From Marvel Entertainment
July 6, 2012
The Future of Comics is Marvel NOW!
Top Comic Book Series ReEvolve With All New #1 Issues Beginning October 2012
New York. NY—July 6, 2012— The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is Marvel NOW!.
This Fall, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes-- Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more-- to deliver all-new ongoing series, each beginning with issue #1! Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation.
It kicks off in October’s Uncanny Avengers #1, from the superstar dream team of Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Venom) and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Captain America) and continues with jaw-dropping new Marvel NOW! series nearly every week through February.
“There’s never been a better time to check out comics than Marvel NOW!” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “This isn’t a reboot or a reimagining—Marvel NOW! is all about looking forward, building on our rich history of great stories and delivering new ideas.”
In Uncanny Avengers #1, the Avengers and X-Men must join forces to overcome the greatest challenge either team has ever faced, one so devastating that neither can afford to do it alone! Can Captain America’s newly assembled team find a way to peacefully co-exist while also dealing with the game-changing repercussions of Avengers VS X-Men?
Then in November, Marvel NOW! expands to all corners of the universe with launches including All-New X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis (Avengers VS. X-Men, Ultimate Comics Spider-Man) and Stuart Immonen (Avengers VS. X-Men #1 Infinite, Fear Itself); Avengers #1 by Jonathan Hickman (Avengers VS X-Men, Fantastic Four) and Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force), on-sale in December; and New Avengers #1, by Hickman and Steve Epting (FF, Captain America), on-sale in January 2013.
“We brought fans the biggest comic book event imaginable in Avengers VS. X-Men and now we’re taking the Marvel Universe to an exciting new place, beginning with Uncanny Avengers #1,” said Tom Brevoort, SVP, Executive Editor, Marvel Entertainment. “If you’re a long-time fan, all the stories you’ve read will give you even more enjoyment of what’s happening now—we’re not abandoning our past. But if you’re a new reader, this is where you’re going to learn just why Marvel comics are unlike anything else you’ve ever read. And no character is left unaffected by Marvel NOW!.”
Every comic book bearing the Marvel NOW! branding includes a code for a free digital copy of that same comic on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue #1 of Marvel NOW! series features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.
“This is the natural next step of the Marvel ReEvolution, as we evolve every facet of Marvel publishing,” explained Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment. “You’ve seen us craft new digital storytelling formats like Marvel Infinite Comics and bring added value to our comics with Marvel AR. Now our print comics leap into the future with a cinematic new look for our covers, exciting new designs for our biggest characters and stories that will send you on the kind of journey you can only get at Marvel.”
This October, “Join The ReEvolution” as Marvel NOW! kicks off with Uncanny Avengers #1, ushering in a new era for comics and the perfect jumping on point for new readers. The biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!
To commemorate the historic release of Uncanny Avengers #1 on Wednesday, October 10th, participating retailers can host special advance release parties the night before! That’s right, you can experience the biggest new series launch of the year on Tuesday, October 9th at select retailers, who’ll also have limited edition giveaways exclusive to these events.
For more on Marvel NOW!, please visit www.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #MarvelNOW.
And this would be Captain America, I suppose. Although Cable is a possibility.
Jason Marconnet said:
I guess I should read more Kieron Gillen. The only work of his I read is the current Uncanny X-men and I'm about to drop that...
Find his brief Thor run (between when Straczynski ended and Fraction began), and follow that up with his current run on Journey Into Mystery. Prepare to be enchanted.
You can also grab his brief-lived S.W.O.R.D. series, which was a lot of fun. And for something completely different, you might enjoy (depending on your feelings for and familiarity with Brit Pop music) his two Phonogram miniseries from Image, which is what really brought him on the scene.
David Warren said:
Why all the Land dislike?
I can't speak for anyone else, but for me, once my attention was drawn to the extensive amount of photo-referencing he does, and how most all of his women look like those referenced photos came from stills from soft-core porn, his art became much more of a distraction than an asset.
It's not so much that his art is technically bad, just stiff and distracting.
From Marvel Entertainment
Aug. 6, 2012
The Future of IRON MAN Is Marvel NOW!
Superstars Kieron Gillen And Greg Land Take The Reins Of Marvel’s Armored Avenger!
New York. NY—August 6, 2012— This November, Tony Stark soars to new heights in Iron Man #1, kicking off the all-new ongoing series from the chart topping creative team of writer Kieron Gillen and artist Greg Land! As part of Marvel NOW!, Iron Man joins a line of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Heroes to deliver all-new ongoing series, great for new and lapsed readers alike!
