Writer Tini Howard has signed an exclusive contract with Marvel.
The move was announced over the weekend at the “Women of Marvel” panel at C2E2 2019 in Chicago. Howard, for those who are somehow still unfamiliar, is a rising star writer in comics. She’s done some great work for Marvel already, including September’s Captain America Annual #1 and this month’s Age of Conan: Belit, Queen of the Black Coast mini-series. She’s also got the high-profile gig of writing a new Thanos six-issue series that’s slated to debut in April, when everyone everywhere will likely be talking about Thanos due to the release of the Avengers: Endgame film.
Howard has built a name for herself with critically-acclaimed creator-owned work such as Euthanauts for IDW’s Shelly Bond-helmed imprint, Black Crown. She’s currently writing The Forgotten Queen for Valiant and a comicbook adaptation of the Netflix TV show, GLOW, which launches this week from IDW.
One of Howard’s first projects as a newly-exclusive Marvelite will be a new Death’s Head miniseries to launch in July. The series, which was announced at the same Women of Marvel panel, will be drawn by Kei Zama. Death’s Head, for the understandably unfamiliar, is a robot bounty hunter created in the 1980s by Simon Furman and Geoff Senior. I’m sure more knowledagable fans would disagree, but Death’s Head strikes me as Marvel’s answer to The Transformers.
Also of note with this new series is that Howard said on Twitter that popular Young Avengers characters Wiccan and Hulking will be in the book as “grown ups now with an apartment together.” Which all sounds great.