A fan-favorite superhero is getting a new creative team in 2019, a killer duo is launching a new Image series, and an acclaimed DC Comics series is cancelled amid claims of abuse by one of its creators, all in today's comic book news roundup.
First up, over at Marvel, we got the news that, after five years of writing the character, Ms. Marvel co-creator G. Willow Wilson will be leaving Kamala Khan behind and a new era of Ms. Marvel comics will begin. This March the publisher will launch The Magnificent Ms. Marvel, a new ongoing series from writer Saladin Ahmed (Black Bolt, Miles Morales: Spider-Man) and artist Minkyu Jung (Batgirl, Nightwing).
Since her solo title launch in 2014, Kamala Khan has remained a fan favorite character at Marvel in both her solo series and as part of the Champions team of young superheroes. Now, stewardship of Ms. Marvel will pass on to a new team.
“I think she’s really the face of everything that’s new and fresh and exciting and ‘21st century’ at Marvel, and with superheroes in general. To be given stewardship of that is a big deal to me,” Ahmed said in an interview about the passing of the torch with Entertainment Weekly. “It’s always thrilling being given responsibility over a beloved character. It’s particularly meaningful for me to be taking over from Willow. She’s an incredible writer, and she’s a friend. I’ve only been in comics for a couple years, I come from fiction and poetry and stuff like that, and Willow has been one of the folks who’s helped me figure out this whole craft and business. She’s my sister, and it’s very cool to be taking the baton from her. There’s something meaningful there.”
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 arrives March 3. Check out Eduard Petrovich's cover below.
If you're into comics creative dream teams, then Image is about to hit you with a great one. The pubisher announced Friday that writer Kyle Starks (Sexcastle, Rock Candy Mountain) has teamed with artist Erica Henderson (Unbeatable Squirrel Girl) for Assassin Nation, a new action comedy series with a premise as wild as you'd expect from these two.
Here's the synopsis:
"When an assassin tries to kill the former top hitman in the world, he hires the current top 20 hitmen to be his bodyguards. Death, comedy and action ensue."
Anyone who's read Unbeatable Squirrel Girl knows that Henderson is immensely creative when it comes to action, and anyone who's read Sexcastle will definitely want to read more hitman fun from Starks.
Assassin Nation #1 arrives March 13. Check out the cover and some preview pages in the gallery below.
Finally today, DC Comics has canceled acclaimed Vertigo series Border Town after allegations of abuse were leveled at its writer and co-creator Eric M. Esquivel, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The already solicitied fifth and sixth issues of the series will not be shipped, and the already released issues will be returnable, according to THR's report.
The cancellation comes after toy designer Cynthia Naugle made a public statement over the weekend in which she described being “sexually, mentally, and emotionally abused” by an unnamed coworker at a comic book store. This person was later determined by various social media users to be Esquivel, which Naugle seemed to confirm through retweets.
Neither DC nor Esquivel has yet issued a statement about the cancellation, but both Border Town colorist Tamra Bonvillain and artist Ramon Villalobos issued statements of support for Naugle via social media.
“The way he treated [Naugle] was disgusting and inexcusable,” Bonvillain wrote. “It shames me to have spent so much time and energy working with someone who is capable of such actions, and I’m sorry if the delay in response caused some confusion about my feelings.”