Welcome Marvel Legacy to the mobile gaming adventure!

Don a suit of armor as Punisher. Soar the skies with Falcon’s new wings. Incinerate your foes in style with Satana. Witness true power with the Savior of Worlds, Adam Warlock. Marvel Legacy has arrived in “Marvel Future Fight” as of today!

To get the full rundown on all things Marvel Legacy brings to “Marvel Future Fight” this month, we grabbed a few minutes with Netmarble Monster’s lead game designer Minkyun Kim, content designer Hyunseok Kim, skill designer Jongho Park, and system designer Youjung Kim.

Marvel.com: Can you tell us about the latest Marvel Legacy update? What can fans expect?

Minkyun Kim: For the first update of 2018, we wanted to continue with what makes “Marvel Future Fight” great, while making things feel fresh. Marvel Legacy, the current event that is reenergizing Marvel’s comic book line with new costumes and stories, seemed to correspond well with the direction that we wanted to take. Existing characters return with new directions and new costumes as well. We hope that players will enjoy these new characters and the brand-new event stage we’ve cooked up for this update.

Marvel.com: Will our heroes sport new uniforms?

Hyunseok Kim: We selected heroes from the Marvel Legacy event whose looks change drastically and impactfully. Falcon is one of the key characters, because he has re-embraced his classic identity as he now fights alongside the Avengers. We decided to release his new uniform first. The same goes for the Punisher. You can find the all-new War Machine armor clad Punisher in this update! Don’t forget to thank Nick Fury while you’re at it since he helped spruce the Punisher up a bit. Lastly, you can also find a striking uniform for Satana, featuring her new look from the SPIRIT OF VENGEANCE series.

Marvel.com: X-23 and Adam Warlock finally make their debut in ‘Marvel Future Fight.’ What role will they play?

Jongho Park: X-23 and Adam Warlock are characters that the Dev team have been itching to add to the world of Future Fight. For X-23, we thought a lot about how to best portray her in a similar way to Wolverine while keeping her unique. In Adam Warlock’s case, we thought long and hard about how to express his powerful energy attacks. As these two characters are very important, we cut down the number of new characters in the update and we spent a lot of time and effort to create them. You’ll be able to meet these characters and glimpse their powerful and showy skills.

Marvel.com: Can you share any fun moments or something you were proud of while preparing for this Marvel Legacy event?

Jongho Park: What comes to mind are the things we talked about while developing the character of Adam Warlock. Inspired by his “battle mage” era from the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book series, we talked a lot of about what kind of magical energy attacks we would create for him, as well as what color his bursts should take on. In the process of discussion, we even talked about the shape of his fingers! The hand and fingers take on a variety of shapes when someone uses magic. As we talked very seriously about which stance looked stronger and better suited to a wizard, we realized that everyone was standing with their hands and fingers in different positions.

Marvel.com: What improvements have been made for the players?

Youjung Kim: We improved the elements that prevented players from playing with ease. We made sure to improve the way to check if Comic Cards are registered in a collection, and added a function where you can check the current Rank of all the characters a player possesses. We’ve also added a refresh function that makes it possible for you to check for newly-created Dimension Rifts.

Marvel.com: What can players look forward to and expect?

Minkyun Kim: We are always striving to have differently themed updates to give players a fresh experience. Since this update is themed in celebration of the newest event from Marvel’s comic books, MARVEL LEGACY, we hope that players will enjoy the refreshed characters. This year, a lot of updates will focus around not only the comics, but the new movies as well. Stay tuned!

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide on the App Store® and Google Play™. For all the latest on “Marvel Future Fight,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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She may be Wolverine now, but Laura started off as a scared kid!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

It’s a good time to be Laura Kinney, but that hasn’t always been the case. She may be represented on the big screen in “Logan” and just kicked off a new arc with ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #19 by Tom Taylor and Leonard Kirk, but her earliest days were filled with pain and torment.

NYX (2003) #3

NYX (2003) #3

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The character of X-23 actually debuted on the animated series “X-Men: Evolution” in 2003. The next year, the nearly-silent Wolverine clone made the jump to comics with an appearance in NYX #3 by Joe Quesada and Josh Middleton. In that issue, readers met a young woman who sold herself to men that liked to be cut by her retractable claws. The rest of that series didn’t get too much into her history, but did show that this girl had more in common with Wolverine than just the claws. She could also handle herself against seemingly formidable opponents.

