George RR Martin Wild Cards Superheroes Are Coming to Marvel Comics

Inset from Wild Cards: Cover of card design #1 by Steve Morris.

Insert of Wild Cards: Card Draw #1 cover by Steve Morris.
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Yes, yes, we could all still wait The Winds of Winter to finish during this decade, but tthe hat does not mean more George RR Martin the content is not on the way. There is of course HBO to come Game of Thrones Television spin off Dragon Housebut now the author other The fictionalized passion project is moving to another medium thanks to Marvel.

The publisher is about to release a comic adaptation of wild cards, GRRM’s long-running superhero anthology series. The 25-book collection, which began in 1987, included short stories, full-fledged novels, and more, written by sci-fi and fantasy luminaries such as Roger Zelazny, Charles Stross, Saladin Ahmed and of course Martin himself. I’m going to let wonder have the honor of summarizing the premise of the series:

“The wild cards The series tells the story of an alternate history where the Earth is home to super-powered individuals. When a human is infected with the alien ‘Wild Card’ virus, there is a high chance that they will be killed… which is called ‘drawing the dark queen’. Of those who survive, most of them become “jokers”, left with a strange mutated form. A lucky few are called “aces”, those with superpowers they can use to achieve heroic… or villainous goals. »

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So, yes, if you are unfamiliar: expect superhero stories with lots of card designs! The first comic book series, based on the original wild cards novel, of course, will be written by Paul Cornell with art by Mike Hawthorne, and will be subtitled Map drawing. Interestingly, this isn’t exactly the first time Marvel has done wild cards comics – the publisher published a four-issue limited series in 199,0 under its Epic imprint.

Meanwhile, a television adaptation of wild cards is currently in development for the peacock streaming service, after being in development at Hulu for several years. Suffice it to say that Wilds Cards: The drawing of the cards will see the light of day first, when it releases on June 1. In the meantime, we will be back with optimism waiting for those winter winds the updates we are certain of are just around the corner.

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Lisa M. Horner