Right now – over at Marvel Comics – we’re witnessing the end of an era. Secret Wars is basically the end of the Marvel Universe, whereas All-New, All-Different Marvel is the rebirth. Let’s take a look at what new comics you have to read as a Marvel fan.
- All-New, All-Different Avengers (Vol. 1) – When I got back into comics a couple of years ago, I absolutely adored what Jonathan Hickman was doing with the Avengers and the Illuminati/New Avengers. But Hickman is done after Secret Wars, and the new Illuminati and New Avengers books sound very different. Still, the Avengers look to be in safe hands. This is a relaunch, but we’ve got an incredibly strong writer at the helm of All-New, All-Different Avengers. Mark Waid is writing this book, and I’m incredibly excited to see this new chapter for Marvel Comics.
- Amazing Spider-Man (Vol. 4) – Whereas the former book was a hard relaunch with a new team at the helm, this is more of a soft relaunch. Dan Slott is still there to write, and Giuseppe Camuncoli is still to do the artwork. Now, this take on Peter Parker looks to be very different: Parker is getting the Bruce Wayne-treatment with Parker Industries most likely staying in the foreground, and the Spider-Mobile being reintroduced.
- Astonishing Ant-Man (Vol. 1) – If you’ve somehow missed Nick Spencer’s run on Ant-Man, then quickly check out the trade paperback Second Chance Man. Scott Lang is the main character, and he is trying to balance life as a superhero and his life as a father. It is an incredibly funny comic book, and I cannot wait for this soft relaunch.
- Captain America: Sam Wilson (Vol. 1) – At this point, I’d probably check out any Marvel comic with Nick Spencer attached. I’m not usually a huge fan of the Captain America-books, but I’m really interested in seeing Nick Spencer’s take on Falcon as Cap.
- Doctor Strange (Vol. 4) – In a little over a year, we’ll be seeing Scott Derrickson’s take on this character in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Now, I’d probably suggest an older comic if you want to understand more about the character we’ll be seeing in the movie, but this is a comic you have to check out. If you’re into Marvel’s Star Wars or the female Thor, then you should be interested in this book as well, seeing as Jason Aaron is writing Doctor Strange!
- Guardians of the Galaxy (Vol. 4) – Now, this is a strange one. I absolutely love James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy, but this isn’t really about that team. I’ve read about 15 (or so) issues of the third volume, and this is even wackier. Peter Quill isn’t the leader of the team – we’ve got a Star-Lady now. Here’s the full line-up: Rocket, Kitty Pryde, Ben Grimm, Drax, Groot, Venom. This is very strange, but it could be brilliant.
- Invincible Iron Man (Vol. 2) – Brian Michael Bendis is helming this relaunch of one of the more popular characters of the last 7 years. We’ve got a new look, a new supporting cast, and it looks like this version of the character won’t be… uhm… villain-like. Very excited about this relaunch.
Be ready for All-New, All-Different Marvel – launching this October!
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