While Marvel Studios is without a doubt killing it at box offices with success after success, the same thing cannot be said about their source for their stories the comic books. In September of last year, Marvel Comics relaunched their books in the Legacy line which has promised to:
“Usher in the dramatic return of dozens of its most beloved heroes, villains, teams and artifacts in bold stories that will begin the next chapter of the Marvel Universe. A return to original series numbering will serve as a rallying cry for old fans, and a dynamic new trade dress will signal a clean jumping-on point for new readers.”
Obviously, that did not go so well because now only a few months later, Marvel Comics has announced another line-wide overhaul that will begin in May calling it a Fresh Start. Check out a couple of the details in the video above. The announcement promises new creative teams, new series, directions and new beginnings. Editor-in-Cheif C.B. Cebulski made this comment in the video:
“I can say, walking through these halls, I have never seen more enthusiasm and more excitement for where Marvel Comics is going this year. Not since Marvel NOW! have we have we had such an over-arching, line-wide change of talent on the Marvel Comics line.”
In an article in Marvel.com Executive Editor Tom Brevoort announced Avengers #1 by Jason Aaron and artwork by Ed McGuinness, launching on May 2nd, 2018. In this series, we will see Tony Stark, Thor Odinson and Steve Rodgers back together to save the world from annihilation from the Celestials. Also, there will be a new Venom series by Donny Cates and artwork by Ryan Stegman that will launch on May 9.
So does this mean that we are going to once again get all new #1’s again? Brevoort commented about this in the article saying:
“Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new beginnings for a few of our key franchises–new creative teams, new starting points, new storylines–all the big stuff that we’ve been building towards since Marvel Legacy began. This isn’t a clearing of the slate–while these new starts will kick off with new #1’s, we’ll be maintaining the classic Legacy issue counts as dual numbering on these titles as well.”
With retailers and readers already frustrated with Marvel Comics I am sure that another round of #1’s is exactly what everyone wanted. Especially after the bad taste that the new Legacy titles and their terrible lenticular covers left.
Along with the article and video, Marvel Comics also released this promo image by Jim Cheung. On the bright side, we see characters like the classic Thor, Ant-Man and The Wasp not to mention Tony Stark as Iron Man. Also hopefully that is Bruce Banner as The Hulk. As far as who we see and don’t see Brevoort said not to, “read anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece… We can only squeeze so many characters in there without killing poor Jim!”
So, what can we take away from this? Well, to be honest not much. At this point reboots and relaunches just seem like clockwork for Marvel Comics. Giving us imprints like All-New All Different, Legacy, Marvel Now, etc., that have seemed to just be an excuse to print #1 issues with tons of overpriced variants over and over again. While a few of their books have been good, most of them are forgettable. We will have to wait and see what Marvel has in store for us this time around.
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Marvel Comics Avengers #1 hits stands May 2, 2018.
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