What if Marvel rebooted their universe? What sort of titles would we see? Check out Part 2 of our five part NuMarvel 52 feature!
What if Marvel, seeing DC's (as of yet unseen) success with their Relaunch, decided to revamp their own books? What titles and characters would readers see? Which characters would be forgotten?
Sakie, one of our fine Outhouse forum members, asked these questions and proposed that other Outhousers join in to come up with a list of 52 proposed titles to base this fantasy relaunch on. Outhousers were asked to suggest a title, a creative team, a cast of characters and a brief plot summary. The front page is proud to present The NuMarvel 52! After taking a look at the daily list, feel free to vote in the forum poll to pick which titles you'd be interested in buying! To check out past offerings, check out the NuMarvel Avengers titles!
The NuMarvel 52: Fringe Titles
Marvel Fringe is a celebration of the fantastically abnormal. These are the titles that feature stories of supernatural tales or exist in the far reaches of the Marvel Universe.
Captain Marvel by Craig Kyle, Chris Yost, and Paco Medina (Suggested by Alchemic_Spider)
Cast: Mar-Vell, Genis-Vell, Phyla-Vell, (supporting cast) Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Abigail Brand, SHIELD, SWORD
Summary: The idea of life on other worlds has always been science fiction to the people of Earth, but the truth is some alien civilizations have been here before and still reside here.
Years ago Captain Mar-vell of the Kree empire was sent to Earth to begin phase one of the Kree invasion by infiltrating one of the worlds dominantly militaries... Fortunately for humanity Mar-vell disobeyed his orders and fell in love with the culture, marrying a human and fathering twins. Not forgetting what was on the horizon for earth Mar-vell began working with US government creating new technology to help with the impending invasion.
Fast forward 15 years later Mar-vell is attacked by a Kree sentry robot. Beaten and broken he hands over his negabands to his son Jin and with his dying breathe tells him to survive. After donning the negabands Jin is enveloped in a Kree battlesuit. Being mistaken by the damaged sentry as his father...Jin takes the name of Captain Marvel and vows to avenge his father's death and repel the Kree invasion.
Guardians of the Galaxy by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Paul Pelletier (Suggested by sdsichero)
Cast: The remains of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the Annihilators
Summary: A signal comes from a rift in space, a key to a missing comrade or the coming of a new threat? How about both? And more... The remnants of the Guardians of the Galaxy team up with the Annihilators to investigate this mystery, when space opens up and swallows most of them whole! What has become of our heroes? Who is left behind to protect us? Who are the Myndai and why should we be scared? And my do space bugs grow up fast!
Strange Tales by Paul Cornell and Leonard Kirk (Suggested by HNutz)
Cast: Werewolf by Night, Doctor Voodoo, Ulysses & Elisa Bloodstone, Blade, Hellstrom (rotating)
Summary: It's more of an anthology series. It might focus on Werewolf By Night for a few issues doing his Bill Bixby/Incredible Hulk/The Fugitive thing for one arc, and then over to Blade fighting vamps in New York or Damian Hellstrom and his deal with the devil or Doctor Voodoo. Maybe there's a WWII era story with Ulysses Bloodstone (as the MU's Indiana Jones) or a Crusades era story with a Black Knight predecessor. Because of the nature of this book and everything, characters could be killed off and stay dead. Or they could meet and go their separate ways. They don't have to be buddy-buddy with everybody they come across. The lack of a "main character" could mean that anyone who appears is fair game. Or maybe they're killed and possessed. But eventually some of them would start working together, even if they're not quite a "team"...
And, of course, it's all building towards something.
Nova by Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Pia Guerra, and Gabriele Dell'Otto (Suggested by Sakie)
Cast: Richard Rider, the Worldmind, Drax, Gamora, Ronan the Accuser, Crystal, Kang the Conqueror
Summary: When darkness falls across the universe, a tiny flicker of light acts as a beacon of hope. Nova has returned and the original Worldmind has returned with him! But have Nova and the Worldmind returned to the universe that they remember? Plus, how will Nova react when he discovers that the man who saved him is none other than Kang the Conqueror?! What purpose does Kang have with Richard and does it have anything to do with fragments of space and time selectively rewritting themselves? Attention reader: it is critical that you pay attention at this time!
