For nearly a year Marvel has been teasing a mysterious new comics project from writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Valerio Schiti. Today the publisher at long last revealed details for the highly anticipated project, as this fall Hickman, Schiti, and colorist Marte Gracia will embark on their most daring project with G.O.D.S.
Here’s how Marvel describes the project:
Meet Wyn, a mysterious player in a war that exists outside of the orders we know and a vital member of an eons-old hierarchy that includes the omnipotent rulers of the universe such as Eternity, Infinity, and the Living Tribunal. After a fateful meeting with Doctor Strange, Wyn hints at something even bigger than the forces of good and evil, where the very building blocks of creation scheme and clash. It’s the beginning of a breathtaking epic at the crossroads of science and magic, one that will shatter our understanding and open our eyes to ideas beyond all that we perceive.
Apparently this project has been gestating since Jonathan Hickman returned to Marvel to revamp the X-Men franchise. According to the writer:
“When I came back to Marvel a few years ago, I wrote two series bibles. The first was House of X and the other one was G.O.D.S.. To say that I’m excited to finally be able to share this story with everyone is a massive understatement. G.O.D.S. takes place in its own special corner of the Marvel Universe — in the cracks that lie at the intersection of science and magic — and revisits some characters and concepts that we’ve reimagined for a more modern, continuity-driven audience.”
Schiti, who has previously collaborated with Hickman, was eager to reunite with the prolific writer. He said:
“When I was given a chance to work with Jonathan on a new project, I accepted right away. Then I discovered that we would be reimagining gods in the Marvel Universe: how they work, what they do, and how they interact with each other and humanity. It’s the kind of project that makes you weak in the knees when you think about it. Luckily, Jonathan has the gift to make even the most complex stories surprisingly simple and understandable. His pitch inspired me almost immediately. The core of the story is so perfect and clear that it swept away my anxiety and turned it into a burst of creativity.”
“I’ve had the pleasure of working with Valerio Schiti on this for the last year, and watching him bring this to life has been a total joy. G.O.D.S. is my favorite kind of Marvel comic: one that feels like something old, but pushes the Marvel Universe in an exciting new direction.”
“The thing that I love the most is how the story grows, starting on the streets of New York and then taking the characters and the readers on an incredible journey with the Marvel pantheon. We will bring you to new places, show you what was hidden though the wrinkles of reality, introduce new characters, and put a fresh spin on old ones. You think you knew the Marvel Universe? Well, we will prove you wrong!
Check out the new trailer Marvel release:
Fans will get a first look at G.O.D.S. in a special preview included in Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day: Avengers/X-Men #1 title. Stay tuned for more news about G.O.D.S. in the coming months. In the meantime check out more artwork from Schiti & Gracia below.