Living the Logan Legacy: James Tynion IV & Mystique

Death of Wolverine: The Logan Legacy #6 preview art by Andy Clarke

As a savvy strategist, Mystique plans for every eventuality—except for a world without Wolverine.

While taken by surprise, Logan’s passing enables Mystique to pursue an agenda to reshape the world, since the one person who always succeeded at stopping her can no longer stymie her ambitions. Those aspirations may be on the cusp of coming to fruition in December’s DEATH OF WOLVERINE: THE LOGAN LEGACY #6, but writer James Tynion IV explains to what destiny lies ahead in his new collaboration with artist Andy Clarke! Where do readers find Mystique at the opening of this story, given that she is a character who is always in the shadows seemingly working her way into interesting places?

James Tynion IV: We’re in a very interesting moment in Mystique’s life, where she’s basically wrestled control of Madripoor, and is using it as the basis of operations for her new Brotherhood. It’s a major move for Mystique, who we know best as someone who sneaks through the undercurrents of the world, rather than stepping into center stage on such a global level. But at the same time, in some of her earliest appearances, we would see her and Destiny talk about their desires to engineer the future on a massive scale. It was something that really defined her from her inception. She has such a fascinating placement in the Marvel Universe as one of a handful of characters who more or less do not age. She’s been around for the entire 20th Century. She’s had huge plans to shape the world, and here we have her in a position of power that she might have at some points in her life thought unfeasible. That’s where this begins. Mystique and Logan had a rich history, dating back to as early as the 1920’s; I imagine his death will still take her by surprise on some level—am I right?

James Tynion IV: Absolutely, and that’s the heart of this issue. When you’re one of the timeless, ageless figures wandering the world, and you’ve developed relationships with people who are in the same boat, you end up feeling like it’s impossible that they’ll ever really go away. Raven has believed that Wolverine would never die for years and years, and we’ll see in this issue how that’s shaped her own path through the decades since they first met. The way the whole landscape of her life changes in the moment of his death will set the stage for a whole new era of Mystique in the Marvel Universe. What interested you most about getting to write an installment in this critical post-Death of Wolverine limited series, THE LOGAN LEGACY, which also serves to set the stage for the WOLVERINES weekly series?

James Tynion IV: To be honest, it was simply the chance to write one of my favorite characters of all time. Mystique has always captivated my mind, from her power set, to her incredible personality. It’s fun to get a chance to play with this figure [that] I’ve read and loved as a fan since I was a young child I was excited to learn you are working with Andy Clarke on this story; how enthused were you to learn he’d be collaborating with you?

James Tynion IV: I’ve worked with Andy a number of times over at DC Comics on the Batman books, and he’s helped me craft a number of stories that are still some of the favorite things that I’ve ever worked on. It’s been an absolute blast to team up with him again and have him explore a whole different universe. What dynamics about Mystique do you most enjoy getting to explore in this story?

James Tynion IV: The key piece to this issue, and one of my favorite elements of Mystique as a character, has always been her relationship to Irene Adler, Destiny. Irene is perhaps the only person Raven has ever loved or cared for, and her role as her partner is an element that we haven’t really seen explored in the comics since Irene’s death. That was one of my first ideas for the comic, trying to draw out what that relationship still means to her in the present day, and the way the two of them operated together in moments in their shared history with Wolverine. You are a writer who operates successfully in a variety of comic universes; what storytelling opportunities are afforded you when you get to work in the Marvel Universe?

James Tynion IV: Honestly, I’ve been able to play with some of the best toy boxes in comics over at DC, but the biggest toy box I haven’t been able to explore has been that of the X-Men. I was a total X-Kid growing up, an obsessive reader and collector, and to this day, they are some of my favorite characters in all of comics. Getting a chance to come over to Marvel and play around with characters I’ve loved since I was a child for the very first time has been absolutely thrilling—a literal dream come true. You have a rich history of collaborating with editors Mike Marts and Katie Kubert—what is the best part of getting to team with them on a project like this?

James Tynion IV: Mike Marts was the guy who hired me onto my first ever published comic book, and I’ve known Katie since I was just a lowly intern in the offices of Vertigo. It’s always great to have the comfort of a long-standing work relationship where you know you can rely on your editors backwards and forwards, particularly when it comes to a project of this scale. It’s been an absolute pleasure to get to work with them again. Borrowing from the story’s title, how do you think this installment pays honor to Logan’s legacy?

James Tynion IV: Logan was a man whose every action helped define the last hundred years of the Marvel Universe; this issue helps show what happens when a force for good like that is ripped away suddenly, and players who he managed to keep at bay for decades are finally unleashed. Mystique is going to be a major player in everything these stories set up, and I can’t wait to see it all unfold.