Today Marvel released solicitations for the first books in a second wave of Marvel NOW!-branded titles.
They will be relaunching/renumbering Jonathan Hickman & Jerome Opena’s Avengers in December with the first issue bearing both #24.NOW (from the previous numbering) and #1, the “All-New Marvel NOW!” numbering. This is sure to draw some criticism from the market as the issue picks up after the events of Infinity, making this less of a relaunch and more of a straight-up renumbering move.
In January, the first issue of “DC Refugees” *ahem Joke ahem*… The first issue of “All-New Invaders #1″ hits stands. It is the first ongoing Marvel project for creators James Robinson (who walked off of DC’s “Earth-2″ in August) and Steve Pugh (also a former DC creator who walked off of Animal Man). The series will feature a reunion of the WWII era members of the team, namely Captain America, Winter Soldier, Namor, and the original Human Torch. Robinson is arguably at his bet when handling characters from this era, and Pugh more than proved himself with his work on Animal Man, so this title should be one to look for.
The final book announced was “Inhuman #1″ from Matt Fraction and Joe Maduiera. As we reported yesterday, Marvel is building toward something big with the Inhumans, and this book will certainly be at the center of it.
The most surprising move is the decision by Marvel to offer digital codes for entire series collections of NOW titles at no additional cost. This will apply to only select books, but it is a great move to ensure that these relaunches do serve as adequate entry points, as at least one series (Avengers) will be picking up where the previous series left off.
The complete press release from Marvel can be found below.
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[FROM THE OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE]
All-New Marvel NOW!
New York. NY—September 9, 2013— The most popular characters. The most acclaimed creators. The most ambitious stories. This is the recharged All-New Marvel NOW!.
This Winter, the Marvel Universe heads in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators like Brian Michael Bendis, Rick Remender, Dan Slott, Jason Aaron, Kieron Gillen & more, join the top Super Heroes– Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Hulk, Spider-Man, Wolverine and other Marvel heroes– to deliver the best comics on the market with all-new ongoing series, AND must-read .NOW entry #1 issues for all readers!
It all starts in December with Avengers #24.NOW(=Avengers #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!), from the blockbuster creative team of Jonathan Hickman (Infinity, Avengers) and Esad Ribic (Thor: God Of Thunder, Uncanny X-Force), leading the Marvel Universe in a bold new direction by launching new series—often more than one—every week with unique mission statements, epic scales, and bigger conflicts than ever before.
“All-New Marvel NOW! ushers in 2014 with bold new launches featuring the greatest characters, the greatest creators, and exciting storylines that provide clean entry-points to all ongoing series,” explained Axel Alonso, Editor In Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “With new voices joining our creative chorus, and new heroes stepping into the spotlight, the Marvel Universe is about to expand in every way possible.”
In Avengers #24.NOW(=Avengers #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!), the Avengers must reassemble like never before after the devastating events of Infinity. As a rogue planet hurtles towards Earth, only the mightier-than-ever Avengers can prevent the annihilation of two worlds! Prepare for a sense-shattering tale that sets the stage for 2014’s boldest Avengers epics!
Then in January, All-New Marvel NOW! heads to the battlefront with “All-New Invaders #1″! From Eisner Award-Winning writer James Robinson (Starman, Earth 2) and red-hot artist Steve Pugh (Animal Man) comes a bold reimagining of your favorite Marvel Heroes. Brothers-in-arms Captain America, The Winter Soldier, Namor, and the Original Human Torch re-band for an all-new, all-different kind of war! But when the Kree Empire discovers a way to weaponize Norse Gods, can these timeless allies survive the deadly cosmic trenches? Find out as Marvel’s most enduring icons take to the stars in All-New Invaders #1!
But the start of the new year only gets bolder, as All New Marvel NOW! asks, “Are You Inhuman?” with “Inhuman #1″! Superstar creators Matt Fraction (Hawkeye, Invincible Iron Man) and Joe Maduiera (Avenging Spider-Man, Savage Wolverine) thrust the Inhumans into the spotlight as the newest power players in the entire Marvel Universe! Unfolding out of the cataclysmic events of Infinity, new Inhumans spring up around the globe forcing the once-secret society of Inhumans out into civilization! With Avengers-level powers and abilities, will they chose to stand with Earth’s Mightiest…or against them? As the chaos consumes the globe, discover the fate of King Black Bolt and his royal family as the world becomes Inhuman!
Every FIRST ISSUE bearing the All New 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. But that’s not all! Select .NOW! titles will also come with a digital code for the entire first collection of that series ABSOLUTELY FREE!
Once again, the biggest creators bring you the biggest characters in the biggest stories…and it’s happening NOW!
For more on All-New Marvel NOW!, please visit www.marvel.com and join the conversation on Twitter with hashtag #AllNewMarvelNOW.
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