As fans of the Marvel Comicsverse may know, Marvel has been rolling out their second Marvel NOW! line and it’s featured a handful of characters who haven’t gotten their own solo titles before. Characters like Gamora, the deadliest woman in the universe, are finding themselves featured in their own solo ongoing titles.
The unique thing about the Gamora series, however, is that it’s penned by writer Nicole Perlman. When Gamora debuted last month, it wasn’t the first time Perlman had written about the character, she also served as one of the writers for the first Guardians of the Galaxy film.
In a recent interview with Comicbook.com, Perlman stated that while there’s a clear line between the comics and movies side of Marvel, she feels the character in each respective universe is fairly similar to one another.
“I am attempting to walk a respectful tightrope between the Marvel Cinematic Universe version and the comic book versions of Gamora, which are close but not carbon copies,” Perlman says. “I don’t know that it’s possible to have a character from the comics feel exactly the same as the films, or vice versa – or whether we would even want that. The mediums are very different and therefore provide different opportunities to explore theme and character. I’d like to think that my backstory for Gamora, being fairly modular, could be applied to the films and comics alike.”
Fans of Guardians of the Galaxy will know that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Gamora is the adopted daughter of the Mad Titan himself, Thanos. And that remains accurate in the comicsverse. After her entire race was wiped out by the Badoon in the comics, Thanos took Gamora under his metaphorical wing and trained her as an assassin. While Gamora is still Thanos’ adopted in the MCU, if they dig into the character’s backstory in depth, they’ll have to retcon it a bit as Marvel Studios doesn’t own the film rights to the Badoon characters.
“One of the reasons I wanted to write Gamora’s backstory is that there hasn’t been much written about her young adulthood – yet that is where she underwent the greatest character change,” Perlman explains. “I felt like I had the opportunity to say something about people who have survived emotional abuse and trauma, and how they have a profound ability to change the world for the better.”
Although comics and film are two entirely different media platforms, Perlman told Comicbook.com that writing comics has been an educational process. While the film side of it includes an entire cast and crew, Gamora only has Perlman and artist Marco Checetto.
“Marco has been an absolute dream to work with – and he has taught me so much! A big part of the challenge of writing the first five issues has been pacing myself – and making sure I leave enough room on the page for Marco to work his magic. Economy of language and movement have been the two largest lessons for me. But I must say that getting the inks from him has been the best part of my day, every day I receive them in my Inbox.”
Gamora debuted last month and the first issue is currently on the shelf at your local comic book store. The second issue is slated to drop January 18.