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Marvel Unveils NOW!

Earlier this year at South by Southwest, Marvel revealed details of their ReEvolution. Now, the culmination of the summer event series Avengers vs. X-Men will be the talk of the winter.

At San Diego Comic Con, Marvel will unleash the Marvel NOW! brand, mixing up everything in the 616 universe and striking out in a new direction for the characters.

Kicking off with Uncanny Avengers #1 (yes, you read that right), the new Marvel Universe will drop several new series through February.

And for those who wonder if this is Marvel playing catch-up to DC’s New 52, the head honch in charge says it’s significantly different.

“There’s never been a better time to check out comics thanMarvel NOW!” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “This isn’t a reboot or a reimagining — Marvel NOW! is all about looking forward, building on our rich history of great stories and delivering new ideas.”

Uncanny Avengers, written by Rick Remender with art by John Cassaday, has Captain America fronting a brand new mix of Avengers and X-Men in the wake of AvX, and they face “the greatest challenge either team has ever faced, one so devastating that neither can afford to do it alone!” (Marvel’s words)

After that, in November, Marvel will release All-New X-Men #1 (Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen),  Avengers #1 (Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña), and New Avengers #1 (Hickman and Steve Epting) – the two “New” titles implying that there are members who have never been part of either team?

Tom Brevoort, SVP, Executive Editor, Marvel Entertainment: “If you’re a long-time fan, all the stories you’ve read will give you even more enjoyment of what’s happening now—we’re not abandoning our past. But if you’re a new reader, this is where you’re going to learn just why Marvel comics are unlike anything else you’ve ever read. And no character is left unaffected byMarvel NOW!.”

[Marvel Comics]

Jason P. Hunt

Jason P. Hunt (founder/EIC) is the author of the sci-fi novella "The Hero At the End Of His Rope". His short film "Species Felis Dominarus" was a finalist in the Sci Fi Channel's 2007 Exposure competition.

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