Marvel’s Second Wave is ‘All-New Marvel Now’, Starting with All-New Invaders

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In an interview with delightful hero Brian Truitt of USA Today, Marvel have unveiled the branding for their next wave of comics. Called All-New Marvel Now, the two launch books will be All-New Invaders by James Robinson and Steve Pugh; as well as Matt Fraction and Joe Madiurera’s Inhumans.

UPDATE: Avengers Assemble Cancelled — OR IS IT!?

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It’s reported that Kelly Sue DeConnick’s much-loved but low-selling ‘Avengers Assemble’ will be ending. A release in the most recent Marvel subscription newsletter informs customers that the series is cancelled, and all subscriptions will transfer across to Jonathan Hickman’s ‘Avengers’ title.

Will Sliney Profiles The Fearless Defenders: Annabelle Riggs

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Marvel’s female characters do tend to be their very best, so here at The Beat we’ve been following Will Sliney (at a distance, so he doesn’t suspect) as he helps set up the all-female Fearless Defenders team. Whenever a new character joins the team, Will very kindly talks a little about them, and how he […]

Uncanny Avengers Introduces ‘The M-Word’

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Even allowing for the fact that we’re not supposed to like any of the characters in Uncanny Avengers (only this week, Wolverine calls Japanese mutant Sunfire “a walking atomic bomb” and nobody bats an eyelid – not even Sunfire, whose mother died in Hiroshima!), the book is going to startling lengths with some of the […]

Review: Captain Marvel #11 – Warp Speed

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The relaunch of Captain Marvel, with Carol Danvers in the title role, started off very shakily. The first six-issues told a time-travel story which eventually teased together parts of the character’s origin in a way which wasn’t particularly as entertaining or dynamic as was hoped. Writer Kelly Sue DeConnick had previously proven herself to have […]

SXSW: Marvel Make 700 Digital Issues Free, Announce Weekly Wolverine Series, Reveal Project Gamma

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This is all just breaking! Marvel are at South By Southwest right now, announcing some new digital projects. The first is ‘Marvel Infinite’ comics, Marvel’s own digital service for comic books. It appears that Marvel will be making 700 of their #1 issues available for free, so new readers can try the first issue before […]

Review: X-Men Legacy #6 FEATURING PIXIE

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X-Men Legacy completes the first arc, with writer Si Spurrier taking its lead character – which, I still can’t really believe, is Professor X’s son Legion – into a new direction, having thoroughly established him as protagonist worth following. He’s joined by artist Jorge Molina, who has spent the last year or so drawing essentially […]

New Marvel Teasers for Journey Into Mystery and Avengers Arena

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Shock reverberates around the internet, as the latest two teasers from Marvel not only features full images alongside one-word teasers — but one of them actually dares to feature a SECOND word in the image. The unmitigated gall!

Marvel teases birth and an ice cream truck

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A couple of new teasers today for ongoing Marvel NOW! launches. This one teases Birth and has been speculated as being to do with Galactus due to its purplish hue. Jason Aaron.   Simone Bianchi.    April 2013 All we wonder is what comes after birth? Pie? And here’s a Deadpool teaser with ice cream. […]

Marvel Release Some Fancier One-Word Teasers

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Stepping up from the one-word teasers we’ve grown to love and cherish over the past year or so, this week Marvel have started tarting up their teaser images to give people more of an idea what they might be about.

Marvel’s Next Big Thing: Fearless Defenders with Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney

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Marvel’s Next Big Thing is…. Fearless Defenders! Which launches in February from Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney. We’ve already given you a look at how this Valkyrie-starring book got started, and you can expect a few more insights over the next few weeks. Tease! But tonight Marvel offered the comics press a chat with Bunn […]

Brian Wood and Oliver Coipel on new X-Men series in April?

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It seems so! Marvel have released another one of their one-word teasers today, although this one is less of a word and more of an initialism. This April, Marvel will be releasing what appears to be an X-Men book, written by Brian Wood and drawn by Oliver Coipel.

Marvel’s Next Big Thing: Jeph Loeb’s Nova

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The conference calls are back at The Beat! Last night Jeph Loeb participated in a phonecall with member of the comics press to discuss the coming launch of a new Nova series – starring a new Nova. The series will be drawn by Ed McGuinness, and here’s Marcos Martin’s cover for issue #1:

Marvel Now Previews Thunderbolts #1

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Out in December, Marvel today called round to talk about Daniel Way and Steve Dillon’s Thunderbolts relaunch. Featuring Red Hulk as team leader, the book sees a ragtag bunch of mercs and assassins teaming together – uneasily – for black-ops work. Among the cast will be Punisher, Venom, Deadpool and Elektra.

Paul Cornell and Alan Davis launch Wolverine in March

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Sneakily, Marvel have revealed that their ‘Snikt’ promotional piece actually refers to a Wolverine comic! Yes, this is the news that the creative team of Paul Cornell and Alan Davis will indeed be bringing us a new, ongoing Wolverine series, to replace the departing series this year. This will be the ‘flagship’ title, with Frank […]

Marvel’s 2013 Event will be Age of Ultron

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Their first event, at any rate. Today’s conference call was with Brian Michael Bendis, who will be writing a 10-issue event story for Marvel Now in March 2013. Age of Ultron will be split in half, with the first five issues drawn by Bryan Hitch, and the back five by Carlos Pacheco and Brandon Peterson.