As the new face of Marvel is being reported (and uh re-reported?) so too grows the divide between potential readers. Those who are following the Marvel Universe are excited about fresh developments. Outsiders are left wondering who the heck all these familiar-yet-unrecognizable characters are. People in the second camp are throwing up their hands, prepared to walk away from a world they no longer understand.
To them I say, there is still hope, and that hope is Marvel NOW! The Marvel NOW! imprint has tapped new creative teams with new ideas to create titles for Marvel that appeal to a broader audience than the main body of their publishing work. What you get instead of new characters facing perennial problems is classic characters envisioned in new ways.
Moon Knight (March 2014 - present)
Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey’s mad detective.
Silver Surfer (March 2014 - present)
Dan Slott and Mike Alred’s cosmic road trip.
Ms. Marvel (February 2014 - present)
G. Willow Wilson and Adrain Alphona’s teenage superfoibles.
Captain Marvel (March 2014 - present)
Kelly Sue DeConnick and David Lopez’s comic doesn’t have a simple genre corollary, best described as “ambitious.”
She-Hulk (February 2014 - January 2015)
Charles Poule and Javier Pulido’s Atticus Punch.
Ant-Man (January 2015 - present)
Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas’ anti-hero story.
Squirrel Girl (January 2015 - present)
Ryan North and Erica Henderson present Doreen Goes to College.
Hawkeye (August 2012 - June 2015)
Matt Fraction and David Aja nail Marvel’s greatest loser, vehicle for pizza dog.
This barely scratches the surface of the titles coming out under the roof of Marvel NOW! Even if the “All-New, All-Different” take on the Marvel Universe seems unappealing to you, there are still countless reasons for you to visit your local comic book shop.