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By Courtney Key

Secret Wars is coming back to the Marvel universe in 2015, the company announced last night at an off-site event at New York Comic Con.

A cover from the original Secret Wars event.

A cover from the original Secret Wars event.

The crossover, which was first published as a limited series from 1984-1985, will be returning under writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribic as a year-long event beginning in May 2015. The story will pick up from the end of the “Time Runs Out” storyline in the current Avengers and New Avengers titles.

Marvel’s President and Publisher, Dan Buckley, said at the event that Secret Wars is something Hickman has been working on since beginning his run on Avengers and New Avengers two years ago. The book will revisit the classic series, considered to be the first comic book event, but in a “different way.”

“We’ve been sitting on this for a very long time,” Buckley said at the event. “When Jonathan brought this to us, we had an opportunity to just not celebrate this in publishing, so we’re going to be extending this in a year-long program into 2016 with our merchandising partners, digital partners and other partners.”

Buckley promised that there would be more announcements relating to the series until May.

Marvel also released a large-scale rendering of the crossover battle in Secret Wars depicted by Alex Ross today.

The Secret Wars battle by Alex Ross.

The Secret Wars battle by Alex Ross.

Marvel Executive Editor Tom Breevort told USA Today that “Our hope is that as seismic as the original Secret Wars was to the Marvel Universe and the readers, this new Secret Wars will be to the readers of today.”

The Ross image seems to show heroes from different time periods in Marvel history, which Breevort confirmed. “None of it is random and none of it is brand new,” he said of the image.

Breevort promised Marvel readers that “However massive you think this is, let me assure you it is bigger than that. It’s by far the craziest thing that I’ve dealt with.”

“People are certainly going to be talking about it 30 years from now,” he added.

Are you excited for Secret Wars? Are you particularly looking forward to any of the match-ups in the Alex Ross image? Let us know in the comments or on the forums!

Source: Comic Book Resources and USA Today

About The Author


Courtney is a returning reader to the world of comic books, drawn back in by the power of Tom Hiddleston's portrayal of Loki in the MCU and her attraction to broken antagonists with questionable hair. Favorite titles she's currently reading include Loki Agent of Asgard, Saga, Silver Surfer, Ms. Marvel, Gotham Academy, and The Wicked + The Divine. Older favorite comics are Lucifer, Sandman, Kieron Gillen's Journey into Mystery and Young Avengers, and Runaways. When she is not watching television or reading comics and novels, Courtney torments herself by attempting to write fiction. Her favorite apocalyptic scenario is the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. She enjoys riding horses and distrusts chickens, which she considers to be merely T-Rexes in a clever disguise. One day they'll reveal their true colors and you'll see. You'll all see.

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3 Responses

  1. Gary Chapin

    Are we going to pretend that Secret Wars was not s%!t? And that everyone knew that when it came out? That the retailers knew it and Marvel said, “We know it’s crap, but you made money, didn’t you?” Just when I thought they couldn’t get more cynical than the death of Wolverine … Marvel exceeds expectations. Which isn’t to say it might not be good … but celebrating the “first event” … ugh.

  2. Mike

    I posted in the forums my feelings about hickman’s avengers and it wasn’t complimentary. I didn’t hate the first secret wars, but definitely wasn’t great. This is a combination of an author I have soured on and a concept that should not have gotten a sequel, let alone a trilogy. So yeah I’m pretty cold on this one. And as far as celebrating the beginning of events, isn’t that something we should be mourning? This will be the first marvel event in quite some time that I am officially out of.

  3. mlazic

    I’ve really enjoyed Hickman’s Avengers run and knowing it’s going to end in an epic event with gorgeous Esad Ribic artwork has got me very excited to read it. Hickman in my opinion has a good track record of sticking the landings to his big story arcs so I have no doubt this will be great.

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