Declan Shalvey Takes Over Return of Wolverine from Steve McNiven, Designs a New Costume

Bleeding Cool mentioned over the weekend the rumour that Declan Shalvey was to help Steve McNiven out on the Return of Wolverine mini-series. Turns out he’s taking over the comic entirely from issue 2 in October to issue 4, with McNiven returning for the fifth and final issue.

We noted how Charles Spule had been hanging out with Shalvey in Dublin. Soule is quoted as saying:

“I’ve wanted to work with Declan Shalvey forever—you can ask him! I’ve talked to him a million times about telling a story together… The timing’s never worked out, until now, for RETURN OF WOLVERINE, and I think it’s great he’s come aboard. He did a new design for one of Logan’s outfits in the story that I love, and he’ll get to choreograph a massive battle sequence with the X-Men, too. Declan’s wonderful, and he’ll do a hell of a job.”

While Shalvey says:

“I’m really excited to be part of this story and getting the chance to work with Charles and the absolute legend that is Laura Martin. I’ve always dreamed of drawing a Wolverine book someday, but never thought I’d get to be part of such an important Wolverine epic, not on a project on this level. I’m very humbled that the team at Marvel would consider having me be a part of all this. The scripts are really interesting and I’m curious to see how Charles’ plans will develop. The book has been a blast to draw so far, I’ve never drawn so many claws in one book before! I hope everyone likes my take on all the characters as I have very big Steve McNiven shoes to fill. No pressure!”

With McNiven saying:

“I am thrilled to have a fellow artist of the caliber of Declan on board for the return of Wolverine! He brings a level of excitement and enthusiasm to the whole team and I’m hoping readers are excited as I am to see what he has in store for us on the drawing board!”

And we get a look at that costume in designs and variants below…

RETURN OF WOLVERINE #1, by Charles Soule and Steve McNiven, hits store shelves September 19!  Declan joins the title with RETURN OF WOLVERINE #2, on sale October 24th!

And psst! Don’t tell anyone, but while you’re here, get a bonus look at some special designs by all-star artist Mike Hawthorne for a new RETURN OF WOLVERINE character named Persephone…

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