As one Wolverine finally makes his return, another is saying goodbye. Marvel announced this week that, following the conclusion of the Old Man Logan ongoing series with Issue #50 in October, it will publish Dead Man Logan, a 12-issue miniseries chronicling the demise of the old berserker from an alternate Earth. The series will be scripted by Old Man Logan ongoing writer Ed Brisson, with art by Mike Henderson (Daredevil) and covers by Declan Shalvey (Old Man Logan vs. Deadpool).
Old Man Logan — originally introduced in a post-apocalyptic story by writer Mark Millar and artist Steve McNiven back in 2008, which served as the inspiration for the 2017 film Logan — first appeared in the main Marvel Universe (Earth 616) in the wake of the Secret Wars event in early 2016, after having been a part of the masssive Battleworld patchwork of alternate universes during Secret Wars proper. When he found himself on an Earth that still had many of his old X-Men friends alive and well, he vowed to do everything he could to prevent the dark future that had befallen his own world, and in Dead Man Logan he'll be trying to complete that mission, going after one more major player in particular before the adamantium in his skeleton poisons him to death once and for all.
"This is it. This is going to be the big, final Old Man Logan story," Brisson told Newsarama. "Logan's dying and still has a lot of unfinished business to attend to. Dead Man Logan will largely be Logan tying up loose ends — loose ends like Mysterio, the man who, in Old Man Logan's timeline, caused him to kill all of the X-Men. That's not a box that Logan's going to leave unchecked."
In Old Man Logan's original timeline, Mysterio created an illusion that led him to believe several dozen supervillains were attacking the X-Mansion at once, so he set about killing them, only to learn when the dust settled that he had actually killed his teammates.
Since arriving on Earth, Old Man Logan has joined Kitty Pryde's X-Men Gold team, battled Weapon X with Sabretooth, participated in the Civil War II and Inhumans vs. X-Men events, tracked down the new experiment known as Weapon H, and more. Over nearly three years he's become an integral part of several key Marvel universe storylines, while the Marvel 616 Wolverine has been absent. That character was killed off in 2014's Death of Wolverine event, and is finally set to return next month as the Hunt for Wolverine collection of miniseries gives way to the Return of Wolverine event. So, one Logan rises, and another falls.
Dead Man Logan arrives in November. Check out Shalvey's full cover for the first issue below, courtesy of Marvel.