Tom Taylor details Laura’s return to the place where it all began!

Laura Kinney has followed the Orphans of X to the Facility—the place where, as a child, she got tortured and programmed to be an assassin. And upon her arrival, she discovered her mother…alive.

Her mother—the woman Laura thought she accidentally killed years ago. On December 13, writer Tom Taylor and artist Juann Cabal test our hero like never before in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #28!

We spoke with Tom about what to expect from this devastating family reunion.

Marvel.com: Catch us up on what’s been going down in the “Orphans of X” storyline so far!

Tom Taylor: Daken has been blown up, taken by the mysterious Orphans of X, and then tortured for information. His arm has been found—without the rest of him attached—dangling from a bridge on Roosevelt Island. Laura and Gabby were alerted to this arm and a note attached to it brought Laura back to the Facility, where she got tortured and turned into an assassin as a child. But Laura didn’t find Daken in this place full of painful memories, she found…her mother.

But Laura’s mother, Sarah, died at Laura’s unwilling hand years ago. Now the tortured Daken, the confused Laura, and the previously thought dead Sarah Kinney have been placed on a collision course.

Marvel.com: How does artist Juann Cabal capture the complex emotional tenor of this story?

Tom Taylor: What Juann and [colorist] Nolan Woodard did with those scenes at the Facility blew me away. You see so much going on, and Juann adds to it in beautiful ways. But this can be said of the whole arc. I think, as a team, we’ve all worked to lift this story to another level, and editors Mark Paniccia and Christina Harrington are right there with us. Terry and Rachel Dodson‘s cover to issue #28 has become one of my favorites, too.

Marvel.com: How has Laura’s relationship with Daken evolved in recent times?

Tom Taylor: Laura and Daken have had a fractious and violent history, but they have grown close over the years. Logan’s death has drawn them slightly closer as well. Daken has very little respect for anyone, but he clearly respects Laura. They’ve gone from rivals to siblings.

Marvel.com: Can you tell us anything about the Orphans of X?

Tom Taylor: All I can say is they clearly hate Laura and Daken with a passion. And they have means and numbers. Issue #28 will reveal a lot more.

Marvel.com: Laura has tried so hard to put her past behind her—how does she feel about being forced to re-live it?

Tom Taylor: Laura won’t have a lot of time to think about reliving her past in this issue. Everything escalates here, and Laura and company will need to react very quickly. But this also isn’t just about Laura’s past…this is about Daken’s as well. A life of violence and death can’t simply be ignored.

Marvel.com: How does an empathetic character like Laura handle a group that has such hatred of her and her family? Will she try to reach out to them, or will this be the mission that gets her killing again?

Tom Taylor: I don’t want to spoil that just yet…but there will be a lot of challenges coming Laura’s way. And this is certainly our most violent story.

Grab ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #28, by Tom Taylor and artist Juann Cabal, on December 13!

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Writer Tom Taylor teases the Orphans of X as Marvel Legacy begins!

Coming up, things get more personal than ever for Laura Kinney.

Having returned from her Brood-killing mission alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy, Laura has no choice but to return to the place where her journey began—to fight for the family she has left.

On October 11, writer Tom Taylor and artist Juann Cabal reintroduce Laura and Daken in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25!

We caught up with Tom to hear more about the Marvel Legacy beginning of a complex new partnership for Laura and her long-lost “brother.”

Marvel.com: Catch us up on what’s been going on in the wonderful world of Wolverine!

Tom Taylor: At the moment, we’re just coming back from space—Laura, Gabby, and Jonathan have been off with the Guardians of the Galaxy. They dealt with a massive threat there and now they’re coming back to Earth in the hope of finding some normalcy in their new residence on Roosevelt Island. But—of course—we’re going to be turning their world upside-down.

Something very bad happens. Daken will be taken…but a piece of him will also be found.

Marvel.com: Oh no.

Tom Taylor: Yeah, right!? That will start Laura on a very big journey which will involve her past, her present, and her future. There will be an intensity in our Legacy arc that we haven’t seen before. By the end of the first issue of our Orphans of X run, everybody will want to pick this book up.

Marvel.com: Just to recap, it wasn’t so long ago that Daken and Laura were—literallyat each other’s throats. Where do we find their relationship now?

