To quote Austin Powers, “you were right to be suspicious” if you didn’t think Steve McNiven would be drawing all 5 issues of the Return of Wolverine mini-series this fall. Marvel has announced that McNiven will be drawing the bookends to the series – #1 & #5. Issues #2-4 will be drawn by Declan Shalvey. Of course, they’re also hyping that Wolverine will have some new costumes, but we’ve been down that road before.
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This September, the Wolverine trilogy will be complete when RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1 hits comic shops! The five-issue limited series, spearheaded by writer Charles Soule, brings new twists to Logan’s powers—while raising new questions about his resurrection!
Today, Marvel is excited to announce that superstar artist Declan Shalvey will be joining Soule for issues #2-4 of the limited run! Best known for his work on VENOM, DEADPOOL, and the upcoming series DEAD MAN LOGAN, Shalvey is bringing his stellar talent to the claws of Marvel’s fan-favorite mutant starting this October.
“I’ve wanted to work with Declan Shalvey forever—you can ask him! I’ve talked to him a million times about telling a story together,” shares Soule. “The timing’s never worked out, until now, for RETURN OF WOLVERINE, and I think it’s great he’s come aboard. He did a new design for one of Logan’s outfits in the story that I love, and he’ll get to choreograph a massive battle sequence with the X-Men, too. Declan’s wonderful, and he’ll do a hell of a job.”
“I’m really excited to be part of this story and getting the chance to work with Charles and the absolute legend that is Laura Martin. I’ve always dreamed of drawing a Wolverine book someday, but never thought I’d get to be part of such an important Wolverine epic, not on a project on this level. I’m very humbled that the team at Marvel would consider having me be a part of all this. The scripts are really interesting and I’m curious to see how Charles’ plans will develop. The book has been a blast to draw so far, I’ve never drawn so many claws in one book before! I hope everyone likes my take on all the characters as I have very big Steve McNiven shoes to fill. No pressure!”
“We’ve been building up to Logan’s return for so long, we’re excited to finally be able to get the story out to you all!” adds editor Jordan D. White. “Declan is an incredible addition to the team, with incredible graphic storytelling skills and nuanced, moody art—we know he is going to go down as a modern day master of the Wolverine. When I spoke to Steve and Charles about the possibility of bringing him in, they were both very excited for what he would bring to the story.”
“I am thrilled to have a fellow artist of the caliber of Declan on board for the return of Wolverine!” says McNiven. “He brings a level of excitement and enthusiasm to the whole team and I’m hoping readers are excited as I am to see what he has in store for us on the drawing board!” After Declan wraps up his work on issue #4, the magnificent McNiven will return for the series’ final chapter with issue #5.
In addition to bringing his pencils to Charles’ epic story, Declan will also be drawing special variants on issues #2-4 of the series! See the exclusive reveal of the his variant for issue #2 below!
RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1, by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven, hits store shelves September 19! Declan joins the title with RETURN OF WOLVERINE #2, on sale October 24th!
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