As the most recent Marvel Universe spanning mega-event, Avengers vs. X-Men, soon reaches its conclusion... some series will end and some will be (re)born, much like the Phoenix at the center of the event.
Occuring almost a year after DC rebooted their entire universe at the end of Flashpoint into the DC New 52, Marvel will be launching Marvel NOW!
in October 2012. Some may see it as aping DC's success with the reboot, there are some fundamental differences in how Marvel is going about their relaunch.
1. This is NOT a reboot
- All the decades of history in the Marvel Universe is still intact (well barring the wedding which shall not be named, but thats old news). This continues directly from what has come before.
2. It is spread out
- In October we will see 1 new series, and after that every week we will see new jumping on points (either new or returning series) with new creative teams under the Marvel NOW! banner through February. So no having to buy tons of #1 issues in one month.
3. Not everything is new
- More recent series like Captain Marvel, Hawkeye, Daredevil, and others will not be starting with fresh #1 issues. Only stories that fit with a true new start will be restarted with Marvel NOW!
So we know its coming... but what exactly IS coming?
- Marvel Now Point One
- W - Brian Michael Bendis, Matt Fraction, Jeph Loeb, Nick Spencer, Kieron Gillen, Dennis Hopeless, A - Michael Allred, Ed Mcguinness, Steve Mcniven, Jamie Mckelvie, Salvador Larroca, and More
Who Will Shape the Future of Marvel NOW!? 64pg One Shot!
- UNCANNY AVENGERS
- W - Rick Remender, A - John Cassaday
Following the events of AvX, Captain America begins his quest to create a sanctioned Avengers unit comprised of Avengers and X-Men, humans and mutants working together... and just in time for the return of the Red Skull, now seeking to eradicate the mutant race.
Get ready for action-packed stories featuring team-ups from your favorite Marvel heroes every month! First, a story where Wolverine and Hulk come together, and then Captain America and Cable meet up! But will each partner’s combined strength be enough?
- ALL-NEW X-MEN
- W - Brian Michael Bendis, A - Stuart Immonen
Thrown forward in time, the original five members of Xavier's School are now stuck in the present. How can they change a future that to them seems worse than even the Days of Future Past? How will the current heroes react to seeing these teenage versions of themselves, including their departed friend Jean Grey.
- IRON MAN
- W - Kieron Gillen, A - Greg Land
Tony Stark—Iron Man: Technological visionary, wealthy playboy, unparalleled engineer, and armored Avenger. His greatest invention becomes his greatest mistake. Iron Man must act fast…and Tony Stark must build faster! The lethal techno virus Extremis is out in the wild and out for grabs to the highest bidder! It’s up to Tony Stark to contain it and that means creating a new suit of armor…NOW!
- THOR: GOD OF THUNDER
-W - Jason Aaron, A - Esad Ribic
Throughout the ages, the gods of the Marvel Universe have been vanishing, their mortal worshippers left in chaos. NOW! the Mighty Thor follows a trail of blood that threatens to consume his past, present and future selves. The only hope for these ravaged worlds lies with the God of Thunder unraveling the gruesome mystery of the God Butcher!
- INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK
-W - Mark Waid, A - Leinel Francis Yu
Hulk - Indestructible force more weapon than man. Banner – smartest man alive. Combined they are the Strongest, Smartest Weapon on the planet! And NOW! the INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
-W - Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan, A - Tony Moore
Dead former United States presidents, from George Washington to Gerald Ford have been resurrected, and that’s BAD. The Marvel heroes can’t be the ones to stop them, someone is needed with the reputation, skills and plausible deniability to take out these com-monsters in chiefs...NOW! is the time for Deadpool… In Wade We Trust!
- CAPTAIN AMERICA
-W - Rick Remender, A - John Romita Jr.
Thrust into a bizarre, inhospitable world far from home, the all-new, high-adventure, mind-melting, tough-as-nails, sci-fi, pulp-fantasy era of Captain America is NOW! With no country and no allies, what’s left for the Sentinel of Liberty to protect? The Saga of Dimension Z begins here!
- FANTASTIC FOUR
-W - Matt Fraction, A - Mark Bagley
Four adults. Two kids. One “car.” NOW! begins a journey through all of infinite time and space.
- X-MEN LEGACY
-W - Simon Spurrier, A - Tan Eng Huat
Legion, the most powerful and unstable mutant in the world and son to Professor Charles Xavier, has killed gods and reshaped the face of the universe. NOW! in the aftermath of Avengers vs. X-Men, Legion will finally attempt to conquer his demons and embrace his father’s legacy!
-W - Matt Fraction, A - Mike Allred
We have seen the future and it will be fantastic! In the absence of the Fantastic Four, a substitute Four, hand-picked by the real deal--Ant-Man, Medusa, She-Hulk and Miss Thing--stand ready to guard the Earth and the nascent Future Foundation for four minutes... NOW! what could possibly go wrong?
- AVENGERS ASSEMBLE
- W - Kelly Sue DeConnick, A - Stefano Caselli
New Creative Team with issue 9!
- JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY
- W - Katheryn Immonen, A - Valerio Schiti
New Creative Team with issue 646! Now starring the adventures of the Lady Sif!
- W - Daniel Way, A - Steve Dillon
Led by General “Thunderbolt” Ross, AKA the Red Hulk, this hand-picked team of like-minded operatives is going to make the world a better place…by all means necessary.
- W - Jonathan Hickman, A - Jerome Opena
The greatest heroes in comics together on one unbeatable team! The Avengers “go large,” expanding their roster and their sphere of influence to a global and even interplanetary level. When Captain America puts out his call - who will answer? Big threats, big ideas, big idealism - these are the Avengers NOW!
- CABLE & X-FORCE
- W - Dennis Hopeless, A - Salvador Larroca
Cable is back! With a new X-Force at his side, he must tackle the threats that nobody else can know about. But just who are Cable’s new recruits, and why is his team public enemy number one? Caught red-handed at the scene of a terrorist attack on a major American corporation whose CEO has expressed anti-mutant views, the X-Force is the run, with none other than the Uncanny Avengers in hot pursuit.
- AVENGERS ARENA
- W - Dennis Hopeless, A - Kev Walker
Trapped on an isolated island, 16 superhuman young adults (including cult faves like members of the Runaways, The Avengers Academy and Darkhawk) are given a chilling ultimatum by their demented captor, Arcade: Fight or die…only one will walk out alive! Welcome to Murderworld.
- UNCANNY X-FORCE
- W - Sam Humphries, A - Ron Garney
Psylocke and Storm lead a new team of outcasts and scoundrels, including fan-favorite Puck, the villainous Spiral, and the mysterious Cluster. The first adversary to strike out from the darkness? X-legend BISHOP!
- NEW AVENGERS
- W - Jonathan Hickman, A - Steve Epting
To prevent the collision of our universe with another, the Illuminati, led by the Black Panther, must assemble NOW! It's the most powerful and brilliant team in the Marvel Universe--The Black Panther, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner and The Beast--against an infinite legion of parallel realities.
- SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN
- W - Dan Slott, A - Ryan Stegman
THEN!...Peter Parker spent a lifetime living up to the responsibilities his powers foisted upon him but his Amazing story finally ended dramatically in the historic Spider-Man #700. NOW!...The new Amazing Spider-Man has arrived and he is better in every single way. Smarter, stronger...Superior.
- SAVAGE WOLVERINE
- W/A - Frank Cho
Wolverine awakes to find himself transported to the Savage Land and labeled public enemy number one! With no memory of how he got there, and Shanna the She-Devil his only ally, Logan must unravel the mystery that slumbers at the heart of the Savage Land before it finds a way to kill him first
- YOUNG AVENGERS
- W - Kieron Gillen, A - Jamie McKelvie
Legacy isn't a dirty word... but it's an irrelevant one. It's not important what our parents did. It matters what WE do. Someone has to save the world. You're someone. Do the math. Reinventing the teen superhero comic for the 21st century, by uniting Wiccan, Hulkling and Hawkeye with Loki, Marvel Boy and Ms. America.
- MORBIUS: THE LIVING VAMPIRE
- W - JOE KEATINGE, A - RICHARD ELSON
Morbius is scraping desperately through each day trying to carve out a life in a world that has turned its back on him. However his redemption...may be worse than his sin.
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
- W - Brian Michael Bendis, A - Steve McNiven
Move over Avengers…the Guardians got this. Star-Lord. Gamora. Drax. Rocket Raccoon. Groot. …and the Invincible Iron Man?! The Marvel Universe just got bigger as the legendary cosmic epic returns.
- W - Jeph Loeb, A - Ed McGuinness
Sam Alexander is a kid bound by the gravity of a small town and a father whose ridiculous, drunken fairy tales about a “Nova Corps” were just another heavy burden in a life full of them. But luckily for Sam Alexander…soon gravity won’t even matter. And those troubles? It’s like they’re a billion miles away. See the origin of the new hero who debuted in AvX!
- UNCANNY X-MEN
- W - Brian Michael Bendis, A - Chris Bachalo
In the wake of the Phoenix, the world has changed and is torn on exactly what Cyclops and his team of X-Men are – visionary revolutionaries or dangerous terrorists? Whatever the truth, Cyclops, Emma Frost, Magneto, and Magik are out in the world gathering up new mutants and redefining the name UNCANNY X-MEN.
- THE FEARLESS DEFENDERS
- W - Cullen Bunn, A - Will Sliney
Spinning out of "The Fearless"! Valkyrie and Misty Knight are the Fearless Defenders and not since Power Man and Iron Fist has an unlikely duo kicked this much—well, you know. The formation of a brand new team begins here!
- SECRET AVENGERS
- W - Nick Spencer, A - Luke Ross
The new Nick Fury leads a covert Avengers strike team including but not limited to Hawkeye, Black Widow, The Hulk, The Winter Soldier, Maria Hill and Phil Coulson on missions so dangerous, even the team members themselves can’t know about them!