Rainbow Rowell has signed on to an undisclosed project for Marvel Comics.
Fan-friendly YA author Rainbow Rowell (Fangirl, Carry On, Eleanor & Park) sent out a mysterious tweet today revealing she will be writing something for Marvel and that the details will be revealed tomorrow at BookExpo.
— Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) May 31, 2017
This only moments after Marvel itself anounced the news that Rowell would be joining the team.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) May 31, 2017
What might Rowell be working on? It’s unclear as of right now, but we will keep you updated. The panel she’s appearing at tomorrow is called “Marvel: From Prose to Panels” and is taking place at noon on the Uptown Stage.
Whatever it is Rowell might be penning, this is good news. Rowell has proven herself a moving storyteller who knows how to work within and in response to already-established works. Her YA novel Fangirl, about a college girl who writes fanfiction about a popular set of wizarding books, is a meta, multi-level story that proves it understands fandom culture better than most mainstream stuff out there.
Carry On, the sequel-of-sorts-but-not-really to Fangirl is set in the fandom world Rowell created for Fangirl. It’s a loving, yet challenging response to the Harry Potter story and “Chosen One” stories in general that stands on its own. (It’s also one of the 7 Harry Potter Spin-Off Movies We’d Like To See.)
This won’t be the first time Rowell has ventured into the comic book world. Back in 2014, it was announced that she would be collaborating with cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks on a graphic novel for First Second. The title has not yet been released, but this kind of lead time is not uncommon for the graphic novel publisher.