Keeping up with the Marvel Comics delivery of first issues that are a part of their now labelled “All-New Marvel Now!” campaign here are the titles that readers can count on being on the shelves for the month of March. These will join the batch of stories that are already in progress so you clearly have some back issue shopping or trade paperback seeking to do when time and financials allow.
Since I was not able to examine these issues in advance for your edification, I have respectfully snagged the titles premise from the official Marvel NOW! Wikipedia entry and you can see that under each presented cover. Should I have anything to add to the mix I will line it out as new copy from me. Here we go steadfast into March.
All-New Ghost Rider: Writer Felipe Smith; Artist Tradd Moore. Smith said, “Our All-New Ghost Rider, as the title suggests, is an absolutely new character: Robbie Reyes. Robbie’s an East Los Angeles high school senior with a short fuse and a passion for electronic music and absolutely anything powered by an engine. In comparison to previous Ghost Riders, he’s young and inexperienced in life; but his harsh inner city upbringing, overall distrust for most people, and serious contempt for his violent surroundings make him the perfect host for a Spirit of Vengeance. The circumstances by which Robbie becomes our blazing anti-hero differ from those of his predecessors, and his vehicle of choice is the automobile; so in more than one way, this is the story of a different brand of Ghost Rider.
Avengers Undercover: Writer Dennis Hopeless; Artist Kev Walker. The series follows the survivors of Avengers Arena as they try to infiltrate the Masters of Evil. Hopeless said, “The characters who survived Murder World came out the other side much different than they went in. Those psychological scars from the “Arena” weigh heavily on all of the kids. They don’t fit so well into their old lives. They no longer feel like they belong and they’re all looking for a way to get back what they’ve lost. All of this leads them down the path of Avengers Undercover.”
Captain Marvel: Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick; Artist David Lopez. Editor Steve Wacker said, “The first Captain Marvel series was very personal for Carol. It got rid of a bunch of baggage that had built up around the character over the years. We’re going to see Carol reaching out more. We’re going to see her in a context we haven’t seen her in a lot during the last couple of years. As she moves up and away from Earth, she’ll probably meet the Guardians of the Galaxy at some point. So her new mission takes her higher than she’s ever been, faster than she’s ever been and farther than she’s ever gone. It gives her sort of a clean start, which is something Kelly Sue sets up very well at the end of the last “Captain Marvel” series.”
Daredevil: Writer Mark Waid; Artist Chris Samnee. The series sees Matt Murdock transplanting to San Francisco. About the move Waid said, “Without spoiling too much of the final issue of the previous series, we can tell you that Matt has to leave New York and, in many ways, has no choice but to return to California–specifically, California, no where else to go. But that’s where he and his cast will hang their collective hat from now on.” Adding, “At least one cast member will accompany him. Maybe not all. And the nature of Matt’s law practice will have to change substantially. And, of course, there’s the architecture–cityscapes and street locales have always been a big part of DD’s storytelling, and this will be a whole new look.”
Iron Patriot: Writer Ales Kot; Artist Garry Brown. Kot said, “James Rhodes is the human equivalent of Superman – the Man of Steel – in the Marvel universe. He wants to do good and good only. What he realizes in the beginning of our story is that he’s got a deep need to adjust his life. What does James Rhodes want to stand for? What does he want Iron Patriot to stand for? You will know by the end of #1. James Rhodes makes a decision that changes everything for him.”
Magneto: Writer Cullen Bunn; Artist Gabriel Hernandez. Walta Bunn said, “Magneto in this story is very much a detective, seeking out and investigating threats to mutants before cutting loose with all the fury of a supervillain — or superhero, depending on your point of view.”
Moon Knight: Writer Warren Ellis; Artist Declan Shalvey. Ellis says the series, takes Marc Spector back to New York City because “there’s just a wonderful strangeness to seeing that particular figure against a New York landscape… [Out of all the] urban caped superhero characters, I think he’s almost the most incongruous.” Adding, “[His] cape is actually a crescent moon and he goes out only at night and dresses in reflective white so you can see him coming. Now that’s nuts…. I like that.”
Secret Avengers: Writer Ales Kot; Artist Michael Walsh. The series follows the events of the “How to Maim a Mockingbird” storyline in the pervious volume and sees the addition of Spider-Woman to the team. Kot said, “Spider-Woman fascinates me because she’s a character who is trying to learn how to have a life she can be happy with while juggling many different pieces of her life at once. She’s occasionally confused and she very much wants to grow. I find that very relatable.”
Silver Surfer: Writer Dan Slott; Artist Mike Allred. The series sees Norrin Rad severed from Galactus and free to explore the universe. Slott said, “The way I look at the Surfer is that he’s the embodiment of freedom. The character has really been two things since he became the Silver Surfer. He’s been a slave to Galactus, and he’s been a prisoner of Earth, trapped beyond that great barrier. There’s something about him where, the minute you take that barrier away, and the minute you take him away from Galactus, he’s the guy with the board who can go anywhere and do anything. It really is that kind of joy and freedom like you’re 16 and you just got the keys to the car. But imagine not just driving near your home – you can go anywhere in the universe. There’s something very exciting about that.”
Wolverine and The X-Men: Writer Jason Latour; Artist Mahmud Asrar. The series focuses on three students – Quentin Quire, Evan Sabahnur and Idie Okonkwo. Latour said, “These kids are Logan’s legacy, but as we’ve seen up to this point he didn’t have such a great track record with that stuff even when he was at his best. In them we could be witnessing the growth of the next great team of X-Men, or the creation of the biggest threats the Marvel U will ever see. Everything we’re planning, the adventures, the threats, will reflect that journey.”
My Thoughts: Since I am going off of these same briefs as you readers I will keep my anticipations brief and just give out a few quick thoughts about what is coming out this March from Marvel. For starters I felt that the Ghost Rider using a car this time around was a little bit strange but perhaps will work for multiple hero team-ups since he has the vehicle space now. “Excuse me demons of Hell do you validate parking?” I love Carol Danvers to an extent but to me there is only one Captain Marvel for the Marvel Comics Universe and that is the long since passed away Mar-Vell; a hero I hope somehow makes his way into the cinematic offerings. I was surprised with the decision to move Daredevil from NYC to California since that hero has breathed our neck of the woods so very deeply and while a fun ride is assured care of Slott for Silver Surfer I am not too sure that I am interested in Magneto at all. I feel I am done with him and in some sense The Punisher. Let’s see what these titles bring to the table. Love finding Moon Knight back in NYC and he has always to me been Marvel’s version of Batman to a degree. As far as the Avengers and X-Men offerings, those will be what they will be and in that I mean the diehards will grumble about decisions they don’t like while the casual readers will be entertained. I realize this is a simple statement but it didn’t need much more. I will see you with April’s Marvel offerings in a few short weeks.