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Overview

In October 2012, following the conclusion of the major Marvel comics event, Avengers Vs. X-Men, Marvel will relaunch a number of its existing books and launch a number of key new series. This event is called "Marvel NOW!" and it will change many of Marvel's iconic characters such as Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Spider-Man. Asides from changes to well known characters, Marvel NOW! also incorporates changes to the Marvel Universe as a whole and the creative teams for some existing books.

Marvel have stated that there will be a new number one every week for four months (October 2012 - January 2013).

New Ongoing Volumes

New and relaunching ongoing books that have been confirmed by the company are:

  • All New X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and Stuart Immonen (with some issues pencilled by David Marquez)
  • Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena (with future issues pencilled by Adam Kubert and Dustin Weaver)
  • Avengers Arena by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker
  • Cable and X-Force by Dennis Hopeless and Salvador Larroca
  • Captain America by Rick Remender and John Romita Jr.
  • Deadpool by Brian Posehn, Gerry Duggan and Tony Moore (with future issues pencilled by Mike Hawthorne)
  • Fantastic Four by Matt Fraction and Mark Bagley
  • Fearless Defenders by Cullen Bunn and Will Sliney
  • FF by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred
  • Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven
  • Indestructible Hulk by Mark Waid and Leinil Yu (with future issues pencilled by Walter Simonson)
  • Iron Man by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land (with future issues pencilled by Dale Eaglesham)
  • Morbius: The Living Vampire by Joe Keatinge and Rich Elson
  • New Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting
  • Nova by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness
  • Savage Wolverine by Frank Cho (with future issues written by Zeb Wells and drawn by Joe Madureira)
  • Secret Avengers by Nick Spencer and Luke Ross
  • Superior Spider-Man by Dan Slott and Ryan Stegman (with future issues pencilled by Giuseppe Camuncoli and Humberto Ramos)
  • Thor: God of Thunder by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic
  • Thunderbolts by Daniel Way and Steve Dillon (with future issues pencilled by Phil Noto)
  • Uncanny Avengers by Rick Remender and John Cassaday (with future issues pencilled by Daniel Acuna)
  • Uncanny X-Force by Sam Humphries and Ron Garney
  • Uncanny X-Men by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo (with future issues pencilled by Frazer Irving)
  • Wolverine by Paul Cornell and Alan Davis
  • X-Men by Brian Wood and Olivier Coipel
  • X-Men: Legacy by Simon Spurrier and Tan Eng Huat
  • Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton

New Limited Volumes

The relaunch will also bring about a number of limited series including:

  • A+X, by various creators. Featuring team-ups from members of the X-Men and the Avengers such as Hulk and Wolverine or Iron Man and Kitty Pryde.
  • Age of Ultron by Brian Michael Bendis and Bryan Hitch. A weekly ten-issue miniseries limited series and crossover event starting in March 2013. that is published between March and June 2013, including a few tie-ins and a final epilogue (Age of Ultron #10A.I.). This story arc, Age of Ultron, is set before Amazing Spider-Man #700 as Peter Parker is still Spider-Man.
  • Alpha: Big Time by Joshua Hale Fialkov and Nuno Plati. A five-issue mini-series that explores Spider-Man's recently-introduced sidekick in the aftermath of Amazing Spider-Man #700 for "Marvel NOW!". Starting in February 2013.
  • AVX: Consequences, by Kieron Gillen and Tom Raney. A five-issue long series dealing with the aftermath of the company-wide event, Avengers Vs. X-Men.
  • Marvel NOW! point One, a one shot featuring six short stories by the creative teams of Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven; Matt Fraction and Mike Allred; Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness; Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie; Nick Spencer and Luke Ross; Dennis Hopeless and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. These stories acted as preludes to current or upcoming "Marvel NOW!" ongoing series.
  • Thanos Rising by Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi. A limited series depicting the early life of the mad titan Thanos.

Existing Volumes

Three existing titles are also included in the Marvel NOW! relaunch. These titles either have a new creative team, new rosters, or even new names whilst retaining their original numbering. These titles are:

  • Avengers Assemble, now by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Stefano Caselli, featuring an altered roster. Starting from issue #9.
  • Journey Into Mystery, now by Kathryn Immonen and Valerio Schiti with Sif replacing Loki as the series lead. Starting from issue #646. (with future issues pencilled by Matteo Scalera)
  • Red She-Hulk carries on the numbering from Hulk. The series now focuses on Betty Ross whilst retaining Jeff Parker as writer but with Carlo Pagulayan and Wellington Alves as artists. Starting from issue #58.

