What quite possibly might be the most important initiative in the last 30 years of mainstream comics history was announced this morning within the pages of Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con preview issue: “Marvel NOW!”
Promising to impact all major Marvel characters, “Marvel NOW!” will start in October with the debut of “Uncanny Avengers” #1, and continue until February of 2013 — launching one or more new titles every week. That’s a minimum of about 20+ new titles. There will be both relaunches of existing titles and the return of old favorites we haven’t seen in a good long while. Some characters will get new costumes, weapons and identities, and even the covers themselves will get a design makeover. The key words here are “shake-up,” “change” and “new” — but don’t call it a “reboot.” Marvel insists that this is not an abandoning of their rich past — but rather making it more accessible to as many readers as possible.
It also heavily incorporates digital strategies — dubbed by Marvel “ReEvolution” — including ReEvolutionary AR cover recaps on every issue #1 to get new readers up to speed, and codes to get free digital copies of each issue.
Here’s the rundown of what major new titles we know of so far:
Uncanny Avengers #1 (October)
by Rick Remender & John Cassaday
From the “ashes” of ”Avengers VS X-Men” the two teams come together for the first time to fight a new deadly foe — the Red Skull, who wants to “x-out” the mutant race! Expect Captain America and Wolverine to be members, as well as a few “wild card” surprises!
All New X-Men #1 (November)
by Brian Michael Bendis & Stuart Immonen
Everything old is new again…after the original five X-Men suddenly reappear in the present! How do they get to the current time-period? What do they think about the events of Avengers VS X-Men? All I know is — this definitely means the return of Jean Grey!
Avengers #1 (December)
by Jonathan Hickman & Jerome Opena
Details are sketchy so far on this relaunch, other than that the team lineup promises to be waaay different, and their focus will be more on threats to the universe, rather than just Earth. Can we expect some Thanos action here?
This only scratches the very surface of “Marvel: NOW!” — I would imagine we are in store for many interesting announcements over the months to come. And keep it tuned in to MTV Geek, where we will be providing you up-to-the-minute coverage and analysis of this next step in the ReEvolution of the comic book!
Source: MTV Geek
I suddenly got incredibly nervous.
I’m fine with reboots and revitalizing old canons. DC did it and so far I’m actually enjoying the new stories and interpretations of characters.
But…but this rebooting of X-Men makes me nervous.
I reserve judgement until I read it.