With Marvel officially releasing all of their comic books for their big relaunch this Fall after Secret Wars — dubbed All-New, All-Different Marvel — we were hit with quite a few surprises. Check out our list of the most shocking twists, then let us know yours in the comments.
Old Man Barton
We figured that Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez’s All-New Hawkeye was returning based purely on the fact that it was just released before Secret Wars, but what has us scratching our heads is why the Clint Barton from the Old Man Logan universe is on the cover along with Kate Bishop. Could it be that Wolverine isn’t the only survivor of that Universe after Secret Wars? We do know that the original Hawkeye is alive and well as a member of the New Avengers, so maybe Old Man Barton is stepping into the main solo title while he’s busy with his team duties.
A Mysterious New Uncanny Avenger
Uncanny Avengers has received a bit of a team shake-up with previous members Brother Voodoo, senior Steve Rogers, Rogue, and Quicksilver being joined by Spider-Man, Deadpool and the fiery Inhuman Inferno on the Unity Squad. The presence of an Inhuman shows that this team has expanded to make an alliance not just between the Avengers and the X-Men but the Inhumans, too. This is yet another example of how Marvel is adamant about making the Inhumans just as popular as their other two mega team franchises.
Most curious of all is the masked mystery woman. While it could be a pre-existing character under that mask — perhaps Quake aka Daisy Johnson — to us it feels like a brand new character. Between her features and the white costume with a red circle, she could be a new Japanese hero. Marvel loves their secret identity mysteries, don’t they?
Green Arrow Team Reunites
It’s pretty crazy that we’re getting an in-continuity Old Man Logan series where that grizzled version of Wolverine is now walking around in the main Marvel Universe. But most surprising of all is that writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino are the creative team. They worked together to produce an instant classic run on Green Arrow over at DC, so suddenly the odds of Old Man Logan being a smash hit got a whole lot better.
Avengers Idea Mechanics
During Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers saga after the eight-month jump forward, Sunspot and Cannonball bought the evil science organization A.I.M. It appears that they’ve integrated into Advanced Idea Mechanics fully, now calling themselves Avengers Idea Mechanics. The idea of these heroes working alongside former evil scientists to save the world is packed with tons of zany potential.
Plus, the Young Avengers are peppered throughout Marvel’s new books, with Hulkling and Wiccan joining a main Avengers team for the first time.
All-New, All-Evil Illuminati
The Illuminati was formerly a secret group comprised of the world’s top superhero leaders who tirelessly fought to save the world from destruction, but this iteration looks like it’s packed with villains. And look who’s in charge — former Cabal member the Hood. Is this version of the Illuminati a new Cabal, or do they actually have heroic intentions? We’re excited to find out.
Given that Deadpool died back in April, we’re shocked to see that the Merc with a Mouth is already back among the living. Wolverine died last year and he’s still dead, so it’s strange for Deadpool to come back before him. Still, it’s nice to have Wade back — Marvel’s publishing line has been experiencing a severe lack of chimichangas.
Uncanny X-Men Go Bad
Magneto’s solo series has ended but looks like he’s received an upgrade. It looks like he’s now the leader of a team of X-Men comprised mostly of villains and anti-heroes. Psylocke is a hero with a dark past. Fantomex is a well-meaning thief. Mystique has to be the least trustworthy mutant in existence. And it looks like Sabretooth is back to his normal (i.e., sadistic) self. We feel bad for whoever has to fight these guys.
Big Name Creators
We knew this was coming, but it still doesn’t lessen the blow of seeing a Marvel landscape without writers Rick Remender, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kieron Gillen, Matt Fraction, and Jonathan Hickman. Those names aren’t just some of the biggest at Marvel but in the entire comic book industry, so to lose them definitely knocks Marvel’s prestige down a notch. That’s not to say that there aren’t some great writers still among their line, but if you add up all the years of writing experience and acclaimed stories between everyone who left, it is a big loss indeed.
It’s a bit of a different story with big artists because while we don’t see big names like David Aja, Mike Allred, or Chris Samnee on any of the books, that could just mean that they are working on a project that hasn’t been announced yet. It takes a lot of time to draw something, after all. Only time will tell in that case.
Captain America v Captain America: Dawn of America
Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson are longtime friends and allies, plus Rogers gave Wilson his blessing when he became the new winged Captain America. So why are they at odds in this image? Don’t do this to ‘Merica, guys.
You’d think that the Guardians of the Galaxy received enough of a shakeup when Peter Quill decided to live on Earth and the Thing joined the team, but no, a new female Star-Lord has joined the team. Another masked character!
Logic would say that it’s Kitty Pryde, who was recently engaged to Quill, but wasn’t she the reason he decided to stay on Earth in the first place? If not her, then maybe the Invisible Woman, who might want to spend some more time with her good friend Ben Grimm. And then there’s always the possibility it’s a previously unheard of little sister Peter never knew about.
