The newest X-Men series brings Logan back to his past with Wolverine: Origin II, a follow-up to the tale that finally gave us Logan's early history, including his real name. The series' first issue was solicited in today's December 2013 offerings with six covers, and Diamond's PREVIEWSworld has announced a seventh - and this one is an altogether different kind.
An enhanced (though fan vernacular may simply say "gimmick") acetate cover, the image will have two layers. A base layer gives a background to the Adam Kubert (the artist on the Kieron Gillen-written series) drawing - Just the wolves seen in the image to your right, while a second translucent acetate layer shows Wolverine "entering the fray" by adding his claws as seen in the full image above. Check it out in action here. The cover is being done to celebrate the comic, one of only two issues on sale on Christmas Eve from Marvel Comics. Marvel also released the first interior art by Kubert with the announcement.
"With this year’s special December 24th on-sale date, we wanted to give retailers a cover that really popped off the shelves,” said Marvel’s SVP of Publishing Sales, David Gabriel to PREVIEWSworld. “With this acetate treatment and marquee position as one of the only two Marvel Comics on sale that week, we’re positive that no reader can miss—or resist –Origin II #1!”
The acetate cover has a history at Marvel Comics, as pointed out by the book's editor.
“The first acetate cover I ever saw was on Marvels and it blew my mind. We’re looking to do the same thing with this cover to Origin II,” said X-Men Senior Editor Nick Lowe. “Adam Kubert is a living comic book legend and this cover demonstrates that out of the gate. Top it off with Frank Martin’s delicious colors? The rendering, the concept and the surprise that readers will get when they lift the top layer of the cover drive home what a can’t-miss event Origin II is for fans.”
This marks the latest in the recent return to comic book covers getting a special treatment, with concepts associated with the 1990s resurfacing. DC Comics is in the midst of a month-long promotion with 3D covers on every one of their monthly books, and a quick search of Marvel's offerings reveal thirty solicited variant covers in December, though that's admittedly down from forty in November. Scroll down for a first look at interior art by Kubert.