Marvel Announces ‘Gwenpool’ Ongoing by Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru
Marvel has announced an ongoing series for Gwenpool, star of the recent Gwenpool Holiday Special. The Unbelievable Gwenpool launches in April, written by Christopher Hastings with art by the team of Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano, better known as Gurihiru. The Entertainment Weekly article announcing the book attributes the launch to the character's popularity, which means solo books for quantifiably more popular Marvel characters like Jessica Jones and America Chavez will surely be announced any day now.
Hastings explained his take on the character (who apparently isn't a mash-up of Gwen Stacy and Deadpool after all) to Entertainment Weekly:
Her whole deal is, she’s from the world that she claims to be — some sort of “real world” — and knows of the Marvel universe as a fictional one. So the series is a lot about her believing she’s in a fictional world with no consequences. She’s seen everyone come back to life at some point, and it sort of seems like she’s living in a video game. And then the book is going to be the universe fighting back at that. Like, “you can’t really get away with everything” is kind of the struggle there. It’s also sort of, she just assumes, “I’m obviously a main character so I need to be a superhero” even though she has no powers. I really like all of these comics right now about these teen heroes sort of figuring out what they’re doing in this world. But they come at it from a much more altruistic viewpoint, and I think it’s really fun to have somebody take on the mercenary angle and sort of like, contrast her against someone like Kamala Khan, as we did in the holiday special.
Here's everything you need to know, courtesy of Marvel:
New York, NY—December 22nd, 2015 — 2015’s overnight sensation is taking center stage next year and slicing and dicing her way into her very own ongoing series! That’s right world, get ready for THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #1 – coming at you in April from Gwenpool Holiday Special creators Christopher Hastings and Gurihiru! Strap in True Believers, you ain’t seen nothing yet!
Gwen Poole used to be a comic book reader just like you…until one day she woke up INSIDE the Marvel Universe! Now the characters she read about are all real! But they can’t be really real, right? This must all be fake, or a dream or something right? You know what that means – NO CONSEQUENCES! First order of business, get a costume and start fighting crime. Why? Because that’s what everyone who has a solo series does!
“The series is a lot about her believing she’s in a fictional world with no consequences,” says series writer Christopher Hastings, speaking with Entertainment Weekly. “She’s seen everyone come back to life at some point, and it sort of seems like she’s living in a video game. And then the book is going to be the universe fighting back at that. Like, ‘you can’t really get away with everything’ is kind of the struggle there.”
No power. No responsibility. No rules. No limits. The Marvel Universe has a new player, and she’ll shoot and slice her way through friend and foe alike. Could she truly be Marvel’s least role-modely and least responsible character to date? She can if she tries! Be there this April as this marvelous mercenary makes her explosive entrance in THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #1!
THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #1
Written by CHRISTOPHER HASTINGS
Art & Cover by GURIHIRU
On Sale in April!