Marvel's one-word teasers returned last week for new Marvel NOW! titles, promising something "Savage," a bunch of "Amateurs," and hinting at a "Superior" Spider-Man. Today, on Marvel.com, they officially revealed the first, the Marvel NOW! relaunch of Wolverine in an ongoing story by writer/artist Frank Cho called Savage Wolverine.
Of course, that's not all. The "Savage" part seems to lean towards another Marvel character Cho is known for, Shanna the She-Devil, and yes, the "savage" also refers to the Savage Land.
"The story takes place in the forbidden area of the Savage Land where an
evil ancient god slumbers," Cho told Marvel.com. "Wolverine and others accidently unleash it,
while trying to get back home."
Cho promises lots of bloody action, but says he'll bring something unique of his own that's rarely seen in Wolverine stories: humor.
"I come from a humor background. I did Liberty Meadows daily newspaper
comic strip for five years before I was recruited by Marvel. So you'll
see lot of action and humor in this story."
As for Shanna, Cho says she works well with Wolverine, as the pair have "similar assertive personalities." Their story won't just be about escaping that area of the Savage Land or Wolverine trying to get home, but also about "surviving each other's company," implying some strong personality clashing between thw two.
"Shanna is still abrasive, scrappy and confident. She knows how to take care of herself. Since
Indiana Jones was my main inspiration for this story, I naturally
envisioned Shanna as Marion Ravenwood to Wolverine's Indiana Jones," said Cho.
While Ka-Zar will not be appearing in the story, Cho does tease to "Keep your eyes out for both dinosaurs and giant apes." As for the future beyond this first arc, Marvel is keeping mum, instead letting momentum build for Cho's Savage Wolverine January 2013 launch before getting too far ahead of themselves. Cho does clearly have plans to stay on the book in an ongoing nature, not just for an arc, though.
"I'm going to introduce brand new characters who may be very important down the road," the writer-artist promised, before signing off with a classic Marvel, "'Nuff said."