ⓘ Jason Aaron

                                     

ⓘ Jason Aaron

Jason Aaron is an American comic book writer, known for his work on titles such as Thor, The Other Side, Scalped, Ghost Rider, Wolverine and PunisherMAX.

                                     

1. Early life

Jason Aaron was born in Jasper, Alabama. His cousin, Gustav Hasford, who wrote the semi-autobiographical novel The Short-Timers 1979, on which the feature film Full Metal Jacket 1987 was based, was a large influence on Aaron. Aaron decided he wanted to write comics as a child, and though his father was skeptical when Aaron informed him of this aspiration, his mother took Aaron to drug stores, where he would purchase from spinner racks comic books, some of which he still owns today.

Aaron graduated from Shelby County High School. He then attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English.

                                     

2. Career

Aarons career in comics began in 2001 when he won a Marvel Comics talent search contest with an eight-page Wolverine back-up story script. The story, which was published in Wolverine #175 June 2002, gave him the opportunity to pitch subsequent ideas to editors.

In 2006, Aaron made a blind submission to Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics, who published his first major work, the Vietnam War story The Other Side, which was nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Miniseries, and which Aaron regards as the "second time" he broke into the industry. Following this, Vertigo asked him to pitch other ideas, which led to the series Scalped, a creator-owned series set on the fictional Prairie Rose Indian Reservation drawn by R. M. Guera.

In 2007, Aaron wrote Ripclaw: Pilot Season for Top Cow Productions. Later that year, Marvel editor Axel Alonso, who was impressed by The Other Side and Scalped, hired Aaron to write issues of Wolverine, Black Panther and eventually, an extended run on Ghost Rider that began in April 2008. His continued work on Black Panther also included a tie-in to the company-wide "Secret Invasion" crossover with David Lapham in 2009.

In January 2008, he signed an exclusive contract with Marvel, though it would not affect his work on Scalped. In July of that year, he wrote the Penguin issue of Jokers Asylum.

After a four-issue stint on Wolverine in 2007, Aaron returned to the character with the ongoing series Wolverine: Weapon X, launched to coincide with the feature film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Aaron commented, "With Wolverine: Weapon X well be trying to mix things up like that from arc to arc, so the first arc is a typical sort of black ops story but the second arc will jump right into the middle of a completely different genre," In 2010, the series was relaunched once again as simply Wolverine. He followed this with the relaunch of The Incredible Hulk in 2011 and Thor: God of Thunder in 2012. Aaron and artist Mike Deodato collaborated on the Original Sin limited series in 2014. During his run on Thor, he brought in the new female Thor and wrote the relaunch of the book.

As of 2017, Aaron was writing a Star Wars comic book for Marvel, set between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back, as well as continuing his work on Thor, Doctor Strange, and the creator-owned series Southern Bastards with Jason Latour and The Goddamned with R. M. Guera for Image. In 2018, he relaunched Thor with Mike del Mundo and The Avengers with Ed McGuinness. Aaron and Mahmud A. Asrar are scheduled to be the creative team on the Conan the Barbarian series when Marvel regains the licensing rights to the character in 2019.

At the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, it was announced that Aarons Thor storyline, which depicted Jane Foster acquiring the mantle of the Thunder God, would be the basis for the film Thor: Love and Thunder, which would be released on November 5, 2021.

                                     

3. Personal life

Aaron moved to Kansas City, Kansas in 2000, the day after the first X-Men feature film was released.

Commenting on the religious themes that run through his work, Aaron says he was raised Southern Baptist, but has since renounced religion: "I’ve been an atheist for many years, but I’ve remained fascinated by religion. If anything, I’ve become more fascinated by religion and faith after I lost mine."

                                     

4. Awards and nominations

  • Nominated: 2007 Eisner Award for Best Miniseries for The Other Side.
  • Recipient: 2016 Eisner Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards, Star Wars, Doctor Strange, Thor and Men of Wrath.
  • Nominated: 2015 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series Southern Bastards.
  • Recipient: 2016 Inkpot Award
  • Nominated: 2015 Harvey Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards.
  • Nominated: 2015 Eisner Award for Best Writer for Southern Bastards, Original Sin, Thor and Men of Wrath.
  • Recipient: 2016 Eisner Award for Best Continuing Series for Southern Bastards.
  • Recipient: 2015 Harvey Award for Best New Series for Southern Bastards.
                                     

5.1. Bibliography DC Comics/Vertigo

  • Casino Boogie #6–11
  • The Gnawing #30–34
  • Knuckle Up #50–55
  • The Gravel in Your Gut #19–24
  • Dead Mothers #12–18
  • Indian Country #1–5
  • Scalped
  • Trails End #56–60
  • High Lonesome #25–29
  • Rez Blues #35–42
  • You Gotta Sin to Get Saved #43–49
  • The Other Side #1–5 with Cameron Stewart, 2006 collected as The Other Side
  • Hellblazer #245–246: "Newcastle Calling" with Sean Murphy, 2008
  • Jokers Asylum: Penguin collected in Jokers Asylum Volume 1
                                     

