Stan Lee’s Soldier Zero stars wheelchair-using veteran
A wheelchair user who is a soldier home from war is the star of Paul Cornell’s “Soldier Zero,” drawn by Javier Pina. The book is the first in the new line of Stan Lee comic books from Boom! Studios. Lee is best-known as the co-creator of Marvel Comics characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Hulk.
“I’m incredibly pleased to be working with Stan Lee — this is basically the man who taught me how to read!” Cornell said at Comic-Con International, where the series was announced.
Cornell said he hopes his book will take a serious look at the problems of wheelchair users, while at the same time providing an exciting action story. Stewart Trautman is a veteran of the Afghanistan war who’s now an astronomy lecturer at Caldon University. When an alien parasite falls to Earth, Stewart becomes infected, and goes through superhuman changes.
“Rather like Peter Parker is a hero who is limited only by his environment and escapes as Spider-Man, Stewart is limited only by his environment, by the attitudes of other people, by the fact that there aren’t enough ramps, by the fact that the world is not in the right shape for wheelchairs,” Cornell said. “He has to come back to his regular existence all the time.”
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