“X-Men: Evolution” writers Craig Kyle and Chris Yost returned to the character with X-23 in 2005. The six issue limited series drawn by Billy Tan gave a full account of Laura’s creation. Way back when Wolverine escaped from the Weapon X program, a mysterious group gathered some of his DNA and wanted to recreate the experiment. The process stalled out until Dr. Sarah Kinney came along and suggested they create a female clone. The idea fell on deaf ears, so she went and did it anyway.

The result, X-23, trained from a very early age to fight ferociously, but underwent torture aimed to force the popping of her claws and development of a healing factor. Later, her claws were surgically removed, sharpened, and covered with Adamantium. Her handlers developed a “trigger scent” that would send her into a berserker rage in an instant. The organization then hired her out on various assassination missions which she easily carried out.

Dr. Kinney finally acknowledged the terrible things she’d done to this child when her niece had been kidnapped. The doc took X-23 out on a private mission to get the girl back. This set in motion events that would not only lead to X-23’s escape from the program, but also the destruction of future clones.

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X-23 (2005) #1

  • Published: January 12, 2005
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Rating: Marvel Psr
  • Writer: Chris Yost
  • Penciller: Billy Tan
  • Cover Artist: Billy Tan
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With her dying words, Dr. Kinney gave X-23 her real name: Laura. She finally met her “father” in the pages of X-23: TARGET X by Kyle, Yost, and Mike Choi. As you can imagine, the interaction came with plenty of rage and blood, but ultimately Wolverine suggested that Laura get involved with the X-Men.

That began a long run with various X-squads including the New X-Men, X-Force, and the All-New X-Men. These days, Laura can be found in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, having taken up the mantle of her dad after he died. The current story finds her racing the clock to help stop a space virus from running rampant on Earth.

Flash Forward

Up above we mentioned that X-23 first appeared on the “X-Men: Evolution” animated series. The show recast many of our favorite mutants as teenagers, but Wolverine acted as an older mutant and original member of the X-Men. To bring in similar elements from that character, but age them down for the audience, Kyle and Yost went the clone route and introduced Laura in “X23,” the 11th episode of the third season. She popped up again the fourth season in an episode called “Target X.” Since then, the character has also appeared in two other cartoons: “Wolverine and the X-Men” and “The Super Hero Squad Show.”

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Laura, aka the former X-23, pops her claws and prepares for violence!

There’s a new Wolverine on the block and she’s ready and raring to rip her foes to shreds.

That’s right gang, Laura Kinney’s the All-New Wolverine in Battlerealm and Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Game Designer Justin Ostensen dropped by to talk about the newest combatant in “Marvel Contest of Champions.”

Marvel.com: Laura’s the All-New Wolverine now, but there are already a few Wolverines running around on Battlerealm. How does she stack up?

Gabriel Frizzera: She’s younger, quicker, and has a massive chip on her shoulder. Plus she has foot claws! She’s possibly the best Wolverine the Contest of Champions has seen so far. We gave her a signature fighting style, which I think the players will enjoy. While her “dad” moves more like a wild animal, Laura’s animation is more disciplined and samurai-like. Even though they are both “Wolverine,” they play very differently.

Marvel.com:  She’s definitely looking a little more professional!

Gabriel Frizzera: The Wolverine mantle would weigh heavy on anyone’s shoulders, but Laura has the skills, the adamantium claws, and the personality to match. She’s more than qualified to leave her—scratch—mark. I personally think the blue-and-yellow looks fantastic on her, maybe even more than on Logan.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about her abilities and how they synergize with her playstyle? And what the heck is Cruelty?

Justin Ostensen: Wolverine (X-23) is one of the most aggressive Champions we’ve ever released. Her base abilities, along with her signature ability Frenzy, compound on each other to quickly bring down her foes with extremely powerful Bleed effects. As long as the opponent is Bleeding, Wolverine gains increased Critical Hit Rate, which causes more Bleeds, which increases her Critical Rate further and…you get the idea.

As for Cruelty, Wolverine is one of the few Bleed Champions that isn’t destroyed by Bleed Immune champs like Colossus and Ultron. Instead, she just switches it up so she’s gaining damage boosts in place of the Bleed effects, which also increases her Critical Hit Rate.

Marvel.com: It seems like you’re just going to want to go all out with X-23 and try to keep those bleeds up right?

