Not "Now", but NOW!, From Marvel Comics
Do You Remember or relish the days of yore? The fresh characters and creative plots that drew you to comic books? Well, the industry has been looking for news ways to keep existing readers and entice new ones. Recently, Marvel had started with Point One issues, where a newbie could jump right in to a story without being confused. DC comics, on the other hand, has been working through the "crisis" with a Flashpoint and a New 52 that started in August 2011.
Picture: Captain America sports his new costume look, and new team here in Avengers #1 (2013).
But that's all going to change. Again. Once more. Marvel has planned something on the bounds of extraordinary; they've explicitly stated that it's not a reboot, but a series of issue #1 starting in October 2012, which they call "Marvel NOW!". Slated to last through Summer 2013, there intent is to make it a reformation point for new and old readers alike, bringing them amazing content, plots, and stronger development.
This summary and landing page for Marvel NOW! is a snapshot of the event. (Is event even the right word here?) We're going going to catalog each cover, the comments and the intents, and see if you like what's going on. As well, you'll be able to see the news articles and opinions of others - maybe even get a few spoilers and sneak peeks.
The Marvel NOW Reading Order
UPDATES COMING: 10/16/2013!!
Due to size and link restrictions, this Reading Order and Summaries have been moved here.
Most Recent Update
Last Update: 10/21/2013
Rule #1: The Reading Order is fluid until the event is over.
Rule #2: I listen to your comments and work well with others.
Rule #3: No profanity.
10/21/2013. - Just letting everyone know that I'm still here and getting the final touches on the list. There's some issues that still need to be logged and some links that need to be reconnected.
04/26/2013. ::Insert Heavy Panting Here:: Okay, there's a two-part explanation in this note update. First of all, I've finally got the Reading Order and the Summaries moved over to The Superheroes List, a website I run on my spare time. I HAD to move all this stuff because it was getting extremely difficult to publish here on Squidoo. I don't blame anyone at all; my information was too much and had some redundancy. Secondly, this week's update will be implemented MONDAY, 4/24, because of the amount of time it took me to get this moved over. From then on, though, all updates will be more timely.
04/23/2013. Hey again. I'm still in the middle of moving the Summary Pages to their own spaces. All you have to do is click the links in the Reading Order if you want to view them. In the meantime, X-Fan pointed out that I was missing Superior Spider-Man #8. Once I checked that out, I ran back here and added it to the update. Thanks greatly for catching that error!
04/19/2013. Hey everybody! Although much of you already know this, the Marvel NOW! event is shaping up to be pretty long. There's already word of a "second wave" around June. The problem here is space; Squidoo is starting to rebel against the size of this page and it's creating issues. SOOOOooo, to make this work out better, I'm moving the Detailed Summaries to their own, smaller pages. You'll be able to visit them if you want and they'll get updated consistently with new releases. Even though I'd like to keep everything together, it's my only option. Hope it doesn't create a problem for anyone else; you should see changes throughout the coming week.
04/12/2013. Greetings! This is actually a good day because I came up with a strategy to refine the Reading Order and make the event easier to follow. This week's releases have been implemented and expect to see some real GOOD stuff starting Monday 04/15/2013. I'm pretty sure you'll like it.
04/04/2013. Added this week's implementations. The ReEvolution Banner is now gone from all the titles, so it's just Marvel NOW! I'm also aware of the Second Wave of this event; it'll probably get another page.
03/29/2013. Hey people. I know a lot of you have been following the interviews and reviews, but I still have to say - It's weird that Age of Ultron is part of the Marvel NOW! event. I think Marvel is really messing with the timeline a lot. Either way, I implemented all the issues, added a little bit of art, and have the AU section at the end. Until next week.
03/22/2013. Well guys, here's the scoop. Now that there's only a month or two (or 3 or 4) left, the final issues are going to wind together at the end. With the exception of a few titles, like Captain America occurring in Dimension Z, most of the changes in the Reading Order will be in tandem with the rest of the titles. I've tried to keep most of the sections separated because this is a huge list, but as with all things, the conclusion should bring it all together.
03/15/2013. He there! Finally read up on all this week's releases and pulled them together for implementation.
03/07/2013. Heyo! Just implemented this week's releases. The Hulk has been moved up now that we're getting a picture of him wearing his SHIELD armor around the Avengers and so on. Also, I took Shoxee's advice: The version of the Beast in New Avengers has to be the old one. So I have All-New X-Men lined up to assure the continuity. By the way, be aware that I'm spending early, early mornings reading the forum to see if you find any problems. I'm trying to stay on top of this huge event.
Marking the debut of the event, Marvel released a few TPBs, including Marvel Now! Point One and Marvel Firsts: Before Marvel Now! These books represent key figures in the event and some of the new things you'll see that they're working on.
This volume collects Amazing Spider-Man #546 (1963), Avengers #500 (1963), Captain America #444 (1968), Dark Reign: Fantastic Four #1 (2009), Punisher War Journal #1 (2007), Thor #604 (1966), Uncanny X-Force #1 (2010), and Wolverine #62 (2003).