Totally Mysterious New Hulk
Usually the words “totally awesome” and “Hulk” don’t belong in the same sentence, but that’s what writer Greg Pak and artist Frank Cho are giving us. Bruce Banner is out of the picture and someone else who actually enjoys being the Hulk is taking over. It doesn’t make sense! But hey, we’re all kind of tired of the same old Jekyll/Hyde stories, or ones where Hulk is suddenly smart, so as surprising as this news is, maybe it’ll be good for the character in the long run.
And for the first time ever, not only is his face shadowed but also his arm. What the heck is going on with the Hulk’s arm? We don’t know, but we do have a few guesses as to who the Totally Awesome Hulk could be.
Secret Wars is currently at issue #4 of 8, so we don’t yet know who lives and who dies. With that in mind, there’s a startling number of major characters missing in Marvel’s Fall lineup, some of who are major players in Secret Wars and some who were teased as big players in All-New, All-Different Marvel. Either they don’t make it out of Secret Wars alive or they simply aren’t featured on a cover yet.
Warren Ellis Returns
Whenever Warren Ellis does a comic book, it’s usually only for a few issues and he fundamentally makes the character more awesome, allowing other creators to pick up where he left off and run with it. A little movie called Iron Man 3 was inspired by his classic Extremis story, and his run on Moon Knight with Declan Shalvey reinvented the character with a sweet new suit and MO. We all know that Marvel is pushing the Inhumans really hard, so what better way to boost their profile than put Ellis on one of the more interesting of their bunch, the fault-detecting Karnak? Here’s hoping Ellis’ magic works on the Inhumans like it has everywhere else.
This is a big, surprising spoiler for the end of Brian Michael Bendis’s X-Men run. It turns out at the time-traveling young X-Men are still in the present! It was largely assumed by the comic book community (and us) that Bendis would finish his X-Men story by returning the young X-Men to their proper place in time and then we would see how the results affect their future selves. Looks like that’s not happening anytime soon. The young X-Men are here to stay. You know that that means — road trip!
X-Men vs. Inhumans
You might have noticed that the only young X-Man missing from the cover in the previous entry is Jean Grey. Looks like she has left her compatriots to join the main X-Men team — dressed as Marvel Girl, no less! Also on the team is Old Man Logan, which creates lots of uncomfortable romantic scenarios in our minds that we hope writer Jeff Lemire and artist Humberto Ramos steer clear of. They should be more like father and daughter, right?
In the most meta of all plot revelations, the X-Men will enter into a conflict with the Inhumans. That swirling green gas on the cover? It’s the Inhumans’ signature Terrigen Mist. The comic book community is pretty convinced that Marvel is trying to make the Inhumans the new X-Men, and having the two factions go head-to-head sure does seem like a very self-aware way to address that.
Your Friendly Globe-Spanning Spider-Man
First of all, how freakin’ cool is it for Alex Ross to design Spider-Man a new high-tech costume. The glowing green eyes and web-wings give his new look such a neat retro look.
But the upgrades don’t stop there. Spider-Man will now be a globe-trotting superhero who uses the vast resources of Parker Industries to fight crime not only in New York City but in Shanghai and London and any place across the world that needs a little friendly Spider-Man action. This allows Miles Morales to be the everyman hero of the streets while Peter Parker gets to graduate to the next level and utilize his talents as a brilliant scientist and a crime-fighting superhero on a global scale.
Also, new Spider-Mobile!
Galactus Hungers for Friendship
Even though the Ultimate Universe is gone, it looks like Marvel is still keeping the Ultimates name alive by rebranding the Mighty Avengers. The new team features Blue Marvel, Miss America Chavez, Black Panther, Monica Rambeau, Captain Marvel and Galactus.
This one made us do a double-take so fast that we got whiplash. While some think of Galactus as a villain, he’s really just a living being in the universe who operates on a higher level than the rest of us. It’s a wonder why Galactus would ever want to join a team, so we are especially interested to see how he fits in… and how he will play poker with the team on Wednesdays.
Spider-Woman Is Expecting
If Galactus gave us whiplash, then this one sent our heads spinning out of control. There’s a million ways to shake up the status quo of a costumed hero, but we never considered that making one of them pregnant was even an option. This is the one that made us stop and go What The Firestar.
This is truly a divisive new direction. Even we kind of hate it and love it at the same time.
On one hand, it’s a really weird looking image and Spider-Woman Jessica Drew didn’t have any big romances heading into Secret Wars, so it feels pretty weird.
On the other hand, it’s an intriguing concept that lets writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Javier Rodriguez tell a story unique to women that never gets explored much in superhero comics.
No matter how you feel about it, there’s still a dizzying list of questions. Can she still fight crime if she’s pregnant? Who’s the father? Will the baby have superpowers? Will we get to see Captain Marvel throw her a baby shower? Is it really a normal human pregnancy, or is it really an alien, a demon, or Doop playing a sick joke?
There’s already been a lot of debate about this online, which is why this is the most shocking — and interesting — part of Marvel’s new relaunch. We just hope the baby isn’t born out of web-lock.