The better half of Fear Itself has passed us by. As entertained as people seem to be by this story arc, of course all eyes are constantly on the questions “what’s next after this?” Since Comic-con, we knew the title would be Shattered Heroes. Marvel has since posted November cover previews (below) to taunt us a little further.
“The general tenor of it, without getting too much into the end of Fear Itself, Fear Itself was in every way a war,” Brevoort said [SVP of Publishing]. Though heroes survive, “They’re all going to have to deal with choice they made, things they had to do.” 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 focus on Captain America, Thor, and Iron Man, respectively. – Comic Book Resources
What Brevoort is referring to here is Fear Itself 7.1, 7.2, and 7.3 which, in November, shall be dealing with much of the aftermath of the event and begin completely new directions for each of these three huge heroes. Writer Ed Brubaker mentioned that these are meant to be used as good “jumping-on” points for those looking to get into the series. The 7.1-3 issues will work, therefore, as both endings and beginnings.
Editor-in-chief Axel Alonso put it simply, “Our heroes’ lives are shattered. Can they pick up the pieces in time to face the coming storm?”
Of course other factors will be adding to the ever-growing post-Fear Itself plot considering as of The Mighty Thor #8, a new god of thunder shall take Thor’s place. Tanarus’s saga in taking Thor’s place in this issue shall be told by Matt Fraction and Pasqual Ferry.
Captain America is having a similarly difficult time dealing with the loss of his oldest friend and colleague, Bucky. In a Marvel press release, Brubaker commented on working with this weight on Cap’s shoulders: #7.1 “is my chance to do what everyone’s been complaining I haven’t been able to do, and that’s deal with Bucky’s death in ‘Fear Itself,'” Brubaker said. “This is where I get to set the stage for the next year of ‘Captain America,’ and for secret things we can’t talk about yet.”
Fraction, also present in the press conference talked a little about his Iron Man issue in this series. “I really enjoyed having Tony and Odin yelling at each other, the two biggest egos in the Marvel universe, so this is kind of the second half of that,” stated Fraction. He also mentioned how this issue will begin to deal with everything Tony has had to give up during that past few weeks of Fear-Itself issues.
Aside from the 7-point series, other titles that will be falling under the “Shattered Heroes” banner include the new Hulk, Defenders, Avengers – the 12-part Fear Itself: Fearless issues as well as the Battle Scars issues. According to Brevoort, Battle Scars will be an book focused on espionage missions which will include Captain America, Daisy Johnson, and Taskmaster among other characters.
Thus are at least some hints as to what we can expect once the big events of Fear Itself die down and leave the characters, and writers, in a more introspective place once again in order to pick up all the pieces. For more information and to view the live Marvel Blog concerning this very topic, visit Marvel’s site directly at this link: http://marvel.com/news/story/16506/next_big_thing_shattered_heroes_liveblog
The Following are the November Cover Previews falling under the Shattered Heroes Banner, as posted by Marvel: