Marvel Entertainment and IDW Publishing have announced that the two companies will develop middle-grade comic books designed for younger readers. Featuring some of Marvel’s most well known characters, the monthly issues and trade paperback collections, published by IDW, will be available for sale at local comic book shops and book retailers, bringing younger readers into the Marvel Universe.
John Barber, EIC at IDW says:
From Iron Man to Captain Marvel, from the Hulk to Shuri — the Marvel pantheon has something for everyone. With this team-up, Marvel and IDW aim to bring exciting, all-new comics to a generation growing up in a Marvel world.
Launching in November 2018, the Marvel and IDW collaboration will start with a Spider-Man series featuring both Peter Parker and Miles Morales, followed by an Avengers series beginning in December and a Black Panther series in January 2019. Each of these titles will serve as a jumping-on point for younger readers to follow the adventures of their favorite characters.
C.B. Cebulski, editor-in-chief of Marvel says:
Marvel is excited to work with IDW to share these brand-new stories with our younger fans. Characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and the Avengers inspire us through their strength and determination, but they resonate with readers because of the struggles they face and the challenges they overcome. We want to share their journeys with our younger fans first-hand.
Greg Goldstein, president and publisher of IDW adds:
This partnership reflects the true spirit of collaboration at work. As comic book publishers, IDW and Marvel are able to produce high-quality visual storytelling experiences for fans both young and old. By combining our efforts, along with Marvel’s ever-increasing presence in popular culture, the results will be spectacular.
Story details and creative teams for the new line of middle-grade comic books will be announced at a later date.