We recently reported that Marvel was planning to launch Marvel NOW!—a new initiative that will reboot a bulk of the company's longest-running titles. Now in a press release from the House of Ideas, we have a much better understanding of what exactly is going to happen when Marvel NOW debuts in October.
“We brought fans the biggest comic book event imaginable in Avengers VS. X-Men and now we’re taking the Marvel Universe to an exciting new place, beginning with Uncanny Avengers #1,” said Tom Brevoort, SVP, Executive Editor, Marvel Entertainment. “If you’re a long-time fan, all the stories you’ve read will give you even more enjoyment of what’s happening now—we’re not abandoning our past. But if you’re a new reader, this is where you’re going to learn just why Marvel comics are unlike anything else you’ve ever read. And no character is left unaffected by Marvel NOW!.”
The first title launched will be Uncanny Avengers #1 from writer Rick Remender and artist John Cassaday. According to the press release, "In Uncanny Avengers #1, the Avengers and X-Men must join forces to overcome the greatest challenge either team has ever faced, one so devastating that neither can afford to do it alone! Can Captain America’s newly assembled team find a way to peacefully co-exist while also dealing with the game-changing repercussions of Avengers vs. X-Men?"
From there, Marvel will launch All-New X-Men #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen, on-sale in November; Avengers #1 by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena, on-sale in December; and New Avengers #1, by Hickman and Steve Epting, on-sale in January 2013. There will be more titles and creative teams announced in the future, most likely at the San Diego Comic-Con next weekend.
Uncanny Avengers #1 will hit stores on October 10. Until then, check out the first promo image from Marvel NOW below, illustrated by Joe Quesada.