Wolverine Dies and the Hulk Goes Omega at the Marvel Panel

A new Hulk! An elderly Cap/Deadpool team-up! All the weird things that will happen after Wolverine dies! Marvel served up a few pretty cool teases for the next couple of months in their Next Big Thing panel at Comic-Con.

Daredevil and Hulk writer Mark Waid was joined by Gerry Duggan (Deadpool, soon to be taking over Hulk), Charles Soule (Death of Wolverine), Sam Humphries (Legendary Star-Lord), and Amazing Spider-Man writer Dan Slott.

The panel got its start with a few titles you’ve probably already heard about, including All-New Captain America featuring Sam Wilson (a/k/a Falcon) as Cap, but we’ll also be seeing an October Dethlok series from writer Nathan Edmonson alongside Ales Kot’s Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier.

Charles Soule then delved into September’s The Death of Wolverine, which sees Wolverine dealing with the loss of his healing factor. We saw slides of Logan visiting his doctor (Reed Richards, in this case) who tells Wolverine that he’s at risk of infection every time he pops his claws. Each issue is supposed to have a different genre feel from different eras in the character’s life, with a pair of lettered pages showing a bearded Logan in shades and a ponytail wrapping up some final business.

Soule says that near the end of the miniseries, it was difficult to write the final sequence, with editor Nick Lowe adding that, after years and years of reading dozens of comic scripts, this was one of the rare ones that brought a tear to his eye.

Soule is also writing the first and last issue of the 7-part Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy, with characters like X-23, Mystique, and Sabertooth having stories spinning out of Wolverine’s death. He says the way you should look at The Death of Wolverine is as the first chapter in a much larger story. Subsequent issues will be one-shots focusing on Wolverine’s supporting cast.

In November, Soule is working with artist Salvador Larroca on Death of Wolverine: The Weapon X Program. The story has direct ties to how Wolverine dies, but Soule says the mini-series explores some of the good and bad done by the super-soldier program, introducing new characters.

Gerry Duggan is teaming up with artist Scott Collins in October’s Death of Wolverine: Captain American and Deadpool which pairs elderly Steve Rogers and Wade Wilson with ties to some classic Cap stories.

Issue #3 of Inhuman will be out in August, featuring art from Joe Madureira, exploring what happens when the mutating Terrigen mists spread throughout the world, sparking mutations. Ryan Stegman is taking over art in issue #4, with Madureira taking some time off to focus on his work for later issues of the series.

In August, Original Sin is getting an annual looking at the origin of the man who gave Nick Fury his job.

Sam Humphries talked about Peter Quill’s solo title, Legendary Star-Lord. He says Peter thinks he’s “legendary” because he can shoot fast and he’s great with girls, but the writer says the real reason the character is legendary is because he’s got a heart of gold.

Humphries had high praise for artist Paco Medina, and we got to see covers for issues 3 and 4. The fourth issue will bring in Thanos, who has some unfinished business with Star-Lord spinning out of Original Sin.

Cyclops is getting a creative team shakeup with Chew writer John Layman coming on with issue #6 alongside artist Javier Garron.

Empire of the Dead gets a second act in September with writer George Romero returning to the vampire/zombie series this fall.

Marvel is also publishing an OGN prequel to the ABC series Revenge featuring the origin of the character Emily Thorne.

In December, Mark Waid is launching S.H.I.E.L.D. #1 with artists Carlos Pacheo, Alan Davis, and Chris Sprouse. Waid joked that it’s like the show with an unlimited budget. The series will in Marvel Comics continuity while featuring Agent Coulson and his team, finding and recruiting new agents.

Waid describes Coulson as his favorite character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, saying that the Clark Gregg super spy is the ultimate comic fan.

The series will be done-in-one with a different artist for each issue, with all sorts of team-ups that Waid has long wanted to work with including Howard the Duck and Rocket Raccoon.

Moving on to Daredevil, the writer countered complaints that his run on the book was too Silver Age-y by saying that the same bad things happen to Matt Murdock, but the only difference is how he deals with them. In upcoming issues, Matt will be dealing with an Original Sin reveal where the blind martial artist will ask his mother the true reason she left his father.

Waid will also be writing Original Sin: Hulk vs. Iron Man, featuring secrets for the pair of Science Bros, with Tony Stark confronting some things he may have forgotten during his hard-drinking period.

Gerry Duggan takes over Hulk with issue #5, introducing “Doc Green” a new Hulk persona in August. Duggan says that the new persona has some very distinct ideas about what the world needs and the upcoming plot will be the Hulk’s “Armor Wars.”

The new storyline, “The Omega Hulk,” will involve a big change to the character with Hulk on Hulk action from artist Mark Bagley.

Which of these new Marvel titles are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below.

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