Valiant's Livewire will get a fashion magazine treatment in variants for a new arc beginning this August titled "Hero."
"[The fashion cover line] subtly invokes some of the central ideas related to the character - she is a technology-based protagonist, and one of the most important aspects of her interaction with technology is interacting with information," said series writer Vita Ayala in a statement. "A lot of the series has tied into (sometimes overtly, sometimes subtly) the media, with how media is used to push certain narratives and shape the 'truth' and - in this country at least - magazines are a huge part of that, traditionally."
The fashion-minded Kris Anka draws the first variant for August 21's Livewire #9, followed by Irene Koh (#10), Annie Wu (#11), and Kevin Wada (#12).
"Magazines, especially fashion mags, are also generally marketed toward femme folks (not always, and that isn’t necessarily who is buying, but the marketing is geared toward it), and to have that idea subconsciously at play I think is interesting," Ayala continued. "Livewire is often portrayed as a warrior and as a genius, and so framing her in this traditionally femme information vehicle I think really ties her together as a character."
The concept originated from Valiant editor Heather Antos, who was inspired by cosplay and subverted takes on classic characters.
"One of my favorite parts of attending various comic cons is seeing all of the amazing and unique cosplayers and their takes on various characters in comics, movies and television, and video games—especially new renditions: Zombie Princess Jasmine, Steampunk Captain America, Gender-Swap Beetlejuice, you name it!" said Antos. "Genre and Fashion inspire each and every character we come across, and when I came to Valiant and learned that each issue of an arc gets X amount of variant covers, I figured, What’s a cool opportunity to lean into that with our characters? And, hey—think of the cool cosplay!"