We’ve had the original Marvels limited series from 1994, its follow up Marvels: Eye of the Camera, Marvels: Epilogue, and Marvels X. Getting stripped of its “s” an anthology mini-series called Marvel involving the original creators of Marvels. Last week Marvel teased “The Most Ambitious Series to Ever Hit The Marvel Universe” with Marvels-looking Alex Ross art:
It’s been revealed that the new series is titled — wait for it — The Marvels. As the teaser indicated, it will be written by Kurt Busiek (Marvels), with art by Yildiray Cinar, and covers by Alex Ross.
It sounds like the new series will be anthology-like, here is how Busiek describes the series:
The whole idea of THE MARVELS is to be able to use the whole Marvel Universe—not just all the characters in it, but all the history of it. The sweeping scope of the whole thing. I think I described it to Tom Brevoort as something like a Tom Clancy thriller, in that there would be multiple threads of story going on, and those threads could come together and split apart again, or maybe never even meet—there could be characters involved in a story that do something important but never meet the other characters in the story, which will very much be the case in the opening storyline, at least.
Big stuff can happen in the Marvel Universe, but we usually see it confined largely to the Avengers in AVENGERS, to the FF in FANTASTIC FOUR, and so on. THE MARVELS is intended as a freewheeling book that can go anywhere, do anything, use anyone. It’s a smorgasbord of Marvel heroes and history.
It’s not a team. It’s a concept, or a universe, depending on how you look at it. THE MARVELS features the marvels—all the many and varied characters of the Marvel Universe. The heroes, the villains, the oddities—all of it. So where MARVELS (1994) was about an ordinary guy’s view of the marvels, THE MARVELS is about the marvels themselves. We’re focusing on the super-characters here, and big, sweeping adventure.
But at the same time, I didn’t want to make it thriller-thriller-thriller all the time, one of those stories that starts to feel like a costume party with an army of heroes all doing the same thing. So I told Tom that I wanted to be able to slow down, see the characters as characters, too. Find out things about them that you don’t necessarily get to see in their usual adventures. Explore the humanity of the characters along with that big adventure. Essentially, take everything I learned from doing MARVELS (and Astro City and other books), and bring it back to an adventure-oriented series with a lot of scope and a lot of humanity.
There’ll be popular characters of today, there’ll be obscure characters from long ago—heck, there’ll be story threads that take place in the past, or possibly the future. We’re not limited to just the present. And there’ll be new characters, too, from the street-level to the cosmic. There are three new marvels in the first issue, although a couple of them are only seen for a panel or so. But we’ll get back to them.
Regarding the first issue, here’s the Marvel plug for it:
The first issue includes an invasion from orbit, a picnic in Prospect Park, Super Hero sightseeing in Manhattan, the All-Winners Squad in 1947, Reed Richards during his time in military intelligence, cosmic beings beyond space and time—and that’s only for starters. Featuring Captain America, Spider-Man, the Punisher, the Human Torch, Storm, the Black Cat, the Golden Age Vision, Aero, Iron Man, Thor, and introducing two new characters—all beautifully drawn by Yildiray Cinar in the opening act of a thrilling ongoing series that’ll take us across the Marvel Universe…and beyond.
Plus: Who (or what) is KSHOOM?
It all starts here.
And it goes everywhere.
The Marvels starts in May.