Over the last couple of years, Marvel Comics have had a number of reboots. Not proper reboots that reset their continuity entirely ala in the same manner that their distinguished competition has carried out over the years, but an endless barrage of new number one issues that have left fans and retailers seething at the lack of cohesive storytelling within that universe.
What started out on a promising high note with Marvel Now! several years ago, quickly became too damn much after the reset key was hit with the force of a Stark Technologies jackhammer. This time however, Marvel’s latest reboot feels more promising than ever. Called Fresh Start, the initiative isn’t just another excuse to roll out new issues and shake up creative teams.
It’s a return of heroes, iconic characters who’ve spent several years in a wilderness of uncertainty as their identities were taken up by a new generation of do-gooders and torchbearers. Here’s a look then, at every comic announced so far in Fresh Start, their creative teams and their official synopses when Marvel’s huge new event kicks off in May.
Amazing Spider-Man #1
It’s a Brand New D– No, wait a second. Spider-Man’s gone Big Time– That’s not right either. Spider-Man’s Rebir– Definitely not THAT. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN gets a BIGGER, BRAND NEW SERIES courtesy of Nick Spencer (SECRET EMPIRE, SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN) and the Marvel debut of RYAN OTTLEY (Invincible)!!!!! An alien invasion attacks NYC and the only one who can stop it is… Spider-Man?!
But that’s FAR from all you’ll find here—A revelation from the past puts Peter Parker’s job, relationships and WHOLE LIFE in jeopardy! And if even THAT’s not enough, you’ll see a new roommate, new love interests and a new villain!!!
- Writer: Nick Spencer
- Artist: Ryan Ottley
Ant-Man and the Wasp #1 (of 5)
Wasp was just trying to help Ant-Man get home to Earth to see his daughter… but a little problem got in the way. Very little. Subatomic, in fact, as Scott Lang was lost in the vast spaces between atoms! Now, Nadia is his only hope of rescue… if only he would listen long enough for her to save them! From master storyteller Mark Waid (CAPTAIN AMERICA, CHAMPIONS) and Marvel Young Gun artist Javier Garron (SECRET WARRIORS, STAR-LORD) comes a story of a big journey getting smaller all the time!
- Writer: Mark Waid
- Artist: Javier Garron
Thor Odinson. Steve Rogers. Tony Stark. The Big Three of the Avengers are reunited at last! And just in time to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials. Behold the coming of the Final Host. Who will answer the call to assemble for a wild new era of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes? Hint: one of them has a flaming skull for a head. And what strange, world-shaking connection exists between the Final Host and Odin’s ancient band of Prehistoric Avengers?
- Writer: Jason Aaron
- Artist: Ed McGuinness
Black Panther #1
A bold new direction for the Black Panther! For years, T’Challa has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed… Across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1. Now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! Ta-Nehisi Coates welcomes aboard fan-favorite artist Daniel Acuña for a Black Panther story unlike any other!
- Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Artist: Daniel Acuña
Captain America #1
WINTER IN AMERICA” For over seventy years, he has stood in stalwart defense of our country and its people. But in the aftermath of Hydra’s takeover of the nation, Captain America is a figure of controversy, carrying a tarnished shield. And a new enemy is rising! Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt and corrupt the symbol that is Captain America?
- Writer: Ta-Nehisi Coates
- Artist: Leinil Yu
Skottie Young and Nic Klein bring you the craziest tales of the regeneratin’ degenerate yet! It’s been a while since Deadpool’s had to merc to make ends meet, but things are tough all over. While Deadpool tries to get his humble mercenary-for-hire business back off the ground, a catastrophic threat so unfathomably huge, so mind-breakingly cataclysmic it defies description, is heading towards Earth, and there’s only ONE PERSON WHO CAN STOP IT!!! Oh no, wait, it’s… it’s not Wade, is it? Oh, ????. It’s Wade.
- Writer: Skottie Young
- Artist: Nic Klein
Doctor Strange #1
THE EYE OF AGAMOTTO IS CLOSED! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: when astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme! New spells, allies and enemies–new and old–await Strange beyond the stars, along with corners and secrets of the Marvel Universe, seen here for the first time!
Space is endless, but time is short. After years of threats, Stephen’s bill for magic-use is coming due–who will come to collect?!
