by Aaron Einhorn
Somehow missed in the surge of news out of Comic-Con, Marvel has announced a new jumping in point for their comics with Marvel: Season One. The Season One graphic novels will give fans new, complete stories that fit into the earliest days of the Marvel characters with in-continuity stories.
“With Marvel Season One we’ve assembled a group of great creators who’re delivering exciting, iconic, in-continuity stories of our most popular heroes,” said Tom Brevoort, Marvel SVP/Executive Editor. “If you’re a new fan, you can start your journey into comics with Season One and if you’re a seasoned fan you’ll find some thrilling new insight into your favorite characters.”
The complete first wave of Season One graphic novels includes:
Fantastic Four: Season One by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s The Stand, Television’s Glee) and David Marquez (Secret Warriors), on-sale in February 2012
X-Men: Season One by Dennis Hopeless (Legion Of Monsters, Lovestruck) and Jamie McKelvie (Generation Hope, Phonogram), on-sale in March 2012
Daredevil: Season One by Antony Johnston (Daredevil) and Wellinton Alves (Nova), on-sale in April 2012
Spider-Man: Season One by Cullen Bunn (Fear Itself: The Deep, Sixth Gun) and Neil Edwards (Fantastic Four), on-sale in May 2012
What I find interesting about these is that the creators are solid “mid-card” talents. They’re up and comers, but no names that will immediately grab fans. We’re not seeing Bendis or Fraction or Brubaker here – but we may see the next round of talents in that weight-class. The other interesting thing is to contrast this with DC’s new 52. It’s clearly the same kind of effort to revitalize interest and to be able to tell stories about the heroes when they were less experienced, but it’s being done in a very different way.