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Painkiller Jane is a new Icon from Palmiotti

Kelly Cassidy 07/15/2013 News

It’s been a busy day for news already today, especially with this week leading up to the San Diego Comic Con! We anticipate a busy week of news and announcements here at Comic Booked, and although we had some great pieces to tell you already we have word of another book returning that is long overdue! Jimmy Palmiotti (All-Star Western, What If: Avengers vs. X-Men) is bringing his creator-owned series Painkiller Jane back to print under Marvel’s Icon umbrella!

Painkiller Jane

Preview art by Juan Santacruz – courtesy of

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:

[quote]…I felt I didn’t want to bring back the character unless I can find a place where we can do the book as we see it, and a company that would be able to promote and get the book all over the world, in print as well as digital. [Marvel Chief Creative Officer] Joe Quesada and I spoke about where this would be, and Icon was brought up.[/quote]

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!

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About The Author

Kelly Cassidy has been collecting comics for around 30 years and can actually list the first comic he bought with his own money. By day, he works as a technology manager and community leader in web technologies, presenting at web conferences around Canada. By night, he struggles to actually create the list of comics he owns as he keeps adding more to his collection. He also struggles with talking in third person.

  1. jeffhillwriter 07/16/2013 at 3:13 pm

    I'd be more on board with this if Joe Quesada was doing the artwork. Still, seems like a logical step to resurrect Painkiller Jane as an Icon. Would have been neat to see her in the regular old Marvel Universe as well, though. That crossover issue with the Punisher a few years back was pretty good.

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