Justin Ostensen: Absolutely. X-23 is at her most powerful when in the hands of an aggressive player. She isn’t a control Champion like Dr. Strange who wants to carefully place effects, or a power-over-time Champion like Venom who wants to bide his time and wait. X-23 is explosive right out of the gate and wants to bring down her targets as fast possible.

Marvel.com: Who should we have fighting by her side to get those sweet sweet bonuses?

Justin Ostensen: You’re definitely going to want to bring in Wolverine to help out Wolverine…and by that I mean you’re going to want to bring in Wolverine (Logan) to help out Wolverine (X-23). Their Family synergy will increase the base health of both Champions, and as a result, strengthen their Regeneration abilities. X-23 will also be synergizing with some upcoming Champions down the road, so keep an eye out for her allies that might be making their way into the Contest.

Marvel.com: And when do we get to play her for ourselves?

Justin Ostensen: The All-New Wolverine will be stalking her way into the Contest soon. Keep an eye out for in-game messaging and arenas for more information.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

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Look for new characters and content featuring Marvel's greatest female super heroes!

Beginning Thursday, March 3, Marvel Games will be releasing new characters and content featuring Marvel’s “Women of Power” across its portfolio of mobile, console, handheld, and PC game titles. The event coincides with Marvel Publishing’s “Women of Power” initiative, which will feature 25 new comic covers for Marvel’s most popular female characters. Additionally, new consumer product lines celebrating these iconic super heroes will launch in March and continue throughout spring and summer. 

“Marvel’s ‘Women of Power’ event celebrates some of the most popular heroes and villains in the Marvel Universe, bringing them together in a unique way for the first time,” said Peter Phillips, EVP/GM, Interactive and Digital Distribution, Marvel Entertainment. “By featuring these stories and characters throughout a single month, we’ve lined up one the most exciting events in the history of Marvel games.”

Details on some the super heroes, super villains, and content being released during the “Women of Power” event include:

LEGO Marvel’s Avengers (Console and Handheld): LEGO Marvel’s Avengers is releasing a new pack of downloadable content later this month that will add to the roster of over 100 characters. This pack features one of Marvel’s most powerful super heroes, Captain Marvel, alongside fan favorite characters Moonstone and the super villain Poundcakes.

Marvel Contest of Champions (Mobile Game):  In the latest update for Marvel Contest of Champions, fans will need to battle through a new event quest featuring Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan) and will be able to enhance their team with some of the greatest female super heroes, including She-Hulk, X-23, and Ms. Marvel herself. 

Marvel Avengers Academy (Mobile Game): Players enroll, build, and run Avengers Academy – the ultimate super hero school for a very exclusive group of students in Marvel Avengers Academy. This March, several all-new female heroes will be joining the student body of the Academy during a special event.

Marvel Puzzle Quest (Mobile Game): Marvel Puzzle Quest, the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay, will be releasing brand new “Women of Power” variant comic covers featuring their top female characters.

Marvel Games Celebrates Marvel's Women of Power

Marvel Games Celebrates Marvel’s Women of Power

Marvel Future Fight (Mobile Game): In Marvel Future Fight players will be able to engage in a brand new game event featuring Proxima Midnight, a member of Thanos’ Black Order and one of his most powerful generals. This is in addition to the already wide roster of female super heroes, including Black Widow, Thor (Jane Foster), Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), and Spider-Gwen.

Spider-Man Unlimited (Mobile Game): Spider-Man Unlimited features content from over 50 years of comic lore, including more than 30 playable Spider-Man characters. Fans will now enjoy more web-slinging, running, and dashing with a special event featuring notable Spider-Women including Silk.

Marvel Heroes 2016 (PC Game): Written by the critically acclaimed comic-scribe, Brian Michael Bendis, Marvel Heroes 2016 is an online action RPG from the creative visionaries behind Diablo and Diablo II. In the latest installment to this game, players will be able to team up with fan favorite Rescue, and Captain America players can suit up in an American Dream enhanced costume, which includes unique animations and new voiceover to represent Shannon Carter.

Marvel’s “Women of Power” Month will also see the launch of new product lines celebrating Marvel’s female super heroes. These leading ladies of the Marvel Universe made an impact with fans when new figures, playsets, role play and collectibles were revealed at New York Toy Fair last month. Iconic characters including Black Widow – soon to be seen in the upcoming film, Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War – were shown in a variety of sizes and categories, along with classic Marvel Comics  characters such as Captain Marvel, Silk, Gamora, Spider-Gwen, Kitty Pryde and more.

