Marvel Brings Out Wave Two of “Marvel Now”

by Aaron Einhorn
So, Marvel made some serious waves a little over a year ago when they launched “Marvel Now,” an imprint seen by many as a direct response to DC’s “New 52.” The differences between the two launches were plentiful – Marvel was not rebooting their continuity, and not every title was getting a re-number. But we were seeing some of the longest running titles get relaunched with fresh creative teams. And by and large, at least in my opinion, the relaunch has been successful.

Last weekend, during New York Comic Con, Marvel unveiled the “All-New Marvel NOW!” Many titles are getting the “NOW” treatment, including a few that already were relaunched under the Marvel NOW! banner.

Ahead of the convention, Marvel had already announced Avengers #24.NOW, All-New Invaders #1, Inhuman #1 and She-Hulk #1. During the con, the also announced the following titles:

  • All-New Ghost Rider #1
  • All-New X-Factor #1
  • All-New X-Men #22.NOW (All-New X-Men #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
  • Avengers A.I. #8.NOW (Avengers A.I. #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
  • Avengers Undercover #1
  • Avengers World #1
  • Black Widow #1
  • Captain America #16.NOW (Captain America #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
  • Captain Marvel #1
  • Elektra #1
  • Guardians of the Galaxy #11.NOW (Guardians of the Galaxy #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
  • Iron Patriot #1
  • Loki: Agent of Asgard #1
  • New Warriors #1
  • Punisher #1
  • Savage Wolverine #14.NOW (Savage Wolverine #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
  • Secret Avengers #1
  • Silver Surfer #1
  • Superior Spider-Man #27.NOW (Superior Spider-Man #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)
  • Thunderbolts #20.NOW (Thunderbolts #1 in All-New Marvel NOW!)

I’ll confess to being a little baffled by some of the numbering plans. Why do Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, Superior Spider-Man and Thunderbolts get to keep their numbers while Secret Avengers and Captain Marvel just get a straight-up new #1 issue? Not that it really matters, but it’s an odd choice.

The more exciting part of this announcement though is that every first issue (at least) bearing the “All New Marvel NOW!” branding will include a code for a Free Digital Copy (already standard for all of Marvel’s $3.99 titles), and select .NOW titles will come with a digital code for the entire first COLLECTION of that series.

The covers and creative teams for the newly announced titles follow.


  1. They’ve got a great team on Black Widow, I was so excited when I saw it pop up on Phil Noto’s Tumblr.