This October Wolverine will die – what will his legacy be, and who will take his place? That’s the question being asked in the weekly series of one-shots Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, and the person with the strongest ties – both in blood and in life – is X-23. In Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2, Tim Seeley and artist Ariela Kristantina try to answer that question – and spark a few new ones – as the once-vicious clone of Wolverine tries to find her way after his passing.
Originally scheduled for release October 22 (but presumably pushed back as Death of Wolverine #4 currently has an October 15 release date scheduled), Seeley describes Death of Wolverine: The Logan #2 as a “meditation on morality” by X-23 in the wake of Death of Wolverine, but is also “light and fun.” Seeley, who has illustrated Wolverine on several previous occasions, found something of himself in Laura’s reactions to Logan’s death – while also promising some “creepy villains” to make this story more than a quiet requiem.
Newsarama: Tim, what can you tell us about this X-23-centric Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #2?
Tim Seeley: It's a one-shot that focuses on how Laura deals with the news of Wolverine's demise, but does so in the midst of superhero vs. creepy villains battle in Toronto!
Nrama: You’ve done stories surrounding Wolverine before, both writing and drawing, but I believe this is your first time with Laura, X-23. What’s your appraisal of her coming into Death of Wolverine?
Seeley: Laura has been working with the "All New" X-men; the teenage, time lost versions of the team. As the only member besides teacher Kitty Pryde who isn't from the past, she's a bit of an odd-woman out there, and with the death of Wolverine she feels even more like an outsider.
Nrama: And writing this, how’d you get the best vantage point on her feelings for Wolverine – and how would you describe those?
Seeley: I tried to think about the actual emotional impact of being a clone of someone and what that would do to a person's own view of themselves. I think all of us can relate to that to a degree, specifically those of us with parents and siblings. I tried to draw from my own life, in that as I get older, I get told more and more how much I'm like my dad. And it kind of occurred to me that there's a certain part of all of us that knows that we're going to turn out like our parents, whether that's good or bad or both. Laura feels that even more so, and she's watching what might very well be her future happen in front of her eyes.
Nrama: And what would you say Logan’s legacy is from X-23’s vantage point?
Seeley: For Laura he represents that balance between light and dark. She comes from the same dark past she does. He was made to be the villain. The degree to which he's been successful in escaping that programming is what makes him a 'hero," both to the Marvel Universe and to Laura.
Nrama: You mentioned All New X-Men; how will this one-off issue affect her ongoing storyline there?
Seeley: We'll definitely touch upon that a bit, but Laura doesn't react to the news by going right to Warren. She needs to figure things out for herself...not unlike her hairy, cranky forbearer.
Nrama: Some might be concerned that Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy might be a morose dirge and requiem for Wolverine. Not to say that’s a bad thing, but what would you say to that expectation some have?
Seeley: There are certainly dark aspects of if, but having read all of the one-shots I can say they really vary in terms of the way they handle "mourning." In a lot of ways, Laura's story is light and fun , like most of my superhero work, but it's still a meditation on mortality at its heart.
Nrama: Closing this out, I have to ask – how do you think X-23 would match up against your own personal creation, Cassie Hack of Hack/Slash?
Seeley: Haha...good question. They're actually really similar, though Cassie totally came first, so HA! ( by a few months anyway.) Heh, I think Laura can take more damage than Cassie who doesn't have any superpowers. But, Cassie has more life experience and she fights dirtier. In the end, I say they go a few rounds, then go hang out and swap war stories.