6:16 pm - 02/07/2013

She-Hulk and Rogue star in the first two books from a Hyperion/Marvel partnership to be released in

They're known for living hard and punching harder in comic books, and now Marvel Comics' superheroines are bringing their power to prose.

She-Hulk and Rogue are the stars of two novels arriving in June that are part of a new partnership between Hyperion Books and Marvel Entertainment to publish prose tomes featuring Marvel's biggest female heroes. (Both publishing houses are owned by the Walt Disney Co.)

The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta delves into the Hulk's muscular green cousin's personal and professional lives in balancing being a businesswoman by day and supervillain-smasher by night. She's also in the market for a boyfriend, although she's having some difficulty finding her own Mr. Big — in her case, it might have to be Mr. Bigger.

Christine Woodward's Rogue Touch features another superwoman with dating issues. One of the more popular X-Men over the years, Rogue has the ability to steal powers from whoever she touches — but that also means her kiss can be accidentally fatal. After putting a boyfriend in a coma, she hits the road and meets the enigmatic James, and together they go on a trip to escape his dangerous family and for her to come to terms with her own life.

Hyperion editor in chief Elisabeth Dyssegaard finds both characters are fun, relatable, and powerful but also vulnerable.

Christine Woodward's 'Rogue Touch' novel stars the X-Men heroine with a potentially deadly kiss.
"In addition to threats to the universe, She-Hulk and Rogue have challenges that women readers know well, including finding the right guy," she says. "Our heroes are real people first and super powers second, which is why fans connect with them.

"These books delve into what happens if dating challenges also include turning huge and green or having a lethal touch, offering readers a unique perspective on superpowered high drama."

The books also give Marvel a chance to get their heroines in the hands of an untapped fan base of adult readers seeking compelling and complex storytelling, according to Ruwan Jayatilleke, associate publisher/senior vice president for Marvel Entertainment.

"The X-Men have long been a popular superhero team for decades, and part of that success story has been the appeal of Rogue, who resonates with our male and female comic-book fans," he says.

"She-Hulk is a wonderfully appealing character, with a personal life that reflects the complexities of many real-life people except the twist is she possesses powers that nearly all of us want."

In having books that turn familiar genres with conventional expectations on their head, Dyssegaard says they definitely want women readers but also comic fans, too.

"The X-Men franchise is very popular with both men and women, so choosing a character like Rogue plays to that existing female fan base while also attracting new readers," she says. "I picture a woman and her comic-book fan guy on the couch reading together."

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brenden 7th-Feb-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
this is the rejected book cover:

naveedchick 7th-Feb-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
isntdaveone 7th-Feb-2013 11:25 pm (UTC)
madam_red 7th-Feb-2013 11:26 pm (UTC)
that has to be edited
sunredskyblue 7th-Feb-2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
biktur 7th-Feb-2013 11:45 pm (UTC)
teamdowney 7th-Feb-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
LMAO Did you approve this just so you could post this?

Edited at 2013-02-07 11:28 pm (UTC)
actxappalledx 7th-Feb-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
nabuch 7th-Feb-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
dem thighs
abiding 7th-Feb-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
The superior cover.
ptizzy 7th-Feb-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
gorlplz 7th-Feb-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
asdfghjkl; not hulkyonce
mrezkill 7th-Feb-2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
came in JUST to make sure someone posted this lol. glad I didn't have to scroll very much
deathbytamarind 7th-Feb-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
diamond_dust06 7th-Feb-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
I like this one:

buddha_obrien 7th-Feb-2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
diamond_dust06 8th-Feb-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
Even better

teamdowney 7th-Feb-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
Of course they had to have a love interest. rme
starshineblue 7th-Feb-2013 11:33 pm (UTC)
But girls don't ever think about things other than boys, silly!

Well, okay, they think about makeup and clothes too!
brucelynn 7th-Feb-2013 11:27 pm (UTC)
My two queens <3 <3
katiluv87 7th-Feb-2013 11:28 pm (UTC)
I'm here for anything Rogue related.
bellyroomfan 8th-Feb-2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
this! don't really care about she-hulk or even hulk-hulk but Rogue is my girl
ametalheart 8th-Feb-2013 10:13 pm (UTC)
Me too! She was always my favorite.
starshineblue 7th-Feb-2013 11:32 pm (UTC)
I sent a link about this to my co-worker and he said "...wait...this is real? It's not a joke?"

