Wolverine may be one of the most famous faces in Marvel's X-Men, but he's not going to survive the experience. In September, the comic book publisher will be killing off everyone's favorite angry mutant in a four-issue mini-series appropriately titled "Death of Wolverine."
As just revealed over at Entertainment Weekly, the series follows up on recent events in the character's life: he's lost his mutant healing factor, and over the summer will get involved in an arc called "3 Months To Die." The logical conclusion of that arc? Death.
The series will be written by Charles Soule, who currently works on a number of titles for the publisher including "She-Hulk" and the recently launched "Inhuman." It'll be drawn by Steve McNiven, who previously took on a decidedly different end for the Canuck when he worked with writer Mark Miller ("Kick-Ass") on "Old Man Logan." That series posited a future where pretty much every superhero had died, while Wolverine had taken a Clint Eastwood style vow of non-violence.
So how's Wolverine going to go out? It's unclear at this point, though Editor Mike Marts said that, "he finally comes up against an adversary he cannot win against, he cannot fight."
Given that Wolverine is going up against his arch-nemesis Sabretooth in the current comic, it's entirely possible that's the bad guy Wolvie can't win against. However, given the following statement from Soule, it's possible things may go a different way.
"He's reflecting on his own life as he's reflecting on his own death," Soule said. "We wanted to have the reader do that at the same time."
You wouldn't expect that Wolverine would have time to fondly reflect on his adventures during a pitched battle, so maybe instead, with the loss of his healing factor, he succumbs to a far more mortal disease? The guy certainly knows how to punish his body; so while it might not be dramatically satisfying for fans of the violence-prone character to go out in a hospital bed, it would certainly tie into the statements above.
Whatever happens — and however he returns — at least for a little while, Marts says we'll be in a "world without Wolverine. That affects not only his teammates, but the Marvel Universe at large."
"Death of Wolverine" hits stores on September 3, with the final issue hitting on September 24.