Friday News: Eyebrow raising things
She-Hulk, Marvel’s much-beloved comic book heroine who shares her cousin Bruce Banner’s ability to transform into a hero of incredible power, comes to life in a page-turning novel. In The She-Hulk Diaries, Jennifer Walters, aka She Hulk, juggles climbing the corporate ladder by day and battling villains and saving the world by night—all while trying to navigate the dating world to find a Mr. Right who might not mind a sometimes-very big and green girlfriend.
The second novel, Rogue Touch, features one of the most popular X-Men characters, Rogue, a young woman trying to navigate the challenges of everyday life and romance—except that her touch is deadly. After accidentally putting her first boyfriend in a coma, she runs away from home where, she meets the handsome and otherworldly James and sparks fly. Like Rogue, however, James’ life is hardly simple. To elude his mysterious and dangerous family, James shaves his head, dons all black. Stealing a car, they head out on the highway and eventually, Rogue has to decide whether she will unleash her devastating powers in order to save the only man alive who seems to truly understand her.
Christine Woodward is writing “Rogue Touch” and Marta Acosta is the author of “The She-Hulk Diaries.” I know that there are some super talented writers who have done fan fiction of Marvel Comic book heroes and heroines, but a chick lit version of the She Hulk and Rogue’s angst ridden “I can’t touch anyone without killing him” isn’t going to attract the crossover crowd that Marvel hopes for. Will these books be in or out of the existing universe? Rogue has an existing, albeit crappy, love interest – Gambit.
These books demonstrate that Marvel and Hyperion understand little about the romance reader and maybe even less about the comic book reader.
I’ve tried Acosta many times in the past, but her writing doesn’t resonate. Marjorie Liu actually writes for Marvel and writes romances. Why wouldn’t they get her to write one of these? Or maybe they asked and she wisely refused.