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X-23 takes up the claws, plus special cosplay covers and more!

Later this year, not only will X-23 be picking up Logan’s legacy as the All-New Wolverine in comics, she’ll also be carrying the claws into “Marvel Puzzle Quest”! We spoke to D3 Go! Producer Joe Fletcher about Laura’s debut, the inclusion of cosplay covers in the game, and more!

Marvel.com: When did the process begin to bring X-23 into the game as the All-New Wolverine?

Joe Fletcher: Pretty much as soon as we got the news! We had wanted to bring Laura to the game for a while now, and hearing that she was going to be on one of the All-New teams was the push that we needed to slot her into our release schedule. Not that she wouldn’t have made it anyway, but with the likes of Totally Awesome Hulk, (totally 90’s) Cyclops, and Red Hulk all hitting our game at about the same time it’s been a rough time for most characters to get a look in!

Marvel.com: What was the coordination like with Marvel Publishing since the character is so new and has not even debuted in the comics yet?

Joe Fletcher: As per usual, the Publishing staff has been on point with any questions and resources we needed. Concept art, abilities, all the stuff that we needed to make sure that Laura won’t just look her best, but that she’ll have the feel of the character that you see on the comics pages. After that, it’s a matter of multiple check-ins as we implemented her to make sure our in-house art was on point and the Puzzle Quest-ized abilities still felt like a good round of her character. We’re very pleased with the result.

Marvel.com: What can you say about Laura’s abilities?

Joe Fletcher: Hot off the heels of some new tech that we put in with Old Man Logan, X-23 has a similar setup where one of her abilities changes forms if you meet a trigger. In this case, it’s her Green with Laura Holding Back. In standard form, it deals some damage, making it useful as a single target attack. However, when the team gains enough Red AP, using this has Laura giving into her inner beast, turning the move into Berserker Fury. In this form, it does the same great single target damage for only 8 AP, but also adds powerful Strike tiles to the board, making additional matches deal more damage.

In true Weapon X fashion, X-23 also has healing powers which are shown in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” as the Red Passive, Savage Healing. Every time Laura makes a Green, Red, or Purple match, she’ll heal some of her taken damage. At max level, a single match can heal up over 10% of her life, so she makes a great front line tank. Opponents are going to need some good burst damage or a way to stun her to keep her from staying on her feet.

Finally, we have her Purple ability, Tracking Prey. Here, she takes advantage of her enhanced senses to track down and set a trap for her opponent. This ability places a Trap tile on the board, which does an absolute ton of damage if the enemy matches it when Laura springs her trap. Players that enjoy using Daredevil’s Ambush will also love this move. Akin to Ambush, it’s also effective when matched by the player, dealing a still decent amount of damage and also placing a Strike tile on the board. This ability costs less to use as more Strike tiles are placed, with X-23 being able to set powerful and often unavoidable traps for only 6 AP a shot with enough tiles out.

Marvel.com: Which other characters does the new Wolverine pair well with?

Joe Fletcher: Her abilities work very well with more Strike tiles out on the board, so she’s a natural pairing with one of the other Wolverine family, Daken. Daken can place Strike tiles on Green matches which will power Laura’s Holding Back and their color strengths complement each other well. Similarly, Blade’s Thirst can create Strike tiles on Red while leaving Green to X-23, but both use Purple to great effect so it’s a harder thing to say which ability you’d want to use.

To go for a more standard matchup instead of pushing just the Strike tiles, Cyclops (Classic) works very well with her too. They only overlap on one color (Red), so it’s easy to keep Laura out in front pretty easily while using Cyclops’ abilities to strategically take out tiles and create matches. As well, his Yellow can help boost her Green, letting her take out opponents pretty quickly due to its relatively low AP cost.

Marvel.com: Finally, what can you tell us about the cosplay covers making their way into the game?

Joe Fletcher: Starting today, we’re going to be featuring a select set of variant covers in the game, just in time for Halloween! These covers are based off the great cosplay variant set that Marvel is releasing with some of its titles in the coming month.  We’ve got six of them that we’re proud to show off to fans: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 (Spider-Man), AVENGERS #0 (Steve Rogers), CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON #1 (Sam Wilson), GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 (Gamora), INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 (Iron Man Model 35), and ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1 (Ant-Man). Definitely looking forward to players checking them out in-game; I’m going to see if I can’t collect the set personally, the work done by these cosplayers is amazing.

