As any seasoned comic book fan can tell you, as much as things stay the same, nothing ever really does. Between the massive shake-ups that have happened across both the DC Comics and Marvel Comics universes over the last thirty years, the comic book universes that house the world’s favorite superheroes are in an almost constant string of evolution, making gradual but lasting changes to the titans of modern myth.
That evoluton is continuing, as it was today announced that Marvel Comics will be creating their first-ever team of female Avengers, known as “A-Force,” and DC Comics announced that it will be closing the proverbial book on “The New 52” imprint on many of its titles in order to create a new narrative direction for their entire line of superhero titles.
At Marvel, the announcement of A-Force’s existence is a welcome one, as the comic book title in question will be co-written by G. WIllow Wilson (Superman) and Marguerite Bennett (Angelea: Asgard’s Assassin), with art by Jorge Molina (X-Men). The major characters featured on the team will include She-Hulk, Dazzler, Medusa, and a new heroine named Singularity. The cover art promises a slew of guest characters, though, with heroines from across different Marvel character families like the X-Men, Avengers, and Fantastic Four all adorning the beautiful artwork by Jim Cheung.
As far as content from the series, G. Willow Wilson released a statement reading,
We’ve purposefully assembled a team composed of very different characters — from disparate parts of the Marvel U, with very different power sets, identities and ideologies. They’ll all have to come together to answer some big questions: What would you sacrifice to succeed? What is being a hero worth?
The new title is expected to launch this coming May, so comic book stores will likely be putting their orders in for it later this month. You’d better reserve your copy!
A-Force‘s existence wasn’t the only major comic book announcement for the day, though, as DC Comics revealed that their forthcoming Convergence event will be bringing an “end” to the New 52, the initiative that restarted all of their ongoing superhero titles with a new continuity in 2011. This isn’t entirely accurate, though, as DC will mostly just be taking “The New 52!” off of the covers of the titles, and willinstead try and move the collective publication library of the current DC Universe in a new direction in the wake of the massive event series.
The bigger news is the creative team shake-ups that will come with this, as new writers and artists will be taking over time-honored titles like Superman, as well as a return to DC by Preacher and The Boys creator Garth Ennis to revive many of his old Hitman characters in a new series. Bryan Hitch (The Ultimates) will also be returning to the publisher to create a new title called Justice League of America that looks to encompass the seven original members from 2011’s Justice League #1 by Geoff Johns and Jim Lee.
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