There are few characters in comics that have had the impact and popularity of Wolverine. For years the mutant who is the best at what he does has been slashing up pages of the Marvel Universe appearing in pretty much every book at some point as well as his own series. Now after dominating both the comic and film world like only he can for so many years he can, it is finally coming to an end with Death of Wolverine from creators Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.
In the story he has been left without his mutant healing factor, with his enemies now closing in for the kill and the Wolverine faces his greatest battle alone. After a century of being the best there is at what he does, the day has arrived where his best will not be good enough. With no X-Men or Avengers to help him, he’ll square off against Lady Deathstrike, Sabretooth and more of his deadliest enemies with each one inching him one step closer to death than the last. But one foe in particular is prepared to strike the final blow. An old enemy with the deepest of ties to Wolverine’s past has returned, lurking in the shadows, their master plan to end the Wolverine has been set in motion and there’s no stopping it!
In comics characters die all the time and the likely hood of them coming back is high, but there is still a loss felt despite the hope there when an iconic character like Wolverine is taking down. When a character has such an impact throughout an entire universe like Wolverine there is no doubt that this impact will be felt across every book out there in some way. While fans will have to fight their depression of the coming tragedy coming in September, they can rejoice in the fact that once the series kicks off it will run weekly for four weeks allowing the impact of it all to not be unbearably drug out.
As if the story arc itself wasn’t already going to make this a must have for all fans, Marvel has debuted a series of Canada themed variants that not only look great, but remind fans of where it all started. To step things up even further the first issue in the series will be a massive 56 page issue that will feature behind the scenes artwork from Steve McNiven, as well as new interviews from X-Men and Wolverine’s creators past and present including Wolverine co-creator Len Wein as they all reflect on 40 years of being the best there is at what he does and the legacy he leaves behind.
Be there for the death of an icon when Death of Wolverine # 1 hits stores in September, but take a sneak peek of the issue here as well as the Canadian themed variant covers.
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