The irony on this announcement is absolutely off the charts. As you may recall, Walt Disney Animation Studios adapted a little-known Marvel comic for the film Big Hero 6. You may also have heard that the Disney Channel will start showing Big Hero 6 The Series in June. Will there be a comic to accompany it? Absolutely. Will Marvel be publishing it? Nope.
Instead, IDW has the license. Technically, I suppose they have a license to do a comic based on the film adaption, rather than a license to continue the original Marvel title and it’s probably along the lines of IDW having the all ages/younger reader Star Wars comics. Still, IDW is working on a Marvel licensed book if you look at it from a certain angle.
Hannah Blumenreich and Nicoletta Baldari will be the creative team.
Official PR follows:
Debuting on Disney Channel on Saturday June 9, Big Hero 6 The Series will usher in new adventures of legendary superhero team Big Hero 6 — Hiro, Wasabi, Fred, Go Go, Honey Lemon and Baymax — for viewers. To coincide, IDW will be bringing even more excitement to readers in an all-ages comic book series! The fun kicks off this July with the first issue of an ongoing series.
Protecting San Fransokyo is no easy feat, but Hiro and the team are up to the challenge. “Big Hero 6 The Series features an amazing cast of characters. I couldn’t love them more, and I couldn’t be happier to be working on this book,” said Editor Joe Hughes.
Catching attention with her online comics and zines, burgeoning writer Hannah Blumenreich will lead the new comic series, writing the debut issue with Nicoletta Baldari (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny) providing stylish artwork to bring the characters to life. The first issue will also feature covers by Gurihiru (Gwenpool) and Sophie Campbell (Jem and the Holograms, TMNT).
“I am so excited to write this comic series,” exclaimed Hannah Blumenreich. “I know these characters are near and dear to a lot of people and I hope to do right by them.”
Look for the action-packed first issue available wherever comic books are sold this July, and don’t miss Big Hero 6 The Series this summer beginning Saturday, June 9 on Disney Channel.