Marvel held a press conversation Wednesday to reveal the details behind the recently solicited spin-off title to Original Sin, named Original Sins. This pluralized title aims to show how the ripples from the events in Original Sin affects heroes and villains across the Marvel Universe outside of the core series and the tie-ins to other ongoing series, such as the Young Avengers, the Black Knight, and Deathlok. For this press event, Marvel has released the covers to the first two issues of Original Sins, both by artist Mark Brooks, which will go on sale in June.
"Original Sins is a new 5 issue companion series with stories too big to fit in the main series,"says Chris D'Lando, launching the call. "Each issue has three stories with top tier creators featuring some of the most highly requested characters we have."
Marvel intends for Original Sins to ship bi-monthly like the main Original Sin title, fitting into the off-weeks between issues to give readers a new Original Sin "fix" every week.
D'Lando then introduced Axel Alonso and Tom Brevoort to the audience. Brevoort says Original Sins will start with a story featuring the Young Avengers going against the Hood. That serial will be written by Ryan North and drawn by Ramon Villalobos, and run over the course of the entire Original Sins series. Also working on this title is creators like Mark Bagley, James Robinson, and even Rick Geary -- a surprise which earned some applause from the press in attendance.
Brevoort promised characters "old and new" will appear in Original Sins, with Alonso chiming in that a Deathlok story in the series is intented to be a "Point One" style lead-in to a future Deathlok solo series. The Deathlok story is by Nathan Edmondson and Mike Perkins, the latter Brevoort says calls Deathlok a "dream job" going back years. The story in Original Sins will re-introduce Deathlok, and his alter-ego Michael Collins, to the "core of the Marvel Universe" Alonso states.
According to Alonso, Deathlok will be one of "four to five" characters Marvel plans on launching ongoing series for out of Original Sin. Marvel also has plans for several of their currently ongoing series to feature "transformations" of its characters with the effects of this line-wide event.
D'Lando then turns to ask the editors about Young Avengers, and Brevoort says that they have a strong fanbase anchored by core teams in its previous two incarnations.
"They're characters that really speak to a certain segment of the audience," says Brevoort. "It was a very logical choice to bring the Young Avengers into the fold as they all have ties to characters at the center of Original Sin."
Changing gears to talk about the creators involved, Brevoort says that many of the creators will be writing stories relating to their ongoing series -- Inhuman writer Charles Soule doing an Inhumans story, Fantastic Four's James Robinson doing a Doctor Doom story, and Amazing Spider-Man's Dan Slott doing a J. Jonah Jameson story. These will be in addition to stories in the tie-ins in those writer's ongoing series.
"In addition to doing stories with bigger characters, there's a Lockjaw story in #1, a Howard the Duck #2 and the J. Jonah Jameson story in #3," Brevoort reveals. "It's about their lives, their paths, their choices, that the Watcher has seen that no one else knows about."
Talk then turns to the Black Knight, who appears in the Original Sins #2 cover. Brevoort states that while the Avengers alum will be featured prominently in the series, there's currently no plans for any of the other MI-13 members in Original Sins at present -- with a caveat.
"The Black Knight has a story in this second issue, but we don't touch on any of the other MI-13 members -- but I don't want to swear on that yet," Brevoort explains. "I'm 85% sure, but there's a 15% chance lightning will strike and we'll use them somewhere."
When asked about the new talent joining the fold with Original Sins such as Ryan North and Rick Geary, Brevoort says there's "a million diferent ways to make a comic" and Original Sins "gives a unique chance to get more people involved and get their feet wet."
"Every character out there can be a hit in the right hands," Alonso adds.
The Original Sin event, both in the core series and tie-in books like these, is all about secrets, Alonso said. The central secret in Original Sin is about the identity and the motivations of the murderer of the Watcher, and Original Sins shows how the revealing of secrets the Watcher held affects other characters in the Marvel Universe.
"If you're talking about the pedigree of All-New Marvel Now!... and how each has its own flavor, Original Sins is trying to be that in each serial of each issue," Brevoort says." Each serial will be different from one another, and hopefully each be a satisfying experience."
Alonso states that Original Sins drives home the point that the larger Original Sin event is "universe-wide," with representations from characters in core books to characters they're hoping to focus more on in the future like Deathlok.
The final question of the panel came from Heidi MacDonald of the Beat, who asked if the recent uptick in diversity in Marvel titles would continue with new characters being spotlighted in Original Sins and related series. Alonso says that they'll be continuing the same "level of diversity" from All-New Marvel Now, and teased the gender of another character getting a solo series out of Original Sin.
"Speaking of diversity, look forward to the launch of a new series with a female character spinning out of Original Sin," Alonso says. "If you want to look at the future of the Marvel Universe, Original Sins is a good place to start."