Marvel Comics has
yet to ramp up its Secret Wars event, but the publisher
has given WIRED.co.uk the first official look at two series set to
launch in the wake of this summer’s universes-shattering
While the main Secret Wars event sees every one of
Marvel’s alternate realities condensed into a single ‘Battleworld’,
with disparate versions of popular characters clashing, these first
two titles give a hint at the aftermath.
All-New, All-Different Avengers — written by Mark
Waid, with art by Mahmud Asrar — gives away one of the biggest
hints at the outcome: Miles Morales, the Spider-Man of the “Ultimate” imprint, now looks
to be on the main Marvel Earth, and fighting alongside Earth’s
Mightiest Heroes. Sam Wilson as Captain America and the female Thor
are still in their heroic identities, joined by an Iron Man once
again rocking the familiar red and gold, and The Vision, whose
profile is set to rise in this summer’s Avengers: Age of
Ultron. Spider-Man is joined by Nova and Ms Marvel, seemingly
making up a junior squad for the team.
“It’s an All-New, All-Different Avengers for an All-New,
All-Different Marvel Universe!” Tom Brevoort, Marvel’s senior vice
president and executive editor excitedly told WIRED.co.uk. “So
throw out your preconceptions about Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as we
change the game, rewrite the rules and destroy childhoods with an
Avengers team that more closely reflects the world outside your
Uncanny Inhumans, meanwhile, sees Queen Medusa — the
imposing lady with the big, prehensile, superstrong hair –
continuing to guide her recently awoken people, who are still
discovering their powers. Written by Charles Soule with art by
Brandon Peterson, the series will see Medusa joined by cousin and
long-time ally Triton, seen on her right, and newcomers Inferno,
Iso, and Naja, on her left. Most curious is the flaming figure in
the sky — yep, that’s Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, who is
joining the cast. The Fantastic Four comic
recently ended, and although Johnny isn’t an Inhuman himself, his
early relationship with Medusa’s sister Crystal (not pictured)
gives him a link to the formerly isolationist society.
“It’s fitting that the first Marvel hero to encounter the
Inhumans is joining up with them,” said Nick Lowe, senior editor at
Marvel. “Johnny Storm is one of the best characters in the Marvel U
and he’s shaking up the Inhumans side of the Marvel U in a big way.
Just wait until you see the last page!”
The All-New, All-Different Avengers and
Uncanny Inhumans titles will premiere as part of
Marvel’s Free Comic Book Day offering on 2 May,
along with a Secret Wars #0.
Updated 26 March at 15:17: Brevoort and
Lowe supplied additional comment on the new titles.