Comics relaunch and renew themselves on a regular basis. That's nothing new. But there's something strange about what's happened to the post-Secret Wars Marvel Comics. The 2015 event heralded what was meant to be a simpler, more accessible new age for the company - but instead, it's been kind of a wild, baffling ride.
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When Marvel started teasing its Marvel Now line-up last year, one of the most intriguing titles was Kaare Andrews and Afu Chan's Iron Fists, a series about Danny Rand training the youngest bearer of the Iron Fist, a little girl named Pei. Unfortunately the series vanished off the face of the Earth -- but it's back, and heading straight to Comixology.
It's only been about a year since we were ramping up to the arrival of Marvel's big comic shakeup in "All-New, All-Different" -- but here we are, days from the beginning of its next one: "Marvel Now" (not to be confused with the first "Marvel Now" that preceded "All-New, All-Different", mind you!). Not sure what's going on? Neither are we but, we'll try to help.
Fans were first introduced to Kate Bishop, Young Avenger and Hawkeye extraordinaire, in 2005. Now, over a decade later, she's getting her own Hawkeye series without sharing the spotlight. But why only now? We spoke to Hawkeye writer Kelly Thompson to discuss where Kate Bishop is headed in Marvel's comic universe.
Over the past few weeks, Marvel has been hyping up its new, post-Civil War II comics roster: The age of "All-New, All-Different" is over, and "Marvel Now!" is beginning (err, again). There's been new series reveals and teases of major new status quo changes, but now the full line-up has been revealed.