Tom Taylor: Daken and Laura are actually quite close. We saw it in Marjorie Liu’s run and we saw it in the recent Immune arc where Daken comes—not to help Roosevelt Island in the middle of their horrible infestation—but to help Laura. Daken doesn’t get close to a lot of people. But he does respect Laura and I think that becomes quite clear.

We are playing with them as brother and sister and I think that comes through in all of Orphans of X, but in the beginning of Orphans of X, Daken gets taken prisoner (I can’t say by who yet!) and Laura has to deal with that. But it feels quite traumatic, and this will be one of the most intense arcs we’ve ever done.

Marvel.com: It seems so cool to go back to Laura’s roots with Legacy—to see her challenged in such a personal way.

Tom Taylor: She’s a fantastic character—she has an incredibly traumatic past but she’s not a victim. Particularly after everything she went through in Enemy of the State arc, she has really come through it and become a hell of a hero—as I hope we saw on the moon with the hive…like, she just went to an alien moon, took on the Brood, and she saved an entire island of people! She kicks ass in every way.

Marvel.com: Generally speaking, what does the legacy of Marvel Comics mean to you?

Tom Taylor: I’m a fanboy and I always have been. I’m a fan of these great characters. And when Marvel calls you up and says, “Hey Tom, do you want to write Iron Man?” you absolutely lose it! You just do! It feels insane. Like, this stuff just doesn’t happen. My first gig in American comics was writing Star Wars. And it’s just like…you’re kidding me. You want me to write Luke and Han and Leia? What!? I’m a guy from Melbourne, Australia. This just doesn’t happen.

I think we were talking about something else with Marvel at one stage and then they were like, actually, would you like to do Wolverine? What person in the world would say no to that!? Of course I want to do Wolverine! I’ve been reading Wolverine comics my whole life, I have shelves of them—yes I want in on this. I love Laura, ever since I saw her in “X-Men: Evolution”!

It’s just exciting to be on all of this and—I think I can say this—I’ve just been offered a new project for Marvel and it’s exactly the same. I have a very packed schedule but I just thought, you know what, I’m going to immediately drop everything I’m doing to jump onto this and make it as good as I possibly can; it couldn’t be more exciting to do another incredible Marvel property and to try to do my best at it.

Marvel.com: That’s so exciting! So Legacy must be a treat to work on.

Tom Taylor: Yeah—and we’re seeing things like going back the Muramasa Blade here, which has been a huge part of Logan’s past and what that came to mean. And now that his children have to deal with that will be a really big thing. That’s the kind of Legacy thing that we’re seeing in this, and I have to say that the artwork by Juann Cabal and [colorist] Nolan Woodard together looks like nothing you’ve ever seen. The three of us are just jamming so well! We’re adding extra beats everywhere and it’s amazing to be working with these talented guys.

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25, by Tom Taylor and artist Juann Cabal, drops on October 11!

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Artist Juann Cabal draws Laura and Daken together for Marvel Legacy!

Family gatherings can get complicated. But when you’re the clone of a renowned X-Man dealing with your “dad’s” murderous biological son, they’re really complicated.

On October 11, Laura Kinney has to contend with exactly that—as writer Tom Taylor and artist Juann Cabal kick off Marvel Legacy with ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25! When Daken gets kidnapped, Wolverine jumps into the fray to save him…but they soon find themselves facing off against the mysterious and deadly Orphans of X.

We caught up with Juann to hear more about carving up the visuals for issue #25.

Marvel.com: How would you describe illustrating the differences between Laura’s and Daken’s fighting styles?

Juann Cabal: To me, Laura fights with more subtlety and precision; she’s almost surgical. She’s also developed some fighting routines to include Gabby (and even Jonathan)! I think of her as a very intelligent, complete fighter.

On the other hand, Daken feels more direct, instinctive, and brutal. He shows no mercy. But this doesn’t mean he’s not smart—there’s a particular scene where he shows how resourceful and imaginative he can be. Can’t wait for the fans to see it. I’m sure they’re going to love it.

Marvel.com: In a roundabout way, Laura and Daken are family. Aside from all those claws, how do you convey that?

Juann Cabal: I think they share a certain “I’ve got your back” attitude that they don’t share with any other character. We’ve put so much effort into translating this mutual understanding into body language—and it wasn’t easy. You have to be very delicate, because the line that separates “awkward” and “cold” can be very thin.

Marvel.com: Along similar lines, how do these two relate to one another when they’re not in fight mode?

