Paul Cornell Makes Wolverine Killable

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killableWhen you think about Wolverine, you think of two things- Adamantium claws and an amazing healing factor. Well starting in August you can strike the latter of the two off the list. Marvel announced a huge new Wolverine story, called Killable, kicking off in the pages of Wolverine #8 from Paul Cornell and Alan Davis. The panel is going on now, but CBR got the scoop on the story when they talked with Cornell.

Wolverine has been going through a rougher time than usual with  Cornell‘s Drowning Logan arc. Logan is stuck onboard a S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarrier that’s sunk to the bottom of the ocean filled with possessed agents. He obviously gets out of the jam even though he drowns a lot, or that would be an incredibly short run for Cornell. Up next is a story that sees something happen to Wolverine‘s healing factor and he is now completely mortal and killable. Obviously Cornell remained tight-lipped about the whole thing, but he did give a few hints as to what we can expect. For one thing, Logan‘s fighting style will completely change:

It sets a chill into him that starts slowly and keeps going. It doesn’t just frighten him, it shakes him to the core. He tries not to show it, but it changes everything about him. “Mortal,” the one-off story in #7, goes into the immediate changes, but it’s going to keep going, informing everything he does and really paying off with terrible results by the end of “Killable.” It’s like an enormous shadow is looming over him. Which is, as others comment, just what the rest of us live with every day. He’s going to take a walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

It’s about what happens when someone whose entire persona, fighting style and attitude is shaped by one big factor in their lives loses that. Logan has always gone into battle allowing himself to take a certain amount of damage. That’ll have to change, but that takes doing. He’s always assumed he had a long time to figure things out, to let life happen, but now, should he be more committed, should he make his relationships more important, should he try and start a family and keep it together, just for once? Most warriors have to deal with the idea of death. This is new to him, and it changes the sort of warrior he is. It makes him braver and tougher, because now he has everything to lose. But that journey to braver and tougher is a very difficult one.

The story will see Sabertooth and some other yet-to-be-named villains trying to press their new advantage. Logan will also be making a trip to Wakanda in the beginning of the arc with Storm (who breaks her promise never to go back there). Other regulars like Kitty Pryde and the staff of the Jean Grey School will be deeply affected by the new developments. Cornell commented on the idea behind the arc and how it all came about:

It’s highly emotional. It comes from my own mortal thoughts as a result of becoming a Dad. If you do that at my age, mid-forties, you do feel a little as if you’re training your replacement. That maybe you’re done now. And that vein I’ve opened pours straight into Logan. Is he done now? Can he go? Or is there life in the old man yet?

I’m just amazingly pleased that when I suggested the idea to my Editor Jeanine Schaefer, she thought about it, put it to a Marvel retreat and went with it. So many editors might have flinched from something so game-changing. She’s done me so many favors, played so straight and always pushed for better and better. I couldn’t be happier with where I am creatively. She’s getting my best work. She’s one of the best editors in the business.

You can read the rest of the interview where Cornell drops a few more hints and teasers by clicking here. Now a mortal Wolverine is an interesting thing on a couple of levels. First off, more cynical readers will ask “Isn’t this basically the plot of The Wolverine movie?” And the answer to that would be a big yes. That aside, it does seem to give some credence to the rumors that Wolverine will actually die sometime during the Age of Ultron event. You may remember the rumor that Marvel is going to kill off Wolverine and get rid of him for a while. This seems to be a good starting place. What do you think? Is this the beginning of the end for Wolvie?

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Source : CBR