All-New Wolverine writer on passing the mantle to X-23 in new Marvel comic

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Jul 8, 2015, 2:09 PM EDT

We knew Marvel’s All New, All Different reboot would bring some big-time changes, and here’s a peek at the young hero taking up the mantle of one of the most iconic X-Men.

The death of Wolverine was a major comic event even before Secret Wars, but we’ll finally get an official successor once the dust settles from the event series. That mutant? X-23, a young woman who was cloned from Logan’s genome who has been a member of the X-Men for a while now (she’s awesome in All-New X-Men). It’s worth noting the character is extremely young, in comic years, having been first introduced back in 2004. 

Laura, aka X-23, is set to headline Marvel’s new All-New Wolverine series, written by Tom Taylor, with art by David Lopez. Here’s what Taylor had to say to Marvel about what fans can expect from the series:

“To be asked to pick up the legacy of Wolverine is huge. So many incredible creators have contributed to Wolverine’s history. I don’t know many people who aren’t fans. Editor Mark Paniccia and I discussed a couple of projects but, once Wolverine came up, there was nothing else to talk about. X-23 is a character whom I absolutely love. Laura has been through so much but has come through all of it. She’s not unscathed by her early life, tragedies, and hardships but she hasn’t let anything beat her down. This ferocious tenacity is one of the qualities that make her perfect to follow in the footsteps of Logan. I can’t say enough good things about our stubborn, unstoppable carving machine.

Some may be surprised that Laura has taken up this mantle as she’s certainly always been her own person. But I think those close to Logan know how close he was to Laura. Most of Logan’s former teammates and friends will be very supportive of Laura. That said we’re not going to focus too much on Logan’s past. A lot of the best Wolverine stories see a righteous Wolverine alone against a cruel world. Laura will be in a similar place. Something is going to make her very angry, very early, and she’s not going to be stopping for long-winded, thought-provoking conversations about legacies.”

The All-New Wolverine series is set to launch later this year. If you’re interested to know more, the full interview is well worth a read. Do you plan on checking this one out?

(Via Marvel)