Superhero Screenwriter Zak Penn To Publish First-Ever Comic, Hero Worship

It’s no secret that superhero films have been generating top dollar for Hollywood in the past decade, with major productions coming out several times a year. Perhaps the most influential person behind the camera is Zak Penn, whose list of writing credits include X2, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk, Alphas, and a little art-house feature coming up that we like to call The Avengers (with Joss Whedon). He’s been a major creative force in how comics are translated to the big screen.

Now, Penn is shifting focus back to the comic market with his new series Hero Worship, a six-issue miniseries being published by Avatar Press. Avatar’s no stranger to the superhero genre, with groundbreaking series by such industry stalwarts as Warren Ellis (Black Summer, No Hero, and Supergod) and Christos Gage (Absolution). The new Penn-penned Hero Worship series promises to fit the Avatar house style: risk-taking tales that encourage fans to think differently about the cape & cowl crowd.

Here’s a first look at the description for issue #1:

The biggest superhero screenwriter in the world comes to comics for the first time! Zak Penn (writer of the Avengers movie, X-Men II & III movies, and the Alphas television show) and Scott Murphy (writer of Star Wars: The Clone Wars) spin a tale about the ultimate celebrity, an indestructible superhero called Zenith, and the rabid fans that worship him. Legions of adoring fans follow every disaster trying to speculate where they can catch a glimpse of their modern messiah. What happens when an unhealthy obsession leads to one fan getting superpowers of his own?

The new series will feature cover artwork and full interiors by Michael DiPascale, whose slick, painted style has graced the covers of Lady Death, War Goddess, and Crossed. As it happens, DiPascale will be kicking off the promotion of Hero Worship with his appearance at this coming weekend’s C2E2 convention. If you’re headed to the convention, be sure to stop by the Avatar booth (Booth #510) and chat him up, or to pick up his sexy C2E2 variant edition of Lady Death #15.

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