Writer Charlie Jane Anders will team with artist Enid Balám to continue the story of Escapade and the New Mutants in New Mutants Lethal Legion, a new five-issue miniseries coming next year.
The story follows the recent New Mutants arc Anders wrote that teamed the trans superhero with some of Krakoa’s finest. Escapade was introduced earlier this year in Marvel Voices: Pride #1.
“I had so much fun writing a few issues of New Mutants, I didn’t want to get off this ride. So I was overjoyed when Marvel asked me to do a whole New Mutants miniseries of my very own, where I can stretch out and explore these characters in more depth,” Anders told Out.com. “After the dark, scary storyline in ‘The Sublime Saga,’ I was eager to change gears and do something funnier and lighter, and it’s been a total blast getting to play around in the Marvel Universe.”
According to Marvel.com, the miniseries “will pit Escapade and the New Mutants against an all-new team of super villains called the Lethal Legion. But who is behind the Lethal Legion? Has Krakoa’s youngest class finally met its match?” The series will lead into the upcoming crossover event Fall of X.
While this incarnation might be made up of new villains, it isn’t the first time the name has been used by Marvel. The Lethal Legion has appeared multiple times previously, usually plaguing the Avengers. Past members have included Grim Reaper, Living Laser, Count Nefaria, Whirlwind, Man-Ape and a demonically enhanced version of Joseph Stalin (really!).
“I’ve really loved getting to explore the classic New Mutants themes around coming of age, dealing with trauma, and making plenty of mistakes along the way,” Anders said. “And of course, I’m overjoyed to write more story for Escapade, Morgan and Hibbert and show how they continue to find their place in a world of mutants and monsters.”
Look for the first issue on March 8.