I'm going to be honest with you, I don't read a lot of Marvel comics. I have a good deal of trades and hardcovers and I pick up Hawkeye every month, but beyond that there's nothing. I picked up my folder from my local comic shop yesterday and sitting inside was the Marvel NOW! free preview. After reading through it, except X-Men Legacy which was black-and-white and kind of grainy, I very excited. Now I do not have much to compare to, but those were some fantastic stories. Allred's art on FF is quite beautiful, pretty much everything in Captain America is great, Hulk's new look is fresh, and who doesn't love Deadpool? This, folks, is something to get excited for. Though I have lauded the New 52, this is one step the better. Maintaining the books you and I love, like Hawkeye and Daredevil, Marvel refreshes their universe without a total overhaul. While there was a lot missing from the preview, including Thunderbolts, whose line up has gotten me very happy, and the ton of X-Men and Avengers books, i think it is safe to say that Marvel has assessed what worked for the New 52 and what did not and created a product that excites fans new and old alike. The only thing they missed was the new costume problem, I guess that's supposed to be Cyclops in the red suit in the press pic. Though my comic budget is tight, I hope to pick up at least one new series. Again, I am extraordinarily excited for this and I hope this turns out for the best.
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