Marvel Signs Rogue & Gambit Writer Kelly Thompson to Exclusive Deal

Kelly Thompson, writer of Hawkeye and Rogue & Gambit, has signed an "exclusive agreement" with Marvel Comics, as announced Friday in a press release from the publisher.

"Marvel was truly my first love," Thompson said in a statement. "So to be here today, not only writing for Marvel but ‘going exclusive’ with them, is the definition of a dream come true. I remember visiting Disney World as a teen and being so consumed by an issue of X-Men that was due to come out that I was checking newsstands like a girl possessed until I located it. So yeah, this is everything I always wanted.”

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Thompson made her Marvel debut in 2015, co-writing Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps with Kelly Sue DeConnick. Her other Marvel credits include A-Force and Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi - Captain Phasma. Outside of Marvel, Thompson first made a name in the mainstream comic book world with an acclaimed run on Jem and the Holograms at IDW Publishing.

For more than five years, Thompson was a columnist on CBR.

Thompson's run on Hawkeye, which was named one of CBR's Best Comics of 2017, wraps in March with issue #16. Rogue & Gambit, which debuted in January, is a five-issue miniseries. Marvel's announcement states that word of Thompson's next projects at the company should come in the next few months and this July at Comic-Con International in San Diego.

“Marvel has been incredibly supportive of and nurturing of my work as a creator and I really cannot wait for everything that's to come, but waiting to announce projects is sort of like living in a delicious hell," Thompson said. "It’s torture not to be able to share the things you know with the people you know are going to love them, but it's also insanely cool not only to know those secrets but to be a creator of said secrets. And right at this moment... all I can say is that there are a lot of cool secrets to come, and some of them are even secrets I got to help create."

Rogue & Gambit #2, illustrated by Pere Perez, and Hawkeye #15, illustrated by Leonardo Romero, are both scheduled for release on Feb. 7.

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