Just as they are about to take the leap to the small screen on Freeform, Marvel’s light and dark controlling duo of street heroes is returning to the pages of comics.
Announced by Marvel, Tandy Bowen & Tyrone Johnson, otherwise known as Cloak and Dagger, are back in a brand new digital six-part miniseries Cloak and Dagger from Dennis Hopeless and David Messina.
“Cloak and Dagger sort of splits the difference between writing a solo character and writing a team. When you’re writing about a single hero you can tell the story from inside their head. There’s one POV, and that perspective drives the story. Team books are often more of an ensemble. The spotlight moves around and the team dynamic is a bigger part of the story than any single point of view,” Hopeless said. “With Cloak and Dagger, we’re telling the story from two very different perspectives at the same time. Tyrone and Tandy are fundamentally intertwined characters, like you say, but they see the world through different lenses. It’s been a lot of fun playing with that shifting perspective. We let the reader into each of their heads, sometimes even showing the same scene from two different angles. Just like in life, it’s the differences that propel the drama.”
That drama will include a relationship change when it comes to the usually very close pair of heroes.
“The current state of Cloak and Dagger’s relationship is one of the main driving forces behind this story. When we open, they’re further apart than ever, and the new status quo is still uncomfortable for everyone,” Hopeless said. “Then old memories crop up, like old memories always do, and they’re yanked back together. It’s a lot of fun because we get to dive into their long history together. We spend some time with them in the early days when their powers and partnership were both still new and terrifying.”
While the duo will be teenagers with their origins in the Freeform Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger series, the new comic plays into the fact that they’ve been part of the Marvel Universe for many years but something from their teenage past will play into the present day.
“Tandy is working a murder case and spots something in a crime scene that brings back long forgotten teenage memories,” Hopeless said. “Our villain sort of crawls up out of those memories… all of which is complicated by the fact that Cloak and Dagger are estranged. It’s a whole big tangled mess.”