Download “Marvel Puzzle Quest” for All-New Wolverine and more, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more news and interviews.

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Artists David Lopez and David Navarrot exclusively explore Laura Kinney's new role in the Marvel Universe!

Laura Kinney, the hero formerly known as X-23, goes solo in ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, but her art team works in tandem to kick butt and take names.

David Lopez and David Navarrot’s designs for the book reveal a major affection for the character and her world, as well as a deep thought process for their work.

Marvel.com: David Lopez, what’s the typical way of approaching an issue like for you?

David Lopez: I work on a four week schedule basis. First week—maybe week and a half—I read the script and try to understand what the story is and how can I relate it to the reader. It’s all about the concept. Then I doodle little thumbnails on the printed script itself, just doodles that only I understand. After that I move to the computer, and I do a rough sketch of all the pages and place the balloons; leaving room for the balloons is vital. Read the story again, change some stuff; and then I do final layouts in rough pencils and place the masses of black and the basic grey work. That’s the tough part.

After that and [until] the deadline, I work with David Navarrot on final art. I work more on the main characters and he does the rest; it’s great because we have different design backgrounds; he’s great working on machinery and has a sleek sense for rendering. Basically he does all the hard work while I watch movies.

As to my everyday life as a guy working in comic books, that’s easy: I take care of my baby girl till the afternoon and the work until midnight. It’s intense.

Marvel.com: David Navarrot, how do you see your role on the art team? How do you collaborate with David?

David Navarrot: David and I try to keep the dynamic fluid and there are no strict roles. Once the layouts are done, we work on pretty much everything together. David has a lot of experience drawing comics and is a very good narrative storyteller. He is able to create characters that express emotion and have soul. We help each other try to achieve what the script demands.

We’ve been friends for years and get along great so it’s always a pleasure working with him. And he is very patient with me. In sum, Lopez is more into fashion, feelings and such. I’m the nerd who deals with weapon concepts.

Marvel.com: David Lopez, looking back at how you’d normally approach page layouts, is there anything you’ll try to do differently on ALL-NEW WOLVERINE? 

David Lopez: This book is so full of action that we thought a manga approach to it would work, so we’ve been researching the works of Katsuhiro “Akira” Otomo, Masamune “Ghost in the Shell” Shirow, Hiroaki “Blade of Immortal” Samura, and Masashi “Naruto” Kishimoto, and brought them to our ground. We want to take advantage of the possibilities of working full digital so there will be a lot of heavy grey-work. We are having a great time working on this book so I believe that the readers will appreciate it—and we hope they’ll love it.

David Navarrot: The layouts are more of Lopez’s thing. I’m more into the details and final touches of the book. The tone I’m going for is like that of some manga artists he mentions, like Otomo or Shirow, from back in the 80’s. But obviously it will be different because we’re doing it for the American market. 

Marvel.com: How much prep work—research, sketching, etc.—is involved before the pencils even touch the paper?

David Lopez: As much as I can, because that’s my weak spot. Navarrot and I are big fans of those animation bibles where you can see all the details of the preproduction, so we’re trying to do our own for this book. If you have time to think these things straight and you want to invest the energies needed on it, the final result is always better.

Marvel.com: You worked out several designs for Laura beyond her costumed look; why was it important to focus on her clothes and the way she wears them?

David Lopez: Laura is Wolverine now and a Wolverine book has its codes. We used to have Logan with his leather jacket and his cowboy boots and hat—he’d been living his adventures dressed like that for years—but with Laura we’re at a very sweet moment of her story. She’s starting her career as solo hero and she’ll have that kind of solo adventure, with that spirit, so I wanted to work carefully on her street clothes. It’s basically the same outfit as Logan but fitting more Laura’s background.

Marvel.com: Well, how did you approach adapting Logan’s classic look to Laura? What did you want to accomplish?

David Lopez: When I design a character’s clothes I always think of utility and “character.” I can’t see Laura on high heels, but she’s perfect with those gothic platform boots. When you dress a character you’re telling the people who he or she is and what their background is. For this particular one, Laura wears a cool biker’s jacket; I want to show her riding a bike at some point sooner or later—with pants that are resistant, but stylish, and the scarf can adapt to lots of different climates and situations. The shoes…I just hope she doesn’t need to use the foot claws.

