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This morning, USA Today announced that the second wave of Marvel Now titles, now being called “All-New Marvel Now,” will begin this December with the 24th issue of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers, which starts an all new arc known as “Rogue Planet.” All books not getting a fresh #1 start will be rebranded with a point.NOW logo when it comes their time to be implemented into the All-New Marvel Now. Included with these titles will be a digital code that lets you read the last couple of issues so that you’re caught up if you hadn’t already been reading.

Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso had a lot to say about the success of Marvel Now, but is really excited about the potential to give the spotlight to characters who may or may not have received it in the past:

“Our catalog rolls deep, and it’s giving people fresh, new voices, breathing new life into characters that quite frankly just deserve their own spotlight…I don’t know how many people have gotten Rocket Raccoon tattoos, but I anticipate a lot in 2014. My favorite thing is showing people why those characters that aren’t necessarily household names like the Falcon and Silver Surfer should be, and why they’re every bit as vital to the Marvel mythology as Spider-Man and the Avengers.”

Tom Brevoort, Executive Editor (and FF character) of Marvel says that it’s a great place for new fans to jump in:

“If you haven’t been reading Hulk or Captain America or Thor, here’s a spot where you can start cleanly and get on board.”

With the announcement of the second wave comes the announcement of some all new books. The first book in the announcement is Matt Fraction’s Inhumans, which follows a group of people who have been exposed to a mist that gives them superpowers. Fraction had this to say about Inhumans:

“There is something alien in the Inhumans, something other, something not from around here. It’s the secret kingdom stuff, the weird powers, the mixture of science fiction and pure fantasy that makes up their history” that makes them so cool.You can tell the mark of a quality human being by their enjoyment of the Inhumans. Like being a Velvet Underground fan.”

Also announced was All New Invaders, which features Captain America teaming up with Namor, Bucky (Winter Soldier), and the original Human Torch as they try to stop the Kree Empire from retrieving a device that could create an unstoppable army. James Robinson (Starman, Earth-2) and Steve Pugh (Animal Man) are handling the book and Robinson had this to say about it:

“They answered America’s call, went to war against the Nazi menace and fought side by side. These guys were brothers-in-arms. As they move into more modern dramas, that link is a link you just can’t undo. That will hopefully be the visceral element of this books’ identity that will set it apart from the Avengers and X-Men.”

Also rumored to be in the works are Silver Surfer and Black Widow solo titles, as well as an All-New X-Factor.

What are your thoughts on the All-New Marvel Now? What books are you most looking forward to reading? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

12 Responses

  1. Paul

    Honestly every issue has a high level of appeal to me. Inhuman is the obvious smash hit but personally I can’t wait to see what Robinson will do with The Invaders. Gages mini was solid, in-fact most iterations of The Invaders over the last decade have been solid, but none excellent. Much like Greg Pak getting a chance to shine over at DC, I believe this will be Robinson’s chance to excel. His grasp on classic/golden age centric characters has gone overlooked for a long time now. Looks like Marvel will be taking more of my money!

    • Travis McCollum

      Honestly, The Invaders just became one of my most anticipated books of this year/early next year. While I don’t love everything he’s done, James Robinson’s overall work, especially with his aforementioned treatment of classic characters, is fantastic and seeing Cap, Bucky and the original Human Torch in a book together is something I can’t wait to see, especially with Pugh on art.

      Inhumans does look really good though. Fraction’s been on a roll as of late so I don’t see it stopping anytime soon.

      • Bob Reyer

        Folks, the only thing that need be said to express my excitement for this new series is to quote Captain America from the Roy Thomas-era Invaders:

        “Okay Axis, here we come!”

      • Paul

        Well said Bob. My expectations are high. As Travis said Pugh on pencil duty too, I just hope Jim Hammond isn’t as grim as Remender’s Secret Avengers version.

      • Travis McCollum

        I don’t think he will be honestly. Robinson is a much different writer than Remender stylistically so I’m pretty sure we’ll get a version of Jim that will hopefully please most audiences. It’s great to see him back in the main books again though.

  2. Matt

    I would so buy a Silver Surfer title. Actually Silver Surfer with Allred art would get my money every time it’s out! I’m absolutely loving Marvel right now, they along with Image are firing on all cylinders and killing it! Cant wait for this next wave!

    • Travis McCollum

      I’m definitely excited to see how things turned out. Marvel Now, at least in my opinion, really opened a lot of doors for me into the Marvel universe and so I can only hope that with this second wave coming in, and the inevitable trickling in of other announced titles, we will see a lot more titles that are sure to please somebody out there.

      But I agree. A Surfer title sounds amazing. With the success of Guardians recently, it would be great to see the cosmic man himself get a chance to shine again.

  3. Ryan Carroll

    I’ve got to say, while I wasn’t originally hyped up for “Inhuman,” but I sure am now. Marvel’s also got me on All New Invaders–I haven’t liked everything of Robinson’s that I’ve read, but I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt on it. I’ve got a strange attraction to the team’s conept, even though I’ve never read it.

    I do also appreciate that (if I’m not misunderstanding this) Marvel’s emphasizing new jumping on points on their books, rather than just relaunching and renumbering them willy-nilly.

    • Ryan Carroll

      One other thing that I forgot (as I’m wont to do): I love the new format for the trade dress-with the numbering being at the top, where it can draw the reader’s eye more easily.

      I saw that the top of Avengers #24.NOW will, at the top, say “Rogue Planet #1”; I wonder (and hope), will every book do this, having the name of the story arc and the chapter number of said story arc at the top–For example, a hypothetical Thor: God of Thunder issue would have “Godbomb #2” at the top right.

    • Travis McCollum

      I too am kind of on the fence when it comes to Robinson (Starman was awesome, Cry for Justice was abysmal) but given who and what the team is, it’s hard for me not to get a little excited.

      I think you have the right idea for the most part. There are definitely going to be a number of new titles coming into the Marvel Universe (hence the #1) but for the most part it just seems like they’re going to have a bunch of new jumping on points coming in the beginning of the new year.

      And yes, I too really love this new logo/title display and hope that it makes its way into all the upcoming books.

    • Travis McCollum

      I figured (as well as Bobby during this morning’s Coffee and Comics) that you’d be excited by the return of Bucky. After Winter Soldier I was anxious to see what they would do with one of my favorite characters and I’m super stoked that he’ll be one of the featured players in All-New Invaders. And written by James Robinson on top of that.

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