Juann Cabal: They’re distrustful, but more relaxed than usual in a way that says, “I know you, you know me.” It’s pretty funny because Gabby tries to include Daken into the “happy family” dynamic, but he’s not very comfortable with it and Laura isn’t either. But she shows real concern for him and Daken proves that—sometimes—he can be a cool guy and not the jerk we all know.

Marvel.com: How’s it been jumping on this book alongside Tom Taylor?

Juann Cabal: An absolute pleasure. I love when people stay long enough on a book to construct strong, homogeneous characters, relations, and stories. Tom shows lots of knowledge and respect for the characters, but also a great sense of humor and fun. He’s always open to suggestions—keeping the product fresh and dynamic. A dream come true for an artist. He’s a superstar.

Marvel.com: How did the Orphans of X come to life on the page?

Juann Cabal: It was hard! I mean, aesthetically, they’re pretty simple. But according to their own idiosyncrasies, they behave in a very specific way. A couple of times I’ve had Tom telling me, “That’s not the Orphans way.” I can’t tell you more than that.

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25, written by Tom Taylor with art by Juann Cabal, drops on October 11!

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Writer Tom Taylor previews the resurgence of the Brood!

They’re big, they’re ugly, and they’ve messed with the wrong mutant.

On September 13, Laura Kinney teams up with the Guardians of the Galaxy to squish the hive-minded Brood in writer Tom Taylor and artist Leonard Kirk’s ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #24!

Since these parasitic bugs have been leeching off of the Marvel Universe for the last 35 years, we decided to ask Tom to highlight his take on Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum‘s iconic insectoid creation.

Marvel.com: The Brood are a classic X-Men villain, but we usually see them attacking Earth. Are they even more of a challenge for Wolverine and company on an alien moon?

Tom Taylor: They’re definitely more of a challenge. They’re infected with a virus, which has made these rage-monsters…umm…ragier. And Laura and the Guardians of the Galaxy have a lot of people to protect.

There’s also a much bigger problem: Laura’s sister, Gabby, has been turned into a Brood Queen.

Marvel.com: What do they want with her?

Tom Taylor: Gabby Kinney serves as the new Brood Queen of this moon. And with the transferable powers of the host, the Brood now have a terrifying matriarch who can heal and possibly pass this power onto new Brood, making them unstoppable.

Marvel.com: What is the dynamic like between Laura and the Guardians? How will it inform their approach to fighting the Brood?

Tom Taylor: The dynamic is good. Gamora and Wolverine fight well together, and everyone respects Laura—especially once they’ve seen her hacking through monsters. But there are some disagreements coming, especially with Gabby in such danger.

Marvel.com: The Brood have been terrorizing the Marvel Universe for nearly four decades. What’s your favorite piece of their impressive history? 

Tom Taylor: I think the best thing about this Chris Claremont and Dave Cockrum brainchild is that the Brood are just completely evil. They’re parasites. This means Wolverine’s recent “no killing” policy need not apply in our story, especially given what they’ve done so far. The claws are staying out.

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #24, by Tom Taylor and artist Leonard Kirk, hits shelves on September 13!

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Wolverine & Daken take sibling rivalry to a whole new level in Orphans of X!

When it comes to families, complications naturally follow. It doesn’t matter if you’re a “standard nuclear” version or the kind revolving around claws and being the best there is at what you do.

With Logan as a patriarch, you can imagine that big holidays would prove about as non-traditional as possible especially when it comes to his son Daken and clone Laura, currently known as Wolverine.

The two “siblings” will come together once again in the pages of ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25 as Tom Taylor and Juann Cabal kick off the new “Orphans of X” story, a title that not only refers in a sense to Laura and Daken, but also specifically to a new group looking to cause trouble. We talk to both creators about this unique family dynamic, the Legacy idea and working with other to put all of that and more on the page!

Marvel.com: Tom, how does “Orphans of X” fit into the overall idea of Marvel Legacy?

Tom Taylor: Orphans of X deals with Legacy everywhere. The core cast are Laura, Gabby and Daken–Logan’s Legacy. And Logan, Laura and Daken’s pasts are all converging to haunt them in a big way.

Marvel.com: Juann, Daken and Laura are pretty different in a lot of ways, but what unites them in their physicality and the way they literally attack a problem?

