Iconic comic creator Stan Lee has a new project in the works, this time with the digital comics publisher LINE Webtoon. The digital service announced that it is developing a new series titled "Backchannel" with Lee. "Backchannel" is co-produced by LINE Webtoon with Lee's POW! Entertainment and President and CEO Gill Champion. You can check out the synopsis for "Backchannel" below:
Backchannel centers on the relationship of high school junior Tom Tanner, a comic loving, engineering prodigy, and his father Martin, a widowed police detective. While developing a highly sophisticated AI algorithm, a power awakens within Tom that grants him the ability to mentally hack into any device. While initially using this newfound power for personal gain and petty revenge, he learns of a dark secret from his father’s past that will change him forever.
In need of a moment of escapism, Tom returns to his favorite digital comics. This time though, the comic is disturbingly on point with what Tom has been experiencing. As he continues to read, Tom realizes that there are encrypted messages in the comic from an unknown ally who clearly knows everything Tom has been up to.
When he discovers that hacktivist group Backchannel is aware of his new abilities and reaching out to him for help, Tom is set on a very dangerous path.
Lee will co-write the new series with LINE Webtoon's head of content Tom Akel. Andie Tong will provide art for the digital series, which is expected to launch in spring 2017.
“I’m elated to bring a different kind of hero to LINE Webtoon with teenage master hacker Tom Tanner," said Lee of his new project. "This is a story filled with mystery and adventure of an underdog programming prodigy who will go to the ends of the Earth to save his father -- you won’t want to miss it. Excelsior!”
Lee is most known as the co-creator behind characters like the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Avengers and many more, which he debuted as part of the Marvel Comics superhero universe starting in 1961. But even at 93 years old, Stan Lee is still going strong with new projects. In addition to "Backchannel" with LINE Webtoon, he's also announced new porjects like "Nitron" with Benaroya Publishing, a "Monkey Master" feature film from POW! Entertainment and an anime project titled "The Reflection." On top of all that, Lee has also filmed cameos for every Marvel Studios movie -- and also knocked out cameos for the next four in one day's worth of work.