Mashable has announced the latest comic to join Marvel's "All-New, All-Different" initiative -- "Red Wolf," from writer Nathan Edmondson, interior artist Dalibor Talajic and cover artist Jeffrey Veregge.
Edmondson comes to the title from concurrent runs on "Punisher" and "Black Widow." Talajic is wrapping up a run on the "Secret Wars" series "Master of Kung Fu." Veregge, a member of the Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe based out of Kingston, Washington, who's also of Suquamish and Duwamish descent, makes his Marvel debut with the series after providing covers for IDW's "G.I. Joe."
The character was included on the initial teaser for Marvel's upcoming line-up, but a solo series was not included in the initial wave of titles, but now he's headlining his first solo series in almost forty years. The series will star a new, street-level hero using the Red Wolf moniker and it will be set in the American Southwest. The announcement describes "Red Wolf" as a "gritty, brutal crime series."
"There's not a character like Red Wolf out there right now," said Veregge in the Mashable interview. "As a native, I'm really excited to see that he can do things, he can figure out things and stand with Captain America, and hold his own in this universe. That's what's awesome about it: You have all these characters of different nationalities and ethnicities, but it's not all about their culture. It's about them being a hero."
While details about the hero remain secret, it has been revealed that this Red Wolf will hail from the world of "1872," the "Secret Wars" series where a version of Red Wolf is currently appearing. Therefore, as the announcement points out, his parallel universe origin means he won't be connected to any existing Native American tribe.
"Nobody should go to this looking as its historical," said series editor Jake Thomas. "He comes from another dimension, after all. But it's very important for us to approach it in as authentic a way as possible. Jeffery offers this, and not just for consultation, but with his creative input -- his covers jump out from 100 feet away."
"Above all, he's resourceful," said Edmondson about his series lead. "He's kind of in a sense the Jason Bourne of the West, who can find a way out of any situation, or a way to use the resources of whatever room or position he may be in -- he's not a gunslinger, but he might use a gun if he has to. ... But beyond all that, he's just a brawling, tough-as-nails fighter."