Juann Cabal: I’m going for the obvious: The claws, period. From here the interest, in my opinion, is to depict the contrasts between them. We’re focusing on showing their different body languages, in boldly contrasting their fighting styles–how the work can be done differently despite having (almost) the same tools. I think it’s very challenging and, most important, fun! And about attacking a problem I think they both are like Logan, they want the problem solved and they want it solved NOW.

Marvel.com: Tom, what drives Laura to save Daken as this story kicks off?

Tom Taylor: They’ve had some rocky moments in their relationship, but Laura is one of the few people Daken is genuinely close to. “Orphans of X” is all about family. And Laura and Daken are family. Sure, they may have tried to kill each other a few times, but what families haven’t?

Marvel.com: It might be a stretch to say that Daken and Laura are siblings, but the connection could be made. Does a traditional sibling vibe come into play at all when these two are together?

Tom Taylor: I wouldn’t call anything about Daken “traditional,” and there are some pretty shocking moments coming for everyone in this series. Yes, they’re close. And we will see this a bit. But, at the end of this arc, it’s hard to say whether their relationship will be stronger or completely torn apart. I won’t even confirm everyone survives this.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the Orphans of X and what they want with our leads?

Tom Taylor: The Orphans of X are a complete mystery. But one thing is clear, they are wide-reaching, resourceful, and intent on Laura and Daken’s destruction. And they have the means to destroy them.

Marvel.com: Juann, what was the design process like for the Orphans of X?

Juann Cabal: You know, the Orphans of X are a mystery even for me! Christina Harrington sent me a line of script and a tiny reference from a previous issue and said, “Here you go.” I just revamped their masks to look a bit leathery and more creepy. I also added some subtle lodge-esque motifs to their environment.

Marvel.com: How has it been working with each other on this project so far?

Tom Taylor: Juann is incredible. He’s a great visual storyteller, and he’s adding so much to this along with colorist Nolan Woodard. I’ve been floored by some of their pages and, honestly, I’m having to lift my game to keep up with them. As a creative team, we’re really jamming, and it feels good. We’re a far more functional (storytelling) family than Logan’s offspring.

Juann Cabal: It’s been an absolute delight so far. His scripts are so enjoyable. He’s got a great sense of pacing and suspense. But above all, his characterization and dialogue are pure gold. He makes you fall in love with the characters from page one. From the visual point of view he’s given me total freedom which has developed in an amazing feedback. I’m positive readers are going to notice it.

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Black Panther, All-New Wolverine, Darth Vader & More Make Cut for Great Reads!

Great news, Marvelites! YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) named an unprecedented 17 Marvel titles, including BLACK PANTHER, ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, DARTH VADER, and PATSY WALKER A.K.A. HELLCAT!, as part of their 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list! In addition, BLACK PANTHER made the Top 10 List of Great Graphic Novels for Teens!

Our SVP of Sales & Marketing David Gabriel says, “It is both energizing and humbling to have so many Marvel titles included in this year’s list. From STAR WARS to BLACK PANTHER to THE VISION and beyond, their selections provide a little something for everyone. With so many fantastic titles released in last year from publishers across the industry, we’re honored to be recognized by YALSA yet again.”

All Marvel books that are recommended for readers aged 12-18 that are both quality literature and appeal to teens include:

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL. 1: THE FOUR SISTERS – written by Tom Taylor, illustrated by David Lopez
BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET BOOK 1 – written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, illustrated by Brian Stelfreeze
CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 1: RISE OF ALPHA FLIGHT – written by Michele Fazekas, illustrated by Tara Butters, Kris Anka and Felipe Smith
DARTH VADER VOL. 1: VADER – written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Salvador Larroca
DARTH VADER VOL. 2: SHADOWS AND SECRETS – written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Salvador Larroca
DOCTOR STRANGE VOL. 1: THE WAY OF THE WEIRD – written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Chris Bachalo
GROOT – written by Jeff Loveness, illustrated by Brian Kesinger
HAWKEYE VOL. 5: ALL-NEW HAWKEYE – written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Ramon Perez
HAWKEYE VOL. 6: HAWKEYES – written by Jeff Lemire, illustrated by Ramon Perez
KANAN VOL. 1: THE LAST PADAWAN – written by Greg Weisman, illustrated by Pepe Larraz
LANDO – written by Charles Soule, illustrated by Alex Maleev
MIGHTY THOR VOL. 1: THUNDER IN HER VEINS – written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by Russel Dauterman
MOCKINGBIRD VOL. 1: I CAN EXPLAIN – written by Chelsea Cain, illustrated by Kate Niemczyk
MS. MARVEL VOL. 4: LAST DAYS – written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Adrian Alphona
MS. MARVEL VOL. 5: SUPER FAMOUS – written by G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Takeshi Miyazawa
PATSY WALKER, A.K.A. HELLCAT! VOL. 1: HOOKED ON A FELINE – written by Kate Leth, illustrated by Brittney Williams
VISION VOL. 1: LITTLE WORSE THAN A MAN – written by Tom King, illustrated by Gabriel Hernandez Walta