Pretty much sums up my feelings. I enjoy characters having love interests as much as the next person, but to write a book about female superheroes in which the driving force is finding a dude is just so disappointing.
fwee_prower 7th-Feb-2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
they kind of did that with Alias. they talked about how Luke Cage was a cape chaser.
iamspam99 7th-Feb-2013 11:49 pm (UTC)
Yeah, same. I find it a really condescending approach too.
starshineblue 8th-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
Your icon is perfect for this thread.
naveedchick 7th-Feb-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
threeatatimejay 8th-Feb-2013 01:34 am (UTC)
Yeah, I read this and sort of went, "...Oh."
quingity 8th-Feb-2013 02:42 am (UTC)
Yeah. I'm with you.
agatharuncible 8th-Feb-2013 03:18 am (UTC)
mfte. I'm all for showing that you can be a bamf lady and have a love life too (like what they do for male characters) but nhf making it the whole point like female characters automatically make something a lousy romantic comedy.
fauxparadiso 7th-Feb-2013 11:35 pm (UTC)

What's next, a story about Storm changing the weather so her date on Saturday goes well?
ptizzy 7th-Feb-2013 11:39 pm (UTC)
Lol, they have to modernize these female superheroes in any way they can to be more realistic, I guess.
lanavis 8th-Feb-2013 12:16 am (UTC)
Negl, I would totally use weather controlling powers for mundane ass weekends, especially when I want to wear clothes that won't work with cold or rainy weather.

Edited at 2013-02-08 12:17 am (UTC)
vanishingbee 7th-Feb-2013 11:36 pm (UTC)
that cover reads

sunktheglow 7th-Feb-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)
I am embarrassed but I saw your icon and thought, that's what happens when you finger She-Hulk.
vanishingbee 7th-Feb-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
lol omg
diamond_dust06 7th-Feb-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
manaconda 8th-Feb-2013 12:00 am (UTC)
violue 7th-Feb-2013 11:51 pm (UTC)
so so true, ugh
lanavis 8th-Feb-2013 12:17 am (UTC)
Blame the women who read, buy, and made books like Twilight, The Host, Beautiful Creatures, et al.
I can't blame people for writing what time and again has proven to sell extremely well with the targeted demographic.
threeatatimejay 8th-Feb-2013 01:35 am (UTC)
I think this sums up why I'm a bit meh at these concepts.
fortune_freedom 7th-Feb-2013 11:37 pm (UTC)
Not happy with this at all for my bb Rogue. She only belongs with one person.
ptizzy 7th-Feb-2013 11:40 pm (UTC)
Gambit belongs to Wolverine, tyvm~
fwee_prower 7th-Feb-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
you forget the shit he put her through right?

i rather her with Magneto.
diamond_dust06 7th-Feb-2013 11:57 pm (UTC)
I'm shipping Magneto/Cyclops right now.
ametalheart 8th-Feb-2013 10:14 pm (UTC)
THIS. Forever my OTP.
therearewords 7th-Feb-2013 11:41 pm (UTC)
I will pretty much take anything involving Marie but this reeks a bit too much of Chick Lit With The Same Name Of That Marvel Character.
tx5mym5 8th-Feb-2013 01:07 am (UTC)

I am still buying the Rogue one for my ebook.
therearewords 8th-Feb-2013 08:39 am (UTC)
Let me know how it is.
iamspam99 7th-Feb-2013 11:42 pm (UTC)

This is their attempt to appeal to female fans? By publishing cheesy romance novels? We can't just enjoy reading about them kicking ass and saving the earth and shit, we need tons of ~boy troubles~ and no pictures to be able to enjoy them?

At least make them cheesy romance comics FFS so there's pretty art to enjoy.
ritzyroxie 7th-Feb-2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
I hope it details what designer she's wearing in each scene lol!
fwee_prower 7th-Feb-2013 11:46 pm (UTC)
well seeing as Jennifer Walters was a Lawyer and had avengers money, plus the fact in the hulk/she-hulk cartoon she loved fashion. it will most likely happen.
ladysherlock 8th-Feb-2013 12:13 am (UTC)
Why can't we have a She-Hulk tv show? I think it could be campily good.
bellyroomfan 8th-Feb-2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
she'd need that avengers money to afford to replace all of her wardrobe every time she hulks out.
bloody_hell 7th-Feb-2013 11:43 pm (UTC)
idk about this...
fwee_prower 7th-Feb-2013 11:44 pm (UTC)
is everyone forgetting they did this with Emma Frost and Mary Jane Watson?
starchain 7th-Feb-2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
Even I am not gonna read this and lately I put up with everything Marvel touches.
diamond_dust06 7th-Feb-2013 11:48 pm (UTC)
Fearless Defenders came out yesterday and it was awesome.

Edited at 2013-02-07 11:48 pm (UTC)
iamspam99 7th-Feb-2013 11:53 pm (UTC)
Yaaaassssss, so here for Fearless Defenders. Happy the archaeologist is gay. Lord knows Marvel needs more lezzies actively appearing in their books.
diamond_dust06 7th-Feb-2013 11:56 pm (UTC)
Hard to believe that a pair of straight white guys (Cullen Bunn and Kieron Gillen) are the leaders of queer representation in Marvel right now. (I guess there's also Marjorie Liu who has Northstar and Karma in Astonishing X-Men, but I'd be surprised if that book survives the spring.)
manaconda 8th-Feb-2013 12:03 am (UTC)
<3 still need to pick this up, but it's been all over my dash
soul_amazinn 8th-Feb-2013 12:49 am (UTC)
Omg I need to pick this up.
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