Chris Claremont returns to the X-Men with a new Nightcrawler series

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Jan 15, 2014, 1:10 PM EST

One of the most prolific writers in the history of comics returning to one of the most lovable characters in comics? Yeah, all right.

While he may not have been the one who created Kurt "Nightcrawler" Wagner, Chris Claremont was certainly the one responsible for fleshing him out from his inception in 1975, through the entirety of the '80s.

And while the impermanence of death is often irritating in comics, we can't help but feel that there's been a Nightcrawler-shaped hole in our hearts since his death in Second Coming that could not be filled by Age of Apocalypse or X-Treme versions of his character. So we've been following Amazing X-Men with great interest to see exactly how Kurt will return from the hereafter.

We know Nightcrawler is coming back, but what form that would take has been somewhat of a mystery. Now we've got one small, but important, piece of the puzzle.


Yup. Nightcrawler is getting a book of his own in April, and it'll be written by Chris Claremont himself. We don't know if it'll be a mini or an ongoing. We're guessing it'll be a mini, since Kurt's only ongoing was canceled after 12 issues and had pretty lackluster sales. In fact, by our reckoning, this will be only the fourth time since 1985 that Nightcrawler will have had his own book.

What will it be like? Well, to be honest, we're actually hoping it'll have more in common with the old Dave Cockrum series, which played the swashbuckling angle up more than the melodramatic religious stuff.

But you tell us -- what are you hoping Claremont and Nauck will do with our little blue elf?

(via Bleeding Cool)