Laura Kinney is hanging up her mantle as the All-New Wolverine for a return to her old moniker in X-23 #1, an all-new Marvel series launching in July from writer Mariko Tamaki (She-Hulk) and artist Juann Cabal (All-New Wolverine).
The clone of Wolverine adopted her father’s name when he passed away in 2014’s Death of Wolverine miniseries. X-23 also made an appearance in the 2017 film Logan, played by Dafne Keen.
“I am so psyched to have the opportunity to write for X-23,” Tamaki told Marvel.com. “How often do you get to write a comic that has its own iconic sound effect?”
She added, “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.”
“It’s very exciting to work with a different author’s view of the same character you’ve been working on recently,” Cabal said. “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!”
With Wolverine back and alive in the Marvel Universe, it allows Laura to transition back to the X-23 name. At the moment she isn’t aware that Logan has returned, but one can imagine their eventual reunion is the catalyst behind the upcoming name change.
X-23 #1 launches in July from Marvel Comics.