Check out the full list of the 2017 Great Graphic Novels for Teens now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on the Marvel Universe.

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Laura Kinney faces a new challenge as her ongoing series ramps up!

Writer Tom Taylor’s gearing up Laura Kinney—Wolverine—for a huge role in the Marvel Universe, and to do so creates one of the biggest challenges ever for the young mutant.

When an alien space vessel crash-lands on Earth with an equally alien—and dying—child on-board that speaks Laura’s name with its dying breath, you know Wolverine’s world’s about to be turned upside-down. Add in a mysterious virus spreading like wildfire throughout an entire city and that city cordoned off by the government, and you’ll learn her life may never be the same.

We caught up with ALL-NEW WOLVERINE writer Taylor to ask him why he’s putting Laura through all this.

Marvel.com: Tom, why the big story as Laura enters ResurrXion?

Tom Taylor: It’s partly about the end of “Enemy of the State II,” and where we find Laura after that.

I won’t ruin that here, obviously, but it’s a place I’ve wanted to get her to all along. I think long-time fans of Laura Kinney will completely understand.

Marvel.com: You’ll be joined on ALL-NEW WOLVERINE by artist Leonard Kirk. What do you think he brings to the series?

Tom Taylor: Leonard is just incredible. I’m very glad [editor] Mark Paniccia brought us together for this. Every thumbnail I’ve seen, every sketch, has so much going for it. How he draws Gabby and Laura together, in particular, has had me grinning ear-to-ear. There’s so much heart and nuance to it. He’s a guy who can just do it all. He’s just as strong with action, emotion, and comedy.

His characters are alive. We’re very lucky to have Leonard for the long-haul on this one.

Marvel.com: Let’s get into the story: at first, how does the super hero community respond to the crisis?

Tom Taylor: With the entire world threatened by an alien virus, the super hero community responds very quickly. The mystery of how the virus is connected to Laura has everyone racing to her for answers. This one is big. This is an entire event in one book. I can’t remember writing something so epic for one hero before.

Marvel.com: What’s the virus like? How does it spread and impact people?

Tom Taylor: The virus is highly contagious, and very deadly. It threatens the entire world, and there’s a ticking clock over our whole story.

All-New Wolverine by Adam Kubert

All-New Wolverine by Adam Kubert

Marvel.com: What kind of support, of any kind, do the other X-Men offer Laura?

Tom Taylor: Outside the contagion zone, everyone is coming together to find a solution, and the world’s best minds, including some X-Men, are working remotely, trying to help those trapped with the virus. But Laura will be pretty alone on the ground [as she goes in].

Marvel.com: Wow—will she be working totally alone? Is there any support structure at all in place for her going in?

Tom Taylor: Aside from the remote help, there are others inside the city working to find a solution, but they’re mostly in the same danger from the virus as the rest of the populace. They won’t be able to help for long.

Those who’ve been following the series to this point should know that it won’t all be doom and gloom though. Despite the dire situation, there will be room for entertainment, and some big surprises are coming.

Marvel.com: Okay, but what kinds of threats might we expect for her in the city, other than the virus?

Tom Taylor: The city is a powderkeg. The general populace is terrified and, of course, this leads to tensions boiling over. And it’s not just average people who live in the city. There may be a super villain or two living there too…

Marvel.com: In the end, how will this ultimately test our Wolverine?

Tom Taylor: This could be Laura’s greatest test ever. Essentially, she’s powerless in the middle of so much suffering, but many will be looking to her with questions she can’t answer, and salvation she can’t offer. Adamantium claws are useless against a contagion. You can’t stab a virus. Wolverine will need to be a different kind of hero.

