On Thursday, Marvel released a “Mortal Variant” for the first issue, illustrated by veteran artist Ed McGuinness. This “Mortal Variant” was first announced in December 2013, as part of a retailer exchangeability program. Under the program, eligible retailers can exchange unsold copies of this past February’s “Wolverine” #1 for the “Mortal Variant” — with two stripped “Wolverine” #1 covers netting one “Mortal Variant.” At the time, the “Mortal Variant” was announced as an alternate cover of “Wolverine” #12; the last issue of the current “Wolverine” series, scheduled for release in August.
“Each issue focuses on a different era or ‘aspect’ of Wolverine’s history,” Soule told CBR News in April. “So, one issue focuses on the ‘Origin’-type vibe, while other issues look at other periods. It’s all built around the idea that Wolverine, for once, is truly vulnerable.”