Breaking Down Marvel’s Fresh Start

After years of successful movies produced by Marvel Studios redefined the genre of comic book action movie, Marvel Comics is upping the ante by relaunching a large number of their original comic book series, which will explore never-before-seen stories of our favorite superheroes. In many cases, this means expanding the known Marvel universe, and giving fans a new generation of heroes to admire. Many of the humans who are donning the traditional role of the superhero in these series are young, diverse, and are a great reflection of the American population today.

Today, we’re going to break down Marvel’s Fresh Start publications, and see what’s in store for us in the next few months as these comics are released.

The Avengers

Set to release on May 2nd, The Avengers will follow the new era of the Avengers, the best defense the Earth has against the monstrous space gods known as the Celestials.

The new Avengers team is composed of Thor, Iron Man, and Captain America, but they’re not alone. In this new incarnation, they’ve got Doctor Strange, Ghost Rider, She-Hulk, Black Panther, and Captain Marvel along for the ride as well. Plus, this book will continue the story kicked off in 2017’s Marvel Legacy #1 by also exploring the continued adventures of the 1,000,000 BC Avengers team.

The story will be written by Jason Aaron, with art by Ed McGuinness.

Venom

Set to release on May 9th, one week after The Avengers, this updated Venom series will follow what happened to the supernatural villain Venom and Eddie Brock, the human whose form he shares. In this relaunch, Venom could be forced to relinquish his hold on Brock, and now that they need each other more than ever, it will undoubtedly be a wild ride.

Written by Doctor Strange and Thanos writer Donny Cates, with art by Ryan Stegman, the first issue starts with a bang, so make sure to pick up your copy as soon as it hits stores.

Black Panther

Written by celebrated American author Ta-Nehisi Coates, the relaunched Black Panther series follows T’Challa as he explores the vast history of the Intergalatic Empire of Wakanda, a mysterious part of the nation he has worked tirelessly to defend. As T’Challa explores the full potential of Wakanda, we’re taken along for the ride as well.

Although Coates is primarily known for his novels, his current run on Black Panther, originally starting in April 2016, has taken the series in an exciting new direction and we should expect more of the same with this new intergalactic direction. Coates’s story is illustrated by Daniel Acuña, a celebrated up-and-coming artist. Black Panther #1 will be released on May 23rd.

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