Yesterday Marvel announced the release of a new comic book series called Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1. The comic book is set to release during the U.S. observance of Native American Heritage Month. The project is led by Salish artist Jeffrey Veregge and features a team of acclaimed Indigenous artists and writers. Here is the announcement from Marvel.com:
Hugo, Nebula, and Locus-award winning Black/Ohkay Owingeh writer Rebecca Roanhorse and Tongva artist Weshoyot Alvitre tell an Echo tale like none before as she is set to play a critical role in Marvel Comics. Geoscientist and Lipan Apache writer Darcie Little Badger joins acclaimed Whitefish Lake First Nation artist Kyle Charles for a Dani Moonstar story where she will face the crucial question of what her Indigenous heritage means in the new era of mutantkind. And Bram Stoker-winning horror writer Stephen Graham Jones of the Blackfeet Nation teams up with Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nation artist David Cutler to revisit one of the darkest spots of X-Men history!
Veregge recently wrapped up an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian titled, Jeffrey Veregge: Of Gods and Heroes. The exhibition is a new narrative blending Northwest Coast formline with pop culture figures. It includes a battle between Marvel characters and aliens invading New York City. You can look at the exhibit on the museum’s website. The Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices project came about after a conversation between Veregge and C. B. Cebulski, writer and editor for Marvel Comics.
“C.B. [Cebulski] and I started talking about various Native projects a year ago when discussing my ‘Of God’s & Heroes’ Marvel art exhibit at the Smithsonian. I am truly grateful for the platform that Marvel has not only provided for me and my work, but with this edition of Marvel Voices, all of Native America. This is an opportunity to share the cultural influences that we as Native artists and writers grew up with that will add more depth and dimension to the Native Heroes in the Marvel Universe.” – Veregge
Needless to say, the Indigenous Marvel fans are excited. We’ve always known there are Indigenous heroes in Marvel and DC. We’ve seen variations of some of the characters in animation, on the small and big screens. But… we’ve waited a long time to have a comic book fully dedicated to these “Indigenous Voices.” And it’s even more special that Marvel took the time to consult an Indigenous artist about the project. And then assembled a team of Indigenous writers and artist to bring it to life. Thank you Marvel! Now put them on the big screen!
Marvel’s Voices: Indigenous Voices #1 releases in November. Check out the cover below by artists…