Marvel began this week by releasing details for the first four weekly issues of thee upcoming Heroes Reborn, an event series that imagines a world in which the Avengers never existed. Now the publisher is closing out the week by expanding the world of Heroes Reborn with a series of five tie-in one-shots. The one-shots will introduce new teams and characters to the alternate universe, reimagining existing characters to reflect their new status in an Avengers-less world.
The newly-announced titles and creative teams (where indicated) include:
Heroes Reborn: Hyperion & The Imperial Guard by Ryan Cady and Michelle Bandini, with a cover by Chris Sprouse
The teenage Hyperion’s cosmic quests with his Shi’ar friends near their end, but none of the young heroes are ready to say farewell. A quick mission in the Negative Zone sounds like the perfect coda to a storied fellowship…but what awaits Hyperion, Gladiator and the rest is horror and agony beyond their wildest nightmares!
Heroes Reborn: Peter Parker, The Amazing Shutterbug by Marc Bernardin and Rafael de Latorre, with a cover by Mike McKone
Peter’s the biggest Hyperion fan in the world, and he also just happens to be chummy with his favorite hero thanks to a photography gig at the Daily Bugle! SURELY, nothing can go wrong, with his camera (and him) in the heart of the action… Right?
Heroes Reborn: Magneto and the Mutant Force by Steve Orlando and Bernard Chang, with a cover by Nick Bradshaw
Years ago, Magneto and Professor X led Earth’s mutants in a final push for independence against the Squadron Supreme of America. What followed was the Squadron’s Mutant Massacre, a violent rebuttal that left mutantkind forever wounded, and Xavier dead…or so Magneto thought. Years later, Magneto discovers Xavier clinging to life in the astral plane and gathers his allies for a first-of-its-kind rescue mission to restore hope for mutantkind before it’s too late.
Heroes Reborn: Young Squadron by Jim Zub and Steven Cummings, with a cover by Karl Kerschl
The Squadron Supreme of America have taken root in the hearts and minds of all, but none more so than a trio of youthful champions who call themselves the Young Squadron! Kid Spectrum (Sam Alexander), Girl Power (Kamala Khan) and the all-new Falcon (Miles Morales) are here to here to defend the world against all threats…or are they?
Heroes Reborn: Siege Society by Cody Ziglar and Paco Medina, with a cover by Ken Lashley
After the Civil War that split the Squadron Supreme in half, Nighthawk formed his own Squadron in Europe. But not all of Europe is okay with it. Baron Zemo has put together his own team to take them down and the Squadron doesn’t stand a chance.
While I have to admit I’m getting something of a Flashpoint vibe from some of these books, they also look like they could be a lot of fun. I’m particularly excited to see the former Champions creative team of Zub and Cummings back together again for another take on those characters, even if it’s an alternate reality version of the team.
More to come from Heroes Reborn, I’m sure. Look for those five one-shots, along with the first four issues of the main series from Marvel, in stores in May 2021.