Last year, Marvel announced that the future of Iron Man will be represented by a young black girl named Riri Williams. Riri will go by the moniker Ironheart and will soon debut in her solo comic this November.
Today, August 20th, Marvel has revealed the person responsible for penning the new series, Dr. Eve Ewing of Chicago.
Partnering with artist Kevin Labranda, Dr. Eve L. Ewing is looking to bring dimension to the Ironheart character. “His art is really incredible and really spirited,” she tells the Chicago Tribune.
Drawing inspiration from Nnedi Okorafor (who is set to pen a comic book series on Princess Shuri from Black Panther) and mentor Ta-Nehisi Coates (who penned recent iterations of Black Panther and Captain America), Ewing hopes to add rawness to the Marvel Legacy.
For those unfamiliar with Riri Williams, she is a 15 year old girl from Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. Having experienced the loss of her stepfather from gun violence at an extremely young age, Williams is learning how to navigate a life filled with violence and injustice. Reaching genius levels at the age of 15, Riri Williams attends MIT where she finds the resources necessary to build her very own makeshift Iron Man suit, sans Tony Stark. When Tony Stark hears of her accomplishments and meets with Williams, vouching her decision to become a superhero.
As for Dr. Ewing, she plans to show the world “that there are superheroes all around us” by creating Marvel’s first black “around the way girl” superhero.
The first issue of Ironheart will hit shelves in November. For those looking to support the series, take a look at Ewing’s twitter thread below to learn how sales numbers work and why pre-ordering makes a difference.