Last week we unveiled the latest in teaser images from Marvel Comics, which hinted at something Wolverine related with the very vague word, “Snikt.”
Today we can put the speculation to rest as Marvel Comics has revealed to us that the next issue coming from Marvel NOW! is Wolverine #1, written by Paul Cornell with art by Alan Davis.
This book marks Paul Cornell’s return to Marvel Comics after the past couple of years at DC Comics. Leveraging Cornell’s admiration of the work done on the character of Wolverine by Chris Claremont, Wolverine #1 is an opportunity for Cornell to set his mark on Wolverine’s legacy, something Cornell finds severely undervalued. One of the key components of Wolverine will be how it Cornell plans for it to be continuity light and easy for new readers to dive in. Teaming up with Alan Davis who has done some of his best work of late for Marvel Comics, Wolverine #1 will be set in New York City and goes from there.
We needed to know more, so we chatted with Paul Cornell about what we can expect from the new title.
iFanboy: What’s your take on who Wolverine is these days? Logan’s been through many versions. How do you see him?
Paul Cornell: I think it’s actually quite strange that he’s this normal, down to earth guy who likes to have a beer, someone you’d trust to run a school, when he’s been alive so long, had so much happen to him, be, actually, such a weird being. I think he values that normality highly, that he fights for it. So this is the action series title where we meet him in his New York context, with many non-super hero friends (like Claremont always had the X-Men know), part of a community of professionals, a very civilized man of violence who’d prefer to be a man of peace.
iF: This book marks your return to writing at Marvel, how does it feel to be back at the House of Ideas?
PC: It’s great, especially that I’ve been given a high-profile chance to connect with a character that meant so much to me when I was at school. Chris Claremont’s X-Men *made* so much of me. This is where I get to try to return the favour. It’s great having Alan Davis as the artist, because that’s such a link to the classic era, and he can do action and acting both so well. And Jeanine Schaefer as editor means we’ve got all sorts of storytelling smarts in play.
iF: What can fans of Wolverine expect from this new ongoing series? How will you be kicking it off?
PC: James is caught up in a hostage situation, which involves a threat to innocents from a very disciplined, ruthless new character, the nature of which we’re only gradually going to reveal. That turns into an action movie chase, where James is highly motivated to stop having to repeat something not very nice he had to do in front of one of said innocents. James is at his best when he’s protecting others. I’ve been a father for four weeks, and I asked myself, which super hero would I hand my baby to? And the answer is James Logan, because he will die before he see that child hurt, and anyone who wants to do so has to get through the Wolverine. This title is about that balance between protector and berserker, between long-lived oddity and regular guy.
iF: Wolverine continues to be one of Marvel’s most popular characters, appearing in numerous books, several as the lead character. What does this book do that the others don’t?
PC: I think we go deep into who he is, with the sensibility of a show like Person Of Interest, so there are flashes of character, hard action, a few laughs, James with a new supporting cast of fellow professionals, going hunting in the big city, the lives of innocents at stake.
iF: With connections to the X-Men, Avengers and a rich history of supporting casts, will any other notable characters be appearing with Wolverine or will this mainly be focused on his solo adventures?
PC: Just a light spicing of that. I think of this as the central Wolverine title, so I want people to come here for the story and the character, and go elsewhere for the crossovers.
iF: This is an awfully British creative team for a backwoods Canadian like Wolverine. Can you tap into his outwardly expressed rage?
PC: He summed me up when I was growing up. It’s so not all outward. There is, indeed, something motivating him in this series that he doesn’t want to talk about. And can you really see him letting it all out and crying on someone’s shoulder?
Wolverine #1 comes out in March 2013 and below is the full solicitation for the upcoming series’ first issue:
Written by PAUL CORNELL
Pencils & Cover by ALAN DAVIS
Variant Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Blank Cover Also Available
Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG
· ALL NEW ONGOING by superstars Paul Cornell (CAPTAIN BRITAIN AND MI:13, Doctor Who, Action Comics) and Alan Davis (AVENGERS, CLANDESTINE, EXCALIBUR, UNCANNY X-MEN)
· Hunting Season, part 1.
· A new enemy sets its sights on Wolverine…though Logan doesn’t know it yet!
· To save a little boy, Wolverine must make a terrible decision that will haunt him.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99