It’s a double dose of Marvel this week, and with some special attention to the ladies over at the House of Ideas. With the critical success of Ms. Marvel, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, All New Wolverine, Marvel wants to add to the already amazing line up of female lead books. Writer Kelly Thompson and artist Leonardo Romero aim to bring you a Veronica Mars with superheroes.
First debuting in Young Avengers back in 2005, Kate Bishop took inspiration from the Clint Barton himself and has struck a cord as a solo character unlike the rest of her Young Avengers teammates. As a reader it seems to me that Marvel has been prepping a solo series for quite some time, whether it was including her in major events or having her be a huge part of the critically acclaimed Matt Fraction and David Aja run on Hawkeye, and while I didn’t read the Jeff Lemire series that followed Fraction it seemed to me that Kate played an even bigger role than Clint did. With Clint Barton hitting the slammer due to the events of Civil War II, someone has to step up and be live up to the legacy of Hawkeye.
As for the Veronica Mars connection, I must confess that I haven’t seen a single episode of the show to draw any sort of conclusions as to what that means but if seeing that Kate will more of a PI that has connections with the superhero community, which could be interesting depending how often Kate actually interacts with other Marvel heroes. I understand the need for self containment as any writer would prefer their work on a character to be an evergreen project, but half of the fun of reading Marvel/DC are the interactions between a group of heroes. There’s no confirmation that no other heroes won’t make cameo appearances but seeing that they are moving Kate back to Los Angles, but I’m hoping there’s at least a balance of superheroism and PI stories instead of it being a one sided affair. Are you ready for a Hawkeye book starring Kate Bishop? Let me know in the comments.