Starting in November, novelist, playwright and Chicago native Eve L. Ewing will be the series writer for Marvel Comics upcoming Ironheart series. The series will feature Riri Williams, a.k.a Ironheart, a Chicago native, 15-year-old M.I.T student who first appeared in the pages of Invincible Iron Man in 2016.
As reported by THR, “Ewing told the Tribune that her plan was to build out what has already been seen of Williams in Invincible Iron Man and the team series Champions. “Specifically, what does it mean to be a teenage black girl from Chicago? Somebody who has lost family members to gun violence, somebody who understands the realities of the community is going to bring something very different to questions about justice and who the good guy is and who the bad guy is and what you do about that.”
“She’s also a teenage genius and because of that, she skipped over a lot of social things — she went to high school when she was very young, she’s already in MIT, so Riri is not really great with her peers, she doesn’t really have any friends. Being a genius and knowing how to fix stuff and build amazing gadgets doesn’t necessarily make you a happy person. So how do you figure out how to use the power that’s available to you and how to connect with and be accountable to the people around you?”
The series will launch in November and will be illustrated by Kevin Libranda, with covers by Amy Reeder.