Marvel NOW Line-Up Leaks Online Confirming New Series For ‘Solo’, ‘Foolkiller’, ‘Prowler’ And More
Marvel’s reveal of its Marvel NOW line of comics set for release in the wake of Civil War II has taken the form of a steady drip of announcements over the past week and a half, but now news is flooding in, and not all from official sources. Leaked scans of this week's Marvel NOW Previews magazine revealing the publisher's line-up for October and beyond have hit the internet via sites such as Reddit and 4chan.
We’ve rounded up all the information we could find to give you a sense of the new landscape of the Marvel Universe this fall.
According to sources at Marvel, this line-up does not represent the full publishing slate for the Marvel NOW initiative. Additional titles will be revealed in the coming weeks and months.
First up, Mark Waid will launch two Avengers books out of Marvel NOW, the first being the flagship Avengers series alongside Mike Del Mundo, with a roster consisting of The Vision, Thor, Captain America (Sam Wilson), Hercules, the new Wasp, and a green and gold Iron Man that is presumably Victor Von Doom. Doom takes up that mantle in the recently announced Infamous Iron Man.
Waid will also write Avengers #1.1 with Barry Kitson on art, which from the cover seems to flash back to the early days of the team and features “Cap’s Kooky Quartet” of Captain America, Hawkeye, Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
David Walker is one of comics' preeminent writers when it comes to social justice issues with books like Cyborg and Nighthawk, so it’s no surprise that he’ll be tackling similar themes in the interestingly titled Occupy Avengers, alongside The Vision’s Gabriel Hernandez Walta. The book features Clint Barton in a lead role.
Al Ewing’s expansive Avengers saga continues in the form of two new titles that seem to take the place of his current books. The previously announced USAvengers with Paco Medina sees Sunspot’s AIM-funded team going full-on patriotic with new team members such as The Red Hulk, a new Iron Patriot and a possible-future Captain America.
Ewing will also continue the cosmic-scale problem solving of The Ultimates in a new volume titled Ultimates², alongside Travel Foreman on art. Unlike many of the announced Marvel NOW books, there don’t seem to be any big changes or roster overhauls for this team.
Nadia Pym, the newest incarnation of The Wasp, gets her own series by Jeremy Whitely and Elsa Charretier, titled The Unstoppable Wasp. Recent issues of All-New, All-Different Avengers have shown the character working alongside Janet Van Dyne, so hopefully the original Wasp also has a presence in the book, because frankly, it’s a great dynamic.
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, by veteran Spider-Man writer Gerry Conway and artist Ryan Stegman, sees the return of the Peter Parker/Mary Jane Watson marriage as seen in the Secret Wars miniseries of the same name, and features the couple raising their superpowered daughter, Annie.
Following his stint as a spaceknight, Venom returns to Earth in a new solo series by Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval, and judging by his appearance, he’s looking a lot more villainous these days; there’s even every chance it’s no longer Flash Thompson bonded with the symbiote.
Spinning out of a supporting role in Amazing Spider-Man, The Prowler gets his own miniseries by Sean Ryan and Jamal Campbell. Most recently he has been working alongside Spider-Man and occasionally appearing as Spider-Man, so this gives the character his first chance to strike out on his own in several decades.
Stephen Strange gets a second ongoing series ahead of his film’s release in October in Robbie Thompson and Javier Rodriguez’s Doctor Strange: Sorcerers Supreme, which seems to feature a team of past bearers of the mantle plucked from time to work together to save the world.
As the promotional hype train begins for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Star-Lord gets a brand new series from Howard The Duck’s Chip Zdarsky and an unnamed artist, which seems to show Peter Quill being arrested by the NYPD.
The wave of confirmed new series includes three solo books for members of Deadpool’s team The Mercs For Money, and because you asked for it, apparently, Solo gets a solo book from Deadpool writer Gerry Duggan and Geoffrey Thorne, with art by Paco Diaz.
Say Anything’s Max Bemis’ comics career has provided us with surprisingly great work such as X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever, so it’ll be interesting to see how he tackles Foolkiller in a new series along with Dalibor Talajic.
A brand new Slapstick series sees the return of Fred Van Lente to Marvel Comics. He will be co-writing alongside long-time artistic collaborator Reilly Brown in a new series pencilled by Brown and Mike Norton.
As previously announced, Marvel hopes to continue the success of light-hearted comedy books such as Howard The Duck and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl with the launch of a new Great Lakes Avengers series by Zac Gorman and Will Robson that sees the team move to Detroit.
Other previously confirmed new titles include Infamous Iron Man, by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev; Jessica Jones, by Bendis and Michael Gaydos; Captain Marvel, by Margaret Stohl and Ramon Rosanas; Thanos, by Jeff Lemire and Mike Deodato; Invincible Iron Man by Bendis and Stefano Caselli; Champions, by Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos; Cage, by Genndy Tartakovsky; Clone Conspiracy, by Dan Slott and Jim Cheung; Death of X, by Jeff Lemire, Charles Soule and unnamed artists; The Unworthy Thor, by Jason Aaron and Olivier Coipel; and Mosaic, by Geoffrey Thorne and Khary Randolph.
Information has also leaked about a number of continuing series facing shake-ups while --- shockingly for Marvel these days --- retaining their numbering, at least for the time being!
Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Black Panther continues its acclaimed run with artist Chris Sprouse filling in for Brian Stelfreeze, as T’Challa puts together a new incarnation of The Crew featuring Luke Cage, Misty Knight, Eden Fesi, and his ex-wife Storm.
Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo’s Doctor Strange begins a new arc that sees the return of seemingly all of Strange’s archnemeses, including Dormammu, Baron Mordo, Nightmare, Satanna, Shuma-Gorath and Master Pandemonium.
Ryan North and Erica Henderson's critically acclaimed Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is going nowhere, and Doreen Green may now be gaining a new squirrel-based ability as evidenced by the delightful cover homaging Superman #1.
Kate Leth and Brittney L. Williams' Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat looks to be heading for a cat-fight, as New York City’s kingpin Black Cat arrives to cause trouble. Perhaps more importantly, Jubilee is on the cover!
Gerry Duggan’s Uncanny Avengers saga continues with Captain America: Steve Rogers turning his back on the team, possibly due to his new HYDRA affiliations. Instead, Cable and Rogue are front and center leading the pack, and Janet Van Dyne is also present, presumably still as The Wasp
Finally, a teaser for the new Nova series features the classic gold and red helmet of Richard Rider, who died at the end of The Thanos Imperative and was supplanted by Sam Alexander. We know Sam will still be Nova in the new Champions series, but the nature of the new Nova solo title is still a mystery.
Per the Marvel NOW checklist that also leaked, there are several series that we don't have confirmed details on, namely Kingpin, Hawkeye, Gamora, Bullseye, and Iron Fists. We'll update this post with those details when we have them. Several other fan-favorite series will continue, so Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur fans need not fret. Check out the checklist below:
The biggest omission in Marvel's October line-up is the X-Men books, which are reduced to just one title, the crossover event Death of X. This may simply be an attempt to build hype for Death of X, while playing off the constant rumors that Marvel plans to cancel the X-Men line. It's still surprising that titles like Wolverine and the flagship X-Men book are missing.
There's also no sign of an America Chavez book, making her the only character in the initial Marvel NOW 'Divided We' promos not to have her own solo title. New titles for America Chavez, Gwenpool, and others may follow in future announcements.
The full Marvel NOW Previews magazine will be available via comic retailers on Wednesday, at which point Marvel will officially release details of all of these titles online. Keep checking back in with ComicsAlliance for further updates.