Marvel’s teen heroes will face a whole new (but not unique to the publisher) challenge when they’re outlawed by the government following a tragic event next year, a la the original Civil War.
The story kicks off this March in a one-shot titled Outlawed (which seems to have a connection to the preceding Incoming! one-shot) written by Eve. L. Ewing with art from Kim Jacinto, colorist Espen Grundetjern, and letterer Clayton Cowles.
“To me, this story isn't just about young people being in conflict with the government, but much bigger questions about what we ask of young people, how they're expected to be independent sometimes and subservient other times,” Ewing told The A.V. Club in the one-shot’s announcement.
“Every era of history brings new challenges, and young people today are coming of age… yet we often don't recognize their wisdom and their insights. It's like we get above a certain age and lose all empathy. I just wanted to explore that tension, and them being superheroes really ups the stakes because they're literally out there saving lives every day, but aren't seen as full people or full citizens. and, at the same time, maybe the law is a good idea? Maybe it really is for everyone's protection? It's intentionally kind of morally ambiguous.”
“Civil War was meant to be (among other things) about curtailing personal liberties in the name of safety,” added Outlawed editor Alanna Smith.
“Outlawed is tapping into different social anxieties. There’s been a lot of debate lately about the role of the youth in our society—whether they should partake in activism, how much their voices should be valued, whether they’re old and learned enough to have a say in their future, and what responsibility the older generations have to keep them safe.”
“We’re bringing the next generation of heroes to the forefront in a major way and swinging for the fences in terms of story, stakes and scale,” Smith continued.
“Outlawed introduces an ongoing status quo that will be reflected in books across the line—almost every active character who’s under 21 (and even a few who are older) will be affected by the decisions made in Outlawed, and they won’t all agree on whether the new world order is good or bad.
"But there are real, serious consequences now for those who go against the ruling passed down in Outlawed, and it’ll interfere with their lives in a way they’ve never experienced, leading to some really interesting stories.”
Outlawed is due out in March.