Technical visionary. Unparalleled engineer. Avenger. Iron Man has done it all, from combating the greatest threats facing the Marvel Universe to dealing with his own inner demons. Now, when his greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake, Iron Man must act fact…and build faster! The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and for grabs to the highest bidder! It’s up to Tony Stark to contain it and that means creating a new suit of armor!
“Kieron and Greg are about to take Iron Man on a journey unlike anything he's ever experienced,” said Marvel Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. “This creative team took the X-Men to the next level, and with Iron Man they’re taking everything you know and love about the character and putting a spin on it that will have readers buzzing. Wait until you see what the new suit — I mean, suits -- of armor can do!”
Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation. With Iron Man, Marvel NOW! ensures fans will see a side of Tony Stark, never seen before.
The story will focus on him questioning things about himself and trying to find out exactly how the universe ticks, what’s this all about and why he does this anyway,” explained Kieron Gillen in an interview with Marvel.com. “There will be a lot of changes in the armor throughout the series; in the first five issues there will be a different armor every issue.
Each issue of Iron Man includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue of Iron Man features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.
“Not only does every book with the Marvel NOW! logo feature a new superstar creative team and blockbuster story, but they also come with all-new incentives for our retailer partners,” explained David Gabriel, Senior Vice-President of Sales, Marvel Entertainment.. “We want to make sure every comic shop nationwide is fully stocked to meet the high demand we’re already seeing for Marvel NOW! And want to make sure their voices are heard throughout this exciting time. Stay tuned for more news on how Marvel will be working directly with retailers to make sure our programs address their needs.”
An all-new direction! All-new threats! All-new armor! This is Iron Man NOW!
This November, Kieron Gillen and Greg Land redefine what it means to be invincible in Iron Man #1!
For more on Marvel NOW!, please visit now.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter using #MarvelNOW.
*Retailers should keep an eye on the Marvel Mailer and Diamond daily for special announcements concerning Marvel NOW!
IRON MAN #1
Written by KIERON GILLEN
Pencils and Cover by GREG LAND
FOC – 10/15/2012, On Sale – 11/7/2012
I was considering giving Iron Man a break. I've been following the character for the last four years since the debut of Matt Fraction's series. Of what I've read from Kieron Gillen, I figured I could skip. I'm strongly considering picking this series up now. I also like Greg Land's art work but in terms of his pervious X-men work, I wasn't digging it that much. This promo picture however is very nice. So I might be sticking with ol' shell head for a while longer.
I love Keiron Gillen's work. He's the only writer at Marvel I'm paying any attention to at the moment. But how is he 'chart-topping'? What has he done that sold so well?
I've also seen him described in these solicits as 'superstar writer'. He's written that Thor run that segued into Journey into Mystery, which has been criminally under-supported by fandom. I think he's a great-writer-in-the-making, but Marvel seem to be going overboard in describing him as a superstar at this point.
I guess it's my blindness to modern X-Men comics!
Have they been big sellers? What has his X-Men work been like? What has been the shape of it? The plot developments there?
Are they any good?
The crossover between JiM and X-Force was fun and well-written, but didn't sell me on the X-characters at all. They seemed shallow and generic (especially compared to how engaging the JiM characters were.)
I second Alan's advice to read Gillen's Thor/JiM in order, Jason. Gillen has put a lot of heart into them.
His Uncanny X-Men has been weakened by two things: regular instances of Greg Land, and a lot of crossovers (first Fear Itself, then Schism, then Avengers vs. X-Men).
It's still a good read, though; thematically, it's been about power and authority, primarily — with Cyclops exerting his leadership of the mutant community, and seeing how he deals with those responsibilities and the wear on identity and morality that they cause. Lately he's been complementing that with the monomaniacal and megalomaniacal Mr. Sinister (who Gillen's actually made interesting), and with Colossus's taking on of the Juggernaut's power to show the different ways power and authority can affect people.
And when you think about who the supporting cast is — Magneto, Namor, Emma Frost, Storm — you really get a picture of the relationships to power he's exploring.
Gillen's run on Uncanny X-Men has been uneven. I actually liked his Fear Itself tie-in but the Avengers vs. X-Men tie-ins have left me cold. I'd say that his best story was Tabula Rasa in Uncanny X-Men 5 to 8.
I like Gillen so far, but my current cunning scheme is to drop any book that is stopping and starting over, and only buy the re-started series when it's collected in HC or TPB -- assuming it's worth it.
So, fellas, I expect you guys to tell me if I need to by the all-new, all-Gillen Iron Man as a collection. (Chris, I'm looking at you.)
All-Gillen and a lot of Land too....