Comic solicitations for February 2006 just hit and Marvel announced my new one-shot, Marvel Ai. It's part of their I (Heart) Marvel romance event, just in time for Valentine's Day.
I (HEART) MARVEL: MARVEL AI
Written by C.B. CEBULSKI
Penciled by KEI KOBAYASHI, TOMOKO TANIGUCHI & ATSUKO MORI
Cover by GEZ FRY
Marvel puts the theory of "love is an international language" to the test this issue, as three Japanese illustrators bring their craft to our I (Heart) Marvel event. Tomoko Taniguchi lends her shojo stylings to the Scarlet Witch as she shares the truths about what it's like being in love with a "robot". Kei Kobayashi lends his graphic flair to a touching tale about Medusa and the complications of being married to a man who can never open his mouth. And in the third installment, Atsuko Mori takes a tongue-in-cheek peek into a superhero love triangle as Black Widow and Elektra duke it out over Daredevil's affections.
32 PGS./T+ SUGGESTED FOR TEENS AND UP ...$2.99
Here's an early version of the cover...
It's been a blast working on this book and I'm pleased as hell with the scripts. And to give you a quick rundown on the artists...
Tomoko Taniguchi is not only an old friend, but one of the most prolific shojo manga artists out there. You may know her work from titles like Princess, Prince, Aquarium and Spellbound. And now I finally get the chance to work with her!
Kei Kobayashi is someone whose work many people may not know. You can check out his site at http://www.no-k.net/ He takes Japanese line and brush work to a new level, combining influence from Sienkewicz and Toppi for something totally unique and original.
Atsuko Mori has been recruited to bring her wonderful bounce to Daredevil, Black Widow and Elektra. You can see some of her work at http://freett.com/ftc27/dive/dive.html. It's in Japanese, but if you scroll down you can find the galleries.
And it will all be colored by Chesterfest regular poster Christina Strain. You rock, CeeCee!