Some existing Marvel title aren't included in, or affected by, Marvel NOW!, including those that started just before the relaunch. A few more titles have switched to Marvel NOW! and using the red banner since the initial relaunch. Many of these titles have retained their original numbering, their creative teams (with a few exceptions), and mostly continued their current story lines:

  • Avenging Spider-Man, starting with issue #16 in January 2013; written Christopher Yost and illustrated by Paco Medina. Now follows Doctor Octopus (the newly christened "Superior Spider-Man").
  • Captain Marvel, starting with issue #9 in January 2013; written by Kelly Sue DeConnick and illustrated by Filipe Andrade replacing Dexter Soy.
  • Daredevil, starting with issue #23 in February 2013; written by Mark Waid. The series continues to focus on the theme "actions have consequences".
  • Dark Avengers, starting with issue #184 in December 2012; written by Jeff Parker and illustrated by Neil Edwards . The series now focuses soley on the Dark Avengers while including Moonstone and the return of U.S.Agent .
  • Gambit, starting with issue #8 in January 2013; written by James Asmus and illustrated by Clay Mann.
  • Hawkeye, starting with issue #6 in December 2012; written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by David Aja replacing Javier Pulido.
  • Scarlet Spider, starting with issue #13 in January 2013; written by Christopher Yost and illustrated by Khoi Pham.
  • Venom, starting with issue #31 in February 2013; written by Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Thony Silas.
  • Winter Soldier, starting with issue #15 in February 2013; with Jason LaTour and Nic Klein replacing Ed Brubaker and Butch Guice as writer and illustrator.
  • Wolverine & the X-Men , starting with issue #19 in October 2012; written by Jason Aaron a nd illustrated by Nick Bradshaw.
  • X-Factor, starting with the Hell on Earth War and issue #250 in January 2013; written by Peter David and illustrated by Leonard Kirk.

Cancelled Volumes

Marvel NOW! incorporates the cancellation of a large number of existing Marvel titles between October and December 2012. These are:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. Ending on issue #700 (December 2012)
  • Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato. Ending on issue #34 (November 2012)
  • Avengers Academy by Christos Gage and Mike McKone. Ending on issue #39 (November 2012)
  • Captain America by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting. Ending on issue #19 (October 2012)
  • Captain America and... by Cullen Bunn and Francesco Francavilla. Ending on issue #640 (December 2012)
  • Deadpool by Daniel Way and Alé Garza. Ending on issue #63 (October 2012)
  • Defenders by Matt Fraction and Mirco Pierfederici. Ending on issue #12 (November 2012)
  • Fantastic Four by Jonathan Hickman and Ryan Stegman. Ending on issue #611 (October 2012)
  • FF by Jonathan Hickman and Nick Dragotta. Ending on issue #23 (October 2012)
  • Incredible Hulk by Jason Aaron and Jefte Palo. Ending on issue #15 (October 2012)
  • Invincible Iron Man by Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca. Ending on issue #527 (October 2012)
  • The Mighty Thor by Matt Fraction and Barry Kitson. Ending on issue #22 (October 2012)
  • New Avengers by Brian Michael Bendis and Mike Deodato. Ending on issue #34 (November 2012)
  • New Mutants by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning and Felix Ruiz. Ending on issue #50 (October 2012)
  • Secret Avengers by Rick Remender and Matteo Scalera . Ending on issue #37 (February 2013)
  • Uncanny X-Force by Rick Remender and David Williams. Ending on issue #35 (December 2012)
  • Uncanny X-Men by Kieron Gillen and Carlos Pacheco. Ending on issue #20 (October 2012)
  • Wolverine by Cullen Bunn and Paul Pelletier. Ending on issue #317 (December 2012)
  • X-Men by Seth Peck and Jefte Palo. Ending on issue #41 (February 2013)
  • X-Men Legacy by Christos Gage and David Baldeon. Ending on issue #275 (October 2012)

Upcoming Volumes

What if...?: Avengers VS X-Men, written by Jimmy Palmiotti.

There is also an upcoming second wave of the Marvel NOW! initiative, with unannounced titles.