Chip Zdarsky is about to launch another Spider-Man story, Kevin Smith's Hit-Girl miniseries gets more details, and Cosmic Ghost Rider is about to rewrite the history of the Marvel Universe, all in today's comic book roundup.
Marvel announced Wednesday that acclaimed writer and artist Chip Zdarsky isn't quite done with Peter Parker after his celebrated Spectacular Spider-Man run. The publisher previously revealed that Zdarsky is taking over as writer on Daredevil next year, but he's also got at least one more Spidey story to tell, and it's an epic one.
Spider-Man: Life Story is a six-issue miniseries featuring art by the great Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man) that will re-tell Spider-Man's origin story and entire history, but in a way we've never seen before. Life Story asks the question "what if Spider-Man had aged at the same rate as our world?" and ponders this by showing us Spidey's story as it unfolds throughout the history of 20th century, beginning in 1966, "set against the key events of each decade."
"This is an idea I’ve had since I first started working for Marvel, something that explores the characters and the Marvel universe on a deeper level, where time changes both the characters and the world,” Zdarsky said. “Being able to span decades with one of the most iconic Spider-Man artists ever, Mark Bagley, is surreal. He’s creating fresh takes on classic characters and moments in really dynamic ways.”
Spider-Man: Life Story arrives in March. Check out Zdarsky's cover for the first issue below.
Back in August, Mark Millar confirmed that an upcoming arc of his Hit-Girl comic series would be scripted by writer/director Kevin Smith. At the time, there was a bit of confusion over what the series would actually be about, but it was clear that it would take the title character to Los Angeles, and Smith was called it "The Golden Rage of Hollywood." Now, Image has officially announced a new title and release date for the series.
The new Hit-Girl is officially titled Hit-Girl Season Two, and Smith's four-issue arc has been retitled simply "Hollywood." The story sees Smith teaming up with DC Super Hero Girls artist Pernille Ørum, and will indeed follow Hit-Girl to Hollywood after she learns that a film is being made about her life.
"In this dream creative team’s spin on Hit-Girl, readers’ favorite adolescent assassin tears Tinsel Town a new one when she realizes her life’s being dramatized for the silver screen," per Image. "Hit-Girl storms sets, wages war on fat-cat movie bosses, and lures old enemies out of hiding in this Californian bloodbath."
Hit-Girl Season Two #1 arrives Feb. 13. Check out Francesco Francavilla's cover below.
Marvel also announced Wednesday what the mysterious teasers released earlier in the week promising "Marvel History is Destroyed!" were really about. It turns out they're about fan-favorite new character Cosmic Ghost Rider, and a new limited series.
Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History will feature Cosmic Ghost Rider stuck in time, and using his cosmic powers to, as the title suggests, rewrite the history of the Marvel Universe. The series will be scripted by actor and comedian Paul Scheer (The League) and drawn by Nick Giovannetti (Guardians Team-Up), and its premise sounds truly wild.
"Cosmic Ghost Rider is stuck in the past. So what’s the Cosmic Guardian of Justice going to do? Rewrite the origins of the Marvel Universe, of course!" Marvel teases. "Who really gave the Fantastic Four their powers? Who brought The Amazing Spider-Man back after Spider-Man No More? Who found Captain America on ice before the Avengers did? Who saved Jean Grey from the Dark Phoenix Saga?"
Apparently we're going to find out the answers those questions in March, when Costmic Ghost Rider Destroys Marvel History #1 hits stores. Check out the cover.