Marvel reveals more about their post Avengers Vs. X-Men plans at San Diego Comic Con…
With Marvel’s, perhaps, not-so-stunning revelation last week that they would be relaunching several titles in the wake of their best-selling Avengers Vs. X-Men event, all eyes were going to be on the publish this year at San Diego Comic Con. Not wanting to spoil too much about their plans, they did give some teases during their Friday panels. Here are some highlights:
- October will bring Marvel NOW! Point One to stores. This will feature five different stories featuring talents Matt Fraction, Brian Michael Bendis, Mike Allred, Nick Spencer (FINALLY they found something big for him to do), Jeph Loeb, and “many more”. The stories will help guide the new initiative by teasing threads that will play out over the foreseeable future in the Marvel Universe. Also, if the teaser (pictured above) is any indication, I’m guessing Nick Fury, Jr. is about to explode onto the scene.
- Also, two follow up stories to AvX will begin in October. The first, Avengers + X-Men, will be the anti-Vs. series which will feature a revolving door of Avengers and X-Men. The talent attached to this book is Loeb, Dan Slott, Dale Keown, and Ron Garney. Considering Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso is teasing it is the opposite of Vs., could we be seeing rainbows and puppy dogs and breakfasts in bed between Avengers and X-Men?
- The second follow up is AvX: Consequences by Kieron Gillen and will continue some threads that Marvel stresses were “worthy” of deeper glances. I’m hoping that the still promised self-contained nature of AvX is still there and we’re not going to get a cheapened opened ending as we’ve gotten so used to (in negative ways). Still, love that Kieron Gillen guy, so… I’m on board.
- Next came the announcement of a special one shot by Skottie Young called Avengers Babies Vs. X-Men Babies. It’s pretty much what the title says. The idea came from a popular Midtown Comics exclusive cover for Avengers Vs. X-Men #1 and, dammit, if it isn’t funny. Baby Black Widow makes me giggle each time I see the cover.
- When asked about the future of the Hulk in the Marvel NOW! plans, Alonso promised a new relationship between Banner and Green Genes that he says we’ve never seen before. So, don’t worry Hulk fans, he’s still going to be around in major ways.
- During the course of each day, you can go to Marvel’s website and see coverage from the floor of SDCC ’12. It was during the late afternoon coverage that Joe Quesada came on to talk about some initiatives that are on a separate level from Marvel NOW! He spoke on how much he’d gotten to study design and how it’s shaped media. One example he used was how movie posters don’t usually put the title at the top, but instead uses names or images of the stars to help guide the eye down to where the title and catch line can be found along with release. He’s asked the artists to think about this in their design for covers. That being said, and as you can see in the above image for Uncanny Avengers by John Cassaday, you can expect Marvel Comics’ covers start to change radically to fit the idea that the title graphic and number may not need to be at the top anymore and artists are given more freedom to design whatever they want on the cover to catch the eye. Come the fall and beyond, comics might start looking very different on the outside.
- Finally, I did catch a bit of the Ultimate Comics panel that featured new Ultimates writer Sam Humphries along with other creators from that line. They talked a little bit about what the Ultimate-wide crossover “Divided We Fall” will be about and promised that Ultimates #15 will make Sam Humphries a household name. Whatever is happening there, expect for wide media coverage. If I had to make a guess… Someone is gonna die…?
That pretty much wraps up the biggest news out of the House of Ideas for Friday at SDCC 2012! Like many of you reading this, I’m going to go back to the corner, get in the fetal position, and try to wish myself to San Diego so I don’t have to continue to suck up my office’s bandwidth watching Marvel.com all day!