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.

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