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Marvel calls X Lives of Wolverine and X Deaths of Wolverine "the greatest Wolverine story ever told"

X Lives of Wolverine
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Marvel Comics has unveiled the covers for the first two issues of what the publisher calls "the greatest Wolverine story ever told" in the twin limited series X Deaths of Wolverine and X Lives of Wolverine both written by Benjamin Percy. The two limited series, follow a format inspired by the interweaving House of X and Powers of X limited series that launched Jonathan Hickman's X-Men run and will ship on alternating weeks. 

Previously announced as part of a spate of Marvel Comics "tentpole" titles for 2022, the new covers for X Deaths of Wolverine and X Lives of Wolverine shed some new light on what may occur in the pages of the interlocking stories, which are said to flash back and forth between Wolverine's past, present, and future in order to prevent the death of a key figure in Marvel mutant history. 

The cover of X Lives of Wolverine #1 from Adam Kubert and Frank Martin (who also created the cover for X Deaths of Wolverine #1) shows many of the guises Logan has taken on over the years, including glimpses of his current Wolverine costume; his original Wolverine outfit; his iconic white tux jacket and eyepatch he wears as Patch of Madripoor; his Weapon X training and programming headgear; his early black and gold special forces uniform; his Canadian army uniform from World War I; a slight look at his early days as the troubled James Howlett; and of course a look at Logan in his most feral, wild nature.

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Taken together, the images form a somewhat incomplete narrative of his life (we're a little surprised not to see a samurai Wolverine depicted in the group), from his origins as the illegitimate son of a wealthy landowner to becoming a soldier, to being recruited into the Weapon X program, and eventually joining the X-Men.

Along with the release of the covers, Percy, who helms the Wolverine ongoing title as well as both limited series, has tweeted a tease for Wolverine fans ready to dig into the secrets that still surround his life.

"I know some folks have been waiting for some Wolverine family moments," Percy tweeted. "Well...stay tuned. Adam Kubert just handed in a cover for the X Lives of Wolverine/ X Deaths of Wolverine that's going to make you stand up and cheer."

X Lives of Wolverine by Percy and artist Joshua Cassara and X Deaths of Wolverine by Percy and artist Federico Vincentini kick off on January 5 and January 12, respectively. 

X Lives of Wolverine #2 goes on sale January 19 while X Deaths of Wolverine #2 goes on sale January 26. 

Stay on top of our listing of all the new X-Men comics scheduled for release in 2021 and beyond.

George Marston

I've been Newsarama's resident Marvel Comics expert and general comic book historian since 2011. I've also been the on-site reporter at most major comic conventions such as Comic-Con International: San Diego, New York Comic Con, and C2E2. Outside of comic journalism, I am the artist of many weird pictures, and the guitarist of many heavy riffs. (They/Them)