The Discontinued Titles - Marvel NOW!
The Casualities of The Marvel NOW! Event
Based on the October solicitations and confirmed by Marvel, these following issues will conclude their titles:
Captain America #19 - Steve Rogers pays a visit to William Burnside, a man who posed as Captain America in the past, and tells a story how it is his burden to be the man with the shield, else others will be called on to fill the role.
Deadpool #63 Wade Wilson, never to be outdone during a comic-book-altering event, finally concludes the strange plot that landed him in this issue. It turns out that the serum that would remove his healing factor didn't work. Either way, the last scene shows his evil twin shooting him in the head, and then blackness. The end? Naw. (Special thanks to MAB86 for pointing this issue out.)
Fantastic Four #611 - This issue returns many of the chronal alternate realities and dimensions back to their origins. By the end, Reed's dad decides to go and "pay his debts". Doom decides he doesn't want to be a god and Valeria hangs out in a dimension where she can get creative. (??) This ends the title, but the actual conclusion of the story occurs in FF #23.
FF #23 - Future Franklin decides it's time to leave this time-continuum and let his younger version grow. After a series of goodbyes, he tells Sue and Reed, his mom and dad, that they did a good job and disappears.
Incredible Hulk #15 - Hulk faces an army of gamma'd-out animal men and doombots and is about to die when, internally, he makes "mental peace" with his Banner side. The two then manage to overwhelm their obstacles and win the battle.
Invincible Iron Man #527 Tony makes rounds to all aspects of his life, including Stark Resilient and Maria Hill of SHIELD before he decides he wants to explore new frontiers. Grabbing some older version of his armor, he blasts off to begin a new chapter of his life.
New Mutants #50 - During a BBQ party, Warlock is assaulted by a similar techno-being named Tyro whose patriarchal side is taking over. Doug comes to his rescue and overwrites his techno-code.
Mighty Thor #22 - Having tricked Odin to return and save them, Thor is now on the Ring of Doom, and under trial until the people of the Nine Realms, especially Baldur, stands for him, breaking the cycle. Strangely, though, this is an intriguing part of Odin's plan yet to be unveiled.
Uncanny X-Men #20 - A bit of a surprise, this title was concluded and restarted back in 2011 with the end of the X-Men: Schism. In this issue, Scott finds out Mister Sinister is still alive while he's in prison. Elsewhere, Magik and Colossus battle it out and she dispels the Cyttorak enchantment on him. Danger is finally release by Unit, and he leaves his imprisonment.
X-Men Legacy #275 - In this long-lasting series, the final issue is about Rogue and Mimic, both superheroes with powers based on other heroes, taking on super-criminals escaping from a prison. The point of the story is that they are learning to trust their powers and their ability to control themselves.
How Foul Marvel NOW!? - A question to the fans.
Much of the impressions given by the editors at Marvel suggest that NOW! will not be twist in reality. It will still retain all the characteristics of an earth-shaking event, but the characters (the ones who survive) will get lots of great stories and updates that won't hurt their backgrounds and past histories.
What do you think? Will this work out? Please vote here and leave a message in the guestbook if you have further opinions.
Are you excited NOW? What about...NOW!?
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And thanks for dropping by! Marvel has been avoiding the use of the terms "reboot" and "alternate reality"; it sounds like they don't want to be viewed in a negative light. But what do you think? If you've seen or heard anything pertaining to information provided here, or you'd like to submit some of your own, please feel free to sound off with your constructive criticism or opinions. All are welcome; just remember to be courteous because this is a free resource.
The Previous Updates.
03/01/2013. Hey guys. Just thought I'd fill you in on my absence. There was a huge storm here and things were sporadic at best. This week's issues are implemented. Submit your discrepancies this weekend and I'll go over everything Monday.
02/22/2013. I've been reading your comments, guys. Just finished this update. Keep up the debate. Like you, I noticed issues that have "discrepancies", but I'm waiting to see how everything plays out. This list is updated for this week.
02/15/2013. Took me awhile, but I finally got this week's update in. The integrity of the Reading Order seems to be holding. Also, it might take a few more days before I can response to any comments below. But I will respond as soon as I can. If you see anything messed up, just let me know.
02/08/2013. Hey people! Just wanted to drop in one last time this week and add the two optional issues I previously mentioned. I'll catch you all next week.
02/07/2013. Hey Everybody! Wow, this event is really a tough one. Right now a major portion of the Reading Order has been shifted around. Spider-Man stuff has been moved up. I also learned that the Beast mutated himself before he joined in on New Avengers #3; that means moving up All-New X-Men and from there just about everything else. This week's releases are in. Tonight I'll be looking at two other issues: Venom #31 and Winter Soldier #15 to see if they should be included as optionals. I'll know tomorrow. See you then!
02/04/2013. Hey Everybody, I'm in the midst of research. There will be updates throughout the next few days, but don't fret. Most of this will remain the same. This is all about streamlining the Reading Order puzzle pieces into a better, more thoroughly explained fit.
