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-ForceVenom) and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-MenCaptain 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.

 

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From Marvel Entertainment

Jan. 10, 2013

The Future of Marvel NOW! Is GAME ON.

 

Dennis Hopeless.

 

Kev Walker.

 

April 2013

From Marvel Entertainment

Jan. 13, 2013

The Future of Marvel NOW! Is REVOLUTION.

 

Brian Michael Bendis.

 

Frazer Irving.

 

April 2013

Marvel NOW! Gets WELLS!

 

Coming June 2013.

Wow, today at my LCS, I picked up a preview of the upcoming round of Marvel Now books. Here are my humble thoughts:

  • Iron Fist Living Weapon by Kaare Andrews. I don't know much about Andrews's writing, but his art is always beautiful. It has a variety of styles, depending on what he's drawing.
  • Secret Avengers by Ales Kot and Michael Walsh. I think these two worked together on an Image title within the past year. It looks like it stars Hawkeye, Black Widow, Spider-Woman, Phil Coulson, and Samuel L. Fury. I like Walsh's art. Can't remember which book I saw his work on, but it was a spy book, I know that.
  • Elektra by Haden Blackman and Michael Del Mundo. I have seen Del Mundo's art before, and I know it's funky and cool. Still, I don't know much of Haden Blackman except that he wrote the Batwoman issues starting at about the time I quit reading it.
  • Avengers Undercover by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker: This is the crew that put together Avengers Arena. I hated the thought of that book, but loved the execution (no pun intended).
  • X-Men Legacy by Chris Claremont and Todd Nauck. Neither of these creators are my kind of thing, so I will be sitting this one out.
  • Silver Surfer by Dan Slott and Michael Allred. I read the preview of this in Marvel Now Point One (or whatever it was called...). It was schmaltzy, precious, and fully aware of its own cutesy-pie factor. I messaged Doc Beechler on Facebook to tell him that he was going to love it. He did! And Allred and Slott thanked him for it. I have to admit that I will read this despite its saccharine set-up. I have a hard time drawing a hard line against something written by Dan Slott.
  • Moon Knight by Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey. Well, Declan Shalvey is the seller here, and Warren Ellis doesn't hurt anything. I don't really care for the idea of a mentally ill super-hero, but I'm going to give this team a chance to sell it.
  • Captain Marvel by Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez: From the looks of this preview, this team is going to focus on the military/SHIELD/SWORD side of being the Captain. I'll give this one the ol' one-issue try.
  • Magneto by Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta: Walta's line work looks an awful lot like Steve Dillon here. I question how this villain book will work, but then again I always have that question. His gray-area character in Uncanny X-Men did work pretty well, but it's not secret that he will be a full-fledged villain before the next movie.
  • Wolverine and the X-Men by Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar: I really love Asrar's art, and I liked Latour's writing on Winter Soldier. This one will definitely be worth a shot.
  • Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos: This is my biggest shoe-in. I hope Dan Slott never stops writing in the Spider-World. No one ever had any doubt that it would come back to this, but I can't wait to see how it happens and what the new status quo is.

And here are my thoughts on the just-now published round of Marvel Now!

  • Wolverine by Paul Cornell and Ryan Stegman: I love Ryan Stegman's artwork. I'm not crazy about the non-healing factor Wolverine, so we'll see how this goes. Stegman may hold me down for awhile, though.
  • Loki by Al Ewing and Lee Garbett: This title looks to be about the somewhat older Loki, not the "hip child" version in Young Avengers. I hope this is a somewhat devious version of the character while retaining some humanity.
  • Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona: I picked this one up today from my LCS on recommendation from my LCS manager. Flipping through it, it appears to be a CW teen drama in comic book form, but I'm going to wait to read it before passing judgement.
  • Black Widow by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto: I've read the first two issues of this and man, I love it. All the spy stuff you could ever want. This fleshes out a character that I personally have not read at all beyond her appearances in Avengers. It's nice to see her character coming out, and knowing that we will never know everything there is to know about her. Drawn by Phil Noto in a new, looser, more organic style, it looks really incredible as well.
  • Iron Patriot by Ales Kot and Garry Brown: Well, Keiron Gillen's Iron Man hasn't grabbed me, but I'm going to give Ales Kot a chance to deliver on this one.
  • She-Hulk by Charles Soule and Javier Pulido: Charles Soule has really done wonders with Thunderbolts. I really like Javier Pulido's artwork, and it's definitely a different artistic take on the character. I hope Soule's She-Hulk breaks the fourth wall occasionally like John Byrne's and Peter David's did. And if that happens, I really hope for a crossover with Deadpool.
  • Punisher by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads: This looks beautiful. Same team that does (or did?) The Activity for Image. Same writer as Black Widow, so I know at least that part will be awesome. Glad to know Marvel knows how to use this writer, unlike the editorial screw-up that was Edmondson's Grifter. This is how good Grifter could have been if DC had let it!

Perhaps you mean Dan Slott's She-Hulk, rather than Peter David's?  The former had some metatextual fun'n'games and was highly lauded, whereas the latter didn't do an awful lot and just fizzled out during some epic crossover storyline or other, which was a pity because I liked both David and She-Hulk, and even collected it for most of it's run...

Perhaps I'm mixing Peter David's run with Dan Slott's... You could be right. I recently ordered the Dan Slott run on Thing. I'm hoping the third-party seller will come through soon.

Figserello said:

Perhaps you mean Dan Slott's She-Hulk, rather than Peter David's?  The former had some metatextual fun'n'games and was highly lauded, whereas the latter didn't do an awful lot and just fizzled out during some epic crossover storyline or other, which was a pity because I liked both David and She-Hulk, and even collected it for most of it's run...

Wow...I'm just going to pass on everything and save up for more Masterworks.

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