The future is now. As leaked images from Marvel Comics' preview magazine -- which officially drops tomorrow -- have revealed, the publisher is launching 45 new ongoing series this October as part of its "All-New, All-Different Marvel" initiative. The announcement has revealed the lay of the land in the wake of the line wide summer-long event "Secret Wars," showing that it looks both familiar and surprisingly different.
The 45 new series run the gamut when it comes to all-newness and all-differentness. Some series feature familiar creative teams operating in an altered status quo ("Amazing Spider-Man," "Spider-Man 2099," "Ant-Man," "Ms. Marvel," "Howard the Duck") while others star heroes stepping out on their own ("Doctor Strange," "Vision," "Drax," "Scarlet Witch," "Karnak"). Some characters are back from the dead (hello, Deadpool) while other mantles have been picked up by new heroes (hello, X-23/Wolverine). One thing's definitely clear: there's a lot to unpack when it comes to this slate of comics -- and there's a lot to get excited about. Though relatively little is known about the actual comics at this point -- for most, all that's been revealed is a cover image, creative team and a tagline -- here are just five of the new Marvel titles that we cannot wait to read.
ALL-NEW X-MEN #1
Brian Michael Bendis pulled off the impossible when he launched the first "All-New" series back in late 2012. The first volume of this high-profile X-Book started with the original five X-Men being pulled from the past and stranded in the present. Over that run, Bendis rapidly advanced these classic characters in unprecedented ways; Jean gained a new power, Angel achieved cosmic awareness and Iceman came out of the closet. Now it looks like this growth is going to continue in a perfect setting -- the open road! Behind the wheel is Dennis Hopeless, a writer that has quickly become the definitive voice of teen heroes thanks to excellent work on "Avengers Arena" and "X-Men: Season One." Also along for the ride is Mark Bagley, an artist that excelled at depicting teenage emotion in his history-making run on "Ultimate Spider-Man." This is a solid creative team working with a beloved cast in an exciting new setting. We want it now.
In a sense, this may be the true start of Jeff Lemire and RamÃ³n Perez's "Hawkeye" run since their previous series -- "All-New Hawkeye" -- barely got started before the events of "Secret Wars" brought it to a halt. And that's okay, because a new #1 -- and the "8 months later" gap -- will provide the pair of creators with a clean-ish slate to hit the ground running. Hawkeye's always been a bit of a lesser Marvel hero, which has made seeing Clint Barton step into a mentor role to Kate Bishop even more intriguing and rewarding for longtime fans of the Avenging archer. Lemire and Perez's "prologue" storyline showed that the creators get both characters and were more than prepared to follow up Matt Fraction, David Aja, Annie Wu and the rest of the previous creative team's run, so we've got high expectations for the next chapter in the lives of the Hawkeyes.
Just because a title has the same creative team after "Secret Wars" as it did before doesn't mean that there isn't plenty of newness to it. While "Spider-Woman" sees the return of Dennis Hopeless and Javier Rodriguez, there's a noticeable change to the title character: Jessica Drew is pregnant. The prospect of a pregnant superhero -- the tagline is "Parent by day. Hero by night." -- is intriguing simply because of the potential of the basic premise, but also because it seems to run contrary to recent trends for corporate-owned superheroes. Marvel and DC Comics heroes have rarely gotten married and even more rarely become parents, out of fears it would make the characters seem too old or tied down, making this development for Spider-Woman even less expected. And of course, there's the obvious question: Who's the father?
Mark Millar and Bryan Hitch made "The Ultimates" a big deal way back in 2002 when their Ultimate Universe take on the Avengers struck a chord with readers. Now it looks like the Ultimates brand is being revived and folded into the main Marvel Universe with this new series from Al Ewing and Kenneth Rocafort, a DC Comics regular transitioning to Marvel. With Blue Marvel and Spectrum on the team, this series looks like it could be the spiritual successor to Ewing's previous "Mighty Avengers" runs. Ewing crafted some highly imaginative and character-focused adventures for his previous diverse super team to go on, and Rocafort's "Ultimates" #1 cover succeeds in convincing us that things are only gonna get epic-er. After all, the new roster also includes future film stars Black Panther and Captain Marvel and the criminally underused Miss America. Oh, and also, Galactus?!
The Ultimate Universe may be finished, but Miles Morales is still standing -- officially a part of the classic Marvel Universe, as fans had long guessed for his fate. But what does that mean for the character? How does he fit in now that it's known Peter Parker will also still be operating as Spider-Man -- and now on a big-time, global level, as depicted in "Amazing Spider-Man"? What happened to his friends and family in the Ultimate Universe? Does that world have any other survivors, either heroes or civilians? How will Miles adjust to life not only as a superhero in the Marvel Universe, but as one of the "All-New, All-Different Avengers"? Those are questions that remain to be answered, but readers at least know who will be answering them: Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli, the creators of the breakout character.
Assistant Editor Brett White, Managing Editor Albert Ching and Senior Editor Stephen Gerding contributed to this article.