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Ahead of San Diego Comic-Con, Dark Horse Comics has announced the latest project from its Berger Books imprint, headed up by iconic comic editor Karen Berger: Invisible Kingdom, by G. Willow Wilson (Marvel’s Ms. Marvel) and Christian Ward.
“It’s a delight to be working with my mentor Karen Berger once again, especially on such an exciting project,” said Wilson about her inclusion in the Berger Books imprint. (Her first comic projects were edited by Berger, hence the “mentor” mention.) “Christian Ward’s art is truly visionary — this is one of the most dynamic collaborations I’ve ever been involved with. I can’t wait to show the world what we’ve cooked up.”
The story of two women in a distant galaxy — one a fighter pilot, the other a religious acolyte — who uncover a conspiracy connecting the galaxy’s dominant religion and corporation, Invisible Kingdom sees Wilson return to creator-owned original comic book work for the first time since her 2008 series Air, which was edited by Berger.
It’s the first time Wilson has collaborated with Ward, perhaps best known for his work on Marvel’s critically acclaimed Black Bolt series with writer Saladin Ahmed; the series also sees him come back to creator-owned work, where he’d previously made a mark with series including Ody-C and The Infinite Vacation.
“I’m thrilled not only to be returning to a big creator-owned sci-fi but to be working with Karen Berger and G. Willow Wilson,” said Ward. “Karen’s amazing career has helped to shape me as a creator, and with Willow, I don’t think there’s anyone today who writes with more warmth, humor or humanity. Nobody writes better, more relatable characters than her! We’re already buzzing with excitement about all the weird and wonderful places that we’re taking this whole new assemble of instantly lovable characters. I hope you join us as we go somewhere amazing.”
The series will launch in March 2019. More information about the series will be revealed at San Diego Comic-Con during the “Berger Books: The Second Wave” panel on Friday at 5 p.m. in Room 25ABC.