Tuesday Marvel announced, via an article with The Hollywood Reporter, that it would be launching a new ongoing Deathlok series in October. For the past decade, Deathlok has been featured primarily as a supporting character or guest star in books like Wolverine and Uncanny X-Force, but this new series – and new interest in comics’ Deathlok – comes on the heels of the character’s live-action debut in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television series. This new comic series spins out of the current Marvel event title Original Sin, and a short story in this Wednesday’s Original Sins #1 will serve as a lead-in to the ongoing launching in October.
Series writer Nathan Edmondson says that the series will feature ““excitement and thrills on a par with any James Bond opening or Jason Bourne set-piece nestling alongside some touching character interludes.”
Edmondson will be joined by longtime Marvel artist Mike Perkins, who has worked extensively for the publisher on both Captain America and their adaptation of Stephen king’s The Stand. Perkins is well-known in comic circles for being a big fan of the Deathlok character, and tells THR that this new series ““is not just a long-held dream come true for me– although that plays a massive part in my excitement – it’s also a chance to introduce a new player into the Marvel Universe, albeit borrowing some existing tropes.”
Edmondson says that the series will parlay what fans of Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. see of Deathlok into the comic, but that the character itself will be a different man in the Deathlok technology. The title’s namesake will be Henry Hayes, is a “father and a medic who doesn’t know that he’s a machine,” and compares the tone of Deathlokto Manchurian Candidate and Robocop.