Image: Marvel Comics. Art by Joe Quesada.

Welcome back to the world of comic book news, where death is not the end, but more like a stay at the world’s most popular motel. This time, a famous fallen hero from the pages of Marvel’s comics is going to be making their grand return in this week’s roster-shuffling prelude special Legacy, and please, try to be a little bit shocked.


Speaking to, Marvel Comics has confirmed that this week’s Legacy #1—promising to explore thousands of years of Marvel Universe history and set the stage for this fall’s lineup reshuffling—will see the original Wolverine returned to life, now possessing one of the Infinity Stones for some undisclosed reason. Here’s editor-in-chief Axel Alonso on Wolverine’s shocking return:

Yes, Logan is back from the dead. After three years of a Logan-free Marvel Universe, Logan is back, claws popped and ready for action. How he came back, why he came back, and just how he came into possession of that Infinity Stone are part of a fascinating story that’s going to unveil soon, and in some unusual places.

Logan has been dead since the events of 2014's Death of Wolverine storyline, which saw Logan’s body encased in a puddle of adamantium. Since then, however, that’s not stopped Marvel from having the mantle of one of its most iconic heroes crop in in multiple forms. There is of course Laura Kinney, aka X-23, who’s currently in action as the All-New Wolverine. There’s Old Man Logan, a reality-displaced version of Logan from the apocalyptic Old Man Logan storyline who’s currently running around with the X-Men like it’s no big deal. There’s Jimmy Hudson, the estranged son of the Ultimate Universe’s Logan, now a member of the young X-Men Blue team. And that’s before you get to people like Daken, Wolverine’s other son. Suffice to say, even in Logan’s absence, the last three years have not been sans-Wolverine at Marvel.


But it’s no surprise that the original Wolverine is returning for Legacy. After all, this whole roster-shakeup is specifically designed to appeal to fans of the old status quo of Marvel Comics, before the company introduced alternate versions of its most beloved heroes. That, and it’s comic books, the other land where what is dead may never die.

Marvel Legacy #1, by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic, hits shelves this Wednesday, September 27.


James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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