Marvel Comics has been delivering their “Marvel Now!” initiative for just over a year now and I wanted to take a moment to share with you readers some of the brand new first issues that we shall be seeing in January. Clearly there is some exciting stuff heading our way.
Beginning this 2014 is “All-New Marvel Now! Point One”, “Avengers World”, “Black Widow”, “All-New Invaders”, and “All-New X-Factor”; Some of the covers are presented below for your viewing pleasure along with some premise text that we lovingly have copied from the Official Wikipedia entry for “Marvel NOW!”.
Avengers World: Writer Nick Spencer, Jonathan Hickman; Artist Stefano Caselli. Spencer said, “What the book is all about is really in the title. This is a book about geography. Its about what Marvel Earth looks like now. Obviously we’ve seen the Avengers make a pretty big statement about this world being under their protection and them being the representatives of our world. So it felt like it was time to do a book about what that planet looks like; not just Marvel New York or Marvel Space, but what does Marvel Europe, Asia and Africa look like right now? So it was a chance to do a story that was really global in scope and go some places that maybe we haven’t been to before and really play with the idea of what that changing landscape would look like.”
Black Widow: Writer Nathan Edmondson; Artist Phil Noto. Edmondson said, “Without giving too many of our plot turns away, Natasha [Romanova] is a character driven by atonement. She’s a hero now, but she was a villain, and a dirty one. The kinds of things she’s guilty of in her past, in Russia, do not go away with some vitamin B and a glass of water in the morning. She has a lifetime to make up for her past deeds, and we’ll see that her “penance,” if you will, is both interior and exterior: she’s helping her own psyche as well as those she’s injured, in a very particular way.”
All-New Invaders: Writer James Robinson; Artist Steve Pugh. The series will initially follow the classic four members of the original Invaders (Captain America, the Winter Soldier, Namor, and the original Human Torch) and put them in a present-day battle against the Kree.
All-New X-Factor: Writer Peter David; Artist Carmine Di Giandomenico. Features a government sponsored team of mutants including Polaris, Quicksilver and Gambit. David said, “It picks up sort of directly after X-Factor #260. I dropped some reasonably obvious hints in that one as to what direction we were going.”
PiercingMetal Thoughts: While there are other titles that are still being published coming out this same month, I just wanted to focus on the #1’s so fans know what they will be needing to start new collections. I loved #1’s when I was growing up. I guess I still do. I will try to keep up on this with each month’s offerings if I can find the proper cover art to be presentation worthy. Do any of these titles pique your interest at all? Which ones do you think you will start collecting? Let us know in the comments.
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