In what can be seen as a response to DC Comics‘ highly successful relaunch The New 52, Marvel has announced via a press release that their top comic series will “ReEvolve With All New #1” starting with Uncanny Avengers #1 in October.
Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and more will all get a new series, with one new Marvel NOW! series almost every week through to February.
The idea behind the series is to create a jumping-on point for potential new fans. Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment says “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.”
Some of the announced series include:
- Uncanny Avengers #1 – From the superstar dream team of Rick Remender (Uncanny X-Force, Venom) and John Cassaday (Astonishing X-Men, Captain America). 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?
- 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). This series sees the original five X-Men mysteriously brought to the present day. This kicks off in November.
- Avengers #1 by Jonathan Hickman (Avengers VS X-Men, Fantastic Four) and Jerome Opena (Uncanny X-Force), on-sale in December. This is said to focus on a roster of 18 heroes in a bi-weekly run.
- New Avengers #1, by Hickman and Steve Epting (FF, Captain America), on-sale in January 2013.
Other clues come in the Joe Quesada artwork revealed yesterday as well (below). We can’t help but notice Sue Storm and Rocket Raccoon.
Following Avengers Vs. X-Men, this is Marvel’s next big thing, and it is no coincidence that it is timed to launch at the one-year anniversary of DC’s The New 52. Indeed, just one month before, DC will be issuing Issue Zeros of their entire line, and providing new jumping on points for readers, along with new titles, starting from (you guessed it) October 2012.
More will be announced at San Diego Comic Con.