Marvel is resurrecting a character that should delight monster lovers. As announced by comicbook.com, the publisher is gearing up for a brand new Werewolf by Night series. Benjamin Jackendoff is set to co-write the series alongside, rather surprisingly, Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas. Scott Eaton is set to handle art for the book.
“We’re going through a Native lens because of my Native American heritage,” Taboo told Comicbook.com. “I always liked storytelling from a native perspective. Although I was born in the city of Los Angeles, recently I’ve been really connected to the Indian country or to native communities to be able to be a service and help native youth, inspire them, especially when it comes to health and wellness, and arts and music. So we built our partnership knowing that when we create, we create through a native lens…”
Werewolf by Night was first introduced in the pages of Marvel Comics in Marvel Spotlight #2 back in 1972. He was created by Roy Thomas, Gerry Conway and Mike Ploog. Jacob Russoff is the victim of an ancient family curse and struggled for years with his monstrous alter-ego. Ultimately, he was able to conquer those demons and uses his power to fight dark forces that plague our world. Generally speaking, he’s been a supporting character, appearing alongside the likes of Wolverine, Morbius and others. It’s been quite some time since he’s had his own ongoing title.
“I think Werewolf by Night is such an interesting character, a cool character. His mythology is really dope, and it was such an exciting opportunity to be able to revamp a new mythology and tie it into Native American storytelling,” Jackendoff added. “That’s really what got us excited because they were like, ‘All right, cool. We can take the Werewolf by Night brand and stay true to the genre of it all, the creatures, the monsters, the big stuff, all that, but tie it into Native American storytelling, into a Native American background and palette, but still make it a fun adventure story about a kid.’”
Here’s the synopsis for Werewolf by Night #1.
“THE HOUR OF THE WOLF! A new Werewolf by Night is prowling the Southwest, but all is not as it seems! A young man, a family curse, and an unholy experiment prove a dangerous combination for a small town in Arizona. All young Jake wants is to protect his people, but who will protect him from the monster within? Taboo of the BLACK EYED PEAS and Benjamin Jackendoff team up with Scot Eaton to tell an epic tale of righteous fury and incredible transformation in the Mighty Marvel Manner that is not to be missed!”
Werewolf by Night is set to hit shelves in April.
So what do you think? Are you excited that this character is making a comeback? Will you be picking up this book when it arrives? Join in on the conversation over on Facebook or Twitter!