Earlier today, Marvel announced a “Fresh Start” for comics. Naturally, some people found themselves in a state of panic. From an interview with IGN, some of the basic information was given about what readers can expect with the new Avengers title. Yes, that “new” means a new #1 issue.
The new Avengers series will be feature the creative team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness. Rather than have separate Avengers titles, there will be just one. This is similar to what we’re already seeing in the current “No Surrender” story arc. The new title will be released 18 times a year. The roster includes Captain America, Iron Man, Thor Odinson, Captain Marvel, Hulk (Jennifer Walters), Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), and Doctor Strange. Strange will not be a permanent member, and it sounds as if there’ll be a “rotating slot” for other characters to come in for different missions.
The series will also take place in two different time periods. Aaron will continue to delve into the story of the prehistoric Avengers from 1,000,000 B.C. introduced in the Marvel Legacy #1 issue. The threat of a dark Celestial will affect both time periods.
The new team dynamic will be interesting. Tony Stark and Carol Danvers aren’t necessarily on good terms. They last fought during Civil War II and things didn’t go too well for Stark. Robbie Reyes is a newcomer to the team. He hasn’t had too many interactions with other heroes. And despite the return of the Hulk to Marvel Comics, Jennifer Walters will be taking the Green Goliath role on the team.
Take a look at the preview pages below:
Why Are Some People So Upset?
What caused many to panic and grumble is the fact the series is getting a new #1. Marvel just returned to “Legacy” numbering, honoring the past publishing history of comics. While I have stated on many occasions how much I prefer the original numbering and am not a fan of constant new #1s, it’s completely understandable. Every issue potentially is someone’s first comic or first time reading the series. It can become intimidating seeing a series numbered in the hundreds and being left with the feeling that a lot has been missed.
SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort has stated the reasonings but adds some crucial details many have missed. (Boldness added for emphasis).
“Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new beginnings for a few of our key franchises—new creative teams, new starting points, new storylines—all the big stuff that we’ve been building towards since LEGACY began. This isn’t a clearing of the slate—while these new starts will kick off with new #1s, we’ll be maintaining the classic LEGACY issue counts as dual numbering on these titles as well. Oh, and don’t read anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece…we can only squeeze so many characters onto there without killing poor Jim!”
There you have it. It is not a reboot or relaunch of the entire Marvel Universe. This was never even hinted at. The “Legacy” numbering will still remain. We do not have to worry about not seeing characters we love (like Gwenpool or Laura Kinney) in the Jim Cheung “Fresh Start” image.
Avengers #1 is on sale May 2.