Marvel NOW releases the next wave of titles in December!
After the successful launch of Marvel NOW, we saw a number of brand new titles led by new creative teams hit the market. The second wave is now being announced with some very interesting new series being matched with an impressive array of creators. Here’s the official press release from Marvel:
The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is the recharged All-New Marvel NOW!.
This Winter, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators like Brian Michael Bendis, Rick Remender, Dan Slott, Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen & more, join the top Super Heroes– Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other Marvel heroes– to deliver the best comics on the market with all-new ongoing series, AND must-read .NOW entry #1 issues for all readers!
It all starts in December with Avengers #24.NOW(=Avengers #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!), from the blockbuster creative team of Jonathan Hickman (Infinity, Avengers) and Esad Ribic (Thor: God Of Thunder, Uncanny X-Force), leading the Marvel Universe in a bold new direction by launching new series—often more than one—every week with unique mission statements, epic scales, and bigger conflicts than ever before.
“All-New Marvel NOW! ushers in 2014 with bold new launches featuring the greatest characters, the greatest creators, and exciting storylines that provide clean entry-points to all ongoing series,” explained Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “With new voices joining our creative chorus, and new heroes stepping into the spotlight, the Marvel Universe is about to expand in every way possible.”
We get a look a the Avengers after Infinity with “Rogue Planet”, as Captain America and Iron Man form a new team to deal with a planet hurtling toward Earth. While the All-New renumbering may be somewhat confusing, Hickman’s Avengers has really stepped up with the promise of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as the team continues to protect the planet on a massive scale. This storyline also promises to “set the stage for 2014’s boldest Avengers epics”.
We previously discussed a few teasers that pointed towards the Inhumanity event, which springs out of Infinity. Along with the event we will see the beginning of Marvel NOW’s next wave with Inhuman, by Matt Fraction and Joe Madureira. While the creative team alone warrants serious interest, the ongoing Inhumans push Marvel is exhibiting is intriguing, to say the least. EW spoke with Fraction on the upcoming series:
“It’s a chance to spray everybody with supersoldier serum and see what happens,” he explains. “Did you know that you had a king? did you know that you had a secret genetic lineage? Oh, and by the way, now you have horns, and someone’s coming to kill you!” He intends every issue to be relatively self-contained, but hints that there’s a cosmic long-term plan for both Inhuman and “Inhumanity.” And of course, he notes that Inhuman offers the chance to create an array of new superpowered characters. “I’m the worst at names,” he jokes. “Firepersonman! Zap! Fire Flame, the Burning Fire!”
While Inhuman is definitely going to be an exciting series, one of the most welcome surprises of this newest wave has to be the announcement of All-New Invaders, by James Robinson and Steve Pugh. Both writers head over from DC, who have been experiencing some editorial problems recently that may have helped lure Robinson to Marvel, and we couldn’t be happier. All-New Invaders will see the return of the legendary WWII team set in the present day, including the Jim Hammond version of the Human Torch. Robinson elaborated on the cast of the series during a Marvel Q&A:
“We start with the big three: Captain America, Namor and the original Human Torch, with the Winter Soldier too.I wanted to keep the cast small and focused to start out, so I could really get into their characters. This is especially true of Jim Hammond, the original Human Torch, who I’m really honored to get a crack at writing. He’s the very first Marvel super hero, but for some reason, he always seems to be getting the bum end of the stick in my opinion; always dying or being deactivated or losing his powers. I think I have a bit of a reputation for taking obscure or under-utilized characters and fleshing them out. I intend to really flesh out Hammond and turn him into a truly compelling character. It’s always great to write Cap and I’m having a blast writing Namor with his pride and arrogance. Winter Soldier is also fun, trying to capture that spark of “Bucky” that’s still within him while embracing that the guy has had a bizarre and hard life in the time since then.”
I should stress, the Kree are a threat in the first arc. The team will face other threats after that. I like to think that sometimes, the team will be the Invaders of the title, taking the fight to the enemy. Other times the Invaders of the title will be the foes they’ll face. The Marvel Universe Earth is constantly being invaded after all; from space, from under the ground, from the sea, from other dimensions, you name it. This team will face a variety of such foes, although, yes, the Kree will definitely be a recurring threat.
More great info on the upcoming series at the links provided. These are sure to just be the beginning of the announced titles, and with a strong showing like this, the question is what’s next from the All-New Marvel NOW?
What are your thoughts on the All-New Marvel NOW? How does it compare to DC’s New 52? Let us know in the comments section below!