The Secret Defenders by J. Michael Straczynski and John Cassaday (Suggested by Sakie)
Cast: Captain Britain, The Black Knight, Dr. Strange, Meggan, The Night Man, Mantra, The Scarlet Witch, Adam Warlock, Rune, Morgan le Fey, and Shuma Gorath.
Summary: What could possibly bring together a group of the most powerful magic users in the Marvel universe? Somewhere within the darkest corners of the 9 realms an ancient evil has been awakened. Freed from its eternal prison by the restructuring of the Marvel universe, Shuma Gorath has begun gathering together Rune, Morgan le Fey, and other evil magical entities for some dark purpose. It will be up to Captain Britain, The Black Knight, and Dr. Strange to assemble a team to defend life as we know it, while discovering the secret origins of the very universe they inhabit. The only question is, can they live with what they discover or will it corrupt their very souls?
Dr. Giant-Size Strange Man-Thing by Grant Morrison and David Finch (Suggested by Pecs)
Cast: Dr. Strange, Man-Thing
Summary: A special double-sized new comic from mighty Marvel! Simultaneously featuring the exploits of Man-Thing as he wanders on, seemingly aimlessly, forced to encounter a number of strange, supernatural threats; and Dr. Stephen Strange, a powerful surgeon turned mystic and newfound Sorceror Supreme after the death of his master, the Ancient One. But as both creatures/men journey on, pieces of the puzzle to Man-Thing's unknown origin begin to appear and the mage encounters the urban legend himself. Now it is up to Strange to help Man-Thing regain his lost humanity while defeating the evil which transformed him into a monster to begin with.
Savages by John Byrne (Suggested by kwiktpyer)
Cast: Ka-Zar, Shanna the She-Devil, Moon-Boy, Devil Dinosaur & Zabu
Summary: Stranded in the Savage Land and cut off from the outside world, extreme explorers Kevin Plunder and Shanna O'Hara must survive on their wits and skills alone. Eventually forming a pseudo-family with the adolescent Moon-Boy, an outcast from a local tribe, and his two "pets" our heroes eventually choose to remain in their new home but must deal with threats within the Savage Land .. and those from the outside world(s).
Secret Warriors by Warren Ellis and Nguyen (Suggested by HNutz)
Cast: Clay Quartermain, Shamrock, Daisy Johnson, Mimic (alt), Dr. Essex/Mr. Sinister (alt), Amadeus Cho, Nick Fury (recurring guest star), Jessica Jones & Dakota North (occasional guest stars)
Summary: They're the X-Files/Fringe of the Marvel Universe. They're the new version of ARMOR, (According to Marvel Zombies, A.R.M.O.R. (Altered-Reality Monitoring and Operational Response) is a sister agency to S.H.I.E.L.D. that monitors alternate reality incursions into Earth-616.) but now as a subsection of SHIELD. Their office, the Omega Section, works to contain, explain and prevent unexplained phenomena while maintaining secrecy for the public good.
They might deal with a recently rediscovered virus of Arnim Zola, experiments to give unsuspecting civilians special abilities, a weaponized version of the Legacy virus, fanatics who graft mutant limbs onto their own to gain superpowers (the U-Men), "incidents" from AIM and HYDRA (Really want to beef up AIM as a credible threat), cultists beliefs in the awakening of an ancient warlord, dangers from an alternate universe, etc.
What If? by a Rotating Line-Up of all-star writers and artists! (Suggested by Pecs)
Summary: "What If?" is back as an ongoing series! No more annual issues giving you director's cut endings to all those event books that you wasted your time and money on! What If? is back to it's original two volume's unique and lovable spirit of suspense, unpredictability, thought-provoking content, and the occasional WTF? issue.