Marvel.com: What do you see in Laura’s face when you draw it? Do you fill it with certain things, like anger for example, despite whatever her mood is at a given moment?

David Lopez: Laura has been through so much; she’s been living in the streets, she’s sold her body, she’s assassinated people—you know, lots of [expletive], but now she’s left all that behind. I mean, it’s there in her emotional backpack, but it’s not everything she is. This time she wants to take her own decisions and make her path.

I see her as someone emotionally distant with some temper; she looks like she’s disappointed, but it’s more against herself than the people around her.

Marvel.com: What can you say about the intriguing “Sisters” sketch? What’s going on with the look of the character?

David Lopez: I don’t want to spoil too much about the Sisters because they have a capital role in this book, but it’s taking a lot of pains to get a final look for them, and I even think we will be fine-tuning the designs until the day the book goes to print. This is more in the hands of Navarrot; he can find solutions to every design problem, his designs work. I mean, you can see how the straps hold the masks or where the protections flex. He’s awesome.

Marvel.com: David Navarrot, what do you feel is necessary for these designs, in terms of styling characters and tech, etc.?

David Navarrot: The style of the designs will be not too sci-fi, but will be kick-ass. 

Marvel.com: And finally, gentlemen, you work a lot with color when you sketch and design; how important is color to that process?

David Lopez: Since I’ve started working full digital the use of color comes easier. I don’t need to scan stuff before coloring, so I can work with color from the very beginning. I use it as another tool to tell the story of the characters or the objects I draw. My respect for colorists has increased dramatically; it’s a very important work and when it’s done properly it can boost the look of a book very much.

ALL-NEW WOLVERINE slashes its way into the Marvel Universe this fall, and the All-New, All-Different Marvel news keeps coming to Marvel.com and our social channels!

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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!

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Claw your way into some preview pages from the new weekly series spinning out of Death of Wolverine!

His death was only the beginning.

Spinning directly out of the chart-topping DEATH OF WOLVERINE, THE LOGAN LEGACY and THE WEAPON X PROGRAM comes a brand-new weekly series kicking off this January in WOLVERINES #1! Marvel is pleased to present a new look at the blockbuster first issue from the star-studded creative team of Charles Soule, Ray Fawkes, Alisson Borges and All-New Young Guns artist Nick Bradshaw!

Wolverine may be dead, but the weekly journey is just beginning as his mortal remains, now encased in the rare and powerful adamantium, are up for grabs. The battle begins as various factions vie for control of this valuable artifact. But why does it matter so much? And why is a war brewing in Logan’s name?

Death is on the books for a number of Marvel’s heroes and villains, and Mystique is playing chess with them all. X-23, Daken, Sabretooth, Lady Deathstrike, the mysterious man known only as Sharp and many, many more!

 “In a way, most of the characters featured in [Wolverines] are incomplete reflections of Wolverine,” says co-writer Ray Fawkes in an interview with Marvel.com “Perhaps now that he’s gone, they are free to fully realize themselves? Or maybe they’ll be annihilated by the void that he’s left behind?”

The true enemy is still out there. With Logan gone, they pose a greater threat than ever before. An unlikely team of his closest allies and most bitter rivals will need to work together if they have any hope of avenging his death – but how can they?

“The group here is not a set of people who are particularly interested in doing anything together unless they absolutely have to,” says Charles Soule.

Logan’s end was just the beginning. As those who called him friend mourn his passing, those who called him foe are free to pursue their sinister aims. Now, those with close ties to him will forge an uneasy alliance to uncover the secrets behind  his death, and new revelations about his life!

2015 is kicking off with the “SNIKT” that shouldn’t be missed as the weekly adventure begins in WOLVERINES #1!

WOLVERINES #1 (NOV140736)
Written by CHARLES SOULE & RAY FAWKES
Art & Cover by NICK BRADSHAW & ALISSON BORGES
Variant Cover by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (NOV140737)
ZACH HOWARD (NOV140740) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (NOV140738)
BLANK VARIANT (NOV140741) & CANADA VARIANT (NOV140742) Also Available
Welcome Home Variant by SALVADOR LARROCA (NOV140739)
On-Sale – 1/07/15

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Charles Soule and Ray Fawkes investigate life after Logan with artist Nick Bradshaw in a new weekly series!

