Entertainment Weekly broke the news yesterday afternoon that there’s a big ol’ fashioned mix up awaiting the Marvel Universe on the other side of Avengers Vs. X-Men. This new initiative, called Marvel NOW!, certainly smells like a New 52 style relaunch…
If you’ve been following ACB’s review of Avengers Vs. X-Men, you know that Victor and I are very passionate about what’s going on. We’ve both taken our slings and arrows over how we feel the coming of the Phoenix and that that means for the Marvel Universe as a whole. Well, our first major clue as to what is awaiting us on the other side of the massive event was dropped yesterday.
In a move that is very reminiscent of last year’s bombshell from DC, Marvel has announced that their universe will be relaunched in the wake of what appears to be a relatively devastating conclusion to the Phoenix’s visit. But what does this mean? What is happening to our heroes we grew up with? Are there just going to be a bunch of new #1′s or are they totally rebooting the line?
From what I gathered, this isn’t a total reboot. Instead, it is a relaunch. Yeah, I already know what you’re thinking… DC said the same thing only for us to find that so many characters we recognize were changed a whole bunch. This looks to be less of a change and more of a pure “starting point” for readers to get into Marvel Comics. There will be a shake up in titles, but if you read Amazing Spider-Man or Daredevil, you don’t have to worry about a new creative team or a brand new continuity. It will simply be a new #1.
However, the biggest shake up will be in the Avengers titles and the X-Men titles. Here is the rundown of the new titles:
Uncanny Avengers: Written by Rick Remender with art by John Cassaday, this book will be the flagship title of the Avengers franchise and will feature Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, and Wolverine. The focus of this book will find Cap coming out of AvX with the thought that he hadn’t done enough to help mutants and as this book focuses on human/mutant relations, the title will also feature Havok, Cyclops’ little brother.
Avengers: Jonathan Hickman is slated to write this title and it’s going to be big and bombastic. Instead of having a half dozen or so Avengers, he plans on building a giant team of 18 or more members ranging from the well known to the hardly known.
All New X-Men: Oh boy… This one reveals some potential spoilers. Brian Michael Bendis jumps from Avengers to the X-Men as he brings the original team – Cyclops, Marvel Girl, Iceman, Angel, and Beast – from the past to the present. Why the past? What?!? I’m guessing things aren’t going to end well at the end of Avengers Vs. X-Men. Bendis promises this is a character-driven tale where these teenager versions of the X-Men are forced to look at the bleak future of themselves and they don’t like what they see one bit.
I’m sure more will come and reveal even more about this relaunch as October draws near. I’d keep an active ear out for news during Comic Con as this appears to be Marvel’s big initiative for the future.
Included with the article is an image by Joe Quesada featuring 13 major players in the upcoming Marvel Now! initiative. You probably won’t be surprised to see Rocket Raccoon there considering the news from last week about their next movie franchise. Check it out…
To keep my thoughts on this brief, I’m sure there will be many who will pitch a major fit over this relaunch. I can feel their pain, however, back before the end of the year last year, I considered writing an article suggesting Marvel do something to reach out to readers to tell them “Hey! You can start reading here!” that wasn’t the Marvel.1 idea. Some will cry foul on this just being a money grab gimmick. Hey, guess what… Marvel is a business. A business, I dare say, we want to see continue. So, that being the case, I welcome this move. As long as it isn’t a total reboot like the New 52 turned out to be for DC, I’m for anything that will get people to buy comics. Considering there isn’t anything really changing as far as continuity, bring it on!
Now that I’ve shared my two cents, please share yours! Let us know what you think!