After conquering comics, film and animation, Marvel's superheroes are moving to a new format: serialized fiction. Marvel has announced that their heroes' adventures will now extend to audio and e-book formats, each focusing on a different hero and a new writer at the helm. This comes courtesy of a deal with the digital book platform Serial Box.
The first book will center on Thor, with a book written by Aaron Stewart-Ahn, writer of the hit Nicholas Cage film Mandy. It is expected to release in the summer. Future stories will turn their eye towards characters such as Black Panther, Black Widow, Jessica Jones and others. The range of authors include Yoon Ha Lee, Brian Keene and Jay Edidin, who is perhaps best known for the hit podcast Jay & Miles X-plain the X-Men.
“Over the last 80 years, Marvel has grown to become a lifestyle for every kind of fan around the world — but it all started from serialized storytelling,” Marvel publisher John Nee said in a statement. “We were impressed by the quality and creativity of Serial Box’s content, and we are excited for both Marvel and Serial Box fans to experience these new stories together each week.”
Each story is likened to a TV season, with 10-16 chapters released on a weekly basis. The first chapter will be free, with subscription plans set at $2 per chapter or $14 for a season pass that covers all chapters. In some ways, Marvel's shift to books mimics DC's recent trend with DC Ink, an imprint focused on novels aimed more towards teen readers. The first of these will be Mera: Tidebreaker from Danielle Paige and Stephen Byrne, due to release on April 2.
Stewart-Ahn, Lee, Keene and Edidin's Thor project is slated to release this summer.