Review: Marvel Now! Point One

Published on October 23rd, 2012

I remember when the first point one issues for Marvel were announced last year and I thought the idea behind it was great, to introduced already ongoing series to new readers. Many of the creators took this to heart and succeeded, some did not, and later on these point one issues were more of a prelude issue to a new ongoing comic that was launching. Marvel decided to put out a point one issue that introduced new ongoing series or other plot points that spun out of things going on in the Marvel Universe and now that we are done with Avengers vs. X-Men and slowly but surely jumping into the Marvel Now! Initiative, Marvel has decided to put together a brand new anthology of short stories that serve as preludes to new upcoming projects that will be launching from October all the way to February. There were six stories told in this collection and I will take a look at each of them.

Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. in NYSE by Nick Spencer and Luke Ross

This story was used as the main story of the anthology that separated the other stories. It involved someone from the future coming to warn Nick Fury that something bad is going to happen (because, why would anything good happen?) and that it was up to him to stop it. This story is leading into the new Secret Avengers book and I think it does a pretty good job of setting up that new series and what it is going to entail. I also like that they are bringing in the S.H.I.E.L.D. team from the Avengers movie into the foreground of the Marvel Universe. I thought it would be forced but it didn’t feel that way. Spencer makes it work and like I said is setting up what could be a pretty cool Secret Avengers book.

Star-Lord in Guardians of the Galaxy by Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven

As much as I am looking forward to a Guardians of the Galaxy comic from Bendis and McNiven I thought this story was pretty weak in getting me excited about the book. It’s a story of Peter Quill when he was just a child. Knowing Bendis I know that this will tie into the comic somehow down the line, but as a preview for the comic itself, for me it just didn’t work. Despite the huge names on this comic, this concept is a hard sell for Marvel fans let alone all comic fans. They should have told a different story to show the tone of the book and what it’s going to be about instead of doing a flashback to show a character’s origin that people might not know about or even care.

Nova in Diamondhead by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness

This was my favorite story in the whole group. It was the one that got me the most excited to read the new ongoing. Nova is coming off his high from meeting Thor in the AvX crossover and thinking about how Thor said he could be an Avenger before he comes into contact with Diamondhead and they fight. Ed McGuinness is a beautiful artist and he looks to be having a lot of fun with this new Nova. The colors are fantastic, bright and exciting. And Loeb has a pretty good knack for writing a teen hero; he’s also pretty funny too. There are some comics that are just suppose to be fun and I think this comic is it and I look forward to reading it when it gets released.

Miss America in The New World by Kerion Gillen, Jamie McKelvie and Mike Norton

This story had beautiful art and what is was pretty funny scene between Miss America and Kid Loki. The problem that I had with this story is no fault of the story itself, it’s all mine. I’m not at all familiar with either of these two characters. But I think the story is pretty good and easy to get the point. Kid Loki is looking to reform the Young Avengers and I’m all for that. I loved the first Young Avengers series and really enjoyed the sequel and it is finally nice to see these characters able to get out into the Marvel Universe in their own monthly book.

Ant-Man in It’s Art! by Matt Fraction and Mike Allred

This was my second favorite story because it focused on Scott Lang the Ant-Man and him dealing with the death of his daughter Cassie that happened in Young Avengers Children’s Crusade. This is actually the first time I’ve seen anyone tell a story of him dealing with that and what Matt and Mike do in these few pages is just a work of art. The emotion in this story ranges from touching to dark to funny. I’ve been avoiding spoiling the main plots of the story and I won’t do it here but this one is a must read that also shows why Ant-Man is going to be in the new FF book.

Forge in Crazy Enough by Dennis Hopeless and Gabriel Hernandez Walta

This story kind of through me for a loop because it wasn’t until the end that I knew what comic it was suppose to be previewing since it was the only one not drawn by the artist that is drawing the book. It also through me for a loop because it was just a weird story featuring Forge who I haven’t seen in a comic in a long time and couldn’t remember when that was either. Seems Forge has gone a little nutty and that’s about all I could gather from the story. I’ll be the first to admit that I really have no idea what’s going on here but the ending is interesting enough.

Overall I think this point one issue is a success and it totally worth checking out if you are interesting in previewing any of the comics that will be launching under that Marvel Now! Initiative.

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