Picking up the pieces in the aftermath of DEATH OF WOLVERINE, THE WEAPON X PROGRAM and THE LOGAN LEGACY, the writing team of Charles Soule and Ray Fawkes tackle WOLVERINES, a new weekly series featuring art by Nick Bradshaw.

WOLVERINES brings opposing forces—such as Mystique, Daken, X-23 and Sabretooth—together to investigate Logan’s death. In the process, Soule and Fawkes assure Marvel.com, characters will be pulled into many unexpected directions!

Marvel.com: Naming this weekly series WOLVERINES is a bold statement; what is the significance of the title for both of you?

Ray Fawkes: To me, the title has a few meanings. Foremost, though: In a way, most of the characters featured in this book are incomplete reflections of Wolverine. Perhaps now that he’s gone, they are free to fully realize themselves? Or maybe they’ll be annihilated by the void that he’s left behind? Either way, they are still defined—as they were before, perhaps frustratingly so—by Wolverine and what he represents to them. All of them were shaped by their struggles with him, or against him. None of them would be who they are today without his influence in their lives. Whether they like it or not, they are all Wolverine’s legacy now, by blood relation or otherwise.

Wolverines #1 preview pencils by Nick Bradshaw

Wolverines #1 preview pencils by Nick Bradshaw

Charles Soule: I agree with everything Ray said, and I’d add that there’s also a fun teasy market-y side to this as well. I mean, we just killed Wolverine—but here are six more! It’s not that specific, of course—we’re not treating this like a Death & Return of Superman situation—but it does establish a sort of tone we’re going for with the book. It’s bloody and intense in the manner of some of the best Wolverine stories. However, it also has a seriously weird side to it. Bizarre things happen in this series, and I think part of the fun for readers will be to try to anticipate where things might go next. It’ll be tough—we do like our twists and turns.

Marvel.com: Rather than having to wait a whole month for the next installment of the story, readers will get that adventure gratification on a weekly basis. How enjoyable is it for you both to be able to entertain your fanbase on a weekly basis in such a manner?

Ray Fawkes: Well, I love it. I have experience with the format, being part of the Batman: Eternal team over at DC, and I find the both the challenge of collaboration and the pace of the output to be very rewarding. It’s great seeing fans react every single week, to be honest; a pretty heady scene, compared to the usual monthlies.

Charles Soule: I don’t know what to expect yet, since I haven’t really done a weekly; DEATH OF WOLVERINE was probably the closest thing, but this is a different animal. I dig it so far from a creative perspective, though. It’s fun to think that the beats we’re planning will hit so quickly. I think we want to create something that’s like a combination of a sugar rush and a street brawl, and based on the first batch of scripts and art we’ve put together, I think we’re pulling it off.

Wolverines #1 cover by Nick Bradshaw

Wolverines #1 cover by Nick Bradshaw

Marvel.com: Can you give folks a glimpse of how you two plan to split up the writing duties on this series?

Ray Fawkes: Charles and I are taking a very “writer’s room” approach to this: we discuss the over-arching plot of the book, and then we chunk out the issues and handle them individually, running them by each other for notes and adjustment before turning them in to editorial and going through the rounds there. We’ve decided to keep the division of issues simple: we just alternate. Charles is scripting all the odd issues [Laughs] and I’m handling the even ones.

Charles Soule: Not much to add here; I can say that it’s really fun to do it this way. I like opening Ray’s scripts and seeing what weird/cool stuff he’s come up with. It’s like a game of very odd tennis.

Marvel.com: Am I right in thinking a major appeal for this series is teaming a cast of characters with egos and agendas that naturally create a level of tension when in the same place at once?

Ray Fawkes: You are right, yes. What an opportunity for drama! This is no boring adventure where everybody’s in lock-step, arm-in-arm against a common foe. The team involved in this book is a tangle of conflicting urges, needs, and habits. They have to work together—readers will soon learn why—but they’re never all going to see eye-to-eye. 

That said some of them are going to find out that they get along a whole lot better than they might have imagined. Some of them might even fall in love…

Oh, and one of them is crippled for life in the first issue. It’ll be fun watching the rest of them debate whether or not a mercy killing is in order. This is not a “leave no man behind” team here.

