Marvel’s upcoming Outlawed one-shot will spawn a slew of new series, including Champions, New Warriors, and Power Pack. Today the publisher announced another one, a horror-tinged relaunch of Werewolf by Night. The new four-issue Werewolf by Night miniseries will be written by Black Eyed Peas member Taboo and Benjamin Jackendoff, and illustrated by Scot Eaton.
The new version of Werewolf by Night will have ties to Native American storytelling and mythology, and will see the Native Marvel character Red Wolf hunting the newly-emerged werewolf, the victim of a family curse. In an interview with comicbook.com, Taboo discussed exploring Native American themes through the prism of the Marvel Universe:
“We’re going through a Native lens because of my Native American heritage. I always liked storytelling from a native perspective. Although I was born in the city of Los Angeles, recently I’ve been really connected to the Indian country or to native communities to be able to be a service and help native youth, inspire them, especially when it comes to health and wellness, and arts and music. So we built our partnership knowing that when we create, we create through a native lens… We took all the proper precautions, like getting the right folks that represent Indian country. When it comes to native storytelling, there’s a respect and an empathy for elders and folks from different tribes, nations, especially when you’re telling a story. This story is personal for me because I am half Hopi, that’s my tribe and the character is based on Hopi and the Hopi reservation. And for us, we always want to be respectful to native folks, especially when it comes to the Marvel Universe.”
Created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway, and Mike Ploog, the original Werewolf by Night made his debut in 1972, and headlined his own series until 1977. The character’s most recent major appearance was in a four-issue Marvel MAX series in 2009, though he has popped up as recently as 2016’s Civil War II. What ties, if any, this new Werewolf by Night will have to the original remains to be seen.
Werewolf by Night will be Taboo and Jackendoff’s second writing collaboration for Marvel. The pair previously teamed with Native artist Jeffrey Veregge for a one-page Red Wolf story in the pages of last year’s Marvel Comics #1000.
Check out the cover by artist Mike McKone, as well as solicitation text for the first issue and the full release from Marvel, below. Werewolf by Night #1 (of 4) is due out in comic shops and digitally in April.
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1 (of 4)
Written by TABOO & BENJAMIN JACKENDOFF
Art by SCOT EATON
COVER BY MIKE MCKONE
THE HOUR OF THE WOLF!
A new Werewolf by Night is prowling the Southwest, but all is not as it seems! A young man, a family curse, and an unholy experiment prove a dangerous combination for a small town in Arizona. All young Jake wants is to protect his people, but who will protect him from the monster within? Taboo of the BLACK EYED PEAS and Benjamin Jackendoff team up with Scot Eaton to tell an epic tale of righteous fury and incredible transformation in the Mighty Marvel Manner that is not to be missed!
New York, NY— January 20, 2020 — Announced today in an exclusive interview with Comicbook.com, Taboo of The Black Eyed Peas will be co-writing a new Marvel comic series this April with Benjamin Jackendoff.
The pair previously worked together on a story for MARVEL COMICS 1000 that focused on Red Wolf and will now be teaming up with acclaimed comic artist Scott Eaton on WEREWOLF BY NIGHT. The series will introduce a brand-new Werewolf by Night character to the Marvel Universe in a story set in Arizona. The new Werewolf by Night will be a young man named Jake who will be dealing with the effects of a family curse while trying to protect his people. The events of the story will also be driven by the outcome of March’s OUTLAWED one-shot.
“We’re going through a Native lens because of my Native American heritage,” Taboo told Comicbook.com. “I always liked storytelling from a native perspective. Although I was born in the city of Los Angeles, recently I’ve been really connected to the Indian country or to native communities to be able to be a service and help native youth, inspire them, especially when it comes to health and wellness, and arts and music. So we built our partnership knowing that when we create, we create through a native lens…”
“I think Werewolf by Night is such an interesting character, a cool character. His mythology is really dope, and it was such an exciting opportunity to be able to revamp a new mythology and tie it into Native American storytelling,” Jackendoff added. “That’s really what got us excited because they were like, ‘All right, cool. We can take the Werewolf by Night brand and stay true to the genre of it all, the creatures, the monsters, the big stuff, all that, but tie it into Native American storytelling, into a Native American background and palette, but still make it a fun adventure story about a kid.’”
For the full interview, visit Comicbook.com.
WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #1 hits stand this April.