Hello, welcome to the first in hopefully a long line of interviews about CBR's highly lauded 'Age of Marvels'. We had a chance to talk to Strange Tales and Cosmic Marvel Editor Global Honored.
Hi There GH, what is the Age of Marvels?
The Age of Marvels is a re-imagining of the Marvel Universe and the characters we all love. It's new stories told from the imaginative minds of our very own CBR posters and there is a lot of creative juices flowing, that is for certain. One of our talented editors has labeled it "Your comics, your way" and I think that is a fairly accurate description. It's Marvel written by the fans and for the fans without a lot of the obstacles the actual company and creators would have to face.
We've seen a lot of differences from the mainstream MU, what makes Age of Marvels special?
It goes back to the limitations thing. We're fans and we have more free room to roam. We have set certain guidelines to keep the sandbox from flowing over but this universe can go wherever we want it to and so far we have seen some pretty wild things. This is the stuff our Age of Marvels fans and contributors want and who the Age of Marvels staff answers to. Our Sorcerer Supreme is Stabbity Jones. Doctor Strange works in a bar. Howard Stark is fighting for survival on some time displaced Mars. Blue Marvel is an Avenger. These things could only happen here in our AoM Universe, and they do. As crazy as some of it sounds, most of the time we are able to make it work.
There are a lot of popular lines in Age of Marvels, what are you hoping to bring to the average reader as an editor?
Just entertain. Pretend you're a good rock band and just have to give them what they want. We have a diverse range of titles to choose from. We have classic super-heroics like the Avengers and Fantastic Four to noirish styled capers such as Dakota North to villainous super teams such as the Doctor Doom led Cabal. We have pulp heroes and cosmic action that will take readers into other worlds and dare I say multiverses. We have Mutants, Magic, Monsters and Champions of Love and even our own super hero rock n' roll adventures. It isn't just one journey any month, it's an entirely new way to enjoy comics that can be anything you want them to be and all you have to do is get involved.
Which Age of Marvels title would you reccomend buying, and why?
That would depend on your tastes. The best part of Age of Marvels is the cost. It's free to pick up and check out any title, any given month and see which ones you like the best.
Age of Marvels is the future of CBR Marvel entertainment, what can we expect in the future?
We have a lot in store. Readers should expect their favorite lines to face some major challenges and drama in the coming months. The Age of Marvels universe will be besieged on several fronts with multiple crisis that our heroes will need to come together to overcome. A lot will change. We will see some new characters introduced and some familiar faces will be lost. Heading into 2012 the universe will also face it's first major event. I know "event" can be a taboo word in comics, but this time the "event" will be handled by the fans themselves and it will truly bring the Age of Marvels universe together or tear it apart trying. And for the obsessive compulsive types like myself who crave order and detail, well we'll have that too as we are putting together an Age of Marvels Handbook that will provide bios and more for all our AoM characters like the classic guides Marvel used to publish. So I am really looking forward to that.