Wolverine and his young genetic clone Laura Kinney, better known by her codename, X-23, have walked separate paths in the Marvel Universe for a number of years now, but that doesn't mean they aren't as close as father and daughter. It's just that Wolverine, like many parents, feels it's best that X-23 walks her own path of self discovery.
Laura's path recently led her to the time-displaced, teenage founding members of the X-Men and when word of her surrogate father's demise reaches her, she'll head to his home country in October's "Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy" #2 by writer Tim Seeley and artist Ariela Kristantina. CBR News spoke with Seeley about what Laura will discover in Logan's native land, the similarities between X-23 and his "Hack/Slash" protagonist Cassie Hack, and what role the other "All-New X-Men" will play in the story.
CBR News: Tim, you wrote the "Ant-Man & Wasp" miniseries for Marvel a few years back, but you're best known for your independent work, and more recently on the Bat-titles at DC Comics. How does it feel to be back at Marvel and delving into a big event like the aftermath of Wolverine's death?
Tim Seeley: It's always a pleasure to work on these characters, and now I have the added bonus of getting to jam with my "Batman Eternal" buddies (Mike Marts, Katie Kubert, James Tynion IV, Ray Fawkes and Kyle Higgins) as well as Charles Soule and Marguerite Bennett. The nice thing about the books was that we didn't have to coordinate a lot as far as "continuity" went--this was more of a thematic crossover than anything, so there was a lot of room to do our own things.
The character you'll be focusing on in "The Logan Legacy" #2 is Wolverine's clone Laura Kinney, AKA X-23. She is capable of great violence and has experienced horrific traumas both as a child and more recently in "Avengers Arena." What made Laura an interesting character for you to write about? Does she have any similarities to some of the other lethally capable and traumatized characters you've written in the past like Cassie Hack of "Hack/Slash?"
[Laughs] Yeah, it was almost a bygone conclusion that I'd be picking Laura out of the characters available. Ray Fawkes made fun of me for being so predictable. But she really is the most similar to my "wheelhouse," right? I think Laura and Cassie share that "legacy" aspect -- that fear that you're destined to become something you fear. Also, they both like to stab shit.
One of the elements you're looking at in this issue is what Wolverine meant to X-23 and I'm curious what your sense of what their recent relationship was like? Clearly they cared about each other, but she's been spending time with an X-team that's overseen by Wolverine's ideological opposite, Cyclops.
Yeah, and as we'll see, once Wolvie dies, those ideological differences are put on hold in the way people often forgive and forget temporarily when there's a mutual tragedy. For Laura, she'll find it difficult to describe her feelings to a bunch of kids who know what kind of person they'll grow into.
Those kids are of course the time-displaced teenage versions of the original X-Men from Brian Michael Bendis' "All-New X-Men." What kind of role will Laura's teammates play in this issue? What's it like writing these characters?
The X-teens are definitely a part of the story, but only in so much as they provide a contrast to what Laura is dealing with. I had fun writing them -- mostly I just like writing Iceboy, because he's a little shit.
We covered allies, let's talk enemies. Who are the antagonists in this story?
The bad guys are actually a gang of evil Canadians called the Happy Clams. No seriously. But you'll see how that works in the context of the story. I also reached back and grabbed some old Alpha Flight characters to play with.
So "Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy" #2 takes place in Canada?
It's all Toronto based! Which means of course that Scott Pilgrim shows up. I kid!
What brings Laura to Toronto? Is this a revenge story? Or something different?â€¨It's more of a "redemption" story than anything else. More than anything I think the conflict is internal, but it's a Marvel Comic so there'll be some external conflict going on in the form of big slugfests!
Newcomer Ariela Kristantina is bringing "Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy" #2 to life. The two of you didn't collaborate on it, but her comics debut was in "Liberator Volume 1: Rage Ignition," for which you also provided a story. What can people expect from her Marvel debut?
She has a pretty unique style. There's something nice about working with a brand new artist because you can see them improve from page to page. I think Ariela is going to be dangerous -- I'll be competing with her for jobs in no time!
Finally, is "Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2" the only Marvel work you have on the horizon?
"Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy" #2 goes on sale October 22.