Sometimes old dogs can learn new tricks — or gain new powers.
After being dead for four years, the man they call Logan has returned from the grave. How and why he’s back has yet to be answered, but when he returns to his career as a superhero, he’ll be sporting a new power. As previously announced, Charles Soule and Steve McNiven’s five-issue series Return of Wolverine will give Wolverine what can only be descried as “fire claws.”
That’s right, when the man who’s the best there is at what he does pops his Adamantium-laced claws, they will now have a tendency to heat up. As you’d expect, with any change to a long-running, beloved character, there are some who are wary of making changes that are unwarranted by the story being told. Many of us lived through the ’90s, which saw characters getting extreme makeovers for the hell of it, and now some fans are understandably scarred. Rest assured, the odds are really good that this is not a change that was decided on lightly. There is a plan.
Charles Soule has been the architect of Wolverine’s corner of the Marvel Universe since 2014, so it’s more than fair that fans give him the chance to tell his story. He put together the storyline that got us on this course in the first place with Death of Wolverine, and even after the character’s demise, Soule continued to deal with the ramifications in Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program, and Wolverines.
Marvel seems to trust Soule with long-form storytelling, as evidenced by his work with the Inhumans in several different titles that culminated in Inhumans vs. X-Men, as well as his body of work on Daredevil. He has also been allowed to create several popular comic book series based in the Star Wars universe, which is impressive given Lucasfilms’ love of micro-management. It’ss clear that Soule is someone that we can put our trust in to tell the story about Wolverine’s life, death and rebirth.
As the writer himself explained, “If you come back from the dead, it should mean something.” Giving Wolverine red-hot claws doesn’t exactly make him any more awesome, intimidating or effective than he already is, but this new power will certainly “mean something” in the context of this story. Together with Death of Wolverine and Hunt for Wolverine, Marvel is billing Return of Wolverine as the third part of a trilogy, and there’s a reason for that.
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