Charles Soule

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Charles Soule
Soule in April 2012
Soule in April 2012
BornMilwaukee, United States
OccupationWriter, musician, attorney
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Columbia University Law School
Period2009–present
Notable worksThe Oracle Year
Daredevil
Superman/Wonder Woman
Letter 44
Death of Wolverine
She-Hulk
Darth Vader
Star Wars
Website
Official website

Charles Soule is a Brooklyn, New York-based comic book writer, musician, and attorney. He is best known writing Daredevil, She-Hulk, Death of Wolverine, and various Star Wars comics from Marvel Comics, and his creator-owned series Letter 44 from Oni Press. His debut novel, The Oracle Year was released by Harper Perennial on April 3, 2018.

Early life[edit]

Charles Soule attended the University of Pennsylvania,[1] where he received his undergraduate degree in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies, with a concentration in Chinese language and history.[2] He graduated from Columbia Law School in 2000.[3]

Career[edit]

Soule worked in New York City for the firm Ropes & Gray, LLP before starting his own practice in 2004. At his firm, he practiced immigration law, transactional law and corporate law.[3][4]

In 2009 SLG Publishing published Soule's graphic novel Strongman which focuses on a luchador-turned-hero. A sequel to Strongman subtitled Oaxaca Tapout was completed in 2011 but remains unreleased. His other creator-owned projects include Strange Attractors, about complexity theory applied to New York City by two genius mathematicians, released by Archaia in May 2013, and Letter 44, from Oni Press, a real-world sci-fi political thriller involving a manned space mission to investigate an anomaly in the asteroid belt. Letter 44 is an ongoing series, the first issue of which debuted in October 2013.[5] Letter 44 was optioned for development by the SyFy network in early 2014.[6]

Soule (right) with (from left) fellow writers Joe Infurnari and Jeffrey Burandt at a signing at JHU Comics in Manhattan

In 2013, Soule took over writing duties for Swamp Thing with issue #19, after Scott Snyder's departure.[7] In addition, he was the writer for Red Lanterns commencing with issue #21[8] and continuing through issue #37. Starting in October 2013, Soule originated Superman/Wonder Woman, illustrated by Tony Daniel.[9]

Soule was the writer for Marvel Comics' ongoing titles She-Hulk and Inhuman, as well as the writer of The Death of Wolverine published in September 2014. Additional Marvel Comics titles written by Soule include Uncanny Inhumans, Daredevil, Lando, Obi-Wan & Anakin and the "Secret Wars" storyline tie-in book Civil War.

In January 2016, Soule was announced as the writer of a Marvel ongoing series focusing on the Poe Dameron character from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Phil Noto as artist.[10]

In January 2017, his ongoing series Curse Words with co-creator Ryan Browne began publication from Image Comics.[11]

In January 2018 it was reported that Soule would be writing a 40-page one-shot titled Hunt for Wolverine, which would span multiple genres in exploring the mystery behind the character's return from the dead in 2017's Marvel Legacy #1.[12]

Soule's debut novel, The Oracle Year, was released on April 3, 2018 from Harper Perennial.[13][14]

In June 2018, Marvel announced Soule would be writing the series Return of Wolverine, as a follow-up to Death of Wolverine and Hunt For Wolverine.[15]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Soule's series Letter 44, illustrated by Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque, was an official selection of the 2016 Festival International de la Bande Dessinée in Angoulême, France, recognizing it as one of the finest graphic titles published in the French language in the preceding year.[16]

Superman/Wonder Woman: Power Couple, the first collected trade paperback of the monthly series, received the 2015 Stan Lee Excelsior Award.[17]

Both Soule's series 27: First Set (with Renzo Podesta) was included on the "Great Graphic Novels" list from the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 2012.[18] In 2016, Soule's run on She-Hulk (with Javier Pulido and Ronald Wimberly) were included on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels for Teens.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Soule is based in Brooklyn, New York.[20]

Bibliography[edit]

Harper Perennial[edit]

  • The Oracle Year (Soule's debut novel, 416 pages, April 3, 2018, ISBN 0062686631)

SLG Publishing[edit]

Image Comics[edit]

Archaia Studios Press[edit]

DC Comics[edit]

Marvel Comics[edit]

Idaho Comics Group[edit]

  • Tarzan and the Comics of Idaho #1 (August 2014) (Idaho Comics Group; Contains a snippet of the as yet unpublished Strongman Volume Two: Oaxaca Tapout)