- Writer: Mark Waid
- Artist: Jesus Saiz
Ghost Rider #1 (of 5)
- Writer: Donny Cates
- Artist: TBA
Immortal Hulk #1
HORROR HAS A NAME. You’d never notice the man. He doesn’t like to be noticed. He’s quiet. Calm. Never complains. Why, you can walk up and shoot him in the head… and all he’ll do is die. Until night falls. And someone else gets up again. The name is Banner. The horror is THE IMMORTAL HULK.
- Writer: Al Ewing
- Artist: Joe Bennett
The Life of Captain Marvel #1 (of 5)
Carol Danvers was just a girl from the Boston suburbs who loved science and the Red Sox until a chance encounter with a Kree hero gave her incredible super powers. Now, she’s a leader in the Avengers and the commander of Alpha Flight. But what if there was more to the story? When crippling anxiety attacks put her on the sidelines in the middle of a fight, Carol finds herself reliving memories of a life she thought was far behind her. You can’t outrun where you’re from – and sometimes, you HAVE to go home again.
But there are skeletons in Captain Marvel’s closet – and what she discovers will change her entire world. Written by bestselling author Margaret Stohl and drawn by fan-favorite comics veteran Carlos Pacheco, this is the true origin of Captain Marvel.
- Writer: Margaret Stohl
- Artist: Carlos Pacheco
Multiple Man #1 ( of 5)
- Writer: Matthew Rosenberg
- Artist: Andy MacDonald
Quicksilver: No Surrender #1 (of 5)
Quicksilver’s super-speed and abrasive personality have always isolated him, but he’s never been truly alone…until now. Trapped beyond the perception of friends, family and allies, Quicksilver wages a one-man guerilla war against a monster that he’s not even sure is real, to save a world that he may never be a part of again. Saladin Ahmed (BLACK BOLT) and Eric Nguyen (OLD MAN LOGAN) team up to bring you a psychedelic survival thriller unlike anything you’ve seen before!
- Writer: Saladin Ahmed
- Artist: Eric Nguyen
THE GOLDEN GUARDIAN IS BACK! …but is that really such a good thing? The greatest hero that the Marvel Universe ever forgot has returned! The Sentry – shining sentinel with the power of a thousand exploding suns – is back from the dead, but his troubled mind is far from finding peace. By day, he trudges through a mundane life as Bob Reynolds; at night, the Sentry soars across a gleaming, perfect skyline. But how much of the Sentry’s dual existence is real?
And what of his other dark self, the Void? Jeff Lemire (MOON KNIGHT, Black Hammer) returns to Marvel and unites with Kim Jacinto (AVNEGERS: NO SURRENDER) for this mind-bending series that will shake the Sentry, and the Marvel Universe, to its foundations.
- Writer: Jeff Lemire
- Artist: Kim Jacinto
THE GOD OF THUNDER IS BACK Thor Odinson has regained his mantle! And he’s got a wild new world of trouble on his mighty hands. The artifacts of Asgard have been scattered across the earth, and to reclaim them, Thor will have to face some ugly truths. Like the production cost on hundreds of new hammers! And the Thunder God is going to need every last one of them if he’s going to stop the unstoppable Juggernaut.
Jason Aaron takes the Prince of Asgard in a whole new direction with YOUNG GUN artist Mike Del Mundo joining him at the helm! And don’t miss the latest chapter of the King Thor saga with acclaimed BLACK BOLT artist Christian Ward, as the Thor of the far future encounters an old friend who’s undergone some startling changes.
- Writer: Jason Aaron
- Artist: Mike Del Mundo
Tony Stark: Iron Man #1
From the cusp of tomorrow’s dreams to the forefront of imagination, one man always soars on the cutting edge of adventure! You know his name. Tony Stark is Iron Man. And Iron Man… is an idea. Always changing. Always evolving. An idea without limit! Take wing with DAN SLOTT (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Valerio Schiti (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) as they propel the ultimate Self-Made Hero to new heights of inventiveness! Tony Stark is Iron Man. The future is now. Strap in!
- Writer: Dan Slott
- Artist: Valerio Schiti
In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, an ancient and primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of New York, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers – VENOM! Still a Lethal Protector of the innocents in New York, this never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear – including Eddie Brock! Join two of the hottest creators in comics today, Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, for a VENOM adventure a thousand years in the making!
- Writer: Donny Cates
- Artist: Ryan Stegman
This July, Laura Kinney forgoes the Wolverine mantle, and returns to the title that made her famous.
- Writer: Mariko Tamaki
- Artist: Juann Cabal
Last Updated: March 23, 2018