You have to hand it to Axel and company. They might anger people with moves like Superior Spider-Man or killing off younger characters like those in Avengers Arena but Axel and the crew at Marvel are doing a fantastic job lately of spotlighting some characters we want to see. Black Panther is a character I've been wanting in the spotlight for years, but his solo attempts always eventually come to an end unlike a Spider-Man, Wolverine etc who might get new titles but always have a solo out there. So what they do is spotlight Black Panther on New Avengers with a top-notch writer like Hickman and fantastic art. Same as Black Widow who couldn't maintain a solo title but put her in Winter Soldier (sometimes more than the lead character) and she is more interesting than ever. Cosmic titles always have a tough time surviving for long with Silver Surfer and Guardians of the Galaxy in the 80's/90's being exceptions to the rule on the long-term so they make an effort to connect it to characters you do care about like an Iron Man etc (as well as putting top-notch teams on those titles). It's a formula for success. Black Panther will be seen as cooler when he stands out among Namor, Mr Fantastic etc but also there is buildup for Black Bolt which is a cool character with lots of potential. Then you have Hickman's Avengers which mixes the popular with the "cosmic" the popular to draw fans in and keep their attention those cosmic ones to spotlight characters and get the rub from popular ones (also why Wolverine is on almost every team to give the rub to other characters and get fans caring about them). You mix the world of the Avengers with the world of X-Men in Uncanny Avengers and you got the meeting of Marvel's top two brands which is instant popularity (though it could be executed better by being on time which is why they should have some issues in the can before releasing the first especially with someone like Casaday).
Wondering who Axel is referring to about the announcements in 2013. I'd love something with Silver Surfer, but the character has a tougher time maintaining an audience even with popular characters like those in Defenders. We all know about Secret Avengers, Uncanny X-Men and is there any doubt Amazing Spider-Man will make an eventual return? (like Uncanny X-Men). There are huge hints at Heroes for Hire which will be a tough sell but with Bendis and his passion for the characters they have a better chance especially since it will get top notch art. I'd love something relating to Alpha Flight (Alpha Omega Beta whatever) and there are hints at that in preview pages for Avengers. How about a West Coast Avengers squad? I can think up a good 30 or so really cool unused Avengers despite all those used in Hickman/Remender's/Parker's and the Secret & Assemble titles. Again Marvel is being smart as some solo characters don't sell as well long-term (Punisher) so for the first time he will be on a team of like-minded individuals as well as get various mini-series (which is the way Marvel needs to handle characters who can't maintain a solo title like Black Panther or Black Widow, it also demands that the stories and art be top notch to sell). Having them on teams will help build up their popularity as often times in the past they went solo without that team-rub in popularity. For the first time in forever it seems someone is doing something with 616 Sunfire. Despite some problems as to what they are doing with Spider-Man (and really despite what they say you know he's gotta come back eventually) for the most part the people at Marvel are doing a spectacular job spotlighting characters I like. I hope it keeps up with Alpha Flight, West Coast Avengers, Silver Surfer etc.
I am curious to see how much, if at all, the $3.99 price hinders Guardians of the Galaxy and Nova. We have recently seen with Moon Knight and Defenders that an A-list creative team on a B-list property does not guarantee sales.
I have problems with this article.
"reflect deep affection for the characters and their history."
With the writers involved I call bull$&*# on this. The characters have been back for months now and nothing was explained and the others just act like nothing happened.
HOW are they back?How can there be a Nova Corp?Fans of those series demand answers!
" The Guardians won't be fueling up their spacecraft on the planet Gronk when the $#!% hits the fan -- they'll be right in the thick of it."
The Guardians and Nova always where in the thick of it.The Annihilation wave,Ultron,the cancerverse.
It's the Earth heroes who always stand around doing barely anything or just keep fighting each other.
When super-villains do get involved they often act weird,out of character or just cut the fight scenes frome the comic.
By the way,the Guardians used to travel using the Knowhere station.not a spacecraft.
Yes, I want Bendis's GotG to fail... I would rather the characters not appear at all than have him writing them... he is a bad writer, and cosmic is an absolutely awful genre fro him to be working in.
Praise Odin! Cat-Beast is gone! I'm very happy to hear this. I've found no redeeming qualities in Cat-Beast to date and I really like Beast's new look. I think it should stay and I'm glad Mr. Alonso confirms it!
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I'm not a fan of GotG, and I would say I'm more of a Richard Rider fan so I doubt I'll be picking these up. But fans of GotG should be glad this book is even coming out (and a movie!!!). I say give them a chance before bashing them. Otherwise you could be eating crow like I am about All New X-Men.
Top 10:Cyclops. Nightcrawler. Magik. Juggernaut (Cain Marko). Magneto. Hulk. Mr.Sinister. Emma Frost. Deadpool. Legion.
Avi Arad imagined that 15 years ago.Look, this is a unique time in comics history because everyone knows who the Avengers and Spider-Man and X-Men are. They're up on the silver screen, they're on t-shirts, hats. They're action figures. Who'd have imagined that 15 years ago?