5.2. Bibliography Marvel Comics

  • "The Man in the Pit"
  • Wolverine: Manifest Destiny #1–4 with Stephen Segovia, 2008–2009
  • "Get Mystique!"
  • Wolverine: Weapon X
  • "Love and the Wolverine"
  • "Tomorrow Dies Today"
  • Wolverine
  • "Insane in the Brain"
  • "The End of the Beginning"
  • "All We Want is the World and Everything in It"
  • Wolverine by Jason Aaron Omnibus collects
  • "A Day in the Life"
  • Dark X-Men: The Beginning #3: "Get Mystique Slight Return" with Jock, 2009
  • "A Good Man"
  • "The Adamantium Men"
  • X-Men
  • "Scorched Earth"
  • Wolverine Goes to Hell collects
  • "Wolverine Goes to Hell"
  • Wolverine vs. the X-Men collects
  • "Happy"
  • "Get Mystique: Final Repose"
  • "Wolverine vs. the X-Men"
  • "Wolverine No More"
  • Wolverines Revenge collects
  • "Wolverines Revenge!"
  • "And Then There Was War"
  • "Goodbye, Chinatown"
  • Goodbye, Chinatown collects
  • "One More Round"
  • Back in Japan collects
  • "Back in Japan"
  • Volume 1 collects
  • X-Men: Schism #1–5 collected as X-Men: Schism
  • "Just Another Day in Westchester County"
  • "Welcome to the X-Men! Now Die!"
  • X-Force Special: Aint No Dog: "Hunters & Killers"
  • Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine #1–6: "Another Fine Mess" with Adam Kubert, 2010–2011 collected as Astonishing Spider-Man & Wolverine
  • Wolverine and the X-Men #1–42 October 2011 – February 2014
  • Volume 2 collects
  • "A Little Impossible"
  • "Mutatis Mutandis"
  • "Day of the Phoenix, Dark Night of the Soul"
  • "Born Warbird"
  • "Hounded"
  • Volume 3 collects
  • "Got Hope?"
  • "Avengers vs. X-Men. vs. X-Men"
  • "Dance Like Theres No Tomorrow!"
  • "On the Eve of Battle"
  • "My Dinner with the Phoenix"
  • "Wolverines Secret Weapon"
  • Volume 4 collects
  • "The Fires of Hell A-Glowing"
  • "More Pencils, More Books, More Teachers Dirty Looks"
  • "The Search for Something New"
  • "Aint No Sin to Be Glad Youre Alive"
  • "Big Top Hell"
  • "The Last Frankenstein"
  • Volume 5 collects
  • "The Greatest Freakshow on Earth"
  • "Savage Learning"
  • "Key to the Future"
  • Volume 6 collects
  • "The Hellfire Saga"
  • Volume 7 collects
  • "The Hellfire Saga Prologue"
  • Volume 8 collects
  • "Untitled"
  • "Battle of the Atom, Chapter 9"
  • "Battle of the Atom, Chapter 5"
  • Avengers vs. X-Men #0 with Brian Michael Bendis and Frank Cho, 2012
  • Avengers vs. X-Men
  • AvX: VS #5: "Angel vs. Hawkeye" with John Romita Jr., 2012
  • Avengers vs. X-Men #9 with Adam Kubert, 2012
  • AvX: VS #6: "Iron Fist Vs. Iceman" with Ramon Perez, 2012
  • Avengers vs. X-Men #2 with John Romita Jr., 2012
  • AvX: VS #1: "The Invincible Iron Man vs. Magneto" with Adam Kubert, 2012
  • "All in the Family"
  • Volume 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler collects
  • "The Quest for Nightcrawler"
  • Amazing X-Men vol. 2 #1–6 November 2013 – April 2014
  • A+X #3 "Black Panther + Storm" with Pascual Ferry, December 2012 collected in Volume 1: =Awesome
  • "Trials & Tribulations"
  • "Hell-Bent & Heaven-Bound"
  • Ghost Riders: Heavens on Fire #1–6 with Roland Boschi, 2009–2010
  • "Last Stand of the Spirits of Vengeance"
  • "The Former Things"
  • "God Dont Live on Cell Block D"
  • Criminal #2: "My Favorite TV Cops and Movie Tough Guys, Flaws and All" with Sean Phillips, 2008
  • Ghost Rider by Jason Aaron Omnibus collects
  • Ghost Rider vol. 4 #20–35 February 2008 – May 2009
  • PunisherMAX #1–22 with Steve Dillon, November 2009 – February 2012 collected as
  • Bullseye
  • Kingpin
  • Black Panther #39–41: "See Wakanda and Die" with Jefte Palo, 2008 collected as Secret Invasion: BP
