Hot on the heels of the release of Heart to Heart, Patrick's collaboration with the Dalai Lama, he announced a new collaboration coming later this year. Patrick's next book, published by Abrams ComicArts in collaboration with Marvel Comics, titled The Super Hero's Journey will hit the shelves on September 26, 2023!
"The Super Hero's Journey is my graphic novel love letter to the 1960s Marvel Super Heroes and their legendary creators. It was a childhood dream come true to have my art play along with the work of the great Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Steve Ditko. I tried my best to capture the magic, fun, and cosmic energy of those early comic book masterpieces in this arty mashup." — Patrick McDonnell
This new book is the latest addition in the Marvel Arts series, a bestselling collaboration between Marvel Comics and Abrams ComicArts.
"When we released Fantastic Four: Full Circle by Alex Ross, we promised that Marvel Arts was a line ‘where nothing is impossible and anything can happen.’ With The Super Hero's Journey, Patrick McDonnell delivers on that promise, creating something truly unique." — Charles Kochman, Editorial Director of Abrams ComicArts
"Patrick McDonnell’s The Super Hero's Journey uses the Marvel characters and iconography in an idiosyncratic and individual manner to tell a story that is at once autobiographical, spiritual, and mythological. It’s a unique and singular reading experience that pays homage to the great works of the Silver Age while at the same time using them to make a grander statement about the human condition. It will give you the eyes of a kid again.” — Tom Brevoort, Marvel VP of Publishing and Executive Editor
This book features classic Marvel heroes, including the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Captain America, Black Panther, and Spider-Man. Using these classic characters and the Marvel-Verse as a whole, Patrick muses on his own origin story — how comics changed his life, inspired him, impacted his moral compass, and set him on the course to become a cartoonist.
The book begins with the Watcher as he observes Earth and the inner struggles of the Marvel heroes. He watches as Doctor Doom works to slowly destroys the human spirit and Mr. Fantastic is led on a meta journey through the pages of classic comic books. Ultimately, our heroes come to a Zen solution in an unexpected fashion — one that aligns with Patrick's other beloved and award-winning books — leaving us with a renewed sense of love, hope, and redemption.
The Super Hero's Journey incorporates panels from classic Marvel comics written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, and Vince Colletta and explores our world's need for connectivity, positivity, and kindness. Patrick has entered the Marvel-Verse with a stunning and heartwarming new adventure that's sure to please both fans of the Marvel classics and Patrick's books alike!
The Super Hero's Journey is available for pre-order now directly from the publisher.