Wolverine has been pretty much an unstoppable force in the Marvel Universe in no small due to his healing factor. In recent years his healing factor has been way overpowered sometimes taking away from stories, but now it’s set to be taken from him in a story arc by writer Paul Cornell and artist Alan Davis starting in this July’s Wolverine #8 entitled Killable. Talking to Comic Book Resources, here’s what Cornell had to say about making the Marvel Icon, Killable:
On Where The Story Takes Place:
We go to Wakanda, and then to — somewhere very important to Logan that hasn’t been shown very often. And it’s changed a lot.
On How Exactly Wolverine Loses His Healing Factor:
Unfortunately I can’t answer that question without spoiling the end of “Drowning Logan” and the issues that comes after it. All I can say is that when this arc begins, Wolverine is killable, hence the title of the arc.
On Whether Wolverine’s Villains Will Target Him When They Learn He No Longer Has His Healing Factor:
Certainly not the only villain. The arc begins with a trip to Wakanda that relates to our first story arc, with Storm going back on her word never to go there again. The stakes are so high. That brings a newly vulnerable Logan into direct conflict with the Black Panther, and there are other villains who are going to come after Logan. We’re also going to visit with some people who are important to him: Storm, Kitty Pryde, the staff and students at the Jean Grey School. Everyone’s
On Whether Sabretooth Plays A Role In “Killable”:
I’ve never written him before, and I like him how he is now: Someone who’s got the same wisdom of his years as Logan has, a tactical player who’s able to lure his foe into a trap. He doesn’t enter this arc for the longest time, but everyone knows it’s him doing this. His entrance is going to be memorable.
On How Wolverine Deals With This Loss:
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.
Could this be the beginning of the end for Wolverine? We shared a rumor with you not too long ago that came out of the Marvel summit, that they were thinking about killing him off. Another part of that rumor was that Daken might make a return. ( as a new Wolverine?) This storyline also takes place in the same month that James Mangold’s The Wolverine comes out, in which he loses his healing factor as well. So it might just be a way to bring attention to the movie? What do you guys think?
Will they kill Wolverine off?