Marvel Comics has signed writer Ed Brisson to an exclusivity agreement. Along with writing Iron Fist and Old Man Logan, Brisson will take over writing duties on Cable for an arc titled "Newer Mutants" as part of the publisher's upcoming Marvel Legacy initiative.
"I've been a huge Marvel fan since I was a kid," Brisson said in a press release. "I grew up with stacks of Spider-Man, Punisher, Daredevil, Ghost Rider and X-Men littering my bedroom floor. The comics would be in tatters because I would read them repeatedly, often having to tape the covers back on. I remember being on vacation when Kraven's Last Hunt was coming out and begging my mom to drive me a half hour to the closest town with a convenience store so that I wouldn't miss out on the latest issue. It's still surreal to me that I'm currently writing some of those characters that I grew up reading. I don't know that I'll ever get over that feeling. I hope that I don't."
For the moment, though, Brisson said he's happy to keep on working on his main project -- Iron Fist.
“I've been having a blast writing Iron Fist," Brisson said. "He's one of my favorite characters in the Marvel Universe and I think that Mike Perkins and I have been doing some pretty interesting stuff with him, adding things to his mythology that will hopefully be felt for years to come.”
For Marvel Legacy, Brisson will pit Old Man Logan against the ninja group The Hand, while introducing a new threat in the Scarlet Samurai.
“We're taking Logan back to face off against one of his more classic foes: The Hand,” Brisson said. “To my mind, The Hand's never really been much of a serious threat for Logan in the past, as he has a tendency to cut through them like butter."
But that's not the case anymore. According to Brisson, under the guidance of Gorgon and the mysterious Scarlet Samurai, plans are afoot to improve The Hand, to make them deadlier so that they're no longer simply cannon fodder for superheroes.
Both Gorgon and Logan have gone head-to-head on several occasions, but in the Marvel Legacy arc Gorgon will be desperate to take Logan down. Scarlet Samurai, on the other hand, is a new player in the game, who wants something from Logan that will slowly be revealed over the course of the story.