Marvel's "Mortal" one-word teaser this week focuses on a single hero who is known both as a lone wolf and a member of several teams. That Mortal individual is Wolverine, and he's about to get a fresh start.
As announced on Marvel.com, Marvel’s mutant anti-hero is joining the All-New Marvel NOW! as part of a relaunch Wolverine series. Current series writer Paul Cornell is staying with the book, and is joined by Superior Spider-Man’s Ryan Stegman in what Cornell calls "an extreme new start" for Wolverine and an ideal jumping-on point for new readers.
"The first arc is called 'Payback,'" Cornell tells Marvel.com’s Josh Wigler, "and that's where we find him: working for a crime boss called the Offer, alongside a "family" of low-rent super villains. Following the end of "Killable," he's decided to simplify his life and drop his responsibilities."
Wolverine has found himself working for the bad guys on earlier occasions due to mind control or possession, but Cornell is quick to point out that Wolverine isn’t under any kind of mind control as he joins the ranks of this “low-rent” gang of criminals.
"The Offer is a minor super villain gang boss who has the power to make the best possible offer. It's not hypnotism; you're free to turn him down," Cornell points out. "But his offers tend to make people think twice. He's a caring, fatherly presence to his gang, but he's not really a good man."
Wolverine joins a gang that already includes several other members readers will see for the first time in February’s Wolverine #1 including villains named Pinch, Fuel, Marcy and Lost Boy.
Given the teaser word of "Mortal" earlier this week and the vague suggestions of a sea change at the end of "Killable," we could be looking at a new status quo for this busy X-Men and Avengers team member. While Cornell wouldn’t elaborate on that, he did say that the new costume design featured on the cover to Wolverine #1 is a new armored suit to help protect the mutant – as well as a handgun.
"I don't know how much I can say, but there will be guns, and there will be claws," says incoming series artist Ryan Stegman. "There will be whatever Wolverine needs to get the job done—because he's the best there is at what he does."