Friday, August 10, 2012

Marvel announces new ongoings for November

A little longer than a year after DC Comics announced the "New 52" initiative, Marvel Comics is following suit by creating Marvel NOW! which will not necessarily reBOOT the Marvel Universe, but more reLAUNCH the main series. Last week, Marvel released teasers that teased eight new series by just one word each to describe the ongoing and announce the creative team, from "Invincible" to "Chimichangas." While most other comic news sites have been keeping track of them daily, I haven't. So let's take a look at the creative teams and the covers to the #1/November issues, shall we?

First up, "Captain America" from the creative team of Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.
I'm not quite sure what all the stuff in the background is, but it's Cap so it can't be awful, right? And with Remender (who wrote the phenominal Uncanny X-Force story "the Dark Angel Saga") and Romita Jr. on the series, I can't complain and it is certainly a title I will flip through in the store, read reviews, and consider buying. 

Next up is "Deadpool" from the creative team of Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan, and Tony Moore.
Okay. I've never heard of these writers, okay? And I'm sure they are amazing writers and will bring glorious comedy to Deadpool. If I didn't know the creative team at all, I'd probably say no thanks to this series. But I have seen Tony Moore's work on "Walking Dead" and I'm certainly interested in the first issue at the very least. And as for the story...what the HELL??? Haha. That looks amazing. Deadpool. Dinosaurs. Cats. I'm potentially in. 

Alright, changing gears to a more serious series, we have "Fantastic Four" from Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley.

Alright well it certainly seems to be bringing back the space aspect of the series. It'd be good to see the team heading back out to the stars on some interesting quests. Just as long as Johnny doesn't get locked in another dimension again, of course. Mark Bagley's art looks smooth and clean which is good and while I'm not a huge fan of the color scheme, I like Reed and Sue's outfits. Hopefully this series won't focus on the kids and the rest of the Future Foundation anymore and instead will focus on the original team. I might buy it. Maybe. 

Alright next up the new "FF" team of Matt Fraction and Michael Allred.
I just... I don't know what to say to this. This series looks...ridiculous. It looks like something straight out of the '50s. Whats up with the She-Thing? I mean Ant-Man and She-Hulk? Fine I get that. But who are the other two and why is one dressed up like the Thing? Who WANTS to look like that? Gahhh. No thank you, never gonna buy it. Ever. NEXT!

"Indestructible Hulk" from Mark Waid and Leinil Yu.
 Alright from what I've heard, Banner and the Hulk are gonna be kind of working together so that'll work out alright. Apparently it's just a Hulk reboot. Which they supposedly weren't gonna do. But whatever. It sounds alright but I've never been a fan of the Hulk. So no thanks.

Next is "Iron Man" from the creative team of Gillen and Land.
 I don't really know what this is besides Iron Man getting a costume redesign. Whatever works. That's fun. We see all the old suits behind him with a new redesign. 

Next we hit up "Thor: God of Thunder" from Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic.
Alright well it looks like Odin in the background and Thor seems to be kind of smiling so maybe we'll see a bright and happy Thor? I don't know. I've never really been much of a Thor fan either so that's okay. 

Lastly, we have "X-Men Legacy" from Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat.
Since I have no idea what's going on in this series, let's laugh at me trying to figure out who those cut-outs are. Uhhh I think the one on the top might be Psyloche if she's like landing or dropping with her hair flying up. Upper left is definitely Wolverine since we can see the claws. Upper right is Cable I think. Lower right is Magneto from Jim Lee's "X-Men" #1 cover from way back when. I can tell that for sure. Lower left is hard...maybe Colossus from the color of the skin? I'm not sure. 

Well there you have it, folks. This is how Marvel NOW! is starting out and in my opinion it doesn't look nearly as appealing as the New 52 did.