Well, this may be the biggest comic book news of the week. Month. Year. We reported last year the gossip that Marvel Comics had been talking to Scholastic, the biggest publisher of graphic novels in the USA with big plans to come – well this is the result.
The new multi-year line of middle-grade original graphic novels kicks off with a Miles Morales: Spider-Man story in Spring 2021 New stories to be written by bestselling authors including Justin A. Reynolds, Nadia Shammas, and Roseanne A. Brown and will include Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Kamala Khan: Ms Marvel, Shuri: Black Panther and more. These new stories will launch as part of Scholastic's Graphix Media line.
Miles Morales: Shock Waves, written by bestselling author Justin A. Reynolds (Opposite of Always and the forthcoming novel, Early Departures) with art by Eisner Award-nominated artist Pablo Leon (The Journey).
They are going to sell an awful lot of these, aren't they? My youngest daughter already wants copies and is asking me why I don't have them for her yet.
"Ever since he entered the Marvel Universe a few years ago, Miles has struck a deep and personal chord with fans around the world," said Lauren Bisom, Editor of Marvel's juvenile publishing. "As Spider-Man, he embodies that classic coming-of-age story. But as Miles, he represents so much more—and his life experiences, his culture, and his ability to embrace his inner strength make him one of the most important and inspirational heroes in the Marvel Universe."
In Miles Morales: Shock Waves, Miles Morales is a normal school kid who happens to juggle school at Brooklyn Visions Academy while swinging through the streets of Brooklyn as Spider-Man. After a disastrous earthquake strikes his mother's birthplace of Puerto Rico, Miles springs into action to help set up a fundraiser for the devastated island. But when a new student's father goes missing, Miles begins to make connections between the disappearance and a giant corporation sponsoring Miles' fundraiser. Who is behind the disappearance, and how does that relate to Spider-Man?
Following Miles Morales: Shock Waves, Marvel and Scholastic will debut all-new adventures following Kamala Khan, written by rising graphic novel writer Nadia Shammas, and Shuri, written by New York Times bestselling author Roseanne A. Brown.
In addition to releasing new OGNs starting in 2021, Marvel and Scholastic will continue its prose collaboration with new and sequel novels.
"Our relationship with the Marvel publishing team is a true collaboration and partnership," said Debra Dorfman, VP & Publisher, Licensing, Media & Brands. "As we grow our OGN list in licensing under Graphix Media, we can't think of a better team to work with. How lucky are we to have Justin A. Reynolds and Pablo Leon collaborating on the first book about Miles Morales? We are equally as thrilled to welcome Nadia Shammas and Roseanne A. Brown to Scholastic."
"The first books in our collaboration with Marvel have been enthusiastically received by critics and readers alike," added Michael Petranek, Executive Editor and Manager, Graphix Media. "We are thrilled to bring fans of these amazing characters more stories to enjoy. We can't wait to take our readers on new adventures and expand the breadth of our storytelling with Marvel."
"After launching our prose novels with Scholastic earlier this year, we've seen a huge demand for more Marvel stories and entry points into the Marvel Universe," said Sven Larsen, Vice President, Licensed Publishing, Marvel. "These middle grade OGNs are the perfect next step to bring more readers in with the visual storytelling Marvel fans know and love. We're thrilled to build our collaboration with Scholastic and tell brand-new stories that represent the world around us, both through our characters and the creative teams behind them. We can't wait to introduce you to this next chapter for Marvel's heroes."