Marvel Entertainment has announced the launch of Marvel’s Stormbreakers, a new program intended to promote selected artists across its publishing line, with the company describing the chosen eight as “the next generation of elite artists in the industry.”
The purpose of the program, an updated version of the now-defunct Young Guns initiative launched in 2004, is to promote artists working on selected titles across the Marvel publishing line. The rebranding uses the name of a weapon introduced in Walt Simonson’s beloved 1980s run on the Mighty Thor comic book; the name was later used for Thor’s axe in 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War.
In a statement accompanying the announcement of the program, Marvel editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski said, “This year’s Stormbreakers embody pure talent and creativity that, time and time again, have shown us all there are no limits to what visual storytelling can do. We are continuously blown away by their innovative styles and by the power in how they capture the heart, humor, and humanity of our characters.”
The eight artists selected for the inaugural Stormbreakers program are Josh Cassara (X-Force), Patrick Gleason (Amazing Spider-Man), Peach Momoko (known for her best-selling covers), Natacha Bustos (Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur), Iban Coello (Venom), Carmen Carnero (Hellions), Juann Cabal (Guardians of the Galaxy), and R.B. Silva (Fantastic Four, Powers of X). Marvel teases that the artists will grow in prominence across its line over the next two years.