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On Sunday, talking heads circle tables and pontificate on television about the hottest topics pressing our nation. We bring that tradition to our site as the Graphic Policy team gives our thoughts in each week’s Sunday Roundtable.
On tap this week?
We’re a little bit over a month into All-New, All-Different Marvel with lots of new series debuting. So far, do you think it’s really all-new and all-different?
Alex: I’ve really only read two or three comics from Marvel’s ANAD phase – Howard The Duck, Hercules and Extraordinary X-Men – and honestly? Howard was as good as it was before, I enjoyed Hercules quite a bit, but Extraordinary felt like a big prologue to the rest of the series. I don’t know if I’ll pick it up next month. From what I’ve read and seen, the reviews have been pretty hit and miss from Marvel the last month or so.
That said, some of the comics coming down the pipeline look very interesting to me (but they’re just relaunches of the series I was already reading…)
Elana: I won’t read Herc on principal. Why would Marvel editorial make one of their only bi characters straight. In Greek myths Hercules has romances with men and women. And in the comics in the past he was written explicitly as bi. Former writer Greg Pak has confirmed that about his run as well. It was a real step backwards from marvel to do this.
Mr. H: So far Amazing Spider-Man is gold! I’m not that taken with Avengers or Invincible Iron Man though. I haven’t read my copy of Extraordinary X-Men yet. I shall soon.
Brett: For what you’ve read so far? Does it feel like it’s all that different? To me, it’s pretty much the same.
Paul: I have read Extraordinary X-Men, The New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Hercules, Uncanny Inhumans and The Vision. X-Men feels ‘been there, done that’ with mutants facing yet another extinction level threat; it would be nice if something new could be explored instead of falling back on old formulas; new team, same reason for it. The Avengers titles, so far, have really disappointed me. I do not like how a lot of characters are being presented, which is a shame because so many great characters were added to the new line ups. Uncanny has lost its way with the many relaunches so close together, and The New Avengers just feels very juvenile and a waste of so much potential. Inhumans and Vision are the two stand out titles for me so far. Great characters, story and they really grabbed me with their first issues. I agree with Alex, some of the new ones coming up look good, but they are relaunches of what I’ve been enjoying already (hoping I still enjoy them with the new start). Overall, with only a couple exceptions, this does not feel All New or All Different. Sure we have some characters coming over from Secret Wars(Singularity and Old Man Logan, for example) but they are coming into stories and situations that feel rehashed (though A-Force hasn’t dropped yet, not sure of their mission). I’m hopeful, as always, to see what’s coming..but no, this does no feel new or different to me…so far at least. Come on and wow me Marvel!
Mr. H: Other than Amazing Spider-Man it all feels the same to me.
Of course I am going to read Doctor Strange #1 and #2 today and get a mini review up of #2 along with Secret Wars #7.
Brett: How were folks expectations going in? Anyone excited/interested in what was announced?
Mr. H: I was very excited with all new avengers and Extraordinary X-Men but not wowed yet
Alex: Not really, to be honest. I actually picked up an older Eternal Warrior comic today rather than one of the All-New, All-Different comics I could have picked up, which speaks volumes as to my interest level in what has already been released.
Brett: So far I’ve been underwhelmed, with some exceptions (The Vision being the standout). But, I can’t figure out what the new comics are missing for me. I’d outright say there’s some soul missing, but not even sure I know what that means.
What’s missing for you all?
Elana: What’s missing is diverse creative teams.
Paul: Originality is missing for me. From what I’ve read, it all feels familiar. New faces, but same stories/missions. Or in the case of New Avengers, they’ve gone in a really odd direction…feels like a bad kids cartoon show (thinking Avengers: United they Stand). I agree that Vision has been a pleasant surprise, and I really like Uncanny Inhumans. And there is more to still come and too soon for me to call this All-New, All-Different a wash, but so far it’s been ‘meh’.
Alex: Some soul?
I think you nailed it, honestly, Brett. Howard the Duck aside, there seems to be something missing, and soul (which, although an Image comic, is exactly what Limbo has in spades) is a great descriptor.
The All-New, All-Different seems underwhelming so far, but there’s still much more to come.
