With the cat of the bag regarding Marvel’s upcoming plans, we now know big things are in store for their comic book universe... Though we don’t know a whole lot. There’s the first three titles, of course, but with the promise of plenty more down the pike, we thought it was time to play armchair Editor and beg Marvel for the return of a few books to the schedule; and new takes on some old ideas. Here are ten comics we want from Marvel NOW!... Now:
10. Nova/Guardians of The Galaxy
This is just a no brainer, right? Given that Marvel is rumored to be prepping a big budget GotG movie, plus the team showing up in Avengers Assembled, plus Nova playing a key role in Avengers vs. X-Men, there’s no way one or both of these titles won’t be showing up, and soon. If we had to choose, we’d err on the side of Guardians of the Galaxy, with a top notch creative team, and then launch Nova out of it. But hey, we’ll take it the other way, too.
9. Speedball & The New Warriors
When last seen, the newly cheery Robbie Baldwin was heading off with best bud Justice from the halls of Avengers Academy to... Somewhere else. Sure, putting them, as well as other New Warriors characters back on a team together is a nostalgia effort; but it’s worked for X-Men spin-off New Mutants, and with the right hooky pitch, could work here, too. Also, this is another great place to stick Nova, and if we know Marvel Editors, Nova is going to be like the Waldo of Marvel books from here on out.
8. Heroes For Hire
There’s been a number of different iterations of this title, but the first - and most famous - is the team-up between Luke Cage and Iron Fist. With the former now up to at least B-List status in the Avengers books, and Iron Fist a major focus of Avengers vs. X-Men, the time is right to bring ‘em back together and have them charge fat stacks of cash to help people in need.
7. Power Pack
Another title that’s been languishing for a good long while, the characters have shown up in FF and Avengers Academy, but haven’t taken the focus for a good long while. The family of heroes anchored there own adventures for years, though - and a title for all-ages in Marvel continuity would be great for diversifying the line.
6. Irredeemable Ant-Man
Another movie based title, with Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man on the horizon, it only makes sense to relaunch an Ant-Man series. And if you’re going to choose one guy who talks to ants, may we humbly suggest anti-hero Eric O’Grady, aka the Irredeemable Ant-Man? He’s easily the funniest version of the character, and doesn’t hold the decades of continuity Hank Pym does. Plus, did we mention he’s funny?
5. West Coast Avengers
Sure we’re going to have Uncanny Avengers, and Avengers, and probably New Avengers, Avengers Academy, and maybe even Secret Avengers. But what of the West Coast Avengers? The classic title had even more of a soap opera vibe to it than the main title, and it would be great to see some of the characters like Wonder Man and War Machine interacting again.
Comic book fans have been wondering, since Marvel semi-cleared up the rights to the Marvelman character, when he’d show up again. Well, here’s your chance, right? A bold initiative like Marvel NOW! is a great time to get some top notch, maybe out of left field creators to take on one of the most famous creations in comic book history.
3. ROM: Spaceknight
We could have bundled this with Guardians of the Galaxy, and to be honest, ROM will probably end up there, but we love the boxy Space Knight so much we’d love to see him get his own solo title again. While Nova and Guardians of the Galaxy can fight the big fights, send ROM into the all the weird corners the Marvel Universe has to offer.
2. All Access
There’s no way an ongoing Marvel/DC crossover title could happen, right? Particularly given the back to back relaunches? You could even call it The NOW! 52... Though maybe that sounds too much like an album. Anyway, we need Dark Claw back, is our point.
1. Marvel Knights
Given how great The Omega Effect crossover was, with street level heroes Punisher, Daredevil, and Spider-Man teaming up to talk down five crime families, we’d love to see this sort of look at the streets of Marvel from more top notch creators. Plus, it’s a way better idea than the other one we had: “Summers Knights,” which teams up Cyclops, Havok, and their Dad, Corsair, in Miami to solve mysteries.