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Wolverine goes back to Madripoor in new Patch series

Wolverine: Patch #1 excerpt
Wolverine: Patch #1 excerpt (Image credit: Andrea Di Vito (Marvel Comics))

Wolverine will be re-adopting his suave gangster persona of 'Patch' for a new five-issue series set in the '90s. 

In the upcoming series Wolverine: Patch, the iconic X-Man returns to Madripoor and his humble bar, the Princess (famously making its MCU debut in The Falcon & Winter Soldier) for an adventure that reunites him not only with Nick Fury, but also his old running buddy Archie Corrigan.

Wolverine: Patch #1 cover (Image credit: Geoff Shaw (Marvel Comics))

So what's the story about Wolverine-as-Patch? The idea of 'Patch' came at a time when the X-Men were presumed dead, and Logan wasn't keen on letting the secret come out so stopped wearing his Wolverine outfit and holed up for a time in the island nation of Madripoor. To throw people off his scent, he slicked back his hair, and donned a white suit and an eye-patch in a seeming montage to Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca and his old pal Nick Fury. 

(Heck, if Superman can pass as a civilian Clark Kent with just some glasses, Wolverine would practically be invisible without his trademark hair - and seemingly without his eye, especially since he's known to have a massive healing factor.)

Wolverine: Patch will be written by someone who knows him well - Larry Hama, who had an eight-year run on the main Wolverine title in the '90s, including a portion of the Patch-era adventures. Hama will be working with interior artist Andrea Di Vito and cover artist Geoff Shaw.

Check out this unletted preview of Wolverine: Patch #1:

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Wolverine: Patch #1

(Image credit: Andrea Di Vito (Marvel Comics))

Wolverine: Patch #1 preview

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Wolverine: Patch #1

(Image credit: Andrea Di Vito (Marvel Comics))

Wolverine and Nick Fury previously teamed up for a Madripoor adventure - Patch and all - in writer Archie Goodwin and artist Howard Chaykin's 1989 graphic novel Wolverine/Nick Fury: The Scorpio Connection.

Geoff Shaw has drawn the primary cover to Wolverine: Patch #1, and will be joined with variant covers by John Romita Jr./Scott Hanna/Dean White, Dan Jurgens/Brett Breeding, and Skottie Young. Check out the ones released so far here:

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Wolverine: Patch #1 variant cover

(Image credit: John Romita Jr./Scott Hanna/Dean White (Marvel Comics))

Wolverine: Patch #1 variant covers

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Wolverine: Patch #1 variant cover

(Image credit: Dan Jurgens/Brett Breeding (Marvel Comics))

Wolverine: Patch #1 (of 5) goes on sale on March 16.

While you wait, make sure you've read all the best Wolverine stories out there. 

Newsarama Senior Editor Chris Arrant has covered comic book news for Newsarama since 2003, and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)