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Nightcrawler returns to the Marvel U with his solo book next month

It’s a whole new world for Kurt Wagner as he finds the universe he left behind isn’t exactly the same as the one he’s returned to.

This April, an X-Men legend returns. Prolific and iconic X-Men writer Chris Claremont teams with fan favorite artist Todd Nauck for NIGHTCRAWLER #1 – a swashbuckling new ongoing series that’s sure to have everyone talking!

“He’s smart, tough, creative and daring, with an instinctive understanding of people and situations. He has a wicked sense of humor and a devastating charm,” says Claremont, in an interview with Marvel.com. “His ‘normal’ is revolutionary to most people; throw him a problem, he’ll find a way to solve it that’s unique to him. He quite simply is the kind of man others trust; to know him is to have faith in him.”

When Nightcrawler sacrificed his life to protect mutantkind, a hole was left in the X-Men’s ranks that has never been filled. With his recent resurrection in the pages of Amazing X-Men, Kurt Wagner has returned to a world far different from the one he left behind. Charles Xavier is dead. Scott Summers is on the run. Even Wolverine, his closest friend, has changed, becoming the headmaster of the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. And though a deep schism divides the X-Men, Kurt Wagner isn’t going to waste one minute of his new lease on life.

Now, Nightcrawler is hitting the road, eager to right some wrongs and help safeguard the future of mutantkind. And he’s going to do it the only way he knows how: swashbuckling, lady-charming, and of course BAMFing!

Don’t miss the start of a brand new adventure as Nightcrawler and Chris Claremont make their triumphant return to the X-Men for NIGHTCRAWLER #1 – teleporting its way into comic shops this April!

When you see just how different the Marvel Universe has actually become in Nightcrawler’s absence it’s actually a bit jarring from a fan standpoint. I knew the X-Men’s section of Marvel’s pantheon had changed pretty remarkably in the last few years, but I hadn’t realized how much till I read through this preview sent over by the publisher.

There isn’t too much that resembles the X-Men of the 80’s and 90’s left for older fans who remember the team from their glory days. But, there is Nightcrawler.

This is an X-Man from that time, who’s as much a fish out of water in this modern age of turned-tables and switched alliances as any reader of the classics might be. From that angle alone, it should be pretty great to see him interact with even characters who are his better friends, like Wolvie.

Plus, it’s just fun to see Kurt back in action after having him be missing for so long from Marvel’s continuity. I move the fact that he has a solo book too, but I hope that he’s still involved in a big way in the core X-Men titles. It just wouldbt be the same without him.

You can Nightcrawler live and in living color when the first issue of his book of the same name arrives on April 9th from the legendary Chris Claremont and artist Todd Nauk.

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