Creative Director Joe Quesada, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso, Christos Gage (X-Men Legacy, Young Avengers), Nick Lowe (editor on X-Men) C.B Cebulski ( Senior Vice President of Creative & Creator Development) gathered in front of an enthusiastic audience to talk about the current smash-hit event, Avengers Vs. X-Men.
First order of business – find out what side of the line the crowd fell upon. The hollers and claps were definitely biased to one side. (X-Men baby! Hell yeah! Although the panel said that in a previous session the Avengers were the clear winners.)
The panel talked for a while about what it was like to work on such a huge event. Axel Alonso stated that this story is the epilogue to many other stories that have been told for years. It was great to throw the X-Men in the center of the an event of such scale and push them into the center of the Marvel Universe.
Additionally, the panel announced that a five-issue weekly epilogue titled Avengers Vs. X-Men Consequences will be released in October. The miniseries is written by Kieron Gillen with a different artist each issue. Nick Lowe explained that Avengers Vs. X-Men will have huge ramifications on the Marvel Universe. They want to make sure that though the event has a solid ending, all the consequences are recognized.
The second order of business for the panel was to address the upcoming Marvel Now! initiative. For most titles in the Marvel U, the continuum will restart back at issue #1. This is now, however, a reboot. (Alonso stressed this about five times.) There will be no going back in time. No alternate dimensions. Things are continuing on as usual, but with some revitalization happening. “I’m personally excited about this,” Alonso stated.
From October through February, every week readers will find at least one issue that is a true entry way into the Marvel U. Each series will have a distinct entry point. The best part, perhaps, is that each issue will include the code for a free digital comic version. Another new digital tool is that fans with the Marvel AR ap on their phone will be able to point the phone at any Marvel AR comic book and get an instant recap of what’s been going on in the story.
Quesada addressed fan concern that this is a reboot without calling it a reboot. “Marvel has a tradition of not relaly rebooting our universe … but we do retool sometimes. Just revitalizing it.”
Lastly, the panel discussed the upcoming series Uncanny Avengers. The series will launch October 10 and feature a team made up of X-Men and Avengers that are assembled in order to defeat an evil that will require the specialties of both. This is supposed to be a book that appeals to fans of both enterprises. Cats and dogs together in one big Marvel U family.