Wolverine has a new book and a new story line where his soul is stuck in Hell, while his body, inhabited by a demon, plays havoc with everyone on Earth. I’ll admit, I thought the idea for the book was a little ridiculous when I first read the solicits, but after reading the first issue, I loved it. Issue three recently came out and there’s one thing most of us have noticed: There’s a lot of dead characters popping back up.
This begs the question, who will come back from Hell with Wolverine, if anyone? Wolverine has had a lot of his enemies, and friends die in the past and he’s gotten reacquainted with them in the past three issues, so let’s figure out who could be coming back, when they died, and the odds.
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No one comes back
Odds: 1-2Not to be a buzzkill, but Hellstorm AKA Son of Satan does say in issue 3, and I quote, “How do we break your boyfriend’s (Wolverine) soul out of an impenetrable super-prison designed by the devil himself? We don’t.” Does that mean that none of the other souls can come back? “If we can exorcise the demons that have possessed his body, it should open the door for his soul to climb back in.” It doesn’t mean that no one can come back, but it’s most likely. Maybe the recently dead, Omega Red and Silver Samurai, could have a chance to jump back into their bodies, but it looks as though Wolverine is the only one with a real chance since his body is still alive and kicking on Earth.
Odds: 1-3Sabretooth bit the bucket by Wolverine with the Muramasa blade after going completely feral in Simone Bianchi’s beautifully drawn run. Wolvie and Sabretooth have been rivals for a long time, and not having Sabretooth around leaves a void in a lot of the hearts of Wolverine fans. The two went at it in issue three, and it seems as though Sabretooth is still feral. If he does come back, many fans will hope that the old Sabretooth comes back and not the one that’s one braincell less than a coyote.
Odds: 1-4Harada may have died in the back-up story in issue one, but he comes back in issue three to try and give Wolverine some helpful information regarding why he is in Hell, but he’s quickly decapitated. Once enemies, Silver Samurai and Wolverine have worked together on several occasions. He’s a great character with a lot more depth than people realized, and although it was a bummer to see him die, it did add a lot to the last issue of the book, and I’m sure he’ll play another part in the story. I’d like to see both Mariko and Harada come back together creating an odd family dynamic between themselves and Logan. His odds are a tad higher than Mariko’s based on the fact he recently died.
Odds: 1-7Wolverine’s fiancée and the sister of rival Silver Samurai, Mariko was poisoned and Wolverine killed her so that she wouldn’t have a slow and painful death. She is Wolverine’s one true love and we get to see her again in issue two as she’s forced to try and literally whip Logan into submission. This is character fans would really like to see come back, maybe even moreso than Sabretooth, but it’s less likely to happen. Although, it would be cool to see a Mariko/Wolverine mini-series. This one is a bit up in the air though.
Odds: 1-10Wolverine was once a member of Alpha Flight and so was Puck. They worked together on numerous occasions, but eventually Wolverine parted from the team. When the Collective showed up a few years back, he had no mercy on the team and killed everyone, including Puck, who is a fan favorite. Puck shows up in issues two and three for a bit of moral support. He lets Wolverine know that they much not break him. Puck will most likely be a key player in the rest of the book.
Odds: 1-50Omega Red died last year, which is like last month or week in comic book time, so his body could possibly still be open for his soul to jump back in. Omega Red and Wolverine battle it out in issue two, and Omega Red is disposed of quickly. He’s always been an interesting character, but I don’t think the fans are clamoring to get him back into the world of the living.
Odds: 1-200I sincerely doubt it, but it would be a cool twist. Maybe Son of Satan can make this happen.
Died: Which time do you want?
Odds: 1-100,000Cyber is a bit of a confusing character. His real body suffered a fatal heart attack, and his mind was transferred into a new body, which Daken and Wolverine left for dead in the Origins series. He popped up in one panel of issue two behind what looked like to be Xorn. I don’t think anyone is clamoring for him to come back from the dead, especially when there are many better friends and enemies down in hell right now. But, just so you know, he’s in Hell, and he’s waiting to get out.
There you have it! Get your calls into Vegas to place your bets, even though the chances for no one coming back, other than Wolverine, are still pretty good. Who do you think will come back? Anyone we missed?