Marvel Comics off to a ‘Fresh Start’ This May

Marvel Comics off to a ‘Fresh Start’ This May

Marvel somewhat shocked the comics world earlier this afternoon by rolling out its ‘Fresh Start’ publishing initiative for this May.  While the fact that Marvel is moving forward with their annual reboot may not seem shocking to some, the epic scale of this particular one makes it arguably the biggest news from the comics industry up until this point in 2018.  Marvel, and its relatively new Editor in Chief are deeming this the biggest Marvel reboot since 2013’s original ‘Marvel Now’ re-launch.  ‘Marvel Now’ did for Marvel what the ‘New 52’ did for DC, which was to wipe the slate clean minus the fact that major events such as the first superhero Civil War had occurred.  Marvel’s ‘Fresh Start’ looks to follow the aforementioned re-launches footsteps starting every title over with a new #1, while putting classic incarnations of characters back at the forefront of the company.

The only titles confirmed for Marvel’s fresh start at this point are Avengers written by: Jason Aaron with art by: Jim Chueng, and Venom written by: Donny Coates with art by: Ryan Stegman.  Aaron promises this will be the sole Avengers title, and it will ship 18 times per year.  Marvel’s fresh start begins in May with a series of all new number ones.

I am not usually one for line-wide reboots, but in this case, I think it is a necessary evil for the publisher.  ‘Marvel Legacy’ confused many comic book readers by sending the contradictory marketing message that the rehash would be old, and new at the same time.  This resulted in a return to classic numbering that left many newer readers feeling overwhelmed and left out.  Marvel’s ‘Fresh Start’ provides an opportunity to get newer readers back to the publisher with a more reader-friendly numbering system, while at the same time offering a caveat that should excite longtime Marvel Zombies as well.

That caveat being a return to a comic’s first mentality! Since the Avengers smashed box-office records in 2012 the comics have tried to emulate those films, instead of serving as their own separate entity.  This led to redesigns of classic characters from both the storytelling and artistic perspectives in order to make them similar to their MCU counterparts.  This approach led to inorganic storytelling that would soon leave Marvel Studios short on quality source materials.  At their best, the comics should serve as an inspiration for the films, and not the other way around.  Based on the look and choice of characters being put front and center of Marvel’s ‘Fresh Start; comic fans should be excited for a return to Marvel Comics dominance.

Let us know what you think of Marvel’s “Fresh Start” in the comments below!

Brad Bell

I grew up in North Carolina, where my love for the Spiderman and Batman the Animated Series on Fox Kids fueled my journey of Geekdom. In January 2013 I started my own site: thepicreview.com and for over two years hosted my own podcast the Confirmed Epic Podcast. Since 2016 the podcast continues on the gww radio network. As of early 2015 I joined the geeks with wives crew for a greater opportunity to work with similar people who let the passion for the properties they love drive them, and a chance to interact with a world wide fan base of fellow geeks. I am a happily Married Geek, as of November 2014 to my Wife Abby who only shares my geek passions when it comes to Superman, Wonder Woman,the Flash, as well as Captain America. We live just outside of Charlotte, NC with our three dogs: a Golden Doodle: Sadie, our Jackabee: Penney, and our Beagle: Cookie. In April of 2018 we were blessed with our first child: Harper Jane Bell, who we named after Harper Row from Scott Snyder's Batman run. When I’m not covering or taking part in geek culture as The Reel Brad Bell my secret Identity is Mr. Bell a High School U.S History Teacher and AP Gov. Teacher. My Wife is an ICU/PICC/Charge Nurse. The only thing that comes close for my love of Superhero’s and Star Wars is my love for the Carolina Panthers! #KeepPounding Much to my Wife’s chagrin I am a self proclaimed poster addict and add a couple of Mondo Posters to my collection a year. My current favorite piece prints are my Tyler Stout: Avengers. As far as my geek Cred, I have met both Stan Lee and George RR Martin so Nuff Said! My geek love is mainly focused on Comics, TV, and Film although I do own an Xbox One X (gamertag: thereelbradbell). My favorite comic right now is Dan Slott's Spider-Man Renew Your Vows. My favorite movie of all time is The Dark Knight, and my love for the genius that is Christopher Nolan is unprecedented. My top 5 Favorite Geek Properties of all-time are: Batman, Spiderman, Star Wars, TMNT, and Power Rangers it’s been this way for as long as I can remember and is till the same in adulthood. Twitter: @thereelbradbell Instagram: @theconfirmedepicpodcast Xbox Gamertag: thereelbradbell Email: thepicreview@gmail.com

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