The Fate Of Mutantkind Is In The Claws Of One Mutant In Wolverine’s ‘X Lives’ And ‘X Deaths’

by Tony Thornley

He’s Marvel’s most popular mutant, and in January he’s got the future of his entire species in his claws. After Inferno ends, the future of Krakoa lies with the X Lives of Wolverine and X Deaths of Wolverine.

In the mighty manner of House of X/Powers of X, X Lives and X Deaths are intertwined biweekly series launching the Second Krakoan Era of the X-Men. The two series will trade off each week, starting with X Lives of Wolverine #1 on January 5th. After guiding Logan’s path through the Krakoan era thus far, Benjamin Percy is joined by his X-Force collaborator and art superstar Joshua Cassara, and hyperkinetic penciller Federico Vicentini with Wolverine legend Adam Kubert on covers. The two series promise to start 2021 with a science fiction story that will be full of revelations for not just Logan but all of mutantkind.

“I’m going to make a bold statement: I set out to write the greatest Wolverine story ever told,” Percy told Entertainment Weekly in an exclusive interview. “I’m not trying to belittle previous creators when I say that. The opposite. I’m trying to honor them. When we reveal the expansive scope — and legacy elements — of the project, you’ll understand what I mean. We’re creating a definitive platform that channels all the Wolverine stories that came before, while shredding our way into a wild future.”

From Marvel’s announcement released today, it sounds like this are pretty dire for one important mutant, and Logan is their only hope:

“Logan. James Howlett. Weapon X. The mutant best known as Wolverine has lived many lives under many identities and in many places, but never before has the fate of the future been so entwined with the past! Fan-favorite eras of Wolverine’s saga are explored anew, along with never-before-seen episodes as Logan must travel to various points in time to prevent the death of a key figure in mutant history. But these lives are only one side of the story… If Wolverine’s future lies in the past, what does that mean for the present?

No one is safe. The future is at stake. The only certainty in life is DEATH and WOLVERINE.”

Check out the first four covers (including some VERY familiar patterns showing up on those X Deaths covers), and pick up the twin series starting in January!


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