After decades of being a teammate, henchwoman and guest star, the most dangerous woman in the galaxy is getting her own series. At New York Comic Con Sunday during the "Women of Marvel" panel, the publisher announced that Guardians of the Galaxy alum Gamora has been greenlit for a spring 2015 ongoing series - and it's to be written by the woman who crafted the story that made her known around the world: Guardians of the Galaxy movie screenwriter Nicole Perlman.
Not much is known at this point outside of the character and the writer, but Marvel is striking while the iron is hot with this series, taking advantage of the critical and consumer acclaim from August's Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Gamora was created by Jim Starlin back in 1975's Strange Tales #180, and was originally introduced as a henchwoman (and step-daughter) of the mad Titan, Thanos. Gamora eventually turned against her foster father, joining with the Avengers, Captain Mar-Vell and future Guardians teammate Drax the Destroyer to fight him. Currently, Gamora appears in the Guardians of the Galaxy comic series, and was also featured in the recently concluded Original Sin event series.
This will be Perlman's first comics writing work, although she's worked for Marvel from 2009 to 2011 as part of their film studio's writing program. It's there that she picked out Guardians of the Galaxy as a potential movie, and developed a treatment that caught the attention of Marvel's higher-ups. The shooting script for the 2014 movie was based on Perlman's script, with revisions by director James Gunn. In 2006 she was named one of Variety's "Top Ten Writers to Watch," and has written several other screenplays both prior to and after Guardians that have yet to be filmed.
Also announced during the panel, writer G. Willow Wilson will take over as writer of X-Men beginning with January's X-Men #23. Her first four-issue arc is calling "The Burning World" and each issue is told from the viewpoint of a different character. The arc begins with Gambit discovering a mysterious sinkhole outside a Burning Man-like festival, and he calls in the rest of the team to investigate. They ultimately find out the hole has ties to some very familiar suspects from the X-Men’s past.
An artist was not named.
Finally, Marvel announced March (Women’s History Month) 2015 will be Women of Marvel variant cover month, featuring 20 variant covers draw by female artists like Sara Pichelli, Stephanie Hans, Jill Thompson, Vanesa R. Del Rey, Stacey Lee, Faith Erin Hicks and more.
Look for more details from the "Women of Marvel" panel later Sunday.