Marvel's New Beginnings: Marvel NOW!
As I previously reported earlier, the Jean Grey tease that we all got may have been bullshit, but it did tie into Marvel's next big initiative for the post-Avengers vs. X-men world. They're calling it Marvel NOW!, but they might as well be calling it (Suck it, DC! We can do this shit too without dumping the continuity!). Marvel is calling it a relaunch, but it is NOT a reboot. The continuity, including shit like the Clone Saga and the Chuck Austin run on Uncanny X-men still stands. But they promise to relaunch multiple books over the course of several months, mixing and matching superhero teams so that the Avengers and the X-men effectively blend. It's a whole new superhero world complete with costume redesigns. Once again, it promises to put Marvel on the same level as DC in terms of relaunching titles into a new class of books. Details are light, but chances are Marvel is waiting until Comic Con where they can announce these details to a hoard of female cos-players dressed as Emma Frost.
|Can't say I blame them.|
And what about Jean Grey? While I did make my dismay over using time travel to bring her back painfully apparent (sue me, I was sober), Brian Bendis did offer this in the article:
And of course, the time-travel shenanigans at the center of All-New X-Men will bring fan-favorite character Jean Grey back to the mainstream comics continuity for the first time since her (second) death in 2004. “It’s the one thing X-Men fans have always asked for is: They want Jean Grey back. But they want Jean Grey. Not reincarnated Jean, or the ghost of Jean. Well, you’re getting Jean back. And Jean is gonna be looking at a world that rattles her.” And Bendis brings up an intriguing personal connection when he talks about writing the beloved character: “I love feisty redheads. I’ve been married for many years to a very feisty redhead. But I’ve never applied that to writing before. I didn’t even realize what I was doing, but Stuart Immonen is drawing the book, and looking at it I realized: ‘Ha ha, I’m doing my wife!’”
So could there be hope? For Jean Grey fans, probably not. But at least Marvel isn't ignoring it. I still plan on getting drunk and reviewing the shit that happens along the way so expect plenty of ranting in the meantime! If more details emerge, I'll be sure to blog them (again, if I'm sober). But before I go, I want to end this entry on a positive note so here are some hot Marvel women to celebrate this new beginning for Marvel comics.