Sociologist Eve Ewing authors Marvel comic Ironheart

Eve L. Ewing, an assistant professor at the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration, brings to life a superhero from Chicago’s South Side in the new Marvel comic Ironheart, which debuted Nov 28.

Ewing, AB’08, is the author of the solo series debut of Ironheart—the alter ego of Riri Williams, a black teenage genius from the South Side. Comic fans were first introduced to her in Marvel’s Invincible Iron Man, in which Williams reverse-engineers one of Tony Stark’s Iron Man suits.

Ironheart symbolizes what happens when you combine incredible strength and might with a sense of love, care and a true desire for justice,” said Ewing in an interview with earlier this year. “Not just punishment or showing off or short-term solutions, but real justice. Not to be corny or overly literal, but that's what it means to combine the power represented by ‘iron’ with the moral compass represented by ‘heart.’”

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