Follow Marvel.com and our social channels for the latest on ALL-NEW WOLVERINE and the rest of ResurrXion!

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Laura revisits her devastating past in Enemy of the State II!

While Wolverine’s history contains many dark moments, 2004’s Enemy of the State ranks as one of the darkest. Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.’s epic storyline featured Logan under the influence of Hydra and the Hand, as they sent him on various missions to further their schemes and assassinate their enemies.

In ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #13, Laura finds herself in a similar situation, as Tom Taylor and Nik Virella present Enemy of the State II. Once again, Wolverine has blood on her hands, guilt in her heart, and revenge on her mind.

We spoke with Taylor about what to expect from the storyline.

Marvel.com: Tom, what was your impression of the original Enemy of the State, by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.?

Tom Taylor: I’m a big fan.

The pacing, the scale, the inner turmoil. Seeing Logan unleashed like that was something to behold, and it was great revisiting that story while writing this one. While I didn’t originally set out to create a sequel to Enemy of the State, as I was pitching this to [editor] Mark Paniccia, he realized it truly felt like the spiritual successor, so we embraced this.

Marvel.com: What happens to Laura in Enemy of the State II? And how does it parallel that original story?

Tom Taylor: Like the first Enemy of the State, our All-New Wolverine is used, controlled, and forced to murder a lot of innocent people. This is devastating for Laura who, having been created to be an assassin, has been trying not to take a life. Now someone has forced her to take many lives. And she’s not happy. She’s out for answers and retribution.

Marvel.com: How will this affect the people in Laura’s life, such as Angel?

Tom Taylor: Laura will be hiding from her friends. She won’t want to hurt them and, truthfully, part of her believes she should be punished for the crimes she’s committed. While Warren wants to help, Laura will keep him at arm’s length—actually, a little further than arm’s length when you add the claws. 

That’s no guarantee he’ll stay away of course.

Marvel.com: One of the themes of All-New Wolverine has been the idea of legacy, and Laura living up to the mantle of Wolverine which, as we know, had some darkness to it. In this case, is it safe to say there are some parts of that legacy Laura would rather have avoided?

Tom Taylor: Without a doubt. Laura has been growing into the role of Wolverine over the course of our series. She’s had some wins and, in the case of Civil War II, some losses, but this is the first time she has lost control of herself.

Logan’s past is littered with people who would control him; so is Laura’s. She’s been used to kill since she was a child. She’s been trying to escape her past, much like Logan tried to escape those who turned him into a living weapon. 

Marvel.com: The original storyline had a lot of action and guest stars. I still remember that two-page spread featuring all the villains the Hand resurrected as they attacked the S.H.I.E.L.D. Helicarrier. What impressions are you hoping to leave on readers of the new story? 

Tom Taylor: This will also have some truly epic scale. Laura is a fugitive, racing across the world, being hunted by Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D., and hunting whoever did this to her. We want to grab people from the beginning and not let go. As for attacking a Helicarrier, we’ve already had Fin Fang Foom pull a Helicarrier out of the sky in our series, so we’ll have to think of something else just as epic.

Head to marvel.com/sdcc2016 for live coverage and all the latest from San Diego Comic-Con 2016!

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The All-New Wolverine artist incorporates Laura, Gabby, and Old Man Logan into Civil War II!

Laura has her work cut out for her as Civil War II infiltrates ALL-NEW WOLVERINE with issue #10. Regular writer Tom Taylor teams with artist Ig Guara to usher Laura, Gabby, and Old Man Logan into the crossover conflict.

Though he’s new to ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, Guara sports a firm grasp on what makes these characters tick on the visual side of things to supplement Taylor’s script. Together they will test Laura’s convictions as she tries to figure out which side of the debate she falls on while also contending with a pesky prophecy that puts her pals at risk.

We talked with Guara about the weight Laura carries, the pressures of drawing crossover characters like Captain America, and how he approaches each of the book’s leads.

Marvel.com: The series currently features three different takes on the Wolverine prototype. How do they carry themselves differently in your mind?

Ig Guara: The big difference here is about innocence. Though all three [have] had some really bad experiences, I think they handle it differently. Gabby has been saved by Laura. [She has] trust in other people and is happy to have a family. Laura knows she can count only on herself. I try to show how strong she is and how awkward it is for her to have so many people around. Old Man Logan on the other hand knows he can’t trust anyone—especially himself—so he carries this big load. That is the reason he always looks tired and crushed.

