Marvel Comics will relaunch Ms. Marvel in a brand new series, The Magnificent Ms. Marvel, from writer Saladin Ahmed and artist Minkyu Jung.
Ahmed will take over from G. Willow Wilson who was picked up to write DC Comics’ Wonder Woman series. Wilson discussed leaving the book with Entertainment Weekly:
“I started having this conversation with Sana about the possibility of bringing someone else on about a year ago. We had planned up through the end of this year, which would take me to five years on the book. This was coming out of a project we originally anticipated would only have about 10 issues, and I will leave having written 60. It just seems so incredible that this character, who was just going to be a fun project for both of us loosely influenced by Sana’s own experiences growing up, had become a cultural phenomenon that was going to outlive us both. Given that was true, I really wanted to be cognizant of the fact that superheroes thrive with a multiplicity of voices telling their stories. I wanted to leave on a high note.”
Ahmed is no stranger to Marvel Comics, he’s previously written Black Bolt and has most recently been working on Exiles which features an older version of Kamala Khan aka Ms. Marvel.
Speaking with EW, Ahmed praised the Ms. Marvel character:
“I think she’s really the face of everything that’s new and fresh and exciting and ‘21st century’ at Marvel, and with superheroes in general. To be given stewardship of that is a big deal to me.”
“It’s always thrilling being given responsibility over a beloved character. It’s particularly meaningful for me to be taking over from Willow. She’s an incredible writer, and she’s a friend.”
As to what we can actually expect from the story, Ahmed provided a few details:
“Without giving too much away, there’s going to be big-canvas Marvel scope happening in this book, while still maintaining that intimate tone that people have loved about it. I think that Kamala’s earned her superlative. She’s been around for a few years and she’s been magnificent. We kind of wanted to announce that this was her leveling up — as she would probably put it.”
Ahmed also pointed out that the art tone and style will change from what readers have been accustomed to when it comes to Ms. Marvel books.
“I think people are going to be pleasantly surprised by the change of tone in the art. All of the artists who have worked on Ms. Marvel have been stellar, so it’s not that anything needs changing, but there’s a different tone as we go into this new number one, and the art reflects that. It’s not ‘gritty Ms. Marvel,’ but it’s darker and more atmospheric.”
The Magnificent Ms. Marvel #1 will go on sale on March 13, 2019. It will feature a main cover by Eduard Petrovich as well as variant covers by Elsa Charretier and Babs Tarr.