In case you didn’t hear, Tony Stark is set to pop the question to Patsy Walker a.k.a. Hellcat in the pages of Iron Man #20 this May. At the time, Marvel teased an upcoming Iron Man/Hellcat annual issue and sure enough today the publisher revealed details for the Iron Man/Hellcat Annual #1 coming this June.
Christopher Cantwell, the writer of the ongoing Iron Man series, will be joined by artist Ruairí Coleman in a story that sees the couple taking a visit to San Francisco and encountering the forces of Hell itself in the process. No other members of the creative team were mentioned in the official press release.
Here’s how the publisher describes the annual:
After Tony’s shocking marriage proposal in IRON MAN #20, Hellcat travels to San Francisco to get her house in order…only this house is an aging Victorian manor left to her by her mother Dorothy. The house and its secrets will reunite Patsy with old friends like Hedy Wolfe — as well as others she’d hoped to leave dead and buried. When a supernatural crisis arises, will Hellcat and Iron Man combined be enough to beat back the flames of Hell itself?!
Marvel aficionados are well aware of Patsy Walker’s publishing history that spans 75+ from her early days in teen romance comics of the ’40s to her later superhero career that included a short-lived marriage to Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan. Cantwell teased that Patsy’s connection to Hell and her ex-husband come into play in this annual:
“Hellcat has one of the most unique—and at times inscrutable—origin stories in Marvel Comics, but also one of my favorites. I love that Patsy got her start in teen romance comics in the 40’s and yet was still somehow able to ride the wave into the rise of super heroes, becoming Hellcat. With an epic and circuitous backstory that now spans more than 75 years, I’ve had a blast exploring the rich tapestry that is Patsy—first in IRON MAN, and now with even more depth in this annual. In this tale, we focus on Hellcat’s peculiar relationship with Hell itself… after all, she’s spent some time there, and she once suffered a tumultuous marriage to Daimon Hellstrom, the Son of Satan. Patsy began as one of America’s first sweethearts, then became a hero, but she’s felt a darkness pull at her for years. It’s deep and twisted and personal and ugly… and maybe… a little alluring? Her relationship with Iron Man has been a welcome counterweight to that—a light that’s dissipated some of the shadows in her. But this story explores Patsy’s connection to a scarier realm. Yes, she can be charming and bubbly and sweet, but is there a power in those fires of Hell that might illuminate a deeper truth?”
The issue features a main cover drawn by Logan Lubera as well as variants by Stanley “Artgerm” Lau, Peach Momoko, and Chrissie Zullo.
Look for Iron Man/Hellcat Annual #1to arrive in stores on Wednesday June 1, 2022.