If you've been curious about getting back into superhero comics
, returning from a hiatus, or even introducing yourself to the House of Ideas for the first time, this may be the best time to do it since they first introduced a kid bitten by a radioactive spider and a foursome bombarded by gamma rays that bestowed extraordinary powers.
A lot of really interesting stuff will be coming down the pipe over the course of the next few months, and the creative teams they've put together are intriguing to say the least. There's a lot to look forward to, but I've selected five in particular to highlight.
Lineups, Shakeups -
Written by Rick Remender
(Fear Agent, Punisher, Uncanny X-Force)
Pencils by John Cassady
(Planetary, Joss Whedon's run on Astonishing X-Men
The team books have been Marvel's bread and butter over the last decade, and they're taking a gamble by rearranging the table setting. There's going to be a radical realignment coming out of A vs X, with Captain America answering the criticism of blithely ignoring the plight of mutants by taking a more proactive stance in the movement. It starts with Uncanny Avengers, which features an Avengers lineup consisting of Cap, Thor, and Wolverine, plus mutants Havok, Rogue, and the recently reformed Scarlet Witch. Taking their three most iconic creations and pairing them with some of the more interesting and more complex side characters from the X-Men corner of the Marvel Universe should provide for some interesting moments.
A God under Harsh Lighting -
Thor: God of Thunder
Written by Jason Aaron
(Scalped, Ghost Rider, Wolverine
Pencils by Esad Ribic
(Sub Mariner: The Depths
For my money, there's no better writer to breathe new life into a character than Jason Aaron. He's able to take both some of the most forsaken characters (like Ghost Rider) and the most exposed (Wolverine) and spin fascinating yarns with them. His run with those two respective characters constitutes some of my favorite super-hero work in the last decade, and if you haven't read his Vertigo series "Scalped" you're really missing out.
The Merc Gets a Mouth -
Written by Brian Posehn and Gerry Duggan
Pencils by Tony Moore
(The Walking Dead, Fear Agent
Stand-up comedian Brian Posehn takes the reins of one of Marvel's more (delightfully) esoteric characters. As a fan of Posehn's I'm eager to see what he can do, but I'm perhaps looking forward to artist Tony Moore's take on the character even more.
The Beginning of the End -
Daredevil: End of Days
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
(Powers, Daredevil, New Avengers
& David W. Mack
Pencils by Klaus Janson
Okay, this is sort of cheating since it's not technically a part of the Marvel NOW initiative, but anyone familiar with Bendis's work on Daredevil can't help but be excited for his return to the character he helped reinvigorate (not to dismiss Mark Waid's current work on the title which is fantastic). Set in the future, "End of Days" is sort of an ending to Bendis's take on the character in the vein of Marvel's various "The End" mini-series. Bendis, however, promises it'll go a bit further and although perhaps not meaning to promise something as iconic as "The Dark Knight Returns," did invoke the classic miniseries by stating a similar intention with this mini-series.
Justice, Like Lightning…
Written by Daniel Way
(Deadpool vol. 4, Wolverine: Origins
Pencils by Steve Dillon
(Preacher, Punisher: MAX
The Red Hulk puts together a new Thunderbolts team with a twist: instead of offering villains a chance at salvation, it'll give Marvel's anti-heroes something to do and keep them out of everyone's hair. The lineup of troublemakers includes Venom, Deadpool, Elektra, and The Punisher. It's certainly an exciting lineup, but perhaps the more intriguing team is Daniel Way and Steve Dillon. Both have a slightly dark sense of humor, but take very different approaches in their execution of it. Me, I'm just happy to see Way writing Deadpool again.
Have anything you're looking forward to? Let us know in the comments.
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