How Lee & Kirby's "Fantastic Four" Birthed the Marvel Universe, Part 1
In his weekly MyCup o’ Joe column on MySpace, Marvel chief Joe Quesada announced today a new mini-series called Marvel Divas by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Tonci Zonjic:
This also seems like the perfect time to announce our Marvel Divas limited series, beginning in July, from Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Tonci Zonjic, featuring some of the Marvel Universe’s greatest female heroes in a way you haven’t seem them before. I’ll let Roberto explain:
“The idea behind the series was to have some sudsy fun and lift the curtain a bit and take a peep at some of our most fabulous super heroines. In the series, they’re an unlikely foursome of friends–Black Cat, Hell Cat, Firestar, and Photon–with TWO things in common: They’re all leading double-lives and they’re all having romantic trouble. The pitch started as “Sex and the City” in the Marvel Universe, and there’s definitely that “naughty” element to it, but I also think the series is doing to a deeper place, asking question about what it means…truly means…to be a woman in an industry dominated by testosterone and guns. (And I mean both the super hero industry and the comic book industry.) But mostly it’s just a lot of hot fun.
This week’s column also includes a Q&A with War of Kings scribes Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning. Which gives me an excuse to link to something I’ve been meaning to mention — Kirk Warren at the Weekly Crisis has an excellent series of primers on War of Kings that introduce all the major players, in case you haven’t been keeping up with Marvel’s cosmic comics.