  • The Punisher MAX: X-Mas Special: "And on Earth Peace, Good Will Toward Men"
  • Homeless
  • Frank
  • Punisher
  • Avengers vs. Atlas #4: "My Dinner with Gorilla Man" with Giancarlo Caracuzzo, 2010 collected in Gorilla Man
  • Volume 1 collects
  • "Hulk vs. Banner!
  • "Epilogue 2: Saturday"
  • The Incredible Hulk vol. 3 #1–15 October 2011 – October 2012
  • Immortal Weapons #1: "The Book of the Cobra" with various artists, 2009 collected in Immortal Weapons
  • Ultimate Comics: Captain America #1–4 with Ron Garney, 2011 collected as UC-CA
  • "Hulk: Asunder"
  • Deadpool #900: "Close Encounters of the *#$ed-Up Kind" with Chris Staggs, 2009
  • Captain America: Who Wont Wield the Shield?: "Forbush Man: Forbush Kills!"
  • Marvel Assistant-Sized Spectacular #1: "Just a Little Old Fashioned Justice" with Richard Isanove, 2009
  • "Hulk: United"
  • "Alone"
  • "Stay Angry!"
  • Volume 2 collects
  • Volume 1: The God Butcher collects
  • Thor: God of Thunder #1–25 November 2012 – September 2014
  • "The God Butcher"
  • "What the Gods Have Wrought"
  • Volume 2: Godbomb collects
  • "Godbomb"
  • "Days of Wine and Dragons"
  • Volume 3: The Accursed collects
  • "Untitled"
  • "The Accursed"
  • "Tales of Thunder"
  • "The Last Days of Midgard, Epilogue: Adieu, Midgard, Adieu"
  • Volume 4: The Last Days of Midgard collects
  • "The Last Days of Midgard"
  • "The One Who Watches"
  • "No One Is Watching"
  • Original Sin collects
  • "The Secret History of Colonel Nicholas J. Fury"
  • "Trust No One, Not Even Yourself"
  • "Nick Fury Vs. The World"
  • Original Sin
  • "Open Your Eye"
  • Thanos Rising
  • "Bomb Full of Secrets"
  • "Secret Warriors"
  • Original Sin: Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm collects
  • "Thor & Loki: The Tenth Realm"
  • Volume 2: Who Holds the Hammer? #6–8, Annual #1, and What If? #10
  • Volume 1: Goddess of Thunder #1–5
  • Thor vol. 4 #1–8 October 2014 – May 2015
  • Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes #1–6
  • Star Wars vol. 2 #1–37 January 2015 – October 2017
  • Volume 4: Last Flight of The Harbringer #20–25
  • Volume 2: Showdown on the Smugglers Moon #7–12
  • Volume 5: Yodas Secret War #26–31
  • Volume 6: Out Among The Stars #32–37
  • Volume 3: Rebel Jail #15–19
  • Star Wars: Vader Down #13–14
  • Volume 2: The Last Days of Magic #6–10
  • Thors
  • Volume 1: The Way of the Weird #1–5
  • Volume 4: Mr, Misery #17–20
  • Volume 3: Blood in the Aether #11–16
  • Weirdworld
  • Doctor Strange vol. 4 #1–20 October 2015 – June 2017
  • The Mighty Thor vol. 2 #1–30 November 2015 – March 2018
  • Volume 3: The Asgard/Shiar War #13–19
  • Volume 2: Lords of Midgard #6–12
  • Volume 1: Thunder in Her Veins #1–6
  • Volume 4: The War Thor #20–23
  • Volume 5: The Death of The Mighty Thor #24–30
  • Thor vol. 5 #1-. June 2018–present
  • Volume 1: God of Thunder Reborn #1–6
  • The Unworthy Thor #1–5
  • Generations: The Thunder with Mahmud Asrar, 2017
  • Volume 2: World Tour #7–12
  • The Avengers vol. 8 #1-. May 2018–present
  • Volume 1: The Final Host #1–6


                                     

5.3. Bibliography Image Comics

  • Volume 2: Gridiron
  • Volume 3: Homecoming
  • Volume 1: Here Was a Man
  • 24Seven Volume 2: "This Mortal Coil"
  • Southern Bastards #1–. with Jason Latour, April 2015–ongoing
  • Volume 4: Gut Check
  • Volume 1: Before The Flood
  • The Goddamned #1–. with R. M. Guera, November 2015–ongoing
  • Men of Wrath
                                     

5.4. Bibliography Other US publishers

  • Friday the 13th: How I Spent My Summer Vacation #1–2 collected in Friday the 13th: Book 2
  • Pilot Season: Ripclaw collected in Pilot Season 2007