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Marvel Launches “Gwenpool” Ongoing From Hastings, Gurihiru

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Marvel Launches “Gwenpool” Ongoing From Hastings, Gurihiru

Gwenpool is here to stay. After becoming a meme-worthy cosplay sensation at this past Comic Con International in San Diego, the dimension-hopping merc known as Gwenpool made a big splash in a number of comics — notably “Howard the Duck” and the “Gwenpool Holiday Special.” Now the character will receive her own ongoing series, as announced over at Entertainment Weekly.

The ongoing will be handled by writer Christopher Hastings and art team Gurihiru, which is comprised of Chifuyu Sasaki and Naoko Kawano. Hastings and Gurihiru have so far handled Gwenpool’s — aka Gwen Poole, not an alternate-universe Gwen Stacy — previous appearances in the Marvel Universe, and their connection with the character is going to continue.

Hastings spoke to EW about what drew him to the character and her unique point of view. “Her whole deal is, she’s from the world that she claims to be — some sort of ‘real world’ — and knows of the Marvel universe as a fictional one,” said Hastings. “So the series is a lot about her believing she’s in a fictional world with no consequences. She’s seen everyone come back to life at some point, and it sort of seems like she’s living in a video game. And then the book is going to be the universe fighting back at that. Like, ‘you can’t really get away with everything’ is kind of the struggle there. It’s also sort of, she just assumes, ‘I’m obviously a main character so I need to be a superhero’ even though she has no powers. I really like all of these comics right now about these teen heroes sort of figuring out what they’re doing in this world. But they come at it from a much more altruistic viewpoint, and I think it’s really fun to have somebody take on the mercenary angle and sort of like, contrast her against someone like Kamala Khan, as we did in the holiday special.”

Hastings also talked about his collaborators in Gurihiru, who have been with him since Gwenpool’s debut. “When I was called and told this was going to series, the first thing I asked was, ‘can you please get Gurihiru on the artwork?’ Because working with them has been so wonderful. They’re anything the writer would want in the art team. Their storytelling is phenomenal. The reason why it’s good it’s cause they really know how to tell a story. And their artwork looks gorgeous, too, but they nail every single humorous moment and completely elevate all of the action stuff. I didn’t even have to write that much dialogue with a little more of the touchy-feely things, they can do all of that. They made it look easy.”

When it comes to pitching the series to potential readers, Hastings said the book’s biggest selling point is it’s tone. “I think it’s just so much fun, and we are telling an interesting story here. We’re not just making up a reason to buy comics based on a popular cosplay character. There’s so much to explore with this new character and all of her weird little quirks and things like that and I really had to make some very hard decisions in what we could tell in those very short little 10-page comics. It was super fun exercise in trying to make something entertaining in a short little period of space. I’m really excited to have the space here to really let it breathe a little bit.”

The “Gwenpool” ongoing arrives in 2016.

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