Marvel Comics released another preview today. Lets look at the image and begin to speculate.
All that Marvel included with the image was this little bit of text:
Official Press Release
Begin with the best super heroes in comics–Marvel does it FIRST!!
HUGE story coming soon to fans, worldwide.
Speculation is running rampant. Lets take a look at some of the theories, and I’ll provide my own.
Newsarama has the most ideas so far. This may be the press release of the omnibus featuring the first issues of everything from Marvel NOW. Well, probably not. That doesn’t seem FIRST! nor is it HUGE.
They also remind us of the Age of Ultron crossover that is supposed to change the Marvel Universe yet again. Maybe the change is all new number ones. Really, issue numbers up into the hundreds is going to be a thing of the past. Why not have the comics run to a natural end and then launch with a new number one when the next big story for that character or team begins. Its easy for new readers and long time ones know where to put the issues within the longer run in our long boxes.
Finally, they throw out the idea that this will be the Marvel debut of Marvelman. Years ago Marvel announced they had the rights to the character (also known as Miracleman) but so far we’ve seen next to nothing. Perhaps Marvelman will be added into the Marvel Universe as the first hero. Their version of Superman. Fuck you Sentry.
I’ll throw a couple of ideas out there too.
Maybe the big symbol next to 1 isn’t meant to mean number, but hashtag. Imagine if Marvel was going to integrate Twitter into the comics. Maybe decide a plot point via Twitter voting. Hashtag trends to decide new titles.
Or, lets look at all of those names:
- Doctor Strange
- Rocket Raccoon
- Kitty Pryde
- Luke Cage
- Ant Man
- Black Panther
- Human Torch
- Black Widow
- Invisible Woman
- Scarlet Spider
- Captain Marvel
- Winter Soldier
- Iron Fist
- Iron Man
- Kid Omega
- Silver Surfer
- Mister Fantastic
- Captain America
That’s right, Justice League of America style 50 covers! What flag will Doop wave?