01/30/2013. OKAY OKAY! Here's what you need to know! There's enough markers out there - Storms Mohawk, Cap's New Unform, The New Spidey, Beast Mutation, etc - that the Reading Order is going to have a strong reorganization in the next week. Starting Monday, some of the issues - specially the ones without Marvel NOW! - are also going to be pulled out.
Hawkeye and Dark Avengers, for example, don't carry the NOW! banner. I also can't find anywhere, specifically, where they are part of the event.
Anyhow, I'm not doing this to aggrevate readers; this is a normal thing that happens as more clues appear. Expect to see the updated Reading Order changes beginning February 4th, 2013. ALSO, if you find something you disagree with - and can provide data to back it up - I'll give you full credit and fix it up. Start researching, folks!
Last Added Note: I'm also in the middle of giving the section a facelift. I might refresh some of the artwork, but more importantly, I'll go through and skim excesses - like this section you're reading right now. If you need to view past update notes, they're at the bottom of the page now.
01/28/2013. Mizagium and ryanmfraser checked in and pointed out that Uncanny X-Force #1 was missed this week. Today I added that in. By the way, this is going to cause another shake-up in the Reading Order because now we'll be able to pinpoint some errors based on Storm's mohawk. Expect some of the sections to be moved around in the weeks to come.
01/23/2013. Added all the updated for this week.
01/16/2013. Added all the updates for this week and gave Spider-man his own section. It will include all the characters from his franchise. Pulled out non-bannered issues and left them as optional.
01/09/2013. Added this week's releases. One thing confusing about Marvel NOW! is the lack of a central theme. It appears varied across the list of heroes. Some are just different. Others, not so much. Guess we'll wait and see what happens. Also, in the coming weeks, look for Spider-Man to have his own section.
01/02/2013. Happy New Year everybody! This week, there are 5 released issues. They've been added to the Reading Order. Just a note. The normal technique until we have hard, chronological evidence, is to break up the event into different sections. Once they start showing us where they fit, we'll be reintegrating them (unless they're better off left alone.)
12/17/2012. Updated this week's releases with two optional issues. They are important because they lead up to two official issues in the event. (Go Spidey!)
12/21/2012. Deadpool and Shoxee1214, two legendary friends, caught my mistake yesterday...even though they warned me earlier..that Hawkeye #6 was missing from the list. Okay, okay, I added it in. You see, people? This is why you make friends!
12/19/2012. Lots of titles releasing this week and it took awhile to summarize them. The Indestructible Hulk titles have been moved near She-Hulk, and The Avengers-based titles have been divided into two separate sections (before and after) to coincide with Captain America changing his uniform. There will be more changes, including a breaking up of the X-Men titles, but that will be next week.
12/14/2012. Completed this week's update; thanks for your patience. Make a point to note that although Amazing Spider-Man #699.1 is not officially a part of Marvel NOW!, its story falls right into the coming Morbius #1 title. Also, if you're following the Indestructible Hulk title, expect it to be moved next to Red She-Hulk just because it's always good to keep your Hulks in one basket. Thanks all!
12/13/2012. Installed some issues today, but plan on doing the bulk of the new releases tomorrow, Friday.
12/10/2012. Picked up and added Red She-Hulk #60 to the list. Thanks to Deadpool for his keen eye! Also added upcoming issues provided by Shoxee. Thanks greatly for keeping me honest!
12/05/2012.This round of releases has been added and given us some idea of the chronology. It's not perfect yet, but one of the key markers is Captain America's costume. We can now place all issues around Avengers #1, where he upgrades.
11/28/2012. Added this round of releases and some of it is giving an indication as to placement. I'm pushing the All-New X-Men series near the end to coincide with Scott Summer's escape - something which doesn't happen until later on.
11/26/2012. Updated the Thanksgiving Day week releases (finally). Hope you all had a good holiday weekend. One thing to look for in the future is a separation of Thor from the Avengers NOW! section. His title and Journey Into Mystery may be put together for a section of their own.
11/19/2012. As anticipated, I've divided the event into sections due to the lack of chronological markers.
11/15/2012. Lots of issues released this week and it was expected. Starting within the next few days, the titles will be broken up into their own correlating sections to contain their plots or affiliated heroes. Expect to see a few more changes very soon.
11/07/2012. Added two issues to the event. One thing we're seeing from Marvel NOW! is a lack of a central plot, just a shake-up of the way things were. They continue to point out that this is not a reboot. And it appears they are right.
11/02/2012. Thanks to Shoxee1214, I realized that A+X #1 belonged in the event. It should have been obvious, but that's why I always make sure I respect the comments section! Thanks for keeping me in check!
10/31/2012. Updated this week. One new issue and two discontinued issues.
10/24/2012. - Updated this week, but there are no specific NOW! releases. Established some brief summaries in the Concluding Titles section.
10/17/2012. - Marvel NOW Point One #1 was released this week.
10/10/2012. - Added the two issues this week, an update section, and made the tie-in from the previous Avengers vs. X-Men event.