Jason Aaron, who has made a huge name for himself with books like Southern Bastards and Scalped, has now signed a deal with Marvel to continue his superhero work with them for the foreseeable future. Aaron helped launch the Marvel Star Wars line with their flagship title, which sold over a million copies its first month. He has also been taking Thor through some of its most interesting iterations, from the Edda influenced Thor: God of Thunder, then the appearance of a female Thor, followed by the Thors police drama in Battleworld, and now The Mighty Thor relaunch.
Beyond The Mighty Thor, he will be writing Doctor Strange, whose first issue has already been released and has been almost universally praised.
This should not affect Aaron’s creator-owned work, which is right now over at Image with books like Southern Bastards. The exclusive deals usually only mean licensed characters, almost always in the form of “Big 2” heroes, so you won’t see Jason penning DC books anytime soon.
The Press Release that Jason Aaron and Marvel sent out, outlining the deal:
Marvel Announces New Exclusive Agreement With Writer Jason Aaron!
New York, NY—October 20th, 2015 — Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce a renewed exclusive agreement with blockbuster writer Jason Aaron!
“I’ve worked with Marvel for a number of years on a lot of different titles and had a lot of fun along the way, but right now I am seriously having the most fun I’ve ever had in my entire career,” says Jason Aaron. “Between The Mighty Thor, Doctor Strange and Star Wars, I have enough cool stuff on my plate to keep me happy for many many months to come.”
Earlier this year, Aaron shattered sales records with the release of STAR WARS #1. Selling over 1,000,000 copies, this astonishing debut issue marks the highest sales for a single issue in over two decades. Chronicling the adventures of Luke, Han and Leia after the destruction of the first Death Star, this flagship series of Marvel’s new Star Wars line continues to garner widespread critical praise.
“Jason Aaron will continue to bring his big, bald beautiful brain to the Marvel Universe,” says Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “I can finally exhale.”
In addition to Star Wars and Doctor Strange, Aaron will also launch THE MIGHTY THOR #1 this November. In collaboration with artist Russell Dauterman, Aaron will continue writing the character of Jane Foster, as she experiences her early days as the God of Thunder. By making his exclusively Marvel, the writer’s lengthy stint at the House of Ideas is now set to continue through 2016 and beyond!
Once again, Marvel is pleased to welcome Jason Aaron back to for more blockbuster comics in the Mighty Marvel Manner!