Bendis, McNiven, Loeb, and McGuinness Go Cosmic With “Guardians” And “Nova”
Joining the ranks of Marvel NOW! are another two new titles, announced yesterday at Marvel’s Cup O’Joe Panel.
First, Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven will star Star Lord, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, and Drax, likely to be the same line-up as the upcoming movie, plus the surprise inclusion of Iron Man.
And then Nova, by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, with the new Nova introduced during Avengers Vs. X-Men (and also a starring character in the Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon), Sam Alexander.
Both titles will hit the stands in February next year, with Nova beginning with #1, whilst Guardians will begin with a #0.1, followed by a #1 in March.
Similar to last year’s Point One, Marvel will be releasing a second anthology issue titled Marvel NOW! Point One in October, focusing on the characters that will be prominent and important in the Marvel NOW! relaunch.
Having released teasers throughout the week, the completed picture shows Nick Fury Jr., Cable, Nova, Ant-Man (Though which incarnation of the character is unclear), Kid Loki, Wiccan, Miss America, and Star-Lord of the Guardians of the Galaxy.
I’m not a big fan of these kinds of books - the previous Point One issue only had 8 pages of interest to me, since they teased Scarlet Spider, which has gone on to become one of my favourite ongoings, and the same looks to be said here, with the Kid Loki, Wiccan and Miss America teaser being the one that interests me the most.
So while everyone might be looking at the main event, the true star of Avengers VS X-Men so far was a little digital exclusive comic that focused on the character Nova. Marvel has teased “Infinite Comics” for a little while now, and this week readers got the first taste of this new innovation in digital comics, and in comics as a whole.
If this is where the future of comics is headed then the future is looking bright. Like, Nova bright (pun certainly intended).
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This morning Marvel comics released this teaser for something they’re referring to as “Infinite Comics”. The teaser (shown above) is just the character Nova flying through space with the Avengers VS. X-Men banner at the top. Aside from this, the most notable point is that the Marvel Comics logo at the top right uses an infinity symbol instead of the “co” in “comics”.
The only other news available on this are tweets from Joe Quesada in which he said: “The future is ∞,” “The possibilities are ∞,” and “The future of storytelling is ∞.”
What does it all mean? Well, we’re not going to find out, it seems, until March 11th when Marvel Comics appears at SXSW in Austin Texas!
[comicbook.com and marvel.com]