After the (debatable) success of DC Comics ‘New 52‘, the long standing speculation has been that Marvel Comics would launch its own initiative to lure in new and lapsed readers. Well speculate no more, true believers, Entertainment Weekly has dropped the word on the House of Ideas plans. Called Marvel NOW! and officially not a reboot it will see drastic changes through out the companies line, including creative change-ups, new costumes, and a whole new publication design.
Each and every week between October and February new titles will be be released and continuing ones will be relaunched. For new books we have 3 big ones on the way: Uncanny Avengers by Rick Remender and John Cassaday, which will be a mass up of the Avengers and the X-Men; the long rumored new X book by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen, All-New X-Men, a time travel tale that see’s the original team from the 60s in the modern era; and Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña, a more cosmic take on the team with an expanded roster.
Compared to DC’s New 52 that flipped everything in a month, it will be interesting to see how Marvels sustained and gradual approach will pan out. It’s a safe bet that over the next few weeks we will be inundated with images and information on Marvels plans and no doubt by the time we hit Comic-Con we can expect a much clearer picture.
For now, we have one image that shows some of the new costumes for characters like the Hulk, Spider-Man, Captain America and more. Let’s say there are some obvious movie related changes and other interesting ones.
Let the fanboy love and the nerd rage begin after the jump.