Clearing up months of teasers and speculation, Marvel has unveiled its plans for "Mosaic," an ongoing series written by Geoffrey Thorne and drawn by Khary Randolph, about a new body-jumping Inhuman anti-hero. Before the launch of the new "Mosaic" series in October, Marvel is releasing a 10-page origin story for the new black character, which will go on sale at Barnes & Nobles on August 6.
According to Vulture, "Mosaic" will follow "...the exploits of a man named Morris Sackett. He starts out as a beautiful and successful professional basketball player, a selfish jerk, and - unbeknownst to him - a latent Inhuman," who, upon discovery of his powers, "...finds he no longer has his handsome body. Instead, he's become a free-floating entity that needs to occupy other people's bodies in order to survive."
The site also debuted the full first issue cover by Stuart Immonen -- which has been teased in pieces for months by Marvel -- along with Immonen's designs for the character and Randolph's variant cover for issue one:
Describing Mosaic's powers, Thorne said, "The baseline is Morris can take over a person's body and essentially become them. He has access to every memory, every talent, and most important, every nuance of speech and behavior his host might have. There are no barriers when Morris takes a host. He is you. Not even a telepath could detect his presence unless he wanted them to. He cannot be detected or blocked by any conventional surveillance or defensive equipment, not even Stark-level tech. He is the perfect spy. He doesn't exist on the 'astral plane.' Morris physically takes over your body - sort of like a parasite or a virus made of energy. There are some other powers, one in particular, that I'm holding back, and limitations and drawbacks, which he and we will learn."
Addressing Morris Sackett's significance as a black character, and how his own artistic sensibility lends itself to the character, Randolph said, "People always ask for more diversity and strong characters of color, so that is what we aim to deliver. But that aspect is just the outer layer - the more important thing is creating an interesting person that people will want to know more about month to month. Specifically as it pertains to Mosaic, the subject matter just appeals to my sensibilities. I love science fiction, I love hip-hop and I love sports, and this project has all three of these in huge quantities. I think one of my strong points as an artist is conveying energy. Which comes in handy when you are drawing a character that is literally energy. Also, they're paying me."
The involvement of Thorne and Randolph on the project reflects Marvel's recent push to hire more diverse creators. Last year, Marvel Comics editor-in-chief Axel Alonso addressed the publisher's diversity issues with CBR News. "We are experiencing a lull in African-American writers at this moment, but it is temporary. We will be announcing new series very soon that will prove that. I'm talking about new voices, familiar voices and one writer whose voice is heard round the world."
"Mosaic" #1 hits stores in October.