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Bendis and Maleev to Launch Creator-Owned ‘Scarlet’ [C2E2]

Top-tier Marvel creators Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev — who previously teamed up for a critically-acclaimed “Daredevil” run and the recent “Spider-Woman” (motion) comic — will be launching a creator-owned title called “Scarlet” through Marvel’s Icon imprint in July.

The project will be Bendis’s first creator-owned project since “Powers,” and he describes Scarlet, the titular character, as a woman who “is pushed down by a very corrupt government and finds herself with the strength she didn’t know she had to fight back, and her fight actually sparks a new American Revolution.”

The comic will initially take place in Bendis’s hometown of Portland, and he says it reflects some of the anger and real-world concerns visible in modern American life. “You read the paper every day — and this isn’t about politics or anything like that — but it does seem like, if we woke up and someone started a revolutionary war, I don’t know how shocked we would be,” said Bendis. “We’d be a little like, ‘Yeah, I can see where that was coming from.’ I see the anger and some of it I understand and some of it I don’t, and I just wanted to write about it.

Bendis insists that while some people may interpret the book as a political statement, “it’s not, it’s about this person. And much in the vein of ‘Alias’ or my work on ‘Jinx’ it’s hopefully a very strong female protagonist who doesn’t always have the right answer and struggles with it.”

The book will be ongoing, but Bendis says he has planned a finite run, though he hasn’t yet decided how many issues the story will span. “Scarlet” will also feature alternate covers from artists including Mike Deodato, Leinil Yu, David Mack, Mike Oeming, and Joe Quesada.

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