Four years ago, writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven killed off Marvel’s most popular mutant hero in the Death of Wolverine miniseries. Now that Logan is officially back among the living, Soule and McNiven are reteaming for the Return of Wolverine. And this time, they’re giving hm a new weapon for his arsenal: His adamantium claws will be able to heat up. Literally.
“I thought this was a real opportunity to do things that would make him feel new and fresh in a way; if you come back from the dead, it should mean something,” said Soule while speaking to Marvel.com. “One of the outwardly physical manifestations of that is that now, from time to time, his claws—once they’re popped—they can heat up. They can get really hot.”
Marvel also released a preview cover for Return of Wolverine #1 which showcases Wolverine’s new power.
It’s not unheard of for mutants to develop secondary mutations outside of their original powerset. Although it could be argued that Wolverine’s claws and the healing factor are already two separate mutations. And according to a follow-up tweet by Soule, Wolverine’s new powers may be more than they initially appear to be.
Thus far, Marvel still hasn’t explained how Wolverine came back to life, nor how he came to be in possession of an Infinity Stone. Those answers may be forthcoming in the current Hunt for Wolverine miniseries. Return of Wolverine #1 will arrive in September and run for five issues. Afterward, Wolverine will probably get another ongoing solo series as well.
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