Marvel.com: In addition to the series’ leads ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #10 also brings in some of the Civil War II principals. Did any of them offer unexpected challenges?

Ig Guara:
Drawing Captain America is always a challenge. He is an icon who must look strong, but also reachable. He is a soldier and a mentor. Sometimes it’s hard to make that come through, but I am trying my best!

Marvel.com: When I talked to Tom about Laura entering the Civil War II fray he said that she understands that she’s filling very big shoes by taking on the Wolverine mantle. Does that come through in how you portray her on the page?

Ig Guara:
I think she feels proud and reluctant at the same time. She knows the importance of the Wolverine and also the fear it inspires, but I think she is also her own woman. She is really strong minded so she knows she can wear the mantle and name well.

Marvel.com: This story also revolves around a prophecy and looks at the future. How do you differentiate those from the present?

Ig Guara:
Outside of the outfits and faces I try to make the panels of the future all the same format. Also, the colors give them a nice distinct pallet.

Marvel.com: How has your working relationship with Tom been so far?

Ig Guara: Tom is amazing. I have [not] been so thrilled to work on a story in some time. He knows and respects these characters and his portrait of Laura is amazing. I love the dialog and how the tone of the story changes, without being forced, from light to heavy, from dark to light. I’m really loving it!


ALL-NEW WOLVERINE slashes into Civil War II with issue #10 by Tom Taylor and Ig Guara on July 20!

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Old Man Logan crosses paths with the former X-23 in a Civil War II tie-in!

Filling in for an established individual offers a variety of challenges. ALL-NEW WOLVERINE star Laura Kinney has known this better than everyone since she picked up Logan’s mantle as Wolverine after his death. Artist Marcio Takara also understands this as the new artist on her book.

Takara joins series writer Tom Taylor in chronicling the continuing adventures of Laura Kinney, the woman previously known as X-23. The ARMOR WARS artist transitioned into the position with ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #7 and will continue on as the book enters Civil War II with issue #8.

We talked with Takara about the ins and outs of working on Wolverine, bringing Old Man Logan into the fray, and the fun of crossovers.

Marvel.com: How has it been teaming up with Tom to continue the adventures in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE?

Marcio Takara: It’s been fun. It’s clear to me that Tom cares a lot about the book and the characters. I was already a big fan of Laura and now I love Gabby and Jonathan, all because of Tom.

Marvel.com: The original Wolverine had a very specific look in and out of costume. How does Laura compare to that in your mind?

Marcio Takara: I like how she evolved from teenager in NYX to a young woman now. We try to show her with a specific body type and think this is great for the character. It makes her stand out even more.

I also like the fact that I can play as much as I want with her dark hair. I can use the flow of the hair to show speed or movement or direction. For the face, I see her with thick lips and eyebrows and an almost square jaw. In my mind she dresses feminine and not trashy. And I love when she’s grumpy.

Marvel.com: This Wolverine costume echoes some of the classic ones. Did it offer any surprises when you were drawing it from panel to panel?

Marcio Takara: It’s a great costume. I love the classics and I especially like the darker areas because I can play with light reflection during the ink stage. The way the hair mixes with the rest of the costume looks great too. Sometimes it’s just one big black area. I like to draw hair. I’m glad we can see it when she’s wearing the costume.

Marvel.com: It sounds like the story will involve some out of costume time as well with Laura and Gabby recovering from the previous arc. Is it at all difficult conveying Laura’s character when she’s in her civilian clothes?

Marcio Takara: Well, she’s usually grumpy. So I think body language helps a lot here; and of course facial expressions. The thick eyebrows with super dark hair is the perfect mix for Laura.

Marvel.com: Old Man Logan’s making an appearance in the book soon. How does he play off of Laura?

Marcio Takara: I believe they will still need to know each other before they can get along. Other than that I guess you’ll have to wait and see what happens. He’s fun to draw as well—all the wrinkles.

Marvel.com: You’re also getting into Civil War II pretty soon. Has working on a crossover been an interesting experience so far?

Marcio Takara: The pages I’m drawing have Iron Man and Carol Danvers. I’m in heaven.

Marcio Takara steers ALL-NEW WOLVERINE into Civil War II with issue #8, available on May 18!

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