After DEATH OF WOLVERINE: Five Friends and Foes Follow THE LOGAN LEGACY
CREDIT: Marvel Comics
This fall, Wolverine dies in the aptly titled weekly series Death of Wolverine – but what comes next? For one, we’re going to see how Logan’s absence affects those around him in a seven-part follow-up series titled Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy. Between all the various X-Men, Avengers and special forces squads the Canadian mutant has been a part of and the numerous friends and enemies he’s collected over the years, Wolverine has become a part (good and bad) of many different people across the face of the Marvel Universe. In September’s The Logan Legacy, head writer Charles Soule leads a talented array of writers and artists to delve into the hole left in the lives by some of the people who know him best – even if most of them are his enemies.
In The Logan Legacy, we will see how Sabretooth, Mystique, Lady Deathstrike, Daken X-23 are affected by Logan’s death and what they do in response to finding out. According to series editors’ Mike Marts and Katie Kubert, for some it’s about reveling in Logan’s final fate, while for others it may be about picking up the mantle he left behind.
Newsarama: Mike, Katie, what can you tell us about Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy?
Mike Marts: Well, as everyone knows we have this big Death of Wolverine event in September. It’s a monumental event not only for Wolverine but for the Marvel Universe in its entirety. This character has affected the Marvel Universe for many years in many ways. When this character goes away and dies, the consequences and repercussions will be huge. There are many story avenues to be traveled down after Death of Wolverine, and The Logan Legacy is just one of those.
Specifically, it’s what the title implies; what happens in the wake of Wolverine’s death: what is his legacy? How do people carry on after him? Do people take on his mantle, agree to fight for the same things he fought for all those years, or do they say his way is wrong? Who are these people? Who are the people taking up his legacy?
Nrama: That’s the next question I had – who are the characters in the center of this seven-part miniseries?
Katie Kubert: Lady Deathstrike, X-23, Sabretooth, Mystique and Daken. The cool part about The Logan Legacy is that these aren’t reflection issues for these characters, but almost a launching pad for new stories and new adventures. These stories aren’t reflecting on times of the past; instead it’s a cool way to start something new and read new stories that tie into how these characters are dealing with Wolverine’s death and what that makes them do.
Nrama: Besides X-23, all of those are firmly in the “villains” column of the Marvel ledger. What was the methodology in choosing these characters?
Marts: We wanted to choose characters that had close ties to Wolverine in some way. Some of them might be genetic ties such as in the case of Daken and X-23; others might be more historical in nature like Sabretooth and Lady Deathstrike, for obvious reasons. And Mystique has had tons of interaction over the course of several series, but over the course of The Logan Legacy we’ll be revealing further important historical connections she and these other characters have had with Logan that we don’t know about yet.
Nrama: When hearing this series was about characters with a close connection to Logan trying to carry on after his death, most fans would presume it would feature fellow X-Men such as Kitty Pryde, Jubilee, Storm, Cyclops and others. X-23 is a fellow X-Man, but her ties with Logan are due to their genetics. Will those stories be told?
Marts: Other character such as his teammates and friends will be covered in the regular series like Amazing X-Men, All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men as well as in some other areas as well. We have special one-shots coming up, including a Deadpool one-shot, that features other character’s reaction to Logan’s death. So with regards to not seeing them in The Logan Legacy, we felt his friends and allies were covered in other areas.
Kubert: Also, in October Wolverine & The X-Men will be double-shipping and both will be jam issues done by a very lvst group covering specific characters. Each artist is covering individual characters, such as Storm and others. Those two issues will really cover the ground when it comes to his friends, especially in the X-Men.
Nrama: On the surface, The Logan Legacy looks similar to Fallen Son: The Death of Captain America by Jeph Loeb with the individual character stories over one person’s death. How would you compare this to that?
Marts: Actually, this is the first time that series has come up in comparison with this project. That was an outstanding series those guys did for Captain America’s apparent death, but it wasn’t anything we were looking towards when creating this project. Because of that, both series are extremely different in approach and with what they are attempting to accomplish. The Logan Legacy isn’t focusing so much on the past; it’s not a tribute or a rememberance, but more of what comes next.
Nrama: As a whole, what do you think Wolverine’s legacy is to the Marvel Universe?
Marts: Marvel’s Wolverine is the eternal warrior, and has played many roles in the years he’s been active; soldier, samurai, X-Man, mutant savior… he’s been many different things, but it all boils down to being a selfless hero. I think that’s what we take out of The Logan Legacy.
Nrama: The opening and closing issues of this series will be written by the Death of Wolverine’s Charles Soule. So how closely is this tied into the nitty-gritty of that series?
Kubert: Very much. We’re building this as part of a whole. While the main Death of Wolverine series and Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy are separate, having Charles act as a kind of showrunner for the event gives it a larger sense of continuity and congruity that helps with the character development; it helps make sure that it’s all leading to something. With Death of Wolverine and The Logan Legacy, everything is building something; we’re creating a bigger story to explore.
Nrama: Looking at the other writers and artists working on The Logan Legacy, and I see a lot of creators making their Marvel debuts. What made this the ideal project to try out new creators?
Marts: Well, some of the people in the group we’ve assembled may be first-time Marvel creators but for Katie and I they’re old teammates and comrades from our previous jobs on DC’s Batman titles. We’ve worked with them for the past few years, so these are a trusted group of creators and associates we love working with. I think the entire group of writers – Kyle Higgins, James Tynion IV, Marguerite Bennett, Ray Fawkes, Tim Seeley – have done with in the past with Marvelt o some degree, but hopefully this is the beginning of a larger collaboration between them and us and Marvel.
Kubert: They’re like our touchstone group of creators in a way. Mike mentioned the word ‘trust;’ when we got this group of people together, I knew it would be amazing. And with Charles running the event, working as a team is extremely important.
Nrama: During this interview you’ve hit several times upon the fact that Charles Soule isn’t just writing the main Death of Wolverine series and the bookend issues of The Logan Legacy, but also acting as a showrunner or head writer. Can you elaborate on that for us?
Kubert: Charles has been our ‘Wolverine guy’ for the past several months. He’s not only writing Death of Wolverine, but also acting as an architect for lack of a better term for any Wolverine events going forward, which includes The Logan Legacy. Charles is instrumental in not only helping us with the structure of the event, but also arranging specific story beats that each one-shot could play into.
Nrama: Last question – in addition to being the title of the main series, “Death of Wolverine” is also looking to be the over-arching umbrella title for books associated with Logan’s passing. You mentioned some other corollaries like in the ongoing titles but also with one-shots, like a Deadpool one-shot. Can you give us more information on these other titles under this umbrella?
Marts: The projects in the “Death of Wolverine” umbrella are The Logan Legacy, a second limited series we’ll be talking about soon, the Deadpool one-shot we mentioned earlier, and also a one-shot called World Without Wolverine which is two vignettes featuring different characters reacting in their own personal way to Logan’s death.