CHRIS CLAREMONT Returns to X-VERSE For NIGHTCRAWLER Ongoing Series

Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck
Nightcrawler & Wolverine sketch by Todd Nauck
Credit: Marvel Comics
Nightcrawler #1 cover
Nightcrawler #1 cover
Credit: Marvel Comics

Yesterday's teaser was just a sound effect, and our first guess was dead on: Nightcrawler #1 is coming in April, 2014 from Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck.

In an announcement on Marvel.com, the series was revealed Wednesday afternoon. Claremont, who is familiar with the character from his decades-long runs on the X-books including writing Kurt Wagner in Uncanny X-Men and Excalibur, is thrilled to come back to the elf for another go.

“He’s smart, tough, creative [and] daring, with an instinctive understanding of people and situations,” Claremont told Marvel.com. “He has a wicked sense of humor and a devastating charm. As his body’s designed well outside the box of human experience, so too are his thought processes. His ‘normal’ is revolutionary to most people; throw him a problem, he’ll find a way to solve it that’s unique to him. He quite simply is the kind of man [who] others trust; to know him is to have faith in him.”

Todd Nauck, meanwhile, is thrilled to work with both the character and the writer.

Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck
Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck
Credit: Marvel Comics

"Nightcrawler has been one of my all-time favorite X-Men," Nauck said. "He's a fun, cool character and he's easy to care about." The artist also talked highly of Claremont, calling the writer "the godfather of X-Men comics" and the reason he's a "lifelong fan of the X-Men."

The Nightcrawler ongoing was originally conceived as the next version of X-Men: Legacy, a series that currently stars Charles Xavier's son Legion, and previously was headlined by Rogue (and by Xavier himself). However, editor Daniel Ketchum revealed, the excitement from both fans and the creators about Nightcrawler's return led to him getting top billing. Wolverine will also star in the series, however, or at least in the first arc.

Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck
Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck
Credit: Marvel Comics

Logan will act as Kurt's guide to what he missed - which includes the schism, the death of Professor X, the young versions of the original X-Men coming into the present day, and more.

Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck
Nightcrawler sketch by Todd Nauck
Credit: Marvel Comics

Claremont says that the change that will hit Kurt the hardest, however, is Kitty Pryde going over to Cyclops's team, which he says appears to be "the 'dark side'." He said that Kurt will see this change as a "fundamental violation of character" for Kitty, with him wanting to know "the truth behind her decision."

As for his relationship with Logan, Claremont is confident the pair will find their friendship in good standing after Nightcrawler's very literal return from the dead, as being told currently in the pages of Amazing X-Men.

Wolverine sketch by Todd Nauck
Wolverine sketch by Todd Nauck
Credit: Marvel Comics

"If anything, given how the two of them relate, it might chaerish their time together as friends and teammates all the more."

Claremont has written various X-Men comics for Marvel across four decades. He co-created Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Emma Frost, Jubilee, Captain Britain, Gambit, and many more, and though he didn't create Wolverine, he is credited largely with the character's initial popularity, thanks to the Wolverine mini-series with Frank Miller, which was used as the basis for the 2013 film The Wolverine.

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