As widely expected, Marvel is launching a NEW relaunch in May, as revealed in a press release and various news stories today.
The launch will be called “A Fresh Start.” It comes on the heels of the less than well received Marvel Legacy relaunch that came last September. The promo art, by Jim Cheung, shows Marvel’s main, traditional characters – Spider-Man, Wolverine, Captain America, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Panther, Thor – front and center, signaling their return to the heart of the Marvel U.
In a video editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski makes his promo debut, promising excitement and that “I can say, walking through these halls, I’ve never seen more enthusiasm and excitement for where Marvel comics is going this year. Not since Marvel Now have we had such an over-arching, line-wide change of talent on the Marvel comics line.”
In a companion quote, CCO Joe Quesada promises, “new fresh ideas, new fresh creators.”
Marvel’s May titles are now being revealed in solicits, and more news and teams are expected to be revealed today and in coming days. However, one would expect this to be a main focus of this weekend’s ComicsPRO meeting in Portland, where Marvel execs will meet to face retailers for the first time since Legacy flopped.
First out of the gate, IGN debuted news of a SINGLE Avengers book called, The Avengers, written by Jason Aaron with art by Ed McGuinness. The title will end the “legacy” numbering of the Legacy relaunch and start with a new #1. To no on’s surprise, Black Panther will feature prominently in the title. With no other Avengers titles, this core title will ship 18 times a year.
The new Avengers series will ship 18 times a year and be the single Avengers title going forward. For years Marvel has had multiple Avengers books that made up a sizable chunk of their publishing line — New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Secret Avengers, etc. — so this comes as a big change. It won’t come as a surprise to current readers of the Avengers because January’s Avengers #675 saw all Avengers monthly books merge into one weekly Avengers series for a story called “No Surrender.”
That story tears the Avengers down to their foundation and results in a dearth of Avengers, which sets the stage for the new team you see on the cover to the upcoming Avengers #1. The lineup includes the “Big Three” of the Avengers — Thor Odinson, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark — united once more for the first time in years. In addition to the Big Three, the rest of the roster features Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), Hulk (Jennifer Walters) and Doctor Strange, who will only be on the team for a limited time in a “rotating slot.”
Here’s the PR and promo video. We’ll have updates with new tiles throughout the days and weeks to come.
New Creative Teams
Make Mine Marvel!
It all starts today…
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.