It seems that comic book legends Bill Sienkiewicz and Chris Claremont are coming up with something new. They are working on a deal to return to Marvel Comics. They aim to tell a new story which will feature the New Mutants characters and concepts they had created together. The news had come out via Bleeding Cool but was not officially confirmed by Marvel.
Bill Sienkiewicz’s Tweet
A fan approached the artist on Twitter to ask whether they could get their hopes up. Bill Sienkiewicz tweeted back and said:
Fingers crossed, yes. Been trying to iron out contractual details w corporate for months. I’m still hopeful. https://t.co/ScMoWaTuTm
— Bill Sienkiewicz (@sinKEVitch) April 17, 2019
Bill Sienkiewicz was direct and he confirmed that a return to New Mutants with Chris Claremont is planned. But noting that he (or perhaps they?) have been trying to broker a financial deal with Disney/Marvel for “months”.
For those who don’t know, Sienkiewicz regularly works with Marvel and DC to provide variant covers and one-off art (often as an inker). But he has not had an ongoing sequential gig in a while. His social media accounts are well known for their insightful commentary on the industry and his impressive tribute art to public figures who have passed away.
If the book takes shape, it would be one of a number of rumoured or confirmed one-shots designed to celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary. Other examples include Peter David and Dale Keown returning to Incredible Hulk; Peter Milligan and Michael Allred on X-Statix; and a Claremont/Salvador Larocca Wolverine story.
What are the other possibilities?
Lately, Bleeding Cool has been teasing out details based on an Amazon listing. It names a number of star creators as part of a trade paperback collection that will apparently bring all of the one-shots together. People who are named in the listing are Louise Simonson, John Byrne, and Jerry Ordway. All these people had worked at Marvel before heading to DC to reshape Superman in the ’80s and ’90s.
Out of all the teams so far sussed out or announced, New Mutants arguably has the most potential to be a huge hit. There is a long-in-development feature film based on the property (and more specifically, based on the Chirs Claremont/ Bill Sienkiewicz interpretation of the property) coming to theatres soon.