Brett: Yeah that’s the one word that keeps coming to me. The comics I’ve read are going through motion but missing that spark.
Alex: Yeah – that’s one of the reasons I didn’t pick up All-New Wolverine today, and instead I picked up an older back issue I was looking for.
Brett: I’ve also noticed a lot of the comics riff off of other successful things. All-New Wolverine feels like Orphan Black a bit. X-Men is redone earlier plots. It’s weird.
Alex: It’s almost like they didn’t have a solid idea of where to take some comics.
Elana: Right now I think that Marvel has a lot of good books but very few outstanding ones. I know that the audiences for Squirrel Girl, Ms. Marvel and Captain Marvel are huge. I presume that Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaurwill be too. I liked the new issue of Howard the Duck more then the previous ones. But the title that has excited me the most has been All-New Wolverine. That wasn’t even a book I was looking out for! It just came and bowled me over.
Alex: I picked up All-New Wolverine today, largely on your recommendation, but I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.
Elana: Looking forward to getting your thoughts. I feel like the longer I think about it the more I like it.
Alex: I enjoyed it. Nothing can top Howard for me from the ANAD Marvel offerings, but All-New Wolverine was far better than I expected it to be. I think the best thing about the issue was that it felt like an organic next step for the character (I know very little about her, honestly), with forcing a female Wolverine on us because they could.
My one complaint? Drop the All-New from the title. If she’s Wolverine, title the comic as such. All-New implies that there will be a return of the old Wolverine (and I don’t mean Old Man Logan).
Elana: If Marvel really wanted all new all different they would have diversified their creative teams. Moon Girl is great but the only titles coming with black creators are still a ways off. Black Panther and Luke Cage / Iron Fist are going to be fantastic I’m sure. But it’s still a ways off.
I wasn’t particularly interested in any of the coming X titles but when the X-Plain the X-Men podcast had Dennis Hopeless on they totally sold me on his upcoming All-New X-Men teen roadtrip book. Diverse cast, cool concept.
Alex:Uncanny looks interesting to me because I want to see how they handle Sabretooth, but that’s because I enjoy seeing villains reform (however temporary it may be). Other than that I’ve found I’m more interested by books like Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. As well as the ones I’ll be reading anyway (Moon Knight, Howard).
Brett: And there you have it folks! The Graphic Policy team has weighed in with their thoughts. What are yours? Sound off in the comments.
New York Comic Con is the largest comic convention on the East coast, and there’s tons of panels, debuts, and New York Super Week too! We’ll discuss what we’re looking forward to at the convention, what we might expect to happen, and what we’ll be looking for.
This week also sees the release of the first comics for All-New, All-Different Marvel. We’ll talk about what’s being released and what we think of the upcoming releases.
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Each week the Graphic Policy team takes on a topic in a virtual roundtable discussion! Sunday’s are known for their roundtable talk shows. This week’s topic…
We’re about a month out from All-New, All-Different Marvel. What do you all think about the relaunch/revamp/restart, and is it really “All-New, All-Different”?
Troy:Marvel’s been flirting with an Uncanny, All Old….All Same, addiction to superlative adjectives.The constant demarcation for new jumping on points is starting to feel like a marketing gimmick……fresh stories and status quo aside…I miss the days when the stories just flowed…..and we weren’t inundated with a disturbingly repeated cycle of new Number 1’s. This may be an unpopular opinion…but I enjoyed collecting (digitally and in print) 200+ issues of X-men and observing for myself where the stories evolved and how the landscaped changed.
Elana: But new readers won’t know what a good jumping in point is unless we tell them. thats clear to me from the convos i have with new readers
Brett: Yeah, the adjectives are getting out of hand. I think my favorite comments on it was when Skullkickers kept rebooting to a first issue with a new adjective thrown in front.
As far as All-New, All-Different, it doesn’t feel all that new or different yet to me. There’s some interesting series they’ve announced, but there’s almost no creators or series announced where I’ve gotten super excited about them. I’ll give them each a shot, but there’s no “must read” right now for me.
Alex: I’m with Troy. I miss collecting (and reading) long runs that number into the hundreds. Aside from there being a rich hosts of the team in those pages, the comics flowed so well as an overarcing story.
