Marvel Comics announced a new “Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat!” series from writer Kate Leth and artist Brittney Williams on Yahoo!, heralding a new era for the romance comic character turned supernatural martial artist.
“Kate and Brittney are cooking up a series here that’s like a superhero version of ‘Trainwreck’ or ‘Broad City’ — a comedic and action-packed story about a woman figuring out her life,” series editor Wil Moss explained. “Except Abbi and Ilana have never had to deal with crime waves, a supervillain temp agency, or an ex who is literally the son of Satan.”
Leth provided a quick rundown of the new series, explaining that it will focus on Patsy’s life both in an out of the costume:
1. “She’s a superhero martial-arts wiz that can sense mystical energy! She learned how to fight on the moon, so you know she’s good.”
2. “Out of the costume, she’s a twenty-something girl looking for work and purpose in New York City.”
3. “Her mom wrote weird romance comics — Patsy Walker! You can totally read them! — about her teen years and her childhood frenemy has reprinted them, as if being a superhero wasn’t enough to contend with!”
Both the series debut cover and Leth’s last point nod towards the character’s beginnings as a romance comic character. Patsy officially debuted in a romance comic titled “Miss America Magazine” #2 in 1944, before she took up the Hellcat mantle in 1976’s “The Avengers” #144. The character is also slated to appear in Marvel’s “Jessica Jones” Netflix series.
“A lot of my inspiration comes from my everyday life,” Williams added. “Whenever I go out shopping to the store or just hanging out with friends, I find myself people watching. I really want readers to relate to Patsy’s world so I study the world around me.”
“Patsy Walker, a.k.a. Hellcat!” is scheduled to arrive at retailers this December.