Right now, the Secret Wars series is killing its Distinguished Competition. Gorgeous art from the pencils of Esad Ribic and a story that was years in the making, have combined to make a series that looks and reads like an early masterpiece so far. But once the dust has settled, Secret Wars will pave the way towards a new Marvel Universe that is “all new and all different” according to Marvel. And here’s a quick look at the new major players of that world.
Marvel released the following promo art for their upcoming rebooted universe:
As usual, Iron Man leads the charge. But who else is present there? Let’s take a quick look:
- Citizen V – Originally a heroic alter ego of the villainous Baron Zemo, who led the team of fake heroes known as the Thunderbolts
- Rocket Raccoon and the Thing, both sporting matching uniforms
- Doctor Spectrum and Hyperion from the Great Society, holdovers from writer Jonathan Hickman’s run on The Avengers
- Inhumans Karnack (in new threads) Medusa and new protagonist Inferno. This probably means that Marvel is indeed ready to tell mutants to go suck a lemon
- Old Man Logan and Wolverine clone X-23 dressed in the traditional Wolverine tights. Yep, looks like regular Logan is still dead and buried in Adamantium
- Star Lord, who’ll be in his regular 616 universe identity
- Doctor Strange, carrying what appears to be a battle axe
- Daredevil, sporting darker and more Netflixier duds
Interesting. Besides the Wolverines, it looks like the X-Men are most definitely out of the bigger picture in the Marvel Universe, with the Inhumans taking over that role. Should be fascinating to see just how different the new Universe is, once the Secret Wars have concluded. To kick things off, there’ll be sixty new comics launched, all set eight months after Secret Wars. “You’ll also see the arrival of a new Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe and you’ll also see — spoiler alert — a Wolverine emerge on the scene,” said Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso.
Look for an influx of really fun, new stuff in the MarvelUniverse. It could be an artifact of great power. It could be a region.
Other characters sticking around? The new Thor, Sam Wilson Captain America and most importantly: The Kamahla Khan Miss Marvel. According to Alonso, Marvel comics will now also adopt the seasonal model of TV shows, crafting long story-arcs over episodic issues:
I think that the comics industry — certainly, we are — slowly working into a season model that’s not too unlike what we see in our favorite cable TV shows: a seasonal model that offers accessible entry points for new readers and is respectful of long-term fans,” explained Alonso. “We did Marvel NOW! and All-New Marvel NOW!, which were both two very successful campaigns. And this is the latest campaign.
Make mine Marvel then!
Last Updated: June 5, 2015