Sure, Marvel is teasing that Wolverine is going to die. They’ve got a whole “3 Months To Die” storyline going on, with a teaser image above, and Wolverine will “die” in that. But not like your great uncle Ed died. Like a comic book character, with “die” in bitchy sarcastic quotes, as part of storyline intended to eventually bring him back.
To put it another way, if you believe that:
Here are some quotes from Marvel folks for long time comic book readers to roll their eyes at.
“We’re not messing around with the title,” Wolverine editor Mike Marts told Comic Book Resources. “We are going to fully explore Wolverine’s mortality — what that means to him, what that means to the X-Men, what it means to the Marvel Universe. And we’re not going to be shy.”
“The effects are line-wide,” promised Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. “I’m actually a bit surprised that my publisher allowed us to do this.”
So Wolverine will join Superman, Batman, Captain America, Nightcrawler, Green Arrow, Hawkeye, The Flash, Colossus, Martian Manhunter, Iron Man, Raven, The Wasp, several Green Lanterns, The Punisher, Alpha Flight (all of ’em), Angel, Cable, Cyclops, The Human Torch, The other Human Torch, Harry Osborn, Norman Osborn, Havok, Hercules, Moon Knight, Mockingbird, Mr. Fantastic, Mystique, Nick Fury, Northstar, Pslocke, Quasar, Bucky, the first two Phoenixes, Sabretooth, Storm, Thor, Vision, Wolverine (yeah, it’s happened before), Wonder Man, and, I’m stopping here, not because I ran out, but because my fingers got tired. The whole crew of “really most sincerely dead” characters who eventually walked back out of the revolving door that is comic book death.
Don’t get me wrong, that revolving death door is one of the fun things about comics. The upcoming storyline will probably be a lot of fun, and we’ll all chuckle when it turns out Wolverine was just hiding in Lockjaw’s doghouse for a month or whatever. And maybe it’ll even shake up the status quo a little bit, at least for a while.
But let’s please stop pretending it’s a big deal, or an “event.”