Archaia Goes Deep Cover With New Father-Daughter Spy Comic ‘Butterfly’
The subgenre of woman-led spy comics seems to be making a healthy surge right now, and Archaia is adding another title to the mix.
Butterfly, a new, four-issue series written by Marguerite Bennett (Angela: Asgard's Assassin) and Arash Amel (Grace of Monaco), and drawn by Antonio Fuso (G.I. Joe: Cobra), will start up Sept. 24 with a Phil Noto cover. It'll follow a deep cover agent who is a complete ghost -- no birth certificate, no Social Security number -- meeting her long-lost dad after being set up for murder. Turns out her dad was a spy, too.
Bennett is a writer who deserves a great showcase -- February's Lois Lane one-shot, which she wrote, was a hidden gem -- Phil Noto covers certainly can't hurt, and the premise of a father/daughter spy team trying to clear her name after a frame-up? That sounds pretty good, despite some clear stealth screenplay intentions (Amel is a screenwriter).
Here's what Archaia parent Boom! Studios' Editor-in-Chief Matt Gagnon had to say about the series, according to a Boom press release:
What I love most about this series is that Arash and Marguerite have managed to tell a patient story deeply rooted in character and still maintain the intense action of a spy thriller. While reading the first issue some of their small touches reminded of what I love about the work of John le Carré, J.J. Abrams’ Alias, and the Bourne franchise. Antonio Fuso’s stark and stylized art is an incredible compliment to a very promising series.
Those are some big comparisons to live up to, but I'm excited to see what Amel, Bennett and Fuso have put together.