Dynamite Entertainment[edit]

Oni Press[edit]

  • Letter 44 #1–35 (with Alberto Jiménez Alburquerque, October 2013–August 2017) collected as:
    • Volume 1: Escape Velocity (collects #1–6, tpb, 144 pages, 2014, ISBN 1-62010-133-5)
    • Volume 2: Redshift (collects #8–13, tpb, 160 pages, 2015, ISBN 1-62010-206-4)
    • Volume 3: Dark Matter (collects #15–20, tpb, 160 pages, 2016, ISBN 1-62010-272-2)
    • Volume 4: Saviors (collects #22—27, tpb, 160 pages, 2017, ISBN 9781620103555)
    • Volume 5: Blueshift (collects Issues #7, #14, #21, #28, and #32, one-shot background stories of the characters, tpb, 136 pages, 2017, ISBN 9781620104460)
    • Volume 6: The End (collects #29-31, 33-35, tpb, 160 pages, 2018, ISBN 9781620104682)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Chinen, Nate (August 27, 2004). "Alumni: Profiles: Composer for Hire". Pennsylvania Gazette. University of Pennsylvania. Retrieved September 27, 2014.
  2. ^ Grove, Erik (June 24, 201). "Essential 8 Questions With Charles Soule – 'We're In The Middle of a Renaissance, There’s No Doubt About It'". Bleeding Cool.
  3. ^ a b Spinelli, Dan (February 18, 2015). "Penn alum is lawyer by day, comics writer by night". The Daily Pennsylvanian.
  4. ^ Staley, Brandon (February 28, 2017). "Soule Offers to Clarify Border Policy for ECCC’s Foreign Comics Creators". CBR.com.
  5. ^ Parkin, John (March 2, 2013). "ECCC: Soule Alburquerque Head To Space For Letter 44". CBR.com.
  6. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (April 30, 2014). "Syfy Adapting Frank Miller's DC Comics Series 'Ronin,' Oni Press' 'Letter 44' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter.
  7. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (January 11, 2013). "Io9 Announces New Swamp Thing Creative Team". io9.
  8. ^ Phegleym Kiel (March 20, 2013). "Venditti, Jensen & Soule Replace Fialkov On 'Green Lantern' Titles". CBR.com.
  9. ^ Esposito, Joey (June 19, 2013). "DC Comics Announces Superman/Wonder Woman". IGN.
  10. ^ Truitt, Brian (January 14, 2016). "Exclusive: 'Star Wars: Poe Dameron' comic book debuts in April". USA Today.
  11. ^ Lehoczky, Etelka (July 29, 2017). "'Curse Words' Proves You Can Never Have Too Much Mystical Fire". NPR.
  12. ^ "THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE Explores Different Genres for LOGAN's Return". Newsarama. January 19, 2018. Archived from the original on April 6, 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  13. ^ Marnell, Blair (July 18, 2017). "COMIC WRITER CHARLES SOULE DEBUTS HIS FIRST NOVEL, THE ORACLE YEAR (EXCLUSIVE)". Nerdist.
  14. ^ "The Oracle Year". Publishers Weekly. 2018. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  15. ^ Adams, Tim (June 5, 2018). "Marvel Officially Announces Wolverine’s New Series, Creative Team" CBR.com.
  16. ^ Johnston, Rich (January 11, 2016). "As Letter 44 Joins The Angoulême Official List, The Creators Head To France…". Bleeding Cool.
  17. ^ "Shortlist 2015". Excelsior Award. 2015. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  18. ^ "Great Graphic Novels 2012". Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  19. ^ "2016 Great Graphic Novels for Teens". Young Adult Library Services Association. Retrieved June 14, 2018.
  20. ^ Soule, Charles "About Me". CharlesSoule.com. Retrieved June 14, 2018.

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Preceded by
Scott Snyder
Swamp Thing writer
2013–2015
Succeeded by
Len Wein
Preceded by
Daniel Way
Thunderbolts writer
2013–2014
Succeeded by
Ben Acker & Ben Blacker
Preceded by
Peter David
(Volume 2)
She-Hulk writer
2014–2015
Succeeded by
Mariko Tamaki
(as Hulk)
Preceded by
Mark Waid
Daredevil writer
2015-2018
Succeeded by
Chip Zdarsky
Preceded by
Marjorie Liu
Astonishing X-Men writer
2017–2018
Succeeded by
Matthew Rosenberg