Starting next year, fans of Marvel’s low-key crimefighters will have a new destination to get their fix, with book publisher Hyperion Avenue partnering with the company to launch Marvel Crime, a new prose line dedicated to a new take on some familiar faces.
“We are always looking for new ways to tell stories about Marvel’s beloved superheroes, and working with Hyperion Avenue on the Marvel Crime novels will showcase these characters in an exciting new light,” Sven Larsen, VP of licensed publishing at Marvel, said in a statement. “We know that lifelong Marvel fans and crime fiction enthusiasts alike will enjoy this inventive new series.”
The first three projects from the imprint have been announced, although none have actual titles that were revealed. Lisa Jewell, author of Then She Was Gone and None of This is True will launch the line with a Jessica Jones novel, which S.A. Crosby (All the Sinners Bleed) will follow up with a Luke Cage novel, before Alex Segura (the Pete Fernandez series, Secret Identity) offers a Daredevil novel.
The choice of characters is likely to draw attention, given that Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage are three-quarters of the “Defenders” line-up of characters that anchored Marvel’s Netflix series from 2015 through 2019. The so-called “street level” characters have also anchored a number of comic book storylines together in recent years, including 2010’s Shadowland, 2022’s Devil’s Reign, and the short-lived 2017 Defenders series which teamed the characters together permanently.
It’s unknown if the Marvel Crime line will similarly team up the characters, or even share a single continuity. Previous Marvel prose books have tended to exist within their own timelines, allowing for a continual reinvention of the characters and their worlds as necessary.
Hyperion Avenue, like Marvel, is a Disney-owned company; created in 2021, it was tasked with the job of reimagining existing Disney characters and concepts for new readers. Beyond its successful Meant To Be line — which takes Disney characters and stories and transforms them into romance fiction — it is also the home of Disney Remix, a graphic novel line based on pre-existing Disney properties.
Per Publishers Weekly, Marvel Crime will launch in 2024 with the Jessica Jones novel, with both Luke Cage and Daredevil following in 2025.