We asked what XX meant when Marvel showed off the promo last week, and now we know! Coming soon we will see the new X-Men, er X-Women, team in Marvel NOW!’s X-Men #1! Here are a few excerpts from the USA Today‘s interview with writer Brian Wood:
“I feel like as far as the X-Men go, the women are the X-Men,” Wood explains. “Cyclops and Wolverine are big names, but taken as a whole, the women kind of rule the franchise.
“If you look at the entire world as a whole, it’s the females that really dominate and are the most interesting and cool to look at. When you have a great artist drawing them, they look so amazing and always have.”
The drama is starting right away in X-Men, beginning with Jubilee bringing home an orphaned baby who might be key to mankind’s survival. Meanwhile, someone else shows up – namely Sublime, a villainous bacteria from Grant Morrison’s New X-Men run that can take over human beings but is currently faced with a threat of his own coming from outer space.
“He’s forced to go to the X-Men for help,” Wood says. “He’s like the enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend situation.”
Things only get more interesting from there, with Sentinels, a potential alien invasion and an ancient war between siblings.
Guardians of the Galaxy
The title that I am most looking forward to is Brian Michael Bendis’ Guardian of the Galaxy ongoing coming this March! Marvel has revealed the covers for issues #2 and #3:
Brian Michael Bendis had a lot to say at the panel for Marvel’s Next Big Thing, here is an excerpt, jump on over to Comicbook.com to read the rest!
“This will be the most surprising chapter of Marvel NOW! This is a brand new #1 that starts these characters off in a place for new readers but doesn’t rob them of what made them great in the first place. It’s also a great place for you to hop on and see why we’re excited for these characters to be in a movie and why it’s as good a franchise as Marvel has.”
“This ties into a lot of things already happening in the Marvel Universe. The things that have happened on Earth in the past few events have had a butterfly effect through the galaxy. The abuse of time travel, the use of the Infinity Gems…these things have costs.”
Age of Ultron
The Age of Ultron is upon us and Marvel is bring back a blast from the past! Remember those AWESOME foil covers from your early collecting days? Well here is a look at issue 1 which will feature a gold foil cover!
Evil has triumphed over good and leading this new age is none other than Ultron, the deadly sentient robot created by founding Avenger Hank Pym who turned on his creator to achieve his twisted objective…the utter destruction of humanity. Now, it’s up to the few remaining heroes to band together and find any way to topple their new monarch. Can Wolverine, Emma Frost, Invisible Woman, Taskmaster, Beast, She-Hulk, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, and Moon Knight turn the tide?
Marvel’s cosmic badass Thanos will be getting an origin story this April in the pages of the new Marvel Now! limited series Thanos Rising! Here’s the official press release!
Official Press Release
This April, the true origin behind the most villainous force of the year is revealed in Thanos Rising #1, kicking off the all-new limited series from the blockbuster creative team of writer Jason Aaron (Thor: God Of Thunder) and artist Simone Bianchi (Wolverine)! As part of Marvel NOW!, Thanos Rising joins a number of titles that will take the Marvel Universe in an exciting all-new direction, as the industry’s top creators join the top Super Villains to deliver all-new series, great for new and veteran readers alike!
Prepare for a visceral tale of tragedy, deceit and destiny like you’ve never seen before as readers dive into the shrouded history of the most talked about villain of the Marvel Universe. Who is Thanos, and where did this demi-god of death and destruction come from? And how does this story set up one of the biggest events in Marvel history?
“The story of Thanos’ rise to power would make Shakespeare shudder,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment. “The epic saga of a young boy, born in blood on a planet far, far away, who grows to become one of the most powerful and terrifying forces in the Marvel Universe, ‘Thanos Rising’ takes a cold, hard look at the eternal question: Are some people just born evil?’
Marvel NOW! is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, the groundbreaking new initiative to evolve the comic book experience through innovation. With Thanos Rising, Marvel NOW! ensures fans will discover an entirely new perspective on the origin of Thanos.
“This is without a doubt one of the creepiest stories I’ve ever gotten to write for Marvel. It’s the origin of an outer space serial killer, the story of the universe’s weirdest romance and a grand cosmic tragedy, all wrapped up in one,” explained writer Jason Aaron. “This is me taking five issues to really dig into the head of a space-faring world conqueror, mass murderer and hopeless romantic. I love writing stories with villains as the main character, and this book is about Thanos all the way.”
Each issue of Thanos Rising includes a code for a free digital copy on the Marvel Comics app for iOS and Android devices. Additionally, each issue of Thanos Rising features special augmented reality content available exclusive through the Marvel AR app – including cover recaps, behind the scenes features and more that add value to your reading experience at no additional cost.
This April, Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi redefine what it means to be mad in Thanos Rising #1!
THANOS RISING #1
Written by JASON AARON
Art & Cover by SIMONE BIANCHI
ON SALE APRIL 2013!
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