Marvel will relaunch Astonishing X-Men with a new #1 and launch a new Spider-Man and Wolverine series in the line.
Marvel has announced that they will be expanding the Astonishing line, creating a series of books set in continuity but featuring self-contained stories that will be perfect for attracting new readers. According to Marvel:
Here’s how Astonishing works: set firmly in the Marvel Universe and providing the perfect starting point for all readers, new or old, these books will tell the most epic stories of heroic action set against the back drop of the real world. New readers will be able to jump right into these epic adventures, while die-hard Marvel fans will also find exciting insights and dramatic changes for Marvel’s most prestigious characters.
Now, this reporter has been saying for a long time that this is exactly the sort of thing Marvel should do in order to attract new readers to comics: make stories available that are new-reader friendly but not set in some separate universe from the rest of the Marvel titles. Now, if they can get these into supermarkets and newsstands, this could be the start of something really special.
Marvel’s Senior Vice-President of Sales and Circulation David Gabriel had the following to say about the new line:
"The Astonishing line is exciting for us and the entire industry because it provides the top creators the chance to take on our top characters in stories that you won’t find anywhere else. They are firmly set in Marvel continuity but also accessible to new readers. If you’re looking for big changes and character developments or a place to start reading if you are new to comics, this is where you come. Thanks to Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, the name Astonishing is synonymous with excellence. That’s what this line is all about, from the creators to the characters."
Astonishing X-Men #1 will be written by Warren Ellis with art by Kaare Andrews. Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert will be on Astonishing Spider-Man/Wolverine. Expect more series to be announced in the future, as Marvel intends the line to encompass the entire Marvel Universe.
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Posted originally: 2010-02-15 12:43:07