If Wolverine is gonna come back, he’s gonna have to do it the hard way. At least, that’s the distinct impression you’ll be left with after checking out the all-new preview trailer for Marvel’s relaunch comics series, set to hit store shelves later this month.
Writer Charles Soule and editor C.B. Cebulski hit YouTube today with an inside peek at the first issue, explaining that killing off Wolverine in 2014’s Death of Wolverine story cycle — an arc that helped spawn the gritty, critically-loved Logan movie — has made fans clamor harder than ever to bring him back in the comics.
“Wolverine is just one of those characters that appeals to people,” Cebulski says in the clip. “Anytime he goes away, for any reason, demand has never been greater to bring him back. When the fans speak, we listen.”
We’ll have to wait for the first issue to drop before we figure out just how he does it, but Wolverine evidently will be staring down the kind of adversity that only the dead get to face. “The book starts in hell…not literally hell, but a place that’s gonna feel kind of like that, and then Wolverine begins a journey to get himself out of hell,” Soule, who also wrote Death of Wolverine, explains.
We already know he’ll pick up a new power along the way, thanks to a new super-hot power that sizzles through Wolverine’s adamantium claws. And once he starts putting those bad boys to use, expect things to get nasty.
“The story is definitely not for little kid readers of Wolverine,” Soule says. “There’s a ton of action; a ton of really intense action — that’s always been a part of Wolverine’s life, and a big part of his stories, is the violence, and the pain, and all the things he has to overcome to try and do some good in the world.”
Written by Soule and illustrated by Steve McNiven, Return of Wolverine hits comic book stores, the Marvel Comics app, and the Marvel website for digital downloading starting Sept. 19.