Marvel have announced a new Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat ongoing, according to Yahoo. Set to begin in December, the new series is written by Kate Leth and drawn by Brittney Williams. Leth describes Walker as a "superhero martial-arts wiz," who balances that with being a "twenty-something girl looking for work and purpose in New York City."
“Kate and Brittney are cooking up a series here that’s like a superhero version of Trainwreck or Broad City — a comedic and action-packed story about a woman figuring out her life,”said Wil Moss, series editor. “Except Abbi and Ilana have never had to deal with crime waves, a supervillain temp agency, or an ex who is literally the son of Satan.”
Although as Hellcat she's never had an ongoing series, Walker co-starred in the long-running Patsy & Hedy series in the 1950s for Atlas. As Hellcat, she's had several miniseries and also appeared recently in She-Hulk. This new Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat series will allude to the character's romance gnere origins in a novel way.
"[Patsy's] mom wrote weird romance comics about her teen years," said Leth, "and her childhood frenemy has reprinted them, as if being a superhero wasn't enough to content with!"
This comes just as the Patsy Walker character is poised to make her live-action debut in the upcoming Netflix series Jessica Jones. Grey's Anatomy alum Rachael Taylor is playing the classic Marvel character, although no mention is made of her Hellcat identity or role as a vigilante.
This is the latest in a string of new series announced by Marvel with a female lead character, after having none in 2011. Leth, who comes to Marvel from work on Boom's Adventure Time and Fraggle Rock comic books, said it's important to see women represented more in Marvel's products.
“I think it’s important for people to be able to see themselves in comics, movies, music, etc. Women are a huge portion of the audience and growing all the time; we see that in sales numbers, cosplay, merch, con attendance and more," said Leth. "Plus, most of my favorite Marvel comics have women at the forefront — Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Captain Marvel, Silk, Spider-Gwen — and I’m just thrilled to join the party.”