Many readers may not be familiar with Painkiller Jane as it was a book that originated in the mid-90s from Jimmy Palmitti and Joe Quesada (who is now the Chief Creative Officer over at Marvel). The comic ran over a few publishers and even spawned a TV series (which I really enjoyed) but, since the publshers were relatively small (in comparison to the big 2 at the time) it never really took off. So why bring Jane back now? In Palmiotti’s own words:
The book, like over Icon books, is not aimed at a younger audience but more notably an adult one. Like many of Palmiotti’s creator-owned works, it tends to lean towards a certain level of violence and, as he states, the book also explores Jane’s sexuality so we can be realtively safe to assume that this is not a book for your 5 year old.
Painkiller Jane will be returning as a series of four-issue miniseries with some other surprises that will creep up along the way. The various series have a number of arists associated with it – Juan Santacruz, Asam Lofti, and Paul Mounts, to name a few – so we can be assured that we will be greating a great visual to this story as well. Will Joe Q return to draw though? Time will tell, but I think it’s fair to say we can probably get a cover or 2 out of the Marvel exec on a book that has strong ties to the creator.
More information is available directly from Marvel, but look for Painkiller Jane to grace your comic shelves again this November!