If you read this week's WOLVERINE #1, you know Logan's gone through some changes. Described as "the second season" of WOLVERINE, we're finding this isn't quite the Wolverine we're used to.
Wolverine is now with a group on the wrong side of the law, run by a man known as the Offer. It's not immediately clear what offer the Offer made to Logan or why he's sided with this group. The first four issues will jump back and forth between past and present to show us what made him change his ways.
In the second issue, we'll see SUPERIOR Spider-Man show up. This is like the typical conversations we've seen between the two during fights except things are a little turned around this time. It's Wolverine that is seeking advice from Spider-Man.
Ryan Stegman said, "For the most part, I'm trying to do what I do well. With Paul's scripts, the characters are very -- they have a lot of character, so I just try to bring that out. I'm actually using a little less black than I did before, but that's only because we brought on David Curiel, the colorist, who I think is really good at texture."
In issue #5, we find out the heroes of the Marvel Universe aren't too happy with Logan's new status and he has a run in with Thor, in a bar, of course.
It might seem out of character for Wolverine to be...misguided like this but he did go through a pretty traumatic defeat in the previous volume. Losing his healing factor on top of that is changing how he works. It's obvious that fans will get angry over this not being the Wolverine they know but Axel Alonso mentioned fans will get even angrier toward the end of the year. There will be controversy. That's what gets people talking, right? Many have already compared this to Dan Slott's SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN.
The idea of Wolverine's healing factor being taken away took some convincing. It's likely it will return someday. But with this story, for the first time, Wolverine can be killed. Now he is under threat and it puts him in a new situation.
Wolverine's relationship with the X-Men will be "strained and distant" as he's left that life behind. What about Jason LaTour's WOLVERINE AND THE X-MEN relaunch in March? This new status quo will be addressed in the first few issues.
Here's a penciled look at WOLVERINE #3 and Art Adams' variant for #3.
Gerardo Sandoval will be doing an arc as well. Here's some inked pages from issue #5.
Here's the cover to WOLVERINE #6.
WOLVERINE #2 is on sale February 26.