At New York Comic Con Today, Marvel Comics announced the follow-up to their next super-mega-crossover event. Time Runs Out will lead directly into Secret Wars!
Wait, what? Didn't Marvel already do that 30 years ago. Well, yes. But name a Big Two comics story published today that wasn't already done 30 years ago, and I'll make Outhouse Ace Reporter Zechs eat his hat. Marvel is just being honest about rehashing old ideas by using the same name. It's kind of refreshing.
To explain what Secret Wars is all about, Marvel Executive Vice President of Publishing and Salisbury Steak Tom Brevoort gave an exclusive interview to USA Today where he basically used a bunch of penis metaphors.
Marvel is going from simply large in scale to "overwhelmingly huge," says executive editor Tom Brevoort. "The scope of it is about the biggest thing we've ever done or attempted to do."
"However massive you think this is, let me assure you it is bigger than that. It's by far the craziest thing that I've dealt with."
THAT'S WHAT SHE SAID!
He also did his best to act like this event will be the most amazing event comic of all time by pretending Marvel won't put out another event six months later and say the same thing about that, and by using the same earthquake imagery Marvel uses for every one of their events. In fact, they've used it so much, they don't even need to say that it will "shake the Marvel Universe to it's foundations." He actually just calls it "seismic," having created a new use for the word through sheer hyperbole.
"It's may be not the best thing to say but I don't know how we'll top it a year later."
Our hope is that as seismic as the original Secret Wars was to the Marvel Universe and the readers, this new Secret Wars will be to the readers of today," Brevoort says.
"People are certainly going to be talking about it 30 years from now."
Other than talk of the comic's length, girth, and scope, the details were light. It will be written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Esad Ribic, and come from the stories built in Hickman's Avengers and New Avengers runs. It will affect the entire publishing line, have digital comics, and appears to feature a bunch of different versions of Marvel heroes from various points in Marvel's history. Here's some art by Alex Ross:
Not mentioned, but surely a fact, this comic will cost at least $4.99 an issue, if not $5.99, depending on how entrenched the five dollar price point is for regular comics by next year.
UPDATE: Newsarama observes:
There is no X-Men characters, no mutants even, as well as no members of the Fantastic Four or Namor as well -- all characters whose movie rights are not currently owned by Marvel. A Spider-Man does make an appearance, but interestingly enough it's the Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, and not Peter Parker.
Oooh. Marvel's gonna give Michael Doran a bare bottom spanking for pointing that out. Naughty naughty!