Each issue will feature a rotating team of Marvel writers and artists depicting alternate reality versions of your favorite heroes and villains. Possible issues include: What if Wolverine had been an actual Wolverine as rumored?, What if Cyclops Died In the Plane Accident?, and What If Chuck Austen Never Got His Hands On the X-Men?
Marvelous World by Various Writers and Artists (Suggested by fahd)
Summary: Summary: Superheroes share a universe with average people who hate them to the point of slandering them on a paper and even wanting them to get out of their country or love them to the point wanting to be one of their side-kicks. This is the Marvel universe from the perspective of the average people whose lives are affected by those men and women with strange abilities.
The Pride by Jeff Parker and Leonard Kirk (Suggested by LobsterJ)
Cast: Blade, N'kantu the Living Mummy, Nina Prince, Jennifer Kale, Brother (not Doctor) Voodoo, Danny Ketch, Spitfire, Rintrah, and John Walker
Summary: Essentially BPRD in the Marvel Universe, the P.R.I.D.E. (Paranormal Research, Investigation, Deportation, and Elimination) is a division of SHIELD devoted to, as the acronym says, investigating, deporting (to their native dimensions or realities if applicable) or eliminating supernatural and paranormal threats to the Marvel Universe. Main cast will consist of field agents Blade, N'kantu the Living Mummy, Nina Prince, Jennifer Kale, Brother (not Doctor) Voodoo, Danny Ketch, Spitfire, and Rintrah. Specialists and experts will come and go as needed by the mission. John Walker will be the administrator of the program, and serve as a kind of everyman skeptic 'What did I get myself involved with?" type role.
ROM of Galador by Scott Kolins and Bill Sienkiewicz (Suggested by kwiktpyer)
Cast: ROM, classic and new Spaceknight characters, Prime Director, and Marvel hero guest stars galore
Summary: Emerging from the Black Nebula, the shape-shifting Dire Wraiths threaten all life throughout the cosmos.
To defeat the Dire Wraiths, the Prime Director recruits the best and brightest from throughout the galaxy. First and greatest among the Spaceknights is ROM. ROM was raised in the utopian society of Galador, before it was destroyed by a Dire Wraith invasion. Now, seemingly the last Galadoran, ROM leads the war against the Wraiths.
Fitted with organic armor and the Prime Director's greatest weapon, the Neutralizer, ROM is tasked with defending a sector of space that includes Earth. ROM must overcome the fear and paranoia of humanity and recruit Earth's heroes in his war against the Dire Wraiths
Monsters for Hire by Jason Aaron and Eric Powell (Suggested by john lewis hawk)
Cast: Red Ronin, Gorgilla, Ultimo, Tim Boo Ba, Devil Dinosaur, Gargantus, It the Living Colossus, Fin Fang Foom
Summary: Red Ronin!! Gorgilla!! Ultimo!! Tim Boo Ba!! Devil Dinosaur!! Gargantus!! It the Living Colossus!! Fin Fang Foom!! All monsters!! All for hire!!
When Ego the Living Planet is planning on knocking up planet Earth and ditching her for a younger, sluttier planet afterwards, S.W.O.R.D. director Abigail Brand has to step in and act like an 80's PSA. Brand knows that there is only one "contraceptive" that will work: the Monsters for Hire!!
The Fantasticals by Fahd Mohamed and Gabriele Dell'Otto (Suggested by fahd)
Cast: Reed Richards, Johnny Storm, Sue Storm, Ben Grimm, and the Hulk
Summary: Reed Richards possesses a genius rivaling even the universe's most advanced species', and he's using it and his team to hunt strange threats from space.
So which titles did you like? Be sure to vote in our Reader Poll and check back tomorrow for more awesome titles from the NuMarvel 52!
Written or Contributed by: BlueStreak