Press Release

Next year, immerse yourselves in the Marvel Universe like never before as the world’s greatest super heroes star in a line of all-new graphic novels with Marvel: Season One! Aimed at new and old readers alike, the first wave featuring Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and The X-Men, brings readers a complete story, modernizing the seminal origins of these characters while also offering new revelations for long-time fans. There will be one graphic novel on sale each month starting in February.

“With Marvel Season One we’ve assembled a group of great creators who’re delivering exciting, iconic, in-continuity stories of our most popular heroes,” said Tom Brevoort, Marvel SVP/Executive Editor. “If you’re a new fan, you can start your journey into comics with Season One and if you’re a seasoned fan you’ll find some thrilling new insight into your favorite characters.”

The complete first wave of Season One graphic novels includes:

  • Fantastic Four: Season One by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Stephen King’s The Stand, Television’s Glee) and David Marquez (Secret Warriors), on-sale in February 2012
  • X-Men: Season One by Dennis Hopeless (Legion Of Monsters, Lovestruck) and Jamie McKelvie (Generation Hope, Phonogram), on-sale in March 2012
  • Daredevil: Season One by Antony Johnston (Daredevil) and Wellinton Alves (Nova), on-sale in April 2012
  • Spider-Man: Season One by Cullen Bunn (Fear Itself: The Deep, Sixth Gun) and Neil Edwards (Fantastic Four), on-sale in May 2012

“Marvel: Season One is all about bringing new readers to comics and comic stores around the world”, said David Gabriel, Marvel SVP of Sales. “We’ve been working on these for over a year and can’t wait for fans to see the results—they’re stunning! More news about the promotional and incentive plans for retailers will follow in the next few weeks.”

Whether you’re picking up a comic for the first time, or looking to add more to your comics reading experience, then it’s time to discover the world’s greatest super heroes all over again in Marvel: Season One!
via Marvel

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  1. July 30, 2011 at 3:48 pm — Reply

    Is this supposed to be the plan to compete with the DC relaunch? Feels kinda week to me. I might be wrong though. Anybody else?

  2. J_Michael_T
    July 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm — Reply

    Not a relaunch, right?

  3. Obsidian
    July 30, 2011 at 5:13 pm — Reply

    Not sure I like the recipe. This sounds a lot like Year One from DC blended liberally with the Pilot Season from Top Cow with a dash of Earth One (also DC) for a bit of flavour…

    Odd… tastes like “too little, too late” pie or “copy cat stew”

    /horrible metaphor

    • July 30, 2011 at 5:48 pm — Reply

      How about “Shameless Cash Grab Sandwich” ?

    • July 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm — Reply

      Then again, there’s the often overlooked “Things that have worked in the past” casserole. Furthermore I like that they’re just making them trades from the get-go

  4. July 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm — Reply

    Not to be confused with “Daredevil: Yellow” or “X-Men: First Class”.

    It’s not as drastic as DCnU, which could be good . . . but I also feel its a little too weak for my taste.

  5. hectorbustnuts
    July 31, 2011 at 12:30 am — Reply

    Sounds more akin to DC’s “Earth One” books…well…”book”, since JMS’ “Superman Earth One” is the only one to have been published so far.

  6. August 1, 2011 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    Sounds like Marvel is trying to catch up to DC by ‘modernizing the origins’ of their popular heroes to bring in a new audience. Marvel is late out of the gate on that idea and are trying to take advantage of the ground that DC is breaking.

    But let me ask this: There aren’t any female characters other they Sue Reed and maybe a X-‘man’ or two, that are getting this treatment and no female creators either. Hmm, Marvels not being very diverse. :-)

    • Damascus
      September 2, 2011 at 11:19 pm — Reply

      Except that the DCnU is really just DC following Marvel’s Decade old Ultimate line, they’re just doing it in the main continuity.

      They’re all going to try to one-up each other over and over again. But not everything that Marvel does for the next 6 months HAS to be seen as some play to combat DC’s new universe.

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