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The Screenwriter Behind Arrival Is Writing a New Superhero Comic for Valiant

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Extinction is not the only new scifi project on Eric Heisserer’s plate: the man who adapted Ted Chiang’s “The Story of Your Life” into the Oscar-nominated Arrival is making his Valiant debut with a new series for machine-controlling superhero Livewire.

Heisserer—who’s actually also helped Valiant begin to turn its comic books into the next superhero cinematic universe, and therefore already sort of written for Livewire already—will be joined by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin on the four-part miniseries Secret Weapons.


The series will follow former Harbinger member and technopath Livewire as she finds herself inadvertently creating a new secret team of psiots like herself, after uncovering a secret Harbinger installation that hid away powered rejects from the program that helped turned her into a superhero. Speaking to Vulture in an interview revealing the book, Heisserer said that Livewire (real name Amanda McKee) was a character he couldn’t stop thinking about after his work on the Valiant films was done:

I kept thinking about her. I started to have dreams about interesting scenes and interesting explorations of her powers long after my official writing steps were done on the script.

I approached Dinesh and [Valiant editor-in-chief] Warren Simons and said, ‘Guys, I’ve got a lot of stories here for her, I see her path pretty well. I’d love to take a swing at this, writing a book that has her as the anchor.’


The first issue of Secret Weapons will hit shelves this June.