All superhero deaths go through their stages. First you get the death itself. Then you get the fans annoyed at the death scene and how the hero totally should have survived such a thing. Then everyone who doesn’t read comics buys a million copies. Then you already have people either immediately demanding a return from the grave or pointing out some possible exception of how they aren’t really dead, possibly while swearing never to buy a single Marvel and/or DC comic ever again. With Death of Wolverine #3 delayed a few weeks, we have to wait on those for a little.
At least we get to see a quick look at the next step, which is when all the heroes and villains react to the death. That’s where Charles Soule and Oliver Nome’s follow-up miniseries, Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy comes in. In a way, it’s like Reign of Supermen, but with Wolverine and nobody’s wearing big, blocky shades. It’s about five characters with strong bonds to the ill-fated Canuck, who are somewhat similar. Let’s look at who our stars are:
Sabretooth is Wolverine’s go-to villain and has been such since the ’70s. While not actually related to Logan, he may as well be kin due to their extremely similar abilities and feral makeup. Sabretooth is a warning of what Wolverine could have been if he had ever lost control for good. Victor Creed has been defined by his relationship with Logan and it’ll be interesting to see what he’s up to without him to push around. Maybe he can go back to fighting Iron Fist.
Lady Deathstrike has dedicated herself to killing Wolverine in battle, except when she isn’t. Recently, she’s gotten more in touch with her cyborg side and hates on mutants for the sake of antagonizing Wolverine, only I guess she’s not really all that cyborg-y anymore. I don’t know, I never cared enough about her to pay attention. Much like Wolverine, she has her own set of adamantium claws and is a complete jerk about anyone else who has them.
Mystique may not have a feral demeanor or metal claws, but she does share Wolverine’s healing factor and longevity. It’s that very longevity that has made her his on-again/off-again lover over the decades. She’s always quick to find the next score, so presumably, Logan’s death wouldn’t affect her too much outside of the possibility of her holding a candle for him after all this time.
X-23 is Wolverine’s clone daughter and is the only major character here who hasn’t regularly tried to murder the guy. While mostly lacking emotion, it’s a sure thing that her father’s death will hit her hard on the inside. Now it’s time for the clawed teenager to step up and step into Logan’s shoes.
Then you have Daken, recently resurrected by the Apocalypse Twins as the Horseman of Death. His previous cause of death? Being drowned by his father. Of course, he acts all offended by that despite years of wanting to kill his dad, even after constant leniency. Daken’s like Doug from MTV’s The State. A punk kid who wants to be all rebellious against his dad, only his dad is way cooler than he’ll ever be. He no longer has that hatred as a crutch, so his next move will be worth looking at.
Deadpool has a healing factor given to him by Weapon…what? Deadpool’s not in this? Oh. Nuts.
Gone But Not Forgotten – Your New Look at DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1!
From the ashes of Death of Wolverine comes a new beginning. Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1, the first issue in a blockbuster 7-issue limited series aiming to explore the gaping hole left in the Marvel Universe following the death of one of its most prominent super heroes. Written by superstar writer Charles Soule with art by Oliver Nome, this epic first issue, setting the stage for a world without Wolverine! Each issue of Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy features a hot new creative team made up of some of the industry’s brightest rising stars as they explore the unique solo adventures of X-23, Sabretooth, Daken, Lady Deathstrike and Mystique!
“Think of the death of Wolverine as an inciting event, one thing that has seismic-level effects on the lives of a great deal of the Marvel Universe,” says Charles Soule in an interview with Marvel.com. “We’ll start in Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy by examining those effects on people close to Wolverine, but over time, we’ll range far and wide to see what sort of black hole Logan’s death actually leaves.”
With the mutant powerhouse now out of the picture, who or what will be left to pick up the pieces? Will Wolverine’s legacy be shaped by heroes who valiantly fought alongside him…or by the villains who he spent his whole life protecting the world against? The answers will be revealed this October when the Marvel Universe faces a world without Wolverine in DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1!
DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #1 (AUG140748)
Written by CHARLES SOULEArt & Cover by OLIVER NOMEVariant Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG140749)
Canada Variant by OLIVER NOME (JUL148308)
FOC – 09/22/14, On-Sale 10/15/14