Death is more like a temporary inconvenience rather than a permanent state of being in comics, and no character embodies that notion more than Nightcrawler from the X-Men. After being killed during the Second Coming storyline, the character was revived last year in Marvel’s Amazing X-Men series. Not only is he back on the X-Men, but now the company is giving him his own solo comic book series this April. The series will be illustrated by Todd Nauk and written by Chris Claremont, the man who put Nightcrawler into the spotlight during Excalibur.

”He’s smart, tough, creative [and] daring, with an instinctive understanding of people and situations,” said Claremont in an interview with “He has a wicked sense of humor and a devastating charm. As his body’s designed well outside the box of human experience, so too are his thought processes. 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 [who] others trust; to know him is to have faith in him.”

Obviously Nightcrawler might not move the needle much on his own, so he will be joined by Wolverine in this book to help garner more readers. The two of them will be a dynamic duo of sorts as they drink beer and kick ass across the Marvel Universe. Take a look at the series’ debut cover by Chris Samnee, as well as some initial sketches by Todd Nauk below.

[via Marvel]