Joe Quesada sock puppet Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso took a stroll down the hallway at 135 W. 50th Street to speak with Marvel's marketing department, otherwise known as ComicBookResources, for his weekly Axel in Charge fluffernutter sandwich promotional interview to discuss all things Marvel Comics. Amidst all the verbal fellatio, Alonso made a few announcements.
First, he confirmed that Marvel is planning a second wave of Marvel NOW! titles, which he claims will generate the same industry and fan excitement as the first wave. He used the opportunity to kick DC while it's down, pointing out that none of the first wave of Marvel NOW! titles have been "cancelled or RE-relaunched in a whole new direction after 3 or 4 issues." We reached out to DC Editor in Chief Bob Harras for comment, but he just became teary-eyed and stormed out of the room, slamming the door dramatically. It is reported that he sobbed quietly for an hour and then ate an entire half gallon of Ben and Jerry's "Chocolate Therapy."
Next, Alonso announced a four issue What If series based on the abysmal Avengers vs. X-Men super-mega-crossover-event that will ship weekly in July. The series will explore the question "what if the Phoenix Force chose different hosts than Cyclops, Emma Frost, Namor, and Colossus?" We were hoping it would instead explore the more obvious question, "what if Avengers vs. X-Men were written with respect for the characters involved and without an apparent desire to both be and have sex with Wolverine as the prime motivation and theme of the work?" On the bright side, it will be written by Jimmy Palmiotti and illustrated by talented artist and occasional Outhouser Jorge Molina.
So you had better buy it!!!
Alonso also spoke about Neil Gaiman and Todd McFarlane's Angela coming to the Marvel Universe at the end of Age of... ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...
Sorry about that, in the middle of that last sentence, we realized we were neither Neil Gaiman nor Todd McFarlane, but instead one of the 7,074,999,998 other human beings on the planet who don't care about the character.
Head on over to CBR to read the full interview with Alonso, as well as tons of other awesome exclusive content from the Big Two publishers, and while you're there maybe click on the numerous advertisements you'll find from them (currently playing are three huge ads for DC's Constantine #1). We'd say more, but we're still angling to be invited on CBR's yacht this year at San Diego Comic Con, so we're trying to be nice.