Marvel has announced Mosaic, an ongoing series starring a new Inhuman that will debut in Uncanny Inhumans #11. The characters and series were teased in a series of images in April and revealed Monday to Vulture.
Mosaic will launch in October, written by Geoffrey Thorne with art by Khary Randolph. Mosaic will star Morris Sackett, a former professional basketball player whose Inhuman Terrigenesis turns him into a disembodied entity who inhabits the bodies of others.
“I grew up on Marvel comics. They're a large part of the reason I became a writer,” said Thorne. “To be asked to create a new character for Marvel and for that character to be this character and for him to be realized in this way? My inner 12-year-old hasn't stopped screaming and dancing. And, not to put too fine a point on it, he's black. I'm getting to add another black character to the Marvel universe that gave us the Black Panther, Cage, Falcon, Blade, Miles Morales, and Storm. Also, they're paying me.”
“People always ask for more diversity and strong characters of color, so that is what we aim to deliver,” added Randolph. “But that aspect is just the outer layer — the more important thing is creating an interesting person that people will want to know more about month to month.”
According to Thorne, Mosaic's powers allow him to access the memories, abilities, and even personality of the bodies he inhabits. He also has further powers that will be revealed as the series continues.
“Morris isn't a hero, or at least he doesn't see himself as one,” Thorne explained of Mosaic’s motivations and personality, comparing him to Spider-Man’s earliest days as a wrestler. “He's not out to make the world a better place for anyone but Morris. Not at first. Nor is he a villain. He's not a malevolent person, just extremely self-obsessed.”
"’Minority’ characters are generally not allowed to have this nuance,” he continued. “Because they are relatively few, when they appear they have to be paragons of good or face some sort of social backlash. Morris is, frankly, more complex than that. His complexity is what makes him unique. To me, at any rate. I'm very pleased Marvel is letting me make Morris the fully rounded person that he needs to be for the story to work.”
Mosaic’s origin will be told in a free issue by Thorne and Randolph which will be released exclusively to Barnes & Noble on August 6.