With the ever-growing roster of the Champions, it’s a wonder Reptil didn’t pop up at some point. The young hero with the ability to transform into a dinosaur is returning after some time away from crime-fighting in his first ever solo series. Marvel Comics has announced Reptil, a four-issue mini-series written by Terry Blas and illustrated by Enid Balám, with inks by Victor Olazaba and colors by Carlos Lopez, taking a look at the hero’s secret past and where he might go in the future.
In the wake of Kamala’s Law and his Grandfather’s worsening health, Humberto Lopez, A.K.A. Reptil, has taken a step back from crime-fighting to refocus on his family. Perhaps it’s a sign that he should give up on becoming a hero and finally come to terms with his parents’ mysterious disappearance…or perhaps not! When a mysterious figure ambushes Humberto, what unravels will shake the core of everything Humberto thought he knew about his past and will either change the course of his future—or end it forever.
“I’m so excited to be making my Marvel debut with such a fun and complex young character,” Blas said. “He’s Mexican-American, like me, and I’m delighted to bring a story with more of that representation to Marvel. Also, he can turn into dinosaurs and isn’t that every kid’s dream?”
“This comic book series presents us with a great adventure that I know will personally resonate amongst the Latin American community,” Balám said. “Yes, heroes are born from all over the world and Marvel’s teams are doing their part to celebrate their amazing stories. Join us in this adventure!”
I’m all for young heroes as they bring a healthy new perspective to crime-fighting. Humberto has a unique point of view that I’m looking forward to seeing play out. Reptil #1 features a main cover by Paco Medina. It’s set for release on May 26th, 2021.