Marvel has recently revealed several titles for the upcoming “Marvel NOW!” brand in official announcements, but you don’t have to wait any longer to see more. Early Tuesday morning many of the remaining titles leaked on Imgur, much like the “All New, All Different” line did last year. Typically Superior Spider-Talk doesn’t like to run leaked images, but as they’ve appeared on every major comic book site across the internet, there’s no sense in us holding back much longer. While this doesn’t appear to be the complete catalog, these scans of Wednesday’s free magazine, that will announce the full list, give us a good idea of what to expect from “Marvel NOW!”, be it all new or continuing titles. Here’s a rundown of the Spider-related titles and a gallery at the very end.
We see what appears to be the return of Venom to his less military, more monstrous roots in Venom #1 by Mike Costa and Gerardo Sandoval. The tagline reads “Lethal Arrival.” Does this refer to the arrival of a new Venom host? Is Eddie Brock gone or is this just the reintroduction of the villainous Venom of old? Or does it refer to Venom’s arrival back on Earth?
Silk makes a couple appearances. First, we see her as part of what appears to be a new team in The Totally Awesome Hulk #15 by Greg Pak and an unnamed artist. The other is the continuation of her ongoing title Silk #13 by Robbie Thompson and Tana Ford, the cover of which shows an unmasked Cindy Moon bound to a chair along with an overly joyous J.J. Jameson and his niece, Mattie Franklin… Wait, what? We haven’t seen this Spider-Woman since she was sacrificed by Sasha Kravinoff during “The Grim Hunt” arc. The tag for this title is the appropriately creepy “One Big Happy Family.” Could this be related to the upcoming “The Clone Conspiracy”?
Speaking of “The Clone Conspiracy”, we knew it was coming after TONS of hints and the “Dead No More” teases. While we don’t get to see the cover as part of the leaked post The Clone Conspiracy #1 by Dan Slott, Christos Gage and Giuseppe Camuncoli is part of the checklist of titles.
In the cover of Spider-Man #12 we’re shown (queue the controversy) an upside-down Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy (a la Spider-Gwen) sharing a passionate kiss. It’ll be interesting to see what leads up to this. It should be noted that Miles was introduced in 2011 at 13 years old, making him roughly 18 now (if we treat Marvel time like we do regular time), while Earth-65 Gwen is younger than her Earth-0 (Earth-616) version would be, being in her early 20’s; its important to note that in Miles’ previous series he’s undergone a time jump of at least two years and the 8 months since the end of “Secret Wars.” We’ve already seen from Marvel that Miles will also appear in the new team title Champions by Mark Waid and ASM/SSM alum Humberto Ramos. Spider-Gwen also continues with it’s current numbering while even ANOTHER version of Gwen appears in the continuing The Unbelievable Gwenpool #7.
Miguel O’Hara will continue to appear in the ongoing Spider-Man 2099 #21 and (THANKFULLY) Jessica Drew continues on in one of the consistantly best Spider titles out there, Spider-Woman in issue #13.
Also of note is the first ongoing series for Hobie Brown in Prowler #1 by Sean Ryan and Jamal Campbell. The cover shows one Prowler burying another with the tagline “You Only Live Twice.” We aren’t sure what to make of this, but it is exciting to see the character get a spotlight, while its cover might portend disastrous ruin for his relationship with Parker Industries.
Perhaps one of the most interesting titles (in my opinion) is Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 by Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman. The cover teases a return to the status quo introduced in the original Renew Your Vows story, featuring a married Peter Parker and Mary Jane alongside their superpowered daughter Annie. With the end of Secret Wars all the various Battleworlds supposedly were destroyed, although some have lingering elements that have found their way into the Marvel Prime Universe.
While I don’t suspect there is another island of Manhattan floating in the Atlantic Ocean wherein Peter Parker and Mary Jane are married, I also don’t suspect this will be a retcon of “One More Day” and a reunion of Peter and MJ as a married couple. The story is set to run alongside The Clone Conspiracy which makes it seem as if it might exist in an alternate universe, perhaps saved by Mr. Fantastic, so that fans of the marriage can get what they want while the official Spider-Man continues to go on adventures, much in the same way that Spider-Girl operated back in the day. If anything, the “Marvel NOW!” logo looks as if the shattered world of Marvel is reforming itself, perhaps this title will be the first to really signify that.
Either way, it seems we’ll be getting another Spider-book from a team of incredible talent, Gerry Conway and Ryan Stegman, it’ll be interesting to see how it sells compared to the much more hyped The Clone Conspiracy when both launch this fall. If I were a gambling man, I’d definitely get in on that action.
We’ll find out this October when “Marvel NOW!” begins. Here’s a full checklist of the titles (which suspiciously doesn’t include Spidey):