For the first time in more than five years, Wolverine is back with his own solo series in the pages of Marvel Comics. The beloved mutant last starred in his own book back in 2014, but it ran for just a dozen issues. Now, however, Wolverine #1 has hit stands and, with any luck, this one will be here to stay, as the publisher has renewed its commitment to the X-Men in a big way in the last several months.
The new series comes from writer Benjamin Percy and artist Adam Kubert, both of whom are no stranger to this particular character. Percy previously worked on X-Force, as well as the adaptation of the podcast Wolverine: The Long Night. Kubert, meanwhile, has worked on the X-Men in the past, as well as Avengers.
Today Wolverine 1 launches. Maybe this sounds corny, but I’m being entirely sincere when I say this is more than a career highlight—it’s a childhood dream come true. I’m so damn grateful to @Marvel , my editors, the art team, my fellow X writers, & the fans. Thank you, bubs. pic.twitter.com/mzg2gFrpuV
— Benjamin Percy (@Benjamin_Percy) February 19, 2020
“Today Wolverine 1 launches. Maybe this sounds corny, but I’m being entirely sincere when I say this is more than a career highlight—it’s a childhood dream come true. I’m so damn grateful to Marvel , my editors, the art team, my fellow X writers, & the fans. Thank you, bubs,” Percy said on Twitter.
Here’s the Official Synopsis for Wolverine #1
“THE BEST IS BACK! Wolverine been through a lot. He’s been a loner. He’s been a killer. He’s been a hero. He’s been an Avenger. He’s been to hell and back. Now, as the nation of Krakoa brings together all Mutantkind, he can finally be… happy? With his family all together and safe, Wolverine has everything he ever wanted… and everything to lose. Writer Benjamin Percy (X-FORCE, WOLVERINE: THE LONG NIGHT) and legendary artist Adam Kubert (X-MEN, AVENGERS) bring the best there is to his new home! PLUS: The return of OMEGA RED!”
For several years, Marvel wasn’t publishing much in the way of X-Men books. Much of that had to do with the fact that Fox still owned the film rights to the characters. However, thanks to the Disney/Fox merger last year, that has all changed. Starting last year, the publisher started ramping up its mutant-centric books, with House of X and Powers of X. They’ve since released new books centered on the New Mutants, X-Force and more. Wolverine is the latest to join the pack.
As for the movie side of things, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige has promised an X-Men reboot is in the cards, likely as part of Phase 5 of the MCU. Undoubtedly, a new Wolverine actor will be cast to take over for Hugh Jackman, who retired the role following Logan. There are no official hints as to who that will be, but several are betting on Kingsman star Taron Egerton.