Viz To Kick Off ‘Ben 10 Omniverse’ Graphic Novel Series This Fall
Despite the fact that Man of Action’s Ben 10 is now in its fourth consecutive animated series, it’s been awhile since the hero last appeared in a proper ongoing comic. Viz Media’s set to rectify that starting this fall with a new series of Ben 10 Omniverse graphic novels inspired by the current cartoon.Featuring artwork by Alan Brown, and a story by writer Cory Levine (probably best known from his time as a Marvel Assistant Editor on titles like X-Campus and and Spin Angels), the first installment of the graphic novel series is planned for a fall release. Future installments will feature rotating creative teams, but considering Man of Action consists of Joe Kelly, Steven T. Seagle, Duncan Rouleau and Joe Casey, there’s a good chance that the project will attract talent similarly familiar to comic fans.
From Viz Media’s official plot description:
In the animated Ben 10 Omniverse series, broadcasting currently on Cartoon Network, Ben Tennyson looks forward to being a solo superhero with his brand new Omnitrix, a watch-like device that allows him to change into different kinds of aliens. But Grandpa Max has other ideas. He assigns Ben a new Plumber partner, Rook, who is highly skilled with his Proto-Tool, but lacks any field experience – especially on Earth. Ben has absolutely no desire to be a tour guide, especially since a mysterious new villain has him in his sights! Ben has defeated all kinds of evil, and is quick to remind everyone that he’s saved the universe at least a dozen times. But even with 10 brand new aliens at his disposal, Ben may have finally met his match!
The last time Ben Tennyson appeared in a series of graphic novels was in Random House’s 2-volume Ben 10 Alien Force tie-in, “Doom Dimension” in 2008 by Peter David and Dan Hipp. Since then the character’s comic appearances have largely been regulated to miniseries at DC, such as Ben 10: Ultimate Alien, and short stories in DC’s former Cartoon Network 2-in-1 title.
While fans wait for more details, they can always catch the show’s season finale this Saturday, March 16 at 9 a.m. EST on Cartoon Network.