Marvel has announced that they have reached a new exclusive agreement with writer Jason Aaron. Currently, Aaron writes the flagship "Star Wars" series, which has proven to be a blockbuster series for the publisher; as noted in Marvel's press release, "Star Wars" #1 sold over a million copies. Marvel just launched a new "Doctor Strange" ongoing series from the writer last week, and Aaron's run on "The Mighty Thor" will continue with a new #1 issue later this fall.
"I've worked with Marvel for a number of years on a lot of different titles and had a lot of fun along the way, but right now I am seriously having the most fun I've ever had in my entire career," said Jason Aaron in the press release. "Between 'The Mighty Thor,' 'Doctor Strange' and 'Star Wars,' I have enough cool stuff on my plate to keep me happy for many many months to come."
Aaron's career with Marvel began in full in 2008 with runs on "Ghost Rider" and "Wolverine." Since then, the writer has turned in lengthy stretches on titles ranging from "Wolverine and the X-Men" to "PunisherMAX." Aaron was also the mastermind behind the 2014 event "Original Sin." He has been the writer of Thor's adventures since the launch of "Thor: God of Thunder" in 2012, a position he will continue to hold as part of the extended arrangement.
"Jason Aaron will continue to bring his big, bald beautiful brain to the Marvel Universe," added Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. "I can finally exhale."
The announcement comes after the departure of a number of high-profile and long-running writers from the publisher. Rick Remender announced he was taking a break from Marvel earlier this summer, a move Ed Brubaker made for himself last year. Jonathan Hickman is also taking a break from the publisher following the conclusion of "Secret Wars," a development he discussed at this year's SDCC. Writer Kieron Gillen has also cut back his work with Marvel, focusing his efforts on Marvel's "Darth Vader" series and other creator-owned work.
As with previous exclusive creator agreements, it's assumed that Aaron's creator-owned series at Image Comics -- "Southern Bastards" and the upcoming "The Goddamned" -- will continue unaffected.
Official Press Release
Marvel Announces New Exclusive Agreement With Writer Jason Aaron!
New York, NY-October 20th, 2015 - Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce a renewed exclusive agreement with blockbuster writer Jason Aaron!
"I've worked with Marvel for a number of years on a lot of different titles and had a lot of fun along the way, but right now I am seriously having the most fun I've ever had in my entire career," says Jason Aaron. "Between The Mighty Thor, Doctor Strange and Star Wars, I have enough cool stuff on my plate to keep me happy for many many months to come."
Earlier this year, Aaron shattered sales records with the release of STAR WARS #1. Selling over 1,000,000 copies, this astonishing debut issue marks the highest sales for a single issue in over two decades. Chronicling the adventures of Luke, Han and Leia after the destruction of the first Death Star, this flagship series of Marvel's new Star Wars line continues to garner widespread critical praise.
"Jason Aaron will continue to bring his big, bald beautiful brain to the Marvel Universe," says Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. "I can finally exhale."
In addition to Star Wars and Doctor Strange, Aaron will also launch THE MIGHTY THOR #1 this November. In collaboration with artist Russell Dauterman, Aaron will continue writing the character of Jane Foster, as she experiences her early days as the God of Thunder. By making his exclusively Marvel, the writer's lengthy stint at the House of Ideas is now set to continue through 2016 and beyond!
Once again, Marvel is pleased to welcome Jason Aaron back to for more blockbuster comics in the Mighty Marvel Manner!