The popular X-Man character Wolverine stars in a new title as part of Marvel Comics' “Marvel NOW!” initiative.
Wolverine has remained a high-profile character for more than 30 years in comics. Now, he's a movie star as well. The character of Wolverine is set to grace the silver screen again on July 26, with Hugh Jackman reprising his role.
In the comics, Marvel NOW! “Wolverine” No. 1 is on sale this week, from the creative team of writer Paul Cornell and artist Alan Davis. Cornell may be best known for his work on “Doctor Who” on television and in tie-in novels. Cornell says his take on “Wolverine” won't require any previous knowledge of the character.
“We're aiming for this comic to be attractive for people who've never read a Wolverine comic, never read a super hero comic,” Cornell wrote on his blog at www.paulcornell.com. “We'll tell you all you need to know.”
Wolverine is a member of the X-Men, a group of mutants who were born with unusual abilities. The characters often have been used as an allegory for groups facing discrimination or persecution.
Wolverine himself has the ability to heal from nearly any wound. He also was born with claws that can extend from his forearms. At some point in his past, as part of a shadowy government program called “Weapon X,” the unbreakable metal adamantium was grafted to his bones and claws. Though Wolverine's healing abilities will feature in the new run, Cornell tells Marvel.com he doesn't want the character's powers to be the focus.
“I think that's one of the aims of my run, to not lean on that too heavily,” he said. “I want to back off from ‘let's dissolve him and see what happens.' It seems to be the default, and I don't trust the urge to go for it. Because this run sees Wolverine making some changes in his life, trying to turn a corner, I've had him come up with a couple of new uses for his powers, but they're not about pushing the healing factor as far as it'll go.”
Though Wolverine's power may make him nearly impossible to kill, Cornell points out sales considerations make Wolverine — and other top characters — likely to survive nearly anything.
“Well, most leading characters are practically un-killable,” Cornell said at Marvel.com. “Batman is probably going to be back next issue, as with Superman. It's about making Wolverine vulnerable in other ways: human ways, emotional ways.”