This October will end the Marvel event Secret Wars. Both the 616 and Ultimate Marvel Universes are no more, and in its place with be 50 new #1 issues, under the moniker All-New All-Different Marvel, the company will be releasing approximately 50 new #1 issues, changing the status quo for almost every one of their characters, similar to DC’s New 52 relaunch back in 2011.
When Secret Wars was first announced, rumors ran rampant. From Miles Morales coming to the 616 universe to the X-Men being erased from continuity, people were doing their best to figure out just what was going to happen.
At the end of June, we were finally given some sort of idea as to what was in store, when Marvel released the cover images to its new titles. Not much is known right now, so here’s when we put on our “speculation hat.” Let’s take a look at 10 of these covers and look at what’s cool, interesting, or downright surprising (Note: I am only basing my thoughts on the covers and descriptions Marvel has released).
It’s true. Miles Morales WILL be officially a part of the regular Marvel Universe. He is even going to be a member of an Avengers team (more on that in a bit). With a lot of debate going around as to why Miles should have been the MCU Spider-Man, I feel this will be the time to show why he should be recognized a top tier hero.
This was a surprise to me. With the Thor and Captain America characters recently experienced a “changing of the guards,” I wasn’t expecting this to happen to yet another main character, the Hulk. Where is Bruce Banner? The title also suggest that the Hulk will have a younger alter ego, as it seems to have been named by Michelangelo of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I’ve heard rumors that it will be Amadeus Cho, but it’s anyone’s guess. The last few years the Hulk has been confusing to me. He was intelligent is some titles, and “HULK SMASH” in others. This cover appealed to me because I am hopeful for a more structured direction for the Hulk.
This one cover shows a lot about the direction of the X-Men in the Marvel Universe. First, it squashes the rumor that the X-Men are being erased from existence. From the looks of it, they are here to stay. Second, Secret Wars will have a huge impact on the team, as you can see that OLD MAN LOGAN, and not his younger self, is a member of the team. One would assumed that the present-day Wolverine would have been resurrected. I will probably be proven wrong about this, but maybe Marvel is actually showing that death can have real stakes within a comic universe. Also by having OML on the team shows that All-New All-Different Marvel is more of a “mash-up” than a reboot. Third, the All-New X-Men version of Jean Grey is on the team. So not only does she NOT return to her original timeline, but she is growing into a hero within this one. I am looking forward to seeing where this story goes. I want the X-Men to look at having this Jean on the team as a chance to guide her in a direction that will avoid what her future is set to be.
Avengers has always had a changing roster, and it looks like Guardians is following suit. No Peter and Gamora, and it seems that Kitty Pryde (Peter’s Girlfriend) is the new Star-Lord. The “thing” to look at on this cover is new team member Ben Grimm. Now, while there may be no Fantastic Four comic book anymore, it looks like the characters are still around (See next cover). It just goes to show that just because you’re not MCU, you can still come to the party.
Uncanny Avengers #1
The Human Torch is FINALLY an Avenger! His entire family has been one at some point in time. It’s good to see him get his due. That was a pleasant surprise. What was a FLAT-OUT surprise is that Steve Rogers is allowing Deadpool to be part of this team. I hope he’s in it for the long haul, and not pull a two issue stint like the Hulk did in the original Avengers comic. The Rogers-Wilson dynamic alone will have me coming back for more.
All-New All-Different Avengers #1
Just looking at this cover, the possibilities of this team are endless. You have the veterans in Cap, Iron Man, and Vision. Then you have the rookies in Nova, Ms. Marvel, and Spider-Man. Then you have Thor, who while new to being an actual superhero, is no stranger to this world. I love the dynamics. The mentor-mentee relationships have always been written throughout the Avengers run, but this is the first time we will see it with this much of an age difference. It will be an real teacher-student dynamic. It will only make the younger heroes stronger. This cover also shows that Captain America and Thor will not be giving up their mantles anytime soon, once again showing Marvel wants to have their stories feel like they have stakes.
I remember back in the 90s when DC had their Death of Superman storyline. My favorite part of that whole event was the debut of Superboy, the clone of Superman. During his time, pre New 52, it seemed that he was being groomed to take over for Superman someday. Fast forward to 2015 and Marvel has fulfilled that story in their own way. X-23, the clone of Wolverine, has taken over the role as the X-Men’s feral badass. While this once again shows that Marvel is growing more diverse with their characters, I would definitely like to see more original characters being created in that realm. Having said that, I am still curious as to how this new Wolverine will fit into the Marvel Universe.
Before I address the “elephant on the Cover,” there are two things to take from this cover. First, Miles Morales is not the ONLY thing to transfer from the Ultimate universe to this one. Second, I like the fact that the Mighty Avengers have taken that name, as they are now out of the shadows of the other team and can have and/or find their own voice in the world. Okay. NOW. IS GALACTUS ON THIS TEAM? WHO IN THE WHAT NOW?! Figuring out how the Eater of Worlds fits into a team of superheroes is worth the cover price alone.
I am pleased that what was only a mini-series during Secret Wars is coming back as an on-going series. From the looks of this cover, the amount of characters that will get some time in the spotlight can only make for a great book.. Avengers, Runaways, Asgardians, X-Men, SPIDER-GWEN! Since Spider-Gwen is still going to be from an alternate universe, even after Secret Wars, I want to see what brings her back to the regular Marvel Universe. I am definitely on-board.
Rounding out this list is the blind lawyer/Netflix sensation Daredevil. He has a redesigned costume, and the color scheme is closer to his TV counterpart. I hope that the DD symbol is on his suit during season 2. Throughout his career, Daredevil has always been linked with his mentor Stick. That’s what drew me to this cover, the fact that Daredevil will take stick type role and with Gambit of all people. For two characters that for the most part have taken the role of a loner, this teacher-student story will be cool to see.
There are a multitude more books being released by Marvel in October as part of the All-New All Different campaign. These 10 are the ones that spoke to me. What speaks to you? Are there ones you would put on this list instead? Are there titles you wish were coming but aren’t? Let me know on Twitter or in the comments below.
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