Wolverines #2 cover by Nick Bradshaw

Wolverines #2 cover by Nick Bradshaw

Charles Soule: The group here is not a set of people who are particularly interested in doing anything together unless they absolutely have to. I would suggest that folks check out both THE LOGAN LEGACY and THE WEAPON X PROJECT, the two “bridge” series between DEATH OF WOLVERINE and the WOLVERINES weekly. They provide a great deal of backstory to explain who these folks are—especially some of the new characters—and why/how they’re all entwined together when we open with WOLVERINES #1. Plus, they’re just great stories in their own right!

Marvel.com: Which are you two looking most forward to revealing in this series: the secrets behind Wolverine’s death or details concerning Logan’s life—or a mixture of both equally?

Ray Fawkes: Both? And other things. How about the secret truths of Wolverine’s greatest enemies? Or the secret potential of his blood relations…or am I saying too much? Stop me if I go too far, Charles.

Charles Soule: I’m actually interested in all the new stories we get to tell because Logan’s not around anymore. We’ve got some super cool new characters, including one with a pet fox named Culpepper—she’s one of my favorite things I’ve made up in a long while—some truly vicious bad guys new as well as familiar…reveals like you won’t believe.

Ray and I decided that we wanted to make a really tightly plotted puzzle with one hell of a twist ending. We know exactly where all of this is going, and it’s a blast to lay down clues as we go. The very first page of WOLVERINES #1 ties directly to one of the biggest reveals of the entire series; the idea is that when all of that pays off down the road, folks will—hopefully—think we knew what we were doing all along.

Spoiler: we do, and it’ll be a great ride.

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Trace the history of these two clawed heroes with these five seminal stories!

With Wolveirine kicking the bucket in the pages of DEATH OF WOLVERINE, all eyes are soon to be on his equally ferocious teenage clone X-23 – at least that’s what she thinks.

The clawed Ms. Kinney will be one of many Marvel scrappers rushing to fill the void left when Logan journeys into the great beyond. You can follow this posthumous struggle when DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY hits stores in October.

Before then, learn all about Wolverine and X-23’s intense history with these five issues, presented here in chronological order!

1. UNCANNY X-MEN #451

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #451

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #451

  • Published: October 20, 2004
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Chris Claremont
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Laura’s first encounter with the X-Men involved a lot more slashing than handshakes. The mutant team stumbled upon X-23 during her shift as a waitress in a mutant-themed nightclub, which explained why she had on one of Wolverine’s lesser-known costumes. The two traded blows for a while, and X-23 even got the upper hand by slicing at Wolvie’s face. Logan eventually talked her down, though, and thus began their tumultuous relationship.

2. X-FACTOR #26

X-Factor (2005) #26

X-Factor (2005) #26

  • Published: December 12, 2007
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 11, 2010
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Peter David
What is Marvel Unlimited?

X eventually made her way to the Xavier Institute, and she joined the teens in the New X-Men just as their school year took a turn for the tragic. X-23 stepped up her game, tough, when Wolverine drafted her into his makeshift team of hunters and fighters. Their mission: track down and take out the mutant soldier called Cable.

3. X-FORCE #1

X-Force (2008) #1

X-Force (2008) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

When Wolverine’s makeshift team became an official outfit called X-Force, X-23 stayed on the roster. This marked the first time that both mutants had served on a team together – and the dangers they went up against proved to be every bit as relentless and vicious as the heroes.

4. X-23 #1

X-23 (2010) #1

X-23 (2010) #1

  • Published: September 15, 2010
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 31, 2011
  • Rating: Parental Advisory
  • Writer: Marjorie Liu
  • Penciller: Will Conrad
What is Marvel Unlimited?

The two interacted in a totally different way in the first arc of X-23’s debut ongoing series. This time around, a demonic vision of Wolverine haunted Laura’s dreams and urged her to join him in Hell. More dreams and memories follow, as malevolent forces put X-23’s mind through the wringer and forced her to leave the X-Men’s island home.

5. X-23 #11

X-23 (2010) #11

X-23 (2010) #11

What is Marvel Unlimited?

With X-23 traumatized following exposure to a scent that triggered her berserker rage, Gambit asked Wolverine to pay the struggling teenager a surprise visit. The two reconnected in Paris, but a mysterious interloper put a halt to the healing process by exposing Laura to an upgraded trigger scent.

X-23 takes the lead in DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #2

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