Straight from CBR:
Marvel has tapped poet and playwright Eve Ewing and artist Kevin Libranda as the creative team on a new Ironheart comic. The duo will continue the solo adventures of the young Riri Williams following her leading role in Invincible Iron Man.
“She was born and raised in Chicago, but because she’s a superhero, her adventures take her all over the place. She also had a lab at MIT, that’s also kind of her headquarters,” Ewing said. “Her mom still lives in Chicago. I decided specifically that she’s from South Shore. Previous writers put in so much, in terms of beginning her autobiographical details, but as a Chicagoan, I want to get down and dirty — like where did Riri go to high school? What bus does she take? Does she eat hot chips? These are the things that are really going to make her a full three-dimensional person. I’m really excited about putting in some of those little Chicago details.”
“So I think the really exciting thing is really building out Riri, not as just Ironheart, but who is she as a person?” Ewing added when discussing the issues and storylines she plans on touching upon. “Specifically, what does it mean to be a teenage black girl from Chicago? Somebody who has lost family members to gun violence, somebody who understands the realities of the community is going to bring something very different to questions about justice and who the good guy is and who the bad guy is and what you do about that. She’s also a teenage genius and because of that, she skipped over a lot of social things — she went to high school when she was very young, she’s already in MIT, so Riri is not really great with her peers, she doesn’t really have any friends. Being a genius and knowing how to fix stuff and build amazing gadgets doesn’t necessarily make you a happy person. So how do you figure out how to use the power that’s available to you and how to connect with and be accountable to the people around you?”
Ironheart #1 by Eve Ewing and Kevin Libranda goes on sale in November