For some time now, Marvel Comics has been hinting at some major shake ups to occur after its current Avengers vs. X-Men story line. Those shake ups have been announced now as the company has announced its MarvelNOW initiative.
The movement will launch several new titles and relaunch some existing titles. The move will not be a complete reboot like DC’s New 52 movement, but is designed to give new readers some jumping on points into the Marvel universe. The creative teams will also be giving some of their heroes updated looks to their signature costumes.
Several of the already announced titles include:
- “Uncanny Avengers” by Rick Remender and John Cassaday starring a team composed of Captain America, Wolverine and others from the company’s two powerhouse franchises battling the mutant-hating Red Skull.
- “All New X-Men” by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen realigning the mutant team in the wake of “AvX” as the original five X-Men are mysteriously brought to the present day. This title will launch in November.
- “Avengers” by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena, which is light on specific details aside from a roster of 18 heroes in a bi-weekly comic that seems to be Hickman-esque rethinking of the Avengers core mission in the vein of the writer’s “Fantastic Four” run.
“This ain’t a reboot. It’s a new beginning.” Unlike New 52, Marvel NOW! will roll out gradually over a few months, with creators finishing off their runs and then starting new ones.” says Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso. “I feel that it’s a much more humane approach for retailers and fans to tell them: ‘Look. In the months of October through February, every week you can go into a comic book store and find a few new jumping-on points for the Marvel Universe, a place you’re going to like visiting. Or revisiting.”
The Marvel NOW initiative launches in October.