Marvel’s upcoming Fresh Start initiative includes a new start for Laura Kinney that is a step back into the past. After spending numerous years as Wolverine, having shed her experiment designation from The Facility to take on Logan’s mantle, she’s dropping that mantle to go back to being known as X-23.
Marvel announced a new X-23 series from writer Mariko Tamaki and All-New Wolverine artist Juann Cabal.
“I am so psyched to have the opportunity to write for X-23. How often do you get to write a comic that has its own iconic sound effect?” says Tamaki. “This is a story about being in the very weird kind of family that someone like Laura/X-23 finds herself in. It’s about what it means to wrestle with legacy and identity when you were created to be a weapon and not someone with a birthday and a sister. I love writing these characters, I love the ferocity that comes with them, and I love the supporting cast we’ve put together for these issues.”
No official announcement had been made about the fate Tom Taylor’s All-New Wolverine series starring Laura and her sister Gabby/Honey Badger along with their actual wolverine Jonathan, but this new announcement makes it clear that the title will be ending soon. Probably after the upcoming “Old Woman Laura” flashforward arc.
“It’s very exciting to work with a different author’s view of the same character you’ve been working on recently.” He continues, “I feel very lucky to be working with someone as brilliant as Mariko. She has her own voice and ideas, so the series’ tone is going to be different from ALL-NEW WOLVERINE, but you can feel her fondness and respect for the characters. So fans, rest assured! We’ll continue enjoying the Laura and Gabby (and Jonathan the Wolverine) we all know and love!”
X-23 #1 arrives in July.