Hyperion Books is going to partner with Marvel to branch out into the non-graphic novel department, which is all the rage given stuff like the Twilights and the Beautiful Creatures and all that. Romance novels built around supernatural elements are a big deal, so why not put some superheroic action in that mix as well? Hence, The She-Hulk Diaries by Marta Acosta and Rogue Touch by Christine Woodward, two books trying to tap into that tween-lit area and raise the profile of Marvel's female characters.
Hyperion’s Editor-in-Chief Elisabeth Dyssegaard says “Marvel has had tremendous success with recent hit movies and we think it’s a great time to explore what happens to super heroines when they are dropped into traditional women’s novels.”
Here are the snopsis blurbs:
In The She-Hulk Diaries, Jennifer Walters, aka She Hulk, juggles climbing the corporate ladder by day and battling villains and saving the world by night—all while trying to navigate the dating world to find a Mr. Right who might not mind a sometimes-very big and green girlfriend.
Rogue Touch, features one of the most popular X-Men characters, Rogue, a young woman trying to navigate the challenges of everyday life and romance—except that her touch is deadly. After accidentally putting her first boyfriend in a coma, she runs away from home where, she meets the handsome and otherworldly James and sparks fly. Like Rogue, however, James’ life is hardly simple. To elude his mysterious and dangerous family, James shaves his head, dons all black. Stealing a car, they head out on the highway and eventually, Rogue has to decide whether she will unleash her devastating powers in order to save the only man alive who seems to truly understand her.
So, obviously, they aren't going to be in standard Marvel continuity, my lovely nerd friends, so unclench about that. Will 'James' turn out to be James Howlett, aka Wolverine? Will Jen Walters still be a lawyer or will she be something else?
The nerd girl market has been overshadowed by the fanboys for too long. Let's see if this outreach helps any, or if it'll turn out to be too sappy and stereotypical of lady-readers.