Back in September we talked a little bit about Marvel's decision to publish their "Season One" books, retelling the origins of many of their most popular characters only instead of reprinting the classic, original stories; the origin stories would be re-told with all-new creative teams. The idea was to draw in new readers through the graphic novel format of the Season One titles and give them a closer look at the characters, who they are and how they became superheroes.
The books were originally teased during San Diego Comic-Con and in September we saw the release of the Season One books centered around Daredevil, X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man. These books must have had considerable success because Marvel revealed plans to release a "second wave" of Season One titles. According to the publisher, next up for Season One books will feature the Hulk, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man.== TEASER ==
“As a result of the great response from fans and retailers, we realized we couldn’t just stop with one wave of titles” said David Gabriel, Marvel SVP of Sales. “We’re showing our continued support for this line by insuring that fans have a reason to come back into comic shops month after month to get the next volumes in the Season One line of original graphic novels.”
The publisher claims that the graphic novels will appeal to both old and new readers alike because the stories will offer "new revelations" and a "fresh introduction" of the characters to readers. Will the promise of "new revelations" be enough to draw in long-time readers? Chances are that whatever "new revelations" these books are offering, they won't be tied to the current continuity of Marvel comics. -- meaning that you probably won't need whatever information appears in these volumes to follow the current Marvel universe. You can check out the covers to all three titles Marvel is planning to release sometime between July and September of 2012. Ant-Man: Season One will feature the work of Tom DeFalco and Horacio Domingues (July), Hulk: Season One will feature Fred Van Lente and Tom Fowler (August), and Doctor Strange: Season One will feature Greg Pak and Emma Rios (September).
What do you think of Marvel's plans to release more Season One graphic novels? Will you be picking these up?