Probably not, but they certainly had a misleading teaser this morning.
In yet another sign of Marvel's continued collapse, the comic publisher released a teaser acknowledging that the best superhero comic in the market was not one of their own. In a new teaser, Marvel hinted that they've purchased the rights to Invincible, the Image superhero created and written by Robert "Fat Bob" Kirkman.
The series, one of Image's top sellers, has been hailed by many critics as "superheroics done right" and has often been compared to Stan Lee's early Amazing Spider-Man run. Many have pointed out that Invincible is probably the iconic superhero to be developed in the last decade and has had more lasting power than most of Marvel's attempts at creating new heroes to replenish their increasingly stale stock heroes. While many people question who Quake, Gravity, and the Protector are, most comic book fans are at least cognizant of Invincible and his series, which picks up more readers every issue. In fact, Invincible has outlasted dozens of Marvel series, including Fantastic Four, Captain America, Uncanny X-Men, Runaways, Thor, and New Avengers.
In fact, Invincible once crossed over into the Marvel universe and interacted with many of Marvel's heroes. Some believe that Invincible's brief presence in the Marvel Universe set off an unanticipated chain reaction which resulted in Captain America's death, rebirth and descent into facism, the neutering of Wolverine and his gradual change from cold-blooded killer to the plucky babysitter of teenagers and Spider-Man's transformation from married family man to slacker man-whore.
We're presuming that Marvel has decided to buy Invincible and finally get around to publishing a superhero comic that doesn't star a hero that's fifty years old. While I'd rather see Marvel encourage its creators to produce new characters on its own, I'm perfectly okay with them throwing more money at "Fat Bob" Kirkman. Kirkman, who has reportedly been looking into purchasing the state of Kentucky with his earnings from the Walking Dead, has no qualms doing things for barrels of money, as seen from the recent announcement of Hyundai as the "official car of The Walking Dead".
However, Marvel incorrectly named Invincible's creative team, claiming that the book will be helmed by Kieron Gillen and Greg Land instead of Kirkman, Cory Walker and Ryan Ottley. Gillen and Land, of course, are attached to the rumored Marvel NOW! Iron Man series, which will replace the soon to be cancelled Invincible Iron Man series written by Matt Fraction and illustrated by Salvador Larroca. We're not sure why there's been such a mix up, but we're sure that it's just a mistake and not some sort of teaser for the new Marvel NOW! Iron Man series.