Sharknado is the new Syfy movie that took Twitter by storm last night, capturing millions of viewers in its jaws, including the large majority of comic book creators and editors. So it should come as no surprise that both Marvel and DC have announced new events based upon the hit Syfy movie.
Marvel announced a new 12 issue miniseries entitled Avengers vs. Sharknado. "We really think there's a human element to a shark spewing tornado," said Marvel EiC Axel Alonso. "And we really want to explore that angle of it. Also, we wanted to have Frank Cho draw Wolverine fighting a bunch of sharks." The series will feature Cyclops, scapegoat of the Marvel Universe, trying to harness the Sharknado as a force for good but failing miserably, necessitating the Avengers to step in.
"The series ends with Namor stepping in and becoming the Sharknado," Alonso said, spoiling the end of the event. "That will lead into next summer's Namor the Sub-Sharknado series, which will be written by Jonathan Hickman."
Meanwhile, DC announced Sharknado Month, which will see all their books focus on the Sharknado. "Basically, the entire DC Universe is taken over by a sharknado," said Dan Didio. "So instead of publishing Justice League or Green Lantern, we're going to publish fifty-two Sharknado books with titles like Sharknado #1.37: Justice League of America's Vibe or Sharknado #1.15: Green Lantern: New Guardians."
All the Sharknado books will have special holofoil embossed sharkfin covers with diecut sharkbites. "They're so awesome," said Didio. "We're losing a buttload on each one, but they're so awesome."
Like the rest of their event months, DC brought in a number of new creators to work on the series. "We hired a bunch of sharks to write and draw all the books," Didio said. "They really...ripped the scripts to shreds."
Both events will be formally announced at SDCC next week.