Marvel Comics' most popular non-Stan Lee created superhero the X-Man Wolverine is set to die in a weekly series beginning tomorrow September 3, 2014. The four-part story, appearing in the series titled appropriately enough "Death of Wolverine," is written by Charles Soule with art by Steve McNiven. In an article on USA Today on September 2, 2014 it was announced the Soule has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel to continue to write the adventures of the more than 8,000 characters in their library.
Currently Soule is writing "She-Hulk," "Inhuman," and "Death of Wolverine" for Marvel Comics while doing work for DC Comics and work on his creator-owned series "Letter 44" published by Oni Press. Soule will see his last books from DC Comics published in March 2015, but will continue to work on “Letter 44” until the series is over which is a longtime from now.
On his personal blog, Soule discussed his decision to go Marvel exclusive, "Well, it’s pretty simple. Writing eight titles a month (which I’ve been doing for quite a while now) is no joke. It’s a constant tightrope walk, requiring serious focus and discipline. I’ve proven to myself that I can do it, but now that I have, it’s time for a different challenge -- I want to know what I can accomplish with a smaller slate, where I can really dive in. I’ve accomplished breadth, now I want to see about depth."
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Wolverine's debut in the pages of "Incredible Hulk" #181 (November 1974) by Len Wein and Herb Trimpe based on designs by John Romita. The hero went on to star in "Uncanny X-Men" making the series one of the most successful comic books of all time is going. Now the hero is going out in style. As Marvel's Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told USA Today, "What better time to kill someone than their 40th birthday." The four-part series is being treated as an event that will change the future for not only the X-Men but all of Marvel.
From the title "Death of Wolverine" it is obvious what will become of Wolverine but it is the how and what happens next that has readers of Marvel's superheroes intrigued. In an interview with CTVNews.ca, Soule in speaking about the event said, "This is not supposed to be an event that he bounces back from in a week. The idea is to have a Marvel universe that does not have Wolverine in it for a long time."
The first issue of "Death of Wolverine" comes in at a massive 56 pages which is almost three times the standard comic book size. In addition to the first chapter in the story the issue will feature bonus material including commentary from co-creator Wein as well as other creators known for their work on Wolverine and their reflections on 40 years of history. The first issue is $4.99 and is available at your nearest comic book retailer and digitally.
To commemorate this event, The Comic Bug in Manhattan Beach announced today plans to host the newly Marvel exclusive writer Charles Soule at the store on September 27 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m for a signing and party celebrating the life of Marvel's most fierce mutant. The Comic Bug will be handing out 100 exclusive pint glasses featuring Wolverine art Jeff Stokely. For more details and to RSVP be sure to visit The Comic Bug's event page on Facebook.