Monica Rambeau, the superhero Photon, once had a specific fear in the Marvel Universe: thalassophobia.
Written by Eve L. Ewing and drawn by both Luca Maresca and Ivan Fiorelli, a preview of Monica Rambeau: Photon #1 reveals that Monica used to be afraid of the ocean. Her narration tells the reader, “I know, right? Absurd,” explaining why the fear is ridiculous for her being that she is from New Orleans and can turn into electromagnetic energy. She continues to discuss the energy contained within the ocean before she can be seen flying close to its waves.
MONICA RAMBEAU: PHOTON #1 (OF 5)
- EVE L. EWING (W) • MICHAEL STA. MARIA (A) • Cover by LUCAS WERNECK
- Variant Cover by BRIAN STELFREEZE
- VIRGIN VARIANT COVER BY BRIAN STELFREEZE
- Hidden Gem Variant Cover by NORM BREYFOGLE
- Variant Cover by KAREN S. DARBOE
- Variant Cover by MATEUS MANHANINI
- VARIANT COVER BY PEACH MOMOKO
- HIGHER. FURTHER. FASTER.
- Universal powerhouse MONICA RAMBEAU stars in her very own all-new adventure! The hero known as PHOTON has been charged with making a very special, very cosmic delivery – should be light work (get it?) for Monica…if family drama doesn’t hold her back!
- 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
Created by writer Roger Stern and artist John Romita Jr., Monica Rambeau first appears in 1982’s The Amazing Spider-Man Annual #16. Her time spent in the Marvel Universe has seen Monica use several different identities, including Captain Marvel, Photon, Pulsar and Spectrum, one of her more recent monikers. Monica Rambeau: Photon is set to be a five-issue miniseries where the hero will have to reach new heights with her energy abilities for a new mission.
Photon Was a Thunderbolt Before Her Solo Series
This is not the first Marvel miniseries to involve Monica in 2022, though it does give her back the title of “Photon.” Previously, while still using the name “Spectrum,” she served as a member of the new Thunderbolts team led by Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye in the Thunderbolts miniseries by writer Jim Zub and artist Sean Izaakse. Set after the events of Marvel’s Devil’s Reign event, the recent Thunderbolts title launched its first issue in late August, and will release its fifth and final issue on Dec. 28.
Where Monica Rambeau Appears in the MCU
Monica’s solo miniseries and appearances in Thunderbolts come at a time when she is about to be seen as a superhero on the big screen. In Captain Marvel (2019), fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were introduced to a young Monica Rambeau played by actor Akira Akbar, but later met the character grown up in Disney+’s WandaVision series, portrayed by actor Teyonah Parris. The show gave Monica her superpowers, and Parris’ Rambeau is set to return in the upcoming The Marvels film slated to release theatrically on July 28, 2023.
Monica Rambeau: Photon #1 arrives much sooner. Along with Ewing, Maresca and Fiorelli, the issue is colored by Carlos Lopez and lettered by VC’s Clayton Cowles. Main cover art for the book is done by Lucas Werneck, with variant cover artwork contributed to by Brian Stelfreeze, Karen S. Darboe, Chris Peter, Mateus Manhanini, Norm Breyfogle, Dean White and Peach Momoko. The issue goes on sale Dec. 14 from Marvel Comics.