Tom Taylor and David Lopez usher the former X-23 into a new identity with a lot of history!
Writer Tom Taylor and artist David Lopez stand ready to continue the Logan legacy in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, an ongoing series that features the young woman formerly known as X-23 trying to fill some big boots in her own distinct way.
Marvel.com: Tom, how’s it feel to not only be picking up X-23’s story here, but the Wolverine story, too?
Tom Taylor: It’s ridiculous. Really. To be asked to pick up the legacy of Wolverine is huge. So many incredible creators have contributed to Wolverine’s history. I don’t know many people who aren’t fans. Editor Mark Paniccia and I discussed a couple of projects but, once Wolverine came up, there was nothing else to talk about.
X-23 is a character whom I absolutely love. Laura has been through so much but has come through all of it. She’s not unscathed by her early life, tragedies, and hardships but she hasn’t let anything beat her down. This ferocious tenacity is one of the qualities that make her perfect to follow in the footsteps of Logan. I can’t say enough good things about our stubborn, unstoppable carving machine.
Marvel.com: When the series begins, where’s her head? Is she actively trying to fill Logan’s boots, or does she have some other direction in mind?
Tom Taylor: Laura is in the middle of something big as soon as we catch up with her in issue #1. She’s dropped into the action immediately, so we won’t really have time to process where her head is. I won’t even guarantee her head will be intact by the end of the issue.
Marvel.com: What will the general reaction be like to her new costume, role, etc., from those who knew Logan?
Tom Taylor: Some may be surprised that Laura has taken up this mantle as she’s certainly always been her own person. But I think those close to Logan know how close he was to Laura. Most of Logan’s former teammates and friends will be very supportive of Laura.
That said we’re not going to focus too much on Logan’s past. A lot of the best Wolverine stories see a righteous Wolverine alone against a cruel world. Laura will be in a similar place. Something is going to make her very angry, very early, and she’s not going to be stopping for long-winded, thought-provoking conversations about legacies.
Marvel.com: Will we see any of Logan’s foes, too? Who might turn up in the book?
Tom Taylor: We will see some well-known faces in the first arc. In particular, Angel and Laura’s relationship will be closer than we’ve seen before. But Logan’s adversaries aren’t necessarily Laura’s. Logan, being Logan, made a lot of enemies. But the all-new Wolverine is entirely capable of pissing off a lot of powerful people herself.
Marvel.com: So, what all-new menaces do you have in mind?
Tom Taylor: There is a big, personal and dangerous menace from issue #1, but I can’t talk about this just yet. I wouldn’t want to give it away. What I’ll say is Wolverine will be stuck between two factions hell-bent on mutual destruction. She’s going to try to keep as many of them alive as possible. She’s going to try to keep the claws un-popped but that’s not going to be easy. Some people are just so deserving of a light stabbing.
Marvel.com: Overall, what’s the tone going to be like in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, especially in comparison to Logan’s series?
Tom Taylor: The tone will be slightly lighter than a typical Logan solo series but a Wolverine story can’t be full of puppies and rainbows. She’s Wolverine. That comes with an inherent amount of rage and “snikt”!
Marvel.com: And what makes David Lopez a perfect collaborator for you on this book?
Tom Taylor: There’s not much David can’t do. He can smash the big action moments and he has this great energy. However, growing up on stage, and being a former professional juggler and fire-eater, I really value entertainment and, especially, the acting ability of the characters on the page. David nails this. His characters have great comic timing and so much expression and emotion. They’re alive.
Marvel.com: David, you’re no stranger to Wolverine’s world, but why was this series a good fit for you right now? What about it are you looking forward to?
David Lopez: Are you serious? Laura Kinney, dude, she’s deadly, fierce and beautiful! She’s one of my favorite characters of Marvel; I love working with feminine characters, I love the Wolverine mythology and I love mutants. She’s got everything.
And after almost two years working on Captain Marvel, a character with godlike powers, I think that X-23 is a great character; she’s totally different, so no flying for a while.
Marvel.com: How do you see Laura in a visual sense? What will be your take on her in her new role?
David Lopez: I see her as if Wolverine had always been the Wolverine we know, [but] more tempered. She’s definitely colder than him, and somehow she’s more mature. In Logan I saw that he used too much strength and power—he was too brutal, Laura is always on target, she’s like a surgeon, but when she’s enraged or in really close quarters she can use her feet claws, which is something pretty nasty.
I think that she’s older than the girl we met in NYX, and she’s left behind part of her gothic Lolita looks. She’s been in the best super hero groups on Earth and she’s never disappointed anyone. You know the film “Léon: The Professional”? Something like Jean Reno in the film, and Zoe Saldana in “Colombiana.”
Marvel.com: What other new character designs have you excited?
David Lopez: There’s a band of meanies that have me pretty excited—particularly the albino one. That’s all I will spoil.
X-23 assumes the role of ALL-NEW WOLVERINE later this year! Stay tuned for more news on All-New All-Different Marvel via Marvel.com and our social channels!