TB: Marvel NOW! is a coordinated creative refresh across our entire publishing line, a unique moment in which the creative reins on virtually all of our quintessential series are being passed from one person to another. As a result, there'll be both the excitement and uncertainty of seeing a new creative partnership handle characters and series that have been in other hands consistently for many years. And at the same time, this is the perfect instance for readers both new and lapsed to dip their toes back into the Marvel pool, in that all of these creators are going to be beginning their story-cycles during this time, so it's about a clean a point of entry as there's ever likely to be. Outside of that, the real difference is that Brian Bendis will be writing X-Men, something he's never done before, and Jonathan Hickman will be writing Avengers, something he's never done before -- and so on.
I'm interested in this new Uncanny Avengers team and in All-New X-Men with the original five X-Men time traveling from the 1960's ten years ago or so to the present day and seeing how F'd up their and the X-Men's lives got.
Between the past year of The New 52 and now this Marvel NOW!, I'm Michael Corleone in Godfather 3 annoyed with the comic book industry's attempts to get me back into comics. But I admit, I probably will start reading some Marvel now.
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I wanna be optimistic, but Marvel needs to cut titles, not rename/number series. The X-Men comics relaunched just over a year ago with, what, nine books? Avengers expanded to three monthly series, Fantastic Four spun-off into FF, and there are two Hulk titles. They gotta trim the output and stop the talent dilution across the comics.
Hickman on Avengers has lots of potential, and X-Men, regardless of the creative staff, is gonna be dependent on the post-AVX status.
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Its not a reboot, its a cash grab. And like New 52 before it, six months, they are going to be canning book left and right while pretty much forgetting about the new continuity. Isn't this what Ultimate is supposed to be for? I am curious to see what they are going to do with Spidey, but do we really need to start square one with these characters like the third or fourth time?
I am getting Avengers vs. X-Men in trade and we will go from there. I am like Freado in Godather II after being in the boat when it comes with comics.
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There's nothing here that I find particularly upsetting or exciting, but for the most part this doesn't strike me as a particularly bad idea. I can't blame them for trying to drum up more interest in their titles, and there's nothing I've seen that even suggests this really shakes up the status quo too much. It is, however, way too many books, in that I can't see that many titles as sustainable over any real period of time. I am interested in the Avengers with Bendis stepping away, and at the same time I'm a little upset that I'm losing Uncanny X-Men because Bendis is moving over there. I've still got about a million other X-Men books to keep me busy (Wolverine and the X-Men is surprisingly good), so that's not exactly the end of the world. We'll see what else winds up shaking out here.
One of the weird things, on paper so far, is the "silver age" X-Men coming to the present and having culture shock.
IF you use Marvel's "ten year sliding scale" for their continuity, the original X-Men were likely formed in 2002.
Gillen is doing some great work on UXM, so hopefully, he gets something worthwhile to replace it. Rumor seems to be Iron Man.
I just hope they let him continue to keep Journey into Mystery, which is an amazing book off on its own little corner of the Marvel Universe. This Manchester Gods arc currently going on is worthy of old school 1990s Vertigo.
Originally posted by lotjxIts not a reboot, its a cash grab. And like New 52 before it, six months, they are going to be canning book left and right while pretty much forgetting about the new continuity. Isn't this what Ultimate is supposed to be for? I am curious to see what they are going to do with Spidey, but do we really need to start square one with these characters like the third or fourth time?
But they won't go back to square one (I hope..I think) From what I've seen and understood, this is "simply" a post-AvX world. Teams mingling more than before, but I'm sure some sections will still be stand alone. I haven't read anywhere that they are moving Slott away from Spidey. I'm sure we still get too many random Deadpool stories.
I'm not sure what to expect. I'm looking forward to Hickman on Avengers. We'll see.
Oh, I thought the Battle scars ending was lame. So not needed. The real Nick Fury still kicked so much ass, especially because he is the grizzled old veteran spymaster.
Originally posted by Matt TrackerI wanna be optimistic, but Marvel needs to cut titles, not rename/number series. The X-Men comics relaunched just over a year ago with, what, nine books? Avengers expanded to three monthly series, Fantastic Four spun-off into FF, and there are two Hulk titles. They gotta trim the output and stop the talent dilution across the comics.
The X-men have a wide array of people and teams. Is don't really see how this is a problem. You certainly don't have to read New Mutants to enjoy Wolverine.
And it's not like this is just a Marvel thing.
DC Launched 11 titles in the Batman line with the new 52. Then added Batman, Incorporated at the 2nd wave and are now adding Talon for the 3rd wave.
Avengers are a team of heroes with three books, but there were three books with "Justice League" in the title at DC
Hell, there's FOUR books about various green lantern activities. This is definitely too many.
I've loved the playful Twitter banter between Dan Slott and Gail Simone over "Is it a reboot or isn't it?"
I don't want a full-on reboot, but there are a few things where Marvel could use a few steps backwards. For example, as much as I enjoyed Spidey's Ends of the Earth storyline, I'd kinda like to see the classic Doc Ock again and not an Octavious on the verge of death. Retcon a few things here and there, but let's not do a full reset. I actually wonder if Marvel will use this opportunity to bring back a lot of dead characters, like what Spider-Man did with Harry Osborn just suddenly appearing out of nowhere. Just...can we not have any Mephisto involvement here?
Hickman's Avengers is going to be fantastic!
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Oliver, you picked a great time to start. Three and Four should be easily availible. One and two might take a bit of work. If you're like me and in Ottawa, no problem (we got quite a few comic stores). If you're in a small town, might be harder.