The influx of new number ones may draw new readers in, but the end of one “volume” makes it SO EASY to drop a comic that you think isn’t as good as it should be, because they give you a convenient dropping off point.
Elana: If they really wanted all new all different they would be bringing new voices in to the marvel universe– preferably people of color, women, people who are lgbtq, folks from other countries etc. There are new titles that look more inclusive in terms of the characters but that only goes so far if they are mostly written by straight white guys. There seems to be a bit of range in terms of what sort of tone and genre notes each book will hit. Over all I am concerned with the lack of diversity most of all. There are definitely a few books on the list that I am looking forward to but over all this is a missed opportunity.
Brett: I think Joe Illidge said it really well when he saw it as a half step.
Elana: It’s a half step that is hard to have faith in when so far their response to fans who raise concerns has been to mock us. I’m really shocked by that.
Brett: What books are folks actually looking forward to, if any?
Elana:Doctor Strange potentially. spider woman potentially (these are both with some trepedation). Devil Dinosaur. Moar Squirrel Girl. Amadaus Cho Hulk (because it’s Greg Pak writing it), Angela (!!!!!!) Blade, A-Force (I’ve found the series mediocre so far but I will give it another go when it restarts ) Patsy Walker Hellcat
Alex: Honestly? Very few. Howard The Duck, because the first five issues were great (and the writer poked fun at the reboot in the final issue), Old Man Logan because I miss Wolverine, and that’s pretty much it. Maybe one of the Spider-Man titles, but I already know I won’t care about all of them… And if there’s ever a tie in story then I’m more apt to drop them all.
Daphne: I’m looking forward to the comics that are changing things up in interesting ways by either focusing on characters who we haven’t seen from in a while (Patsy Walker: Hellcat, more Squirrel Girl) or by changing characters in new ways like Devil Dinosaur and Miss Marvel. I’m liking A-Force a lot, though it started off a little rocky, and I missed out on ALL of Spider-Gwen so I’ll probably use this as a point to start checking it out.
Alex: I think that with the constant relaunching that Marvel have been doing lately this latest batch of relaunches feels, to me at least, like just the latest in a long string. I don’t feel the need to get invested in a series because they’ll probably just relaunch it again after next years event.
Brett: Do any of them feel that much different than their relaunches when they pushed Ms. Marvel, Captain Marvel, or Spider-Woman?
Or does it all feel like it blends together at this point?
Alex: I feel it all blends together, which is unfortunate because I know that my indifference will prevent me from reading some great comics.
Brett: Out of the two, which excites everyone more? The recent DC relaunch or this upcoming Marvel one?
Alex: I don’t know what this says about my enthusiasm for DC lately, but if I had to pick? Probably Marvel (to quantify this, I pretty much only read Batman and Detective Comics from DC – and have for years – so I don’t really have the interest in the other DC characters that I do for Marvel’s). How about you, Brett? Which publisher’s relaunch is tickling your fancy?
Brett: Out of the two, DC I think had more intriguing and different comics with their relaunch. Prez, Cyborg, We are Robin, Omega Men. All seemed different and interesting to me.
Alex: Yeah, you’ve really been loving Cyborg. I want to pick Omega Men up in trade form when it’s released (I don’t think my LCS doesn’t have all the issues).
Brett: Some interesting thoughts here! Thanks everyone for the input.
This fall, Marvel is relaunching with brand new first issues once this summer’s event Secret Wars wraps up. New directions, new creative teams, and a lot of new series. You can take a first look at these series today in comic shops with the All-New, All-Different Marvel Previews.
Below are promo images of what you can expect. We’re still mulling over our thoughts on it all.
Remember earlier today when we said Marvel wasn’t going to have you running all around the internet to find teasers and info about their All-New, All-Different Marvel? In less than 24 hours the publisher has released a second teaser that shows off some of the Fantastic Four, and new Wolverine, and old Wolverine. Remember, the FF and X-Men were persona non grata according to some sites.
Check out what this teaser tells us below!
