Back in April, Marvel Comics began teasing the mystery of "Who is Mosaic?" The publisher eventually pointed to Uncanny Inhumans #11 for the answer but today revealed that Mosaic is a new Inhuman character created by writer Geoffrey Thorne and artist Khary Randolph, the same creative team that will launch the character's new ongoing series, also titled Mosaic, beginning in October.
Mosaic is Morris Sackett, described in the Vulture article as "a beautiful and successful professional basketball player, a selfish jerk, and — unbeknownst to him — a latent Inhuman." After undergoing Terrigenesis, Morris finds himself without a body of his own and must occupy the bodies of others to survive.
"To be asked to create a new character for Marvel and for that character to be this character and for him to be realized in this way? My inner 12-year-old hasn't stopped screaming and dancing," Thorne told Vulture in an interview. "And, not to put too fine a point on it, he's black. I'm getting to add another black character to the Marvel universe that gave us the Black Panther, Cage, Falcon, Blade, Miles Morales, and Storm."
"People always ask for more diversity and strong characters of color, so that is what we aim to deliver," added Randolph. "But that aspect is just the outer layer — the more important thing is creating an interesting person that people will want to know more about month to month. Specifically as it pertains to Mosaic, the subject matter just appeals to my sensibilities. I love science fiction, I love hip-hop and I love sports, and this project has all three of these in huge quantities."
Mosaic's origin story will be told in a 10-page story given away for free at Barnes & Noble stores on August 6. Check out the character designs sheets for Mosaic and two covers for Mosaic #1 in the gallery below.