for over a year now, cross-checking facts, keeping an eye on continuity, networking with other writers...in short, I've done my homework. To tell you the truth, I feel like the cat that ate the canary because only I and three other people on the planet know where this is all going...but only I know how it's going to get there."
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"Logan never surrenders," says Way of the difference between writing Wolverine and any other character. "Even if winning the battle means losing the war. Wars come and go...Logan is forever."
When asked if there's a danger of Wolverine becoming overexposed with another starring vehicle like WOLVERINE: ORIGINS, Way is both bemused and confident. "He does seem to just 'pop up' everywhere, doesn't he? Actually, that's one of the big things we'll be exploring in ORIGINS...why is Logan always in the right (or, sometimes, wrong) place at the right time? But again, we'll be going forward and back...at the same time. We're going to be exploring Logan's past-and explaining it-while, at the same time, pushing him forward on his quest for revenge...but revenge against whom? Short answer: Everyone. No one is innocent."
And for those who wonder how the busiest X-Man alive can keep up the pace, we have a juicy tidbit for you. Beginning this June, Wolverine will not be a part of the other two X-teams. Look for more info on this (and other X-changes) in the coming months!
Artist Steve Dillon, veteran of many popular British comic such as 2000 AD and DR. WHO, will be know to American fans for such projects as HELLBLAZER and PREACHER and on the shores of Marvel Comics with ULTIMATE X-MEN and the aforementioned Bullseye, Punisher, and Supreme Power: Nighthawk books.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada will be tackling the covers for WOLVERINE: ORIGINS and is understandably excited about the writer-artist combo assembled for this newest ramble down the paths of merry mutantdom. "A fantastic new book deserves a fantastic creative team. Daniel and Steve have proven themselves time and time again, both separately and together. Putting them on ORIGINS is a no-brainer. Steering the Good Ship Marvel doesn't leave me as much time to draw as I'd like but when it was a done-deal for Daniel and Steve to take on Wolvy's new book, I just hadda do the covers! Nuff said!"
Stay tuned for even more late-breaking news of WOLVERINE: ORIGINS.
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Industry-leader Marvel Comics is exceedingly proud to announce that its popular and long-running WOLVERINE series will be joined by a fresh new sibling, WOLVERINE: ORIGINS.
This March will see a shocking cliffhanger in WOLVERINE #40 that leads directly and pointedly in to April's WOLVERINE: ORIGINS #1, the newest Marvel ongoing series. Fans of Logan, the tenacious Canadian mutant hero, will witness a twist in Wolverine's world that will eternally alter the rules he lives by day-to-day.
How does WOLVERINE: ORIGINS differ from Logan's current series? Marvel Editor Axel Alonso chomps at the bit to spill his guts to curious readers: "Well, as we all know, in the aftermath of HOUSE OF M, Logan has regained his memory. He knows his past -- all of it. Armed with a clearer sense of who he is, why he is, and who done him wrong, Logan's got a whole new set of priorities. WOLVERINE: ORIGINS will see Logan don his brown costume and embark on a private mission to set wrongs right, get some revenge, deal with some demons, rekindle some lost relationships, and come to terms with major revelations about the complicated tapestry of his origin...and the patterns he seems doomed to repeat."
"In short, fans should expect major revelations about Wolverine's past."
Alonso is also determined to illustrate to fans that Marvel is deadly serious about every aspect of this new venture, with particular emphasis on the character's previously published past. "Long-time readers should feel validated because the creative team has painstakingly researched Logan's entire history and created connective tissue between the seemingly disparate periods in Logan's life. Major questions will be answered. How do you kill an indestructible man? Why do the women in Logan's life die? When did he really first encounter the Weapon X program?"
"WOLVERINE: ORIGINS is the Official Record," notes Joe Quesada, Marvel Editor-in-Chief. "Think of what happened in the original ORIGIN miniseries as Chapter One, and then WOLVERINE: ORIGINS as all the following chapters - except we're gonna give 'em to you in no particular order! Each chapter of the series will give another piece of the puzzle so fans should expect some serious globe-hopping -- from Japan to Madripoor -- and flashback stories that will fill in that gap in time between what happened in ORIGIN and today."
"Hey, no big surprise to hear that I feel pretty warm and fuzzy about this new series," says Quesada. "I didn't create Wolverine but I sure have come to think of ol' Logan as my 'baby' - claws and all! This new ongoing is one of the House of Ideas' proudest moments, with one of our very, very best characters."
WOLVERINE: ORIGINS' creative team, including writer and both interior and cover artists, will be announced soon. Stay tuned.