Marvel is doing a big reboot this Fall, relaunching almost their entire line as a series of new #1 issues.
Don’t call it The New 52!
Don’t even call it All-New-All-Different-And-THIS-Time-We-Really-Mean-It … because we know full well that Marvel will reboot these series all over again, time after time, until the market collapses or readers stop reliably buying twice as many comics with a #1 on the cover as they do of those with a #2.
No, there’s really nothing terribly new about this reboot … except that I am jumping on board as a reader! And not just a digital reader, either … I’ve ordered honest-to-gosh paper copies of every upcoming Marvel #1!
mind … blown …!
At least, I’ve ordered those books that I can determine are part of the relaunch!
Marvel really has made this a lot more complicated than it needed to be. Aside from a big announcement this summer about their re-launch, news has kind of been all over the place. (Maybe Marvel still has a hangover from their many Secret Wars delays?) Vexingly, there isn’t a single page at Marvel’s site that lists all the new books and creative teams that form the relaunch. (Boo! Hiss!) Since the summer, some new series have been announced, while previously announced series have yet to be solicited. It’s all a bit of a mess — really, I should be able to push one button online someplace and just get all this stuff.
Near as I can tell, here is the relaunch, with teams and launch dates:
10/07 Invincible Iron Man #1 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: David Marquez
10/07 Amazing Spider-Man #1 — Writer: Dan Slott Artist: Giuseppe Camuncoli
10/07 Contest of Champions #1 — Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Paco Medina
10/07 Dr. Strange #1 — Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Chris Bachalo
10/14 Captain America: Sam Wilson #1 — Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Daniel Acuña
10/14 Extraordinary X-Men #1 — Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Humberto Ramos
10/14 Guardians of the Galaxy #1 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Valerio Schiti
10/14 New Avengers #1 — Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Gerardo Sandoval
10/14 Spider-Gwen #1 — Writer: Jason Latour Artist: Robbi Rodriguez
10/14 Spider-Man 2099 #1 — Writer: Peter David Artist: Will Sliney
10/14 Uncanny Avengers #1 — Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Ryan Stegman
10/21 Angela Queen of Hel #1 — Writer: Marguerite Bennett Artists: Kim Jacinto & Stephanie Hans
10/21 Astonishing Ant-Man #1 — Writer: Nick Spencer Artist: Ramon Rosanas
10/21 Karnak #1 — Writer: Warren Ellis Artist: Gerardo Zaffino
10/21 Uncanny Inhumans #1 — Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Steve McNiven
10/28 Blade #1 — Writer: Tom Seeley Artist: Logan Faerber
10/28 Howling Commandos of SHIELD #1 — Writer: Frank Barbiere Artist: Brent Schoonover
10/28 Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #1 — Writer: Ryan North Artist: Erica Henderson
11/04 All-New X-Men #1 — Writer: Dennis Hopeless Artist: Mark Bagley
11/04 Deadpool #1 — Writer: Gerry Duggan Artist: Mike Hawthorn
11/04 Drax #1 — Writer: CM Punk with Cullen Bunn Artist: Ed McGuinness
11/04 Hercules #1 — Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Luke Ross
11/04 Howard the Duck #1 — Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artist: Joe Quinones
11/04 Nova #1 — Writer: Sean Ryan Artist: Cory Smith
11/04 Vision #1 — Writer: Tom King Artist: Gabriel H. Walta
11/11 All-New All-Different Avengers #1 — Writer: Mark Waid Artists: Adam Kubert & Mahmud Asrar
11/11 All-New Hawkeye #1 — Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Ramon Perez
11/11 All-New Wolverine #1 — Writer: Tom Taylor, Artist David Lopez
11/11 Black Knight #1 — Writer: Frank Tieri Artist: Luca Pizzari
11/11 Carnage #1 — Writer: Gerry Conway Artist: Mike Perkins
11/11 Illuminati #1 — Writer: Josh Williamson Artist: Shawn Crystal
11/11 The Ultimates #1 — Writer: Al Ewing Artist: Kenneth Rocafort
11/11 Web-Warriors #1 — Writer: Mike Costa Artist: David Baldeon
11/18 Mighty Thor #1 — Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Russell Dauterman
11/18 Ms. Marvel #1 — Writer: G. Willow Wilson Artists: Takeshi Miyazawa & Adrian Alphona
11/18 Silk #1 — Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Stacey Lee
11/18 Spider-Woman #1 — Writer: Dennis Hopeless Artist: Javier Rodriguez
11/18 Star-Lord #1 — Writer: Sam Humphries Artist: Javier Garron
11/25 Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 — Writers Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare Artist: Natacha Bustos
11/25 Venom: Space Knight #1 — Writer: Robbie Thompson Artist: Ariel Olivetti
12/02 All-New Inhumans #1 — Writers: Charles Soule and James Asmus Artist: Stefano Caselli.
12/02 Daredevil #1 — Writer: Charles Soule Artist: Ron Garney
12/02 Guardians of Infinity #1 — Writer: Dan Abnett Artist: Carlo Barberi
12/02 Red Wolf #1 — Writer: Nathan Edmondson Artist: Dalibor Talajic
12/02 Totally Awesome Hulk #1 — Writer: Greg Pak Artist: Frank Cho
12/09 Scarlet Witch #1 — Writer: James Robinson Artist: Kevin Wada
12/16 A-Force #1 — Writer: G. Willow Wilson Artist: Jorge Molina
12/16 Squadron Supreme #1 — Writer: James Robinson Artist: Leonard Kirk
12/16 Starbrand and Nightmask #1 — Writer: Greg Weisman Artist: Dominike Stanton
12/16 Weirdworld #1 — Writer: Jason Aaron Artist: Michael Del Mundo
12/23 Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat! #1 — Writer: Kate Leth Artist: Brittney Williams
TBD Agents of SHIELD #1 — Writer: Marc Guggenheim Artist: Mike Norton
TBD Captain Marvel #1 — Writers: Tara Butters & Michele Fazekas Artist: Kris Anka
TBD Old Man Logan #1 — Writer: Jeff Lemire Artist: Andrea Sorrentino
TBD Spider-Man #1 — Writer: Brian Michael Bendis Artist: Sara Pichelli
12/02 Uncanny X-Men #1 — Writer: Cullen Bunn Artist: Greg Land
Thanks to Billy King for helping me run down many of these creative teams … and a No-Prize to Marvel that I needed to put this list together on my own!
This is the first time in nearly twenty years that I’ve committed to buying comics in a paper/monthly format. Does this mean I’ve given up residence in my beloved year of 1978? Not by a long shot! I’ve no desire to turn into a regular paper comics reader … I just thought it would be fun to jump in and collect all of these first issues. I will certainly blog about them, or maybe resurrect my podcast to do something like our Few 52 show, but after these #1s roll in, I will be back to my dusty longboxes … though I expect I will check back on any series that show promise when they eventually roll onto my Marvel Unlimited Digital subscription.
I am interested in some of these books more than others — mostly on the basis of the talent involved — but I look forward to reading them all with an open heart and an open mind. Once I decided to buy the whole relaunch, it was easy to keep pushing the button, without regard for which books may or may not succeed. It was all my idea, honest. I wasn’t bullied into it! I’m not a victim of marketing!
Really, I’m just looking forward to having a bunch of comics to share with my friends this Fall. Maybe I’ll convince my local comics pals to climb up into a treehouse with me to read them.
More in the weeks and months to come … in the meantime, let me know what you think of my mad plan in the comments section, below!