With Big Hero 6: The Series set to premiere in June on Disney Channel, IDW Publishing has staked out a summer debut for its ongoing comic starring Hiro, Wasabi, Fred, Go Go, Honey Lemon and Baymax.
Announced in October at New York Comic Con, the comic will be written by Hannah Blumenreich (Spidey Zine) and illustrated by Nicoletta Baldari (Star Wars: Forces of Destiny), with the first issue featuring covers from Gurihiru (The Unbelievable Gwenpool) and Sophie Campbell (Jem and the Holograms).
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“I am so excited to write this comic series,” Blumenreich said in a statement. “I know these characters are near and dear to a lot of people and I hope to do right by them.”
Although best known as the Oscar-winning 2014 film from Walt Disney Animation Studios, Big Hero 6 is actually inspired by a 1998 Marvel Comics miniseries by Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Roleau.
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Disney Channel’s animated series continues the adventures of Hiro Hamada, the 14-year-old orphaned tech genius, and Baymax, his inflatable healthcare robot. It’s already been renewed for a second season:
As the new kid at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology, Hiro faces daunting academic challenges at the prestigious “nerd school” and the social trials of being the “little man on campus.” Luckily, Hiro has his brains, his ingenuity and his best friend bot to help him find his way. But it’s off campus where things get dangerous. Along with neat freak Wasabi, bubbly mad scientist Honey Lemon, fanboy Fred and no nonsense Go Go, the friends form an unlikely, but awesome super hero team – Big Hero 6. Together they face madness and mayhem as a colorful array of science-enhanced villains threaten San Fransokyo.
IDW’s Big Hero 6: The Series debuts in July.