Wizard World Chicago is still over a week away, but gossip queen and cockney scamp Rich Johnston is already spoiling Marvel's announcements for second string Chicago convention. In particular, Johnston claims to have info on some of the books that Marvel will be announcing as part of Marvel NOW Phase Two. According to Johnston, Avengers Arena and Young Avengers will be relaunched as part of the second phase, as will the recently canceled X-Factor and Astonishing X-Men. Spider-Man 2099 will be involved in a non-ongoing NOW2 title, and Matt Fraction will be leaving FF. There are some artist changes as well, but we've gotta leave SOME reason for you to click through to Bleeding Cool.
So, with another big Marvel NOW relaunch on the horizon, what will happen to the first round of NOW books?
"All the old NOW books are being relabeled as Marvel THEN," said Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso in a very realistic dream we had last night. "They don't matter anymore."
Really? That sounds a little drastic. Marvel put a lot of work into promoting those books. Aren't they still important?
"Marvel can't be concerned with THEN," Alonso insisted. "It's all about NOW. NOW is now, not then. THEN is then. Later, LATER will become NOW and now will become then. Are you following this?"
"Hold on a second," Alonso said, holding out his hand to shush us. "Not yet. Almost there."
What are you...
"NOW!" he shouted, slamming his fist on his desk.
"You missed it," he told us, shaking his head.
Stay tuned to The Outhouse for more details as Wizard World Chicago draws closer. I mean, not as many details as you'd get from an important con like C2E2, but I'm sure we'll have something.