The GeeksverseNEWS | NYCC Day 2: The “Amazing X-Men & the Marvel Universe” and “The Avengers” panels

NEWS | NYCC Day 2: The “Amazing X-Men & the Marvel Universe” and “The Avengers” panels
Published on Saturday, October 12, 2013 by
In the weeks leading up to NYCC, Marvel released teasers hinting at new titles in their “All-New Marvel NOW!” campaign. We tried our hand at guessing what they meant before the reveals in this year’s panels. With two panels down, it’s time to see how good our guesses were.

NOTE: The first set of teaser sheets and our thoughts on them can be found here and the second set can be found here.

“Amazing X-Men & the Marvel Universe” panel, Oct. 11, 11:00 AM

The first “All-New Marvel NOW!” panel at NYCC was titled “Amazing X-Men & the Marvel Universe,” held on the late morning of October 11 and moderated by Marvel senior editor Nick Lowe. In attendance at the panel were Peter David (X-Factor), Brian Wood (X-Men), Si Spurrier (X-Men: Legacy), Marjorie Liu (Astonishng X-Men), Dennis Hopeless (Cable & X-Force), Gerry Duggan (Deadpool), Charles Soule (Thunderbolts), and editors Jeanine Schaefer, Daniel ketchum, and Jordan White. This panel, according to the information on the teaser sheets, was supposed to reveal what the teasers “Judgement,” “Trial,” “Corporate,” “Sinners,” (which we overlooked missed in our preview) and “Wrath” are supposed to be about.

The biggest teaser reveal by far involved the All-New X-Men title. All-New X-Men will be crossing over with Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014 for the “Trial of Jean Grey,” (this is what the “Judgement” and “Trial” teasers were referring to) a six-part story arc about what happens when the universe’s authorities mount an expedition to Earth to capture the new Jean Grey to take her to stand trial for her crimes as the Phoenix and the All-New X-Men and the Guardians of the Galaxy band together to rescue her from their clutches. The story will be written by Guardians of the Galaxy scribe Brian Michael Bendis and feature Stuart Immonen and Sara Picchelli on illustration duties.


The “Judgement” and “Trial” teasers are a reference to the “Trial of Jean Grey” crossover between All-New X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy.

In a related development, X-23 is also set to join the All-New X-Men cast, as shown in an image that had the distaff Wolverine clone locking lips with a young Cyclops. [The Wolverine/Cyclops shippers in the slash-fic community will be having a field day with this one—ed.]

We’ll give ourselves some points here for guessing that “Judgement” and “Trial” were hints at an upcoming storyline and not new titles. It will be interesting to see how the two teams interact and just what (if at all) this has to do with Yondu, who we think is being positioned for a push in the comics given the character’s upcoming appearance in next year’s Guardians of the Galaxy film.


All-New X-Factor #1 cover by Kristafer Anka and Jared Fletcher; designs by Carmine Di Giandomenico

As we correctly surmised, “Corporate” is a reference to the next X-Factor incarnation from Peter David. On his third go-round with the team, David will pick up plot threads from X-Factor #260, having the new Polaris-led strike force sponsored by the Serval Corporation. The All-New X-Factor writer told told Comic Book Resources in a separate interview that the team will consist of Polaris, Quicksilver, Gambit and two other members to be revealed and would answer the question, “Why wouldn’t a corporation get into super heroes?” David also mentioned in the interview that there are no immediate plans to bring Jamie Madrox and Layla Miller to the new book, although editor Nick Lowe noted during the panel that plans are in the works for a Jamie Madrox project. All-New X-Factor will be illustrated by Italian artist Carmine Di Giandomenico (Vegas, Spider-Man: Noir).

Not directly involved in the teasers but still the subject of discussion in the panel was an upcoming “Battle of the Atom”-related story arc on Brian Wood’s X-Men. Wood will be joined on the book by the Dodsons (Terry and Rachel) on art and it will involve a redesigned Lady Deathstrike and the addition of Monet (migrating from the recently canceled X-Factor) to the series’ all-female squad. Also discussed briefly were the post-“Battle of the Atom” plans for Wolverine and The X-Men.

The panel also touched on the upcoming storylines on Deadpool, Uncanny X-Men, X-Men: Legacy, Cable & X-Force, Uncanny X-Force, Wolverine, and Savage Wolverine: It was announced that Cable & X-Force will cross-over with Uncanny X-Force, as the two teams have to contend with Stryfe. Marjorie Liu bid adieu to Astonishing X-Men and stated that she’s (for now) returning to novels.

