14 new and relaunched Marvel NOW! comics we can’t wait to read
Along with knocking off a veteran Avenger with today’s releases, Marvel Comics also unveiled its new lineup of comics coming later in the year. We’ve dug through the whole list and picked out 14 new and relaunched runs that should definitely be on your pull list.
Sure, the roster includes several successful comics getting some new twists (such as the pending love connection between Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen, which will apparently play out in their respective ‘books). Oh, and Ta-Nehisi Coates’ amazing Black Panther run will also be rolling on, as he looks to bring in more characters from the wider Marvel Universe like Storm (squee!).
But what we’re really excited about is all the new stuff coming down the pike. So check out our picks below, and let us know which new Marvel fare you’ll be checking out this fall.
Yes, there’s been a Legendary Star-Lord series kicking around for a while, but it hasn’t really been all that great. So, now acclaimed writer Chip Zdarsky (Howard the Duck) is set to put his own spin on the adventures of Peter Quill, and his trademark combination of wit and storytelling should be a perfect fit. Not to mention his tone falls pretty well in line with what James Gunn has been doing with the franchise on the big screen. This one should be a match made in heaven.
Infamous Iron Man
Tony Stark might be sidelined for a while, but there should be more than enough characters donning the armor in the Marvel Universe this fall. This run, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Alex Maleev, will find Victor Von Doom suiting up as a hero(?) as he tries to rehabilitate his image after his transformation in the wake of Secret Wars. Doom has already popped up a few times in Bendis’ Iron Man run, trying to lend a helping hand to Tony. Now, it seems he’ll be trying his hand at actually being a hero. Doom is one of the Marvel Universe’s greatest villains, and if Bendis can pull it off, this could be an extremely fun direction to take the character.
This one is still a bit of a mystery, but it seems Mark Waid will be tackling a throwback Avengers story telling some early adventures from Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It will follow the .1 numbering scheme, and focus on the old school team. Waid is a veteran, and letting him play in the old school toolbox could really be a lot of fun.
This new ‘book comes from writer David Walker and artist Gabriel Walta, and looks to put a decidedly political slant on the Marvel Universe. Little is known about the plot, other than the fact that it will spin out of Civil War II. The cover art is very telling, though, as we see Clint Barton/Hawkeye standing in the middle of a group of protesters.
Great Lakes Avengers
The Great Lakes Avengers are back, baby. This rag-tag team will be written by Zac Gorman (Rick and Morty) and artist Will Robson, and assembles the wacky team for more mishap and adventures. The Great Lakes Avengers are basically just a team of well-intentioned heroes who happen to use the moniker of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. The roster will include Mr. Immortal, Flatman, Big Bertha, and Doorman, among others, as they take one more shot at being legit superheroes. Gorman’s writing style should be perfect for the project, and this could turn out really funny with a whole lot of heart.
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows
Spidey fans are still bummed about Peter and M.J.’s marriage getting axed as part of the myriad reboots, but this (previous) limited series brought back their family unit for some new adventures. The short-run was a hit, so now it’s becoming a new series by writer Gerry Conway and artist Ryan Stegman. This book seems to partially replace the ongoing Amazing Spider-Man run (at least for now), so it’s anyone’s guess how this alt-future comes back into play. Regardless: It’ll be great to (hopefully) see Marvel’s power couple back at their best.
This series will seemingly be born from the ashes of All New, All Different Avengers, and find the younger set of Marvel heroes setting out to form their own team. Mark Waid will head up writing duties, as Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Nova, (young) Scott Summers, Amadeus Cho/The Hulk, and Viv Vision decide to be superheroes without all the grown-up drama that spawned Civil War II. This is a great young roster, and most of them just happen to be A-listers, so it should make for a great mix to toss these teens into the boiling pot and see what happens.
Little is known about the mysterious new Nova series, though it seems Richard Rider will finally be coming back to reclaim his helmet and start patrolling the universe once again. Much of the young Nova’s story has revolved around the search for his father, and with the Avengers jet-setting off to help him in the most recent issues, it seems they might finally bring the classic galactic hero back into the fold. It’s been a long time coming, and it seems we might have two Novas flying around soon.
Invincible Iron Man (I.M. Woman)
This one is already proving a bit controversial, and will see new character Riri Williams take up the mantle of Iron Man (or Woman, maybe). Putting a young, black woman into the role of one of Marvel’s most popular heroes is a gutsy move, so all eyes will be on this one to see exactly how they pull it off. All we know is that Riki’s ascension spins out of Civil War II, though that doesn’t mean Tony Stark doesn’t survive (we’re just not sure what it does mean). Regardless: It should be interesting to see a new character put the armor through its paces, as Riri learns the ropes of being a superhero.
The Unstoppable Wasp
Marvel recently pulled a fast one and introduced young Nadia Pym (the secret daughter of Hank Pym) as the mysterious new Wasp, and she’ll be getting her own spinoff series in a few months. The comic will be written by Jeremy Whitley with art by Elsa Charretier, with the tagline “Nothing’s more unstoppable than a teenage girl.” So, we’d imagine this series will be following Nadia as she learns what it’s like to be the Wasp, and likely have to grapple with the weight that name already carries.
Deadpool is one of Marvel’s shiniest stars, and now the Merc With A Mouth’s pals are getting some solo ‘books. This series will spin out of Marvel’s Mercs For Money run, and follows the Foolkiller on his own solo adventures. Max Bemis is taking the reins of the series, fresh off his surprisingly poignant X-Men: Worst X-Man Ever miniseries. If you’re into Deadpool, and want to see more of his gang, this looks like one of the most promising options.
Marvel has been dropping hints about this for a while, as Jessica Jones started showing up in the Marvel Universe a whole lot more in the wake of her hit Netflix TV series. As expected, all the cameos have been leading to this: A brand-new Jessica Jones ongoing series. Even better? They’re getting the band back to gather to make sure they’re doing it right. Original creators Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos, along with Alias cover artist David Mack, will all be back to tell the fresh adventures of Jessica Jones.
The Unworthy Thor
Jane Foster has been leading some of the most compelling Thor stories in years with the flagship book, but the original Odinson is finally getting back in action. He’ll just have a bit of a journey to get there. This series comes from writer Jason Aaron with art by Olivier Copiel, and is being pitched as a companion series to the main Thor run. It will follow the Odinson as he goes after a new hammer (possibly one left over from the Ultimate Universe?) and tries to redeem himself and once again become worthy to wield it.
Who doesn’t want some throwback, 1970’s Marvel Universe action? This series has been kicking around development hell for years, but now Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s pulpy take on Luke Cage is finally hitting shelves. The series will be set in the Marvel Universe’s past, meaning we should also see some era-appropriate characters and costumes. It looks like a bizarro romp through Marvel history, and we can’t wait to jump in.