The Illuminati Return! Sadly Absent: Jay-Z

Jonathan Hickman lays out the details on the Avengers in a post AvX world. Best part? Return of the Illuminati. What a cool concept. The idea of a “good” secret society of Marvel heroes who, with everyone’s best intentions in mind, usually seems to screw the pooch? THAT’s the cool concept. Bringing back someone else’s cool concept is, well, lazy. WHO CARES MOAR ILLUMINATI. But probably not the one from Disney’s Gargoyles. Whose idea was it to insert a super bizarre, world spanning, brain jarring conspiracy into a children’s cartoon? Whoever it was: Bravo, sir. Bravo. That led me directly to Shea & Wilson’s Illuminatus! trilogy, which placed a multitude of bizarre ideas directly into my cerebral cortex. You could say that, part of the reason I am the way I am today is based directly upon the Disney Afternoon. Let that marinate.

Link to Hickman talkin’ those post-AvX blues via io9.

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Well, He Does Have A Point (or Six)

Relevant or not, Wolverine certainly seems to be in more monthly books than any other Marvel character. Though both Deadpool & Spider-Man are having a go at the title.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if, one month when Logan is in space in the Wolverine & The X-Men book, he wasn’t also in a dragon-infested tunnel halfway to Japan? Then again, a month is a long time. Maybe he’s in space from the 4th – 9th then ends up in the dragon tunnels from the 16th – 23rd? With an all X-Men hands on deck softball game on the 13th? Continuity, you are a vexing and fickle concept!

Hickman & Opena’s The Avengers

Take a look at the interlocking covers for what looks like the first two issue’s of the Marvel NOW reboot/re-whatever of The Avengers by Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opena.  So who answers this call this go ’round? From what I can tell, it’s Captain (formerly Ms.) Marvel, maybe Cannonball, some mystery dude to the bottom right of Captain America, The Hulk, Wolverine, The Falcon (he sucks, right) The Black Widow, Thor, The Human Torch (?), Iron Man (with some badass new armor) Spider-Man, Hawkeye and Spider-Woman.  Time will tell about the series overall but this cover is still cool as hell.

Assemble
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Move Over Watchmen Babies, Marvel Babies Coming Through

SIMPSONS DID IT. Years after The Simpsons made the joke about the comics industry’s increasing need for one-off gimmicks to continue to sell books, Marvel comes bumbling along with Marvel Babies. Luckily, these are just variant covers for the upcoming Marvel NOW books, though there will be an A-Babies vs. X-Babies book. Can’t wait to pick that up! Plus, seeing as how they’ve already visited zombies, apes, noir, the dystopian future, and the Renaissance, I guess babies were due.
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(Link via Comic Book Resources)

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Marvel Comics: What’s on Tap?

Upcoming cover art for Marvel titles, including AvX, AvX Consequences, Winter Solider, Dark Avengers, Marvel NOW, and Wolverine and the X-Men. The final issue of AvX is slated to hit in September leading into the launch of Marvel NOW in October, which isn’t a re-boot or a re-imagining or a re-launch or re-levant (ha). Marvel Heroes: Never Stop Punching Faces.

(Via Comic Book Resources)