It's hard to imagine the world of the X-Men without Wolverine, but that's exactly what we've been doing ever since Marvel Comics killed the character back in 2014. Since the aptly titled The Death of Wolverine, we've gotten brief glimpses of the bearded Mr. Logan (beginning in Marvel Legacy #1, and then in several "post-credit scenes" in some of the comics), but now it seems like he might be really making a comeback. That's what his fellow heroes are hoping for, at least.
Beginning in April, Marvel Comics will get to the bottom of everything with a one-shot issue—and will follow that up with four new four-part series. Marvel characters and comic book audiences alike will find out whether or not the Logan who has been popping up here and there is actually the real adamantium element.
Everything will kick off with the one-shot in April, titled The Hunt for Wolverine #1. The four series that follow it will continue the story, as Wolverine's past "comes back to haunt many a mutant, each story will harden back to an old school adventure," as per Marvel. All of the new titles will fall under the banner of Hunt for Wolverine, and the entire affair is being overseen by writer Charles Soule— he's the writer who "killed" Logan in The Death of Wolverine, so it's only appropriate that he try to bring him back.
The different four-part stories are Hunt for Wolverine: Weapon Lost (written by Soule with art by Matteo Buffagni), Hunt for Wolverine: Adamantium Agenda (written by Tom Taylorv with art by R.B. Silva), Hunt for Wolverine: Claws of a Killer (written by Mariko Tamaki with art by Butch Guice), and Hunt for Wolverine: Mystery in Madripoor (written bt Jim Zub with art bt Chris Bachalo). Take a look at the cover for Adamantium Agenda below, which features several Marvel stalwarts looking very much like they are on the hunt:
Mark Paniccia, the editor of the series, said that he's been waiting to announce this project for quite a while, and that "while these stories all reveal clues to the larger mystery behind Wolverine's return, the writers all have some pretty huge moments planned" that will likely not be a part of the overall drama. Daredevil, Kitty Pryde, Spider-Man, and Tony Stark are all due to get involved, as they all go on the hunt in their own ways.
Aside from different characters being featured, each title will feature a different genre. While Weapon Lost is a "noir/detective story," Adamantium Agenda will be more of an "action/adventure." Claws of a Killer is, befitting of the title, a horror, and Mystery in Madripoor is set to be "a dark romance."
Is Wolverine really back, or is someone impersonating our grizzled hero? We'll have to wait until the event begins in April to find out. In the meantime, are you excited for not one, but four new series that are set to go on the hunt? Would you rather that Wolverine just stay dead? Let us know in the comments, bub!