It was only a matter of time before my misbegotten comic book-riddled past caught up to me, and now it has. But whereas your average comic-book-geek-turned-novelist ends up being summoned back to the world of comics for a special mini-series or a story arc on an ongoing title, I was lured in a different way: with a novel.
Wolverine: Worst Day Ever is a short novel for kids ages 10-12 (ish), featuring a brand-new look at everyone’s favorite metal-boned mutant. I don’t want to say too much lest I give away some of the surprises, but I think I managed to find a unique way of looking at Wolverine…which was no mean feat, given how long he’s been around and how many other people have had their hands on him!
Todd Nauck’s very cool cover to Wolverine: Worst Day Ever.
The book is told as a series of blog entries by a new student at Xavier’s School, with illustrations culled from Wolverine and X-Men comics going back as far as Giant-Size X-Men #1 (and, yeah, I thought of Fanboy every time I flipped through that comic…). It was a lot of fun to write and I think it’ll look great. I wrote it for kids, but your average forty-year-old Wolverine fan should get a kick out of it, too. Plenty of in-jokes in there for the geeks. Represent!
Oh, and it has this most awesomely cool cover by Todd Nauck. Bravo, Todd!
The book should be in stores in April.