Dynamite Entertainment's big week of announcements continues with word Thursday of "Justice, Inc.: The Avenger," a new series written by Eisner Award-winning comics veteran Mark Waid and illustrated by Dynamite regular Ronilson Freire. Set to debut in June, the book will star the Avenger, a pulp hero with more than 75 years of history.
"Moreso than The Shadow, moreso than Doc Savage, the Avenger has always, always been my favorite pulp hero, and I've been aching to write this story since I was eleven years old," Waid, who has recently written "Doctor Spektor: Master of the Occult" and "Green Hornet" for Dynamite, said in a press release. "Having the opportunity to dive into the psyche of a crimefighter as unique as Benson has been a lifelong dream -- I've been thinking about what his life and mind would be like ever since I read my first Avenger paperback back in the day. How does a man live his life when he has nothing to live for but justice? How does he navigate in a world of life and love and joy when his own features are frozen and stiff like putty, mirroring his cold, dead insides? There's so much here to unpack."
First seen in pulp magazines in 1939, the Avenger is distinguished by the ability to change his face into the likeness of anyone else -- though his condition has left him incapable of showing emotion in his own face. The character has appeared in multiple comic book series over the years, including DC Comics' "First Wave" pulp line from 2010 to 2011. Two of the other main "First Wave" characters, The Spirit and Doc Savage, are already on the Dynamite roster.
Dynamite CEO and Publisher Nick Barrucci disclosed that Waid first agreed to write the series nearly two years ago. "We've been waiting for quite some time for the perfect writer to helm the project, and Mark Waid is that perfect writer," Barrucci said in a statement. "He has a profound appreciation for the character, his history, and the genre of pulp adventure."
This is the third major publishing announcement from Dynamite this week connected to retailer conference ComicsPRO, which is taking place in Portland, Oregon through Saturday. On Tuesday, Dynamite revealed "Swords of Sorrow," a crossover of famous female characters written by women writers; Wednesday brought news of Matt Wagner writing legendary Will Eisner creation "The Spirit."
In traditional Dynamite fashion, "Justice, Inc.: The Avenger" will have plenty of covers, including ones by Alex Ross, Walter Simonson, Francesco Francavilla, Marc Laming and Barry Kitson. Dynamite has released an early look at some of those covers, plus a peek at Freire's interior art to June's "The Avenger" #1.