Marvel has announced a new ongoing Weirdworld series launching in December. Spinning out of the current Secret Wars tie-in miniseries of the same name, the new Weirdworld series is written by Sam Humphries, joining series artist Mike Del Mundo.
"Weirdworld is a place where anything can happen," Humphries said. "Weirdworld is a place inside the Marvel Universe. Weirdworld is a place where the lost can be found. But only if you are strong enough... Weirdworld is a place that is ever changing, always chaotic, and a place of infinite discovery. Its essential nature is so mysterious that no complete map can ever be created. It is a polyglot of fantasy, horror, sci-fi, and other weird things dug up from the brains of myself and Mike Del Mundo."
In the Secret Wars tie-in series Arkon is the main character, but in the new Weirdworld ongoing he's stepping aside for someone dramatically different.
"The main character of this book is Becca, a 16-year old girl from Earth who doesn’t land on Weirdworld, she crashes into it," said the writer. "She’s just a normal girl, who was already in the middle of her own tragic Earthbound quest. Now her quest has become even more difficult; she must find her way home through a place where good and evil are subsumed in a hurricane of madness."
Joining Becca in this is three additional new characters: a wizard named Ogeode, a barbarian named Goleta, and something called Catbeast. While Ogeode is described as a "grotty backwoods derelict," Goleta is a "non-stop party" who has dubbed herself "the Wizardslayer."
This quartet are up against a classic villain from Avengers lore who has set herself up as the Queen of one of the kingdoms in Weirdworld, Morgan le Fay.
"I am having a blast writing Morgan," Humphries revealed. "She is at least a thousand years old; maybe more. You don’t survive that long without becoming one of the most sharp and powerful movers and shakers in the Marvel Universe, and that's how I’m writing her. Despite all that, Morgan and Becca have quite a lot in common that could have far reaching implications for the Marvel Universe."
Post-Secret Wars, Weirdworld was already announced as the setting of the upcoming Black Knight series, but as Humphries describes it -- it's room enough for both, and even more.
"[Weirdworld is] as real as Avengers Tower or the Savage Land. But Weirdworld is a magical place, and that magic warps all sorts of expectations," Humphries explained. "From Weirdworld, Earth appears to hang like a moon in the sky—but you can't just fly there. From Earth, you can unintentionally find yourself there very quickly, but trying to get there intentionally is very difficult. A lot of powerful people want to see it changed. Accidents happen all the time—as [one] does in our first issue."