One of the things Wolverine was best known for was his healing factor that allowed him to defy death on a regular basis. But four years ago, in the aptly titled Death of Wolverine, Charles Soule and Steve McNiven ensured that death finally came for the X-Man in the form of a boiling vat of Adamantium that covered his body and cut off his oxygen.
This was by no means the end of Wolverine's adventures in the Marvel Universe, though -- or of Soule's chronicling of the iconic character's exploits. In the current Hunt for Wolverine event Soule and his collaborator's are unpacking the mystery of their title character's recent resurrection. That sets the stage for September's Return of Wolverine, where Soule reunites with McNiven to bring his Logan trilogy to a close.
When Wolverine returns he'll be a changed man in a number of way. Most of the ways have yet to be revealed, but readers do know that his claws will have the ability to become super-hot. CBR spoke with Soule about said claws, the familiar and new faces Logan will encounter in Return of Wolverine, and concluding his trilogy of stories.
CBR: Four years ago, you and Steve McNiven collaborated on Death of Wolverine, the storyline that finally laid your titular character low. After that you wrote or were involved with quite a few stories about Logan's legacy and the aftermath of his death. So have you written more stories about what Wolverine meant to the Marvel Universe and other people than you have stories with him as a living, breathing character? What is it about his legacy that made it so interesting to write about?
Charles Soule: I think you're right - in some ways, the stories I've told about Logan have been focused on what he means to the MU than what he specifically does in any given book. Even Old Man Logan's role in Astonishing X-Men was that way, to a degree.
It's funny that my time with the character has revolved around massive, life-changing (or life-ending) events for him, but I wouldn't trade it. Doing these stories means I spend a ton of time thinking about the most basic elements of Wolverine, his building blocks as a character, and then trying to say something new about him, or present those elements in an elegant way.