It looks like Marvel wasn’t kidding around with the “3 Months to Die” storyline in the pages of Wolverine, although their math may have been a little off. In five months. Wolverine is seemingly going to die.
The storyline which robbed Wolverine of his healing factor will eventually lead to the September 2014 four-issue weekly limited series titled Death of Wolverine by creators Charles Soule and Steve McNiven.
According to EW.com, who broke the news in advance of the start of C2E2 Friday morning, executive editor Michael Marts explained that the idea to kill off one of Marvel’s most popular and iconic characters emerged out one of Marvel’s semi-annual creative retreats. “For a long time, no matter who Wolverine was battling, he’s been the eternal victor,” Marts told EW. “He almost always comes out on top. Now he finally comes up against an adversary that he cannot win against, he cannot fight. What does that mean for this character who’s been around for hundred years?”
Soule explained that the series will serve as a retrospective of Wolverine’s career for both the character and the audience. “He’s reflecting on his own life as he’s reflecting on his own death," Soule said. "We wanted to have the reader do that at the same time. In each issue, we’re focusing on a different aspect, or a different quintessential Wolverine.”
The silhouette on the first issue’s cover is an homage to the characters first appearance in The Incredible Hulk #180, and the other three covers of the series will similarly homage iconic images from Wolverine’s past. Soule said his “reading list” in preparation for writing the story included Chris Claremont and Frank Miller Japan-set limited series, Barry Windsor-Smith ‘s Weapon X, and Mark Millar’s Enemy of the State and Old Man Logan. But the writer is remaining mum for now on details of the storyline.
“He’s basically been told, by his various genius buddies, to not get into any fights, because he can’t survive them,” said Soule. “Wolverine being Wolverine, violence tends to find him.”
Marvel inevitably addressed the increasingly temporary nature of death in comic books, and while not going to far as to say Wolverine won’t ever return (what comic book reader would take that bet?), did say they approached this series from “a standpoint of finality, of closure,” promising ramifications around the Marvel Universe.
“You’re gonna be entering into a world without Wolverine. That affects not only his teammates, but also the Marvel Universe at large. We’ve got a lot of things in the works already,” promised Marts.
“I hope that when people finish it, they’ll feel like he died in a way that was true to him,” concluded Soule.
The publisher promised more info about Death of Wolverine at their Wolverine: 3 Months to Die panel Sunday at C2E2.