The Screenwriter Behind Arrival Is Writing A New Superhero Comic For Valiant

Extinction is not the only new sci-fi project on Eric Heisserer's plate: The man who adapted Ted Chiang's "The Story of Your Life" into the Oscar-nominated Arrival is making his Valiant debut with a new series for machine-controlling superhero Livewire.

Cover art by Raul Allen.

Heisserer — who's actually also helped Valiant begin to turn its comic books into the next superhero cinematic universe, and therefore already sort of written for Livewire already — will be joined by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin on the four-part miniseries Secret Weapons.

Character concept work by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin.

The series will follow former Harbinger member and technopath Livewire as she finds herself inadvertently creating a new secret team of psiots like herself, after uncovering a secret Harbinger installation that hid away powered rejects from the program that helped turned her into a superhero. Speaking to Vulture in an interview revealing the book, Heisserer said that Livewire (real name Amanda McKee) was a character he couldn't stop thinking about after his work on the Valiant films was done:

I kept thinking about her. I started to have dreams about interesting scenes and interesting explorations of her powers long after my official writing steps were done on the script.

I approached Dinesh and [Valiant editor-in-chief] Warren Simons and said, 'Guys, I've got a lot of stories here for her, I see her path pretty well. I'd love to take a swing at this, writing a book that has her as the anchor.'

The first issue of Secret Weapons will hit shelves this June.


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