1381500721The “Sinner” teaser was revealed to be about Ghost Rider, recently liberated from a real-world legal morass, joining the cast of Thunderbolts. Thunderbolts writer Charles Soule explained in an interview with Newsarama that the new mandate of the team is that the Thunderbolts will help you with your problem and you have to help them with theirs. Ghost Rider is brought aboard by General Ross to solve a problem that only Johnny Blaze can.

The writer also talked about his work on previously announced She-Hulk. Soule, a practicing attorney when he isn’t writing comics, is sure to bring a more authentic dimension to the lawyering side of Jennifer Walters’ activities.

Since “Sinner” was about Ghost Rider, that means that our guess about “Overdrive” teaser is off. Oh well. “Wrath” was supposed to be revealed during this panel but there was no mention of it as far as we could tell. We still don’t know what the project by Richard Isanove will be. Hopefully it will be revealed in one of the upcoming panels.

“The Avengers” panel, Oct. 11, 4:00 PM

“The Avengers” panel was scheduled to reveal what the “Mindbubble,” “Frenemies,” “Global,” “Descent,” “Extinction,” “Trust,” and “Atonement” teasers are supposed to be about. The panel was moderated by Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and in attendance were Jonathan Hickman (Avengers, New Avengers), Rick Remender (Uncanny Avengers, Captain America), Al Ewing (Mighty Avengers), Dennis Hopeless (Avengers Arena), Nick Spencer (Secret Avengers), Ales Kot (Secret Avengers), and editor Lauren Sankovitch.

“Mindbubble” was revealed to be a reference the next story arc in Rick Remender’s Captain America. The story brings a super soldier from the 1960s, Dr. Mindbubble, to the present. [Here’s hoping for some Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery-style “man out of time” shenanigans—ed.]


Like “Sinners” above, “Frenemies” is another teaser that we overlooked in the wave of announcements from Marvel in the lead-up to NYCC. It refers to the 2014 relaunch of Secret Avengers with a new #1. Ales Kot, previously solicited as a co-writer beside current Secret Avengers scribe Nick Spencer for December’s Secret Avengers #12 and #13, will become the sole writer of the relaunced title. Spider-Woman is set to join the team. Kot, known mostly for his work on the Image Comics-published Change and Wild Children, says  he’ll bring the title back to the basics: “Don’t get seen, run the mission, save the world and don’t get as many things broken as you did the last time.”


“Global” is what happens when Steve Rogers and Tony Stark think the Avengers need to go bigger. Avengers World is the third Avengers book that was hinted at when Jonathan Hickman started his current Avengers and New Avengers stints. The Infinity and The Manhattan Projects writer will be joined by Nick Spencer as a co-writer and Italian artist Stefano Caselli.


We guessed that “Descent” had to do with Dennis Hopeless’ follow-up to Avengers Arena and we were right. Avengers Undercover will deal with the survivors of Murderworld and what they feel they need to do in order to redeem themselves after the events of Arena. That redemption involves infiltrating the Masters of Evil and destroying that group from within. But what happens when they start thinking they might fit in better as villains? This (intentionally or not) revealed some possible spoilers for Avengers Arena, which is set to end with next months issue #18. With X-23 already revealed to be joining All-New X-Men (see above), and the Avengers Undecover cast shown to be composed of Cammi, Deathlocket, Cullen Bloodstone, Hazmat and Anachronism, that means that in the last couple issues of Avengers Arena only Reptyl, Chase, Nico and Apex can possibly die.


The “Extinction” teaser was revealed to refer to a new Avengers A.I. storyline penned by Sam Humphries and featuring art by Andre Araujo that will begin with issue #8.NOW, set in a Marvel Universe 10,000 years into the future.


The “Trust” teaser turned out to be about the upcoming Loki: Agent of Asgard series to be written by Al Ewing. The writer didn’t reveal at the panel how Loki goes from his status as a teenager in Young Avengers (curiously enough, a series that was not mentioned at all during the panel) to a grown man as seen in the preview image. Turns out “Trust” had nothing to do with Mighty Avengers like we initially speculated.


We were spot-on in our guess that the “Atonement” teaser had to do with a new Black Widow series by Nathan Edmondson and Phil Noto, however.


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