Starting on the left, that’s Doctor Spectrum a rather underused character that’s popped into the Avengers. Upfront, that’d be Citizen V who was secretly Baron Zemo in Thunderbolts. I’d guess it’s still Citizen V, but someone else under the mask. The Thing gets a new outfit, since he’s joining the Guardians of the Galaxy. Daredevil gets an updated costume that matches the Netflix version a bit more. Doctor Strange has… an ax? And it looks like Thor’s ax! The long rumored Doctor Strange comic will happen in time for his film. Upfront that’s X-23 who is now taking up the mantle of Wolverine, since that’d be Old Man Logan himself standing next to her. How all these pieces of the puzzle come together we’ll find out in a few months!
On Tuesday, Marvelreleased a press announcement of the July release of All-New, All-Different Marvel Previews which will provide us with our first look at their post Secret Wars plan. But, like a politician, they seem to be parsing their words closely, as the company “visited” four different websites today to spill details of exactly what we can expect, including new teaser artwork. Just remember, this isn’t a “reboot,” it’s a “refresh.”
I guess when their press release said:
This epic magazines features your first real look into All-New, All-Different Marvel! No daily teasers, no scouring the Internet for multiple announcements…
…they weren’t counting all of today’s teasers, and scouring the internet for multiple announcements… and also:
This unique strategy ensures that the largest number of active comic shop customers are reached FIRST, driving those fans into comic shops to get their hands on this exciting FREE print magazine. Massive coverage will be paid to these exciting launches across all forms of media, but as a thank you to our loyal comic shop customers, the first look is available exclusively to you!
The massive coverage starts today, a month before the previews are released…
The new line of comics will launch in the fall after Secret Wars wraps up
There will be 55 to 60 new titles, that’s less than is currently produced
These comics will launch with new #1 issues
The series will be rolled out over several months, about 3 to 4
The stories begin 8 months later meaning….
“…meaning that within those eight off-page months, things will have happened in characters’ lives to set the stage moving forward. For example, “It could be that they live in a new place or that someone near and dear to them has died, or they’re even married or pregnant”
We might expect more reboots “refresh” in the future, as Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso references a more seasonal model
Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Aaron, Mark Waid, Dan Slott, Charles Soule, G. Willow Wilson, and Jeff Lemire are on board
Some Ultimate Marvel characters will survive in the main continuity (which makes us wonder if there’ll be other continuity), Miles Morales is a good bet since he’s in the promotional art above and was in the Free Comic Book Day All-New, All-Different Avengers which was in the new continuity.
The female Thor, Spider-Gwen, and Kamala Khan are here to stay for a while, and will be featured prominently in the relaunch. Other changes that remain are Falcon as Captain America, and an older Steve Rogers
There will be a new Hulk who will not be Bruce Banner, a retread of the mystery person behind the hero we saw with Thor
Wolverine will return to the Marvel universe, which also throws into chaos the rumors about the X-Men’s role in the new Marvel universe, and shits on some theories about Marvel and Fox
Where Secret Wars ends, an all-new Marvel Universe begins! Marvel has announced that the House of Ideas is kicking off this new publishing initiative and the exciting next phase of the Marvel Universe with an unprecedented bang! We’ll get our first look (unless the internet ruins the plan) with the All-New, All-Different Marvel Previews, a FREE 64-page full color magazine, coming to comic shops on July 1st!
This epic magazines features your first real look into All-New, All-Different Marvel! No daily teasers, no scouring the Internet for multiple announcements – just explosively striking images of Marvel’s new lineup coming in the latter half of 2015 from the industry’s top creators! Exciting teams, dynamic characters, deadly villains, dazzling creators and more will be revealed!
This unique strategy ensures that the largest number of active comic shop customers are reached FIRST, driving those fans into comic shops to get their hands on this exciting FREE print magazine. Massive coverage will be paid to these exciting launches across all forms of media, but as a thank you to our loyal comic shop customers, the first look is available exclusively to you! The All-New, All-Different Marvel Previews will also be released digitally shortly after its print debut, followed by an extensive press and marketing rollout extending throughout the rest of the year.
The future is here and it’s all-new and all-different. Run (carefully), don’t walk to your comic shop this July for the All-New, All-Different Marvel Previews and see for yourself!