Last fall Marvel reinvigorated their comics line with a relaunch of many of its key titles under the banner of “Marvel NOW!”, and as we approach the one year anniversary, the New York-based publisher has announced a second wave of launches dubbed “All-New Marvel NOW!” that will begin on December 24, 2013.
According to an interview with Marvel’s Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso by USA Today’s Brian Truitt, this new initiative will be led off by the previously announced Inhuman series with Matt Fraction and Joe Madiurera as well as a previously unannounced series, All-New Invaders with two former DC creators – James Robinson and Steve Pugh. Rounding out this initial announcement is word that Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers series will join this with a new arc beginning in December's Avengers #24.NOW that sees Captain America and Iron Man recruit an all-new team to face a rogue planet barreling towards Earth.
In All-New Invaders, Captain America will reenlist his World War II-era team in the modern day with the likes of the original Human Torch, Namor the Sub-Mariner, and Cap's one-time sidekick Bucky Barnes, now of course working under the name Winter Soldier. In this new adventure, they are reunited to face off against a threat from the Kree Empire who have uncovered a device capable of controlling “gods” says USA Today.
"They answered America's call, went to war against the Nazi menace and fought side by side. These guys were brothers-in-arms," Robinson told USA Today. "As they move into more modern dramas, that link is a link you just can't undo. That will hopefully be the visceral element of this books' identity that will set it apart from the Avengers and X-Men."
This will mark Robinson’s second announced Marvel work in recent months after Spider-man: Family Business , and at FanExpo Canada last month Robinson is reported to have said he has one more project to be announced.
In addition, USA Today said that “All-New Marvel NOW!” will bring new focus to other characters – namely Black Widow and the Silver Surfer – though it's unclear whether that's hinting at new ongoing series for those characters or just feature arcs in existing books..