Volume 4, Issue 28!
“Strange Times Ahead For Marvel”
We’ve all been waiting for Marvel to announce their books post-Secret Wars, and now with the release of the All-New All-Different Marvel preview book, we’ve gotten a look at some of the new titles coming our way this fall. And boy, Marvel sure is living up to the All-Different part of the initiative. From a Howling Commandos book to a series starring Carnage, there’s lots of new offbeat series to come. But with so many to choose from, which ones should you look out for? Well, I can’t make that decision for you, but I can at least tell you which ones I’m interested in:
Doctor Strange has been a character that I’ve been a casual fan of, but that fandom has grown in recent years thanks to his central role in Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers. Since Strange hasn’t had an ongoing series in close to 10 years, solo outings for the character have been few and far between. Of course, with a brand new movie coming out in 2016 (starring Benedict Cumberbatch, of course), the time is right for Stephen Strange to make it into his own solo book, and by having Jason Aaron pen the series, they’re all but guaranteeing that people are going to be checking it out.
Aaron’s work really defies any description. He has the most diverse output of any creator in comics today. Sure, not all of them stick the landing (Original Sin) but at least Aaron tries different things. This is a writer who’s writing Southern Bastards, a dark and gritty Southern crime drama, but also absolutely killing it on Star Wars, a series that could’ve been just a tie-in, but has ended up being one of the best titles on the stands. Not to mention that he made the gimmick of turning Thor into a woman one of the most compelling mysteries of the year. I have high hopes that Aaron will be able to work the same magic he did with the God of Thunder with the Sorcerer Supreme.
Marvel’s also announced another new series that we were all anticipating: one starring Miles Morales, the Ultimate Universe Spider-Man. The adjective less Spider-Man series will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Sarah Pichelli (the same team from his previous series), and star the (seemingly) sole survivor of the Ultimate Universe operating in the regular Marvel Universe, Miles will be operating in the regular Marvel Universe, giving us a modern spin on the classic Spidey tales of old. Will Miles remember his previous life and universe? Will he be mind wiped, or retconned so he’s always been a part of the Marvel universe? Only Brian Michael Bendis knows, so we’ll have to wait and see.
Extraordinary X-Men/Old Man Logan
I’ll always give the X-Men a shot whenever they get relaunched, but the main reason for their appearance here is one man: Jeff Lemire. Yes, the acclaimed writer of Sweet Tooth, Green Arrow, and Animal Man is making his mark on Marvel’s Mutants with artist Humberto Ramos, and I can’t wait to see what he cooks up for the team, which includes young Jean Grey, Ice Man, Magik, and Old Man Logan.
Speaking of Old Man Logan, he’s also getting his own series from Lemire, who will be joined by his Green Arrow artist Andrea Sorrentino. These two had an awesome run on the character, and I have high hopes that they’ll be doing the same thing for Early Bird Special Logan. While it’s a bummer that Marvel won’t be leaving the Old Man Logan universe alone, there are some interesting stories that you could tell with this version of the character, and I won’t lie, I’m curious about just how he’ll react to being in a world surrounded by things that remind him of his horrible past.
The fact that Dan Slott’s next installment of Spider-Man is on this list should surprise no one. It’s confirmed now that Peter Parker and Miles Morales will be operating as Spider-Man in the new Marvel universe, but while Miles will be in New York City, it seems that Slott will be taking Peter Parker’s webslinger on a global scale. Peter Parker is finally going to be putting his genius intellect to good use, and going on adventures that will take him to London, Tokyo, and other areas around the globe. This Tony Stark/Bruce Wayne twist is definitely a weird area to take Peter Parker in, but Slott’s earned my time after blowing me away with Superior Spider-Man. Though I do wonder if people will get confused with two characters calling themselves “Spider-Man” in the Marvel universe…
I was a fan of Mark Waid’s Daredevil (until the move to San Francisco), but after devouring the Netflix series with the Man Without Fear, I want a series closer in tone to that. With Charles Soule picking up the batons from Waid, it looks like my prayers may be answered. While I’ve really enjoyed Soule’s Marvel work in the past, I’m really looking forward to his take on Matt Murdock. With his background in law and as a lawyer, I’m hoping to get some awesome courtroom drama mixed in with all the punching. Plus, the tagline has Daredevil training a new “apprentice”. The promo art looks like Gambit, even though Marvel’s saying it’s not. My money is that Marvel is lying to us, because a Daredevil/Gambit team up is so crazy that it just might work.
I’m a huge fan of Cullen Bunn’s Magneto series, and after looking at his team for this new run on Uncanny X-Men; I think it’s safe to say that this will be a continuation of that series. With a team consisting of Sabretooth, Mystique, Psylocke, Fantomex, and the Master of Magnetism himself, Uncanny X-Men looks like an awesome alternative to X-Men teams of yore, and I can’t wait to get more info on how this team of mutants handles the post Secret Wars Marvel Universe. My hope is that they’re a not-as-evil Brotherhood of Mutants, taking on tasks that the X-Men either don’t have time for, or are unwilling to do.
All-New All-Different Avengers
For all extents and purposes, All-New, All-Different Avengers is pretty much the flagship title of the All-New, All-Different Marvel initiative. This is arguably the most diverse roster of any Avengers team, and while some may balk at seeing younger heroes like Nova, Ms. Marvel, and Miles Morales on the same team as Thor, Iron Man, Vision, and Captain America, I personally think that it could make for pretty interesting stories. I can’t wait to see how Ms. Marvel reacts to joining the “big leagues”, and it’ll be great exposure for these heroes. Writer Mark Waid is always a pretty solid writer, and with an art team of Adam Kubert and Mahmud Asrar, this series has the potential to be a blockbuster.
There’s a lot more of the “All-New, All-Different Marvel” titles that I’m intrigued by, from Ms. Marvel, Uncanny Avengers, and Captain Marvel to even Karnak. While it’s annoying that Marvel’s starting with new #1’s yet again (and seemingly aping DC’s “New 52” without the reboot), I won’t lie; I’m really interested in a lot of these series. If any of them stick remains to be seen though.