The Astonishing Line Expands

The House of Ideas launches an Astonishing new imprint

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By Jim Beard

The industry's top creators join forces with the world's most popular super heroes to launch the all-new Astonishing line of comics!

Pioneered to be the books for both the casual and hardcore fans, this new imprint kicks off with two can't miss series: ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN/WOLVERINE by superstars Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert, and the series that started it all back for a bold new era, ASTONISHING X-MEN #1 by the duo of Warren Ellis and Kaare Andrews.

Here's how Astonishing works: set firmly in the Marvel Universe and providing the perfect starting point for all readers, new or old, these books will tell the most epic stories of heroic action set against the back drop of the real world. New readers will be able to jump right into these epic adventures, while die-hard Marvel fans will also find exciting insights and dramatic changes for Marvel's most prestigious characters.

We checked in with Senior Vice-President of Sales & Circulation David Gabriel to ask him what about Astonishing excited him most.

ASTONISHING X-MEN by Kaare Andrews
"The Astonishing line is exciting for us and the entire industry because it provides the top creators the chance to take on our top characters in stories that you won't find anywhere else," he says. "They are firmly set in Marvel continuity but also accessible to new readers. If you're looking for big changes and character developments or a place to start reading if you are new to comics, this is where you come. Thanks to Joss Whedon and John Cassaday, the name Astonishing is synonymous with excellence. That's what this line is all about, from the creators to the characters."

Inaugurating the line with the X-Men, Spider-Man and Wolverine certainly qualifies as astonishing, but who else might we expect to see grace Astonishing in the future?

"This is something that will encompass all of the Marvel Universe at some point in time, but you'll be hearing more about those in the coming months as we announce the creative teams and characters involved," Gabriel promises. "This is a line that's here to stay and will make its mark across the board!"

The relationship between Spider-Man and Wolverine and their individual approaches to heroism strike an astonishingly strong chord among Marvel readers, making it no surprise the two feature prominently in Astonishing's launch.

ASTONISHING SPIDER-MAN/WOLVERINE by Adam Kubert
"It's a duo that fans have long been asking for [in] another team-up," Gabriel says. "They are two of the most popular and recognizable characters in the Marvel Universe. Their attitudes and way the approach problems and enemies-even fellow heroes-are so different that it gives way to great stories, as you'll see Jason Aaron and Adam Kubert deliver!"

Dynamic stand-alone stories that spring from the real Marvel Universe will set Astonishing apart from other titles. Gabriel believes that any linking elements or crossovers in the line will present themselves in the style of storytelling and not actual story elements-for the time being.

"That said, at this point, the idea of crossing over is a bit counter-productive to the way the line is conceived," he notes. "That may change, but for now it will consist of stories that will truly astonish you in their own titles."

Look for more on the Astonishing line this week on Marvel.com!

 

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19 comments
vijinand
vijinand

Whedon's Astonishing X-men came about as a logical result of Morrison's run on New X-men. It fit. This Astonishing X-men is just an attempt to cash in on the name Whedon made great. And Spider-man/Wolverine is just ridiculous. I'm already forced to buy ASM three times a month, to get a full story. I'm not buying a 4th.

AveJoe
AveJoe

Enough already. I already can't keep track of all the different universes, ,etc. How many Spider Man books is this now? X-men books? This just feels like too much confusion, too much of a commitment and a grab to get more money out of the readers wallets.Marvel is my favorite publisher but this feels abusive and very confusing what with Heroic Age, Ultimate and on and on. Just make the flagship titles better.

Phoenixdude
Phoenixdude

[quote@vijinand How about putting some top talent on Amazing Spider-man before creating a spin-off book. Ugh.[/quote] Exactly. I have not read a single issue since One More Day ended. I will not pick up one more Spiderman issue until this storyline is retconned and MJ and Peter are married again as they should be.

jonwillford
jonwillford member

Can you people please stop turning out poses and costumes that objectify women? As an X-men collector/reader for over 20 years I have always found it immature and tiresome. I know you've been doing this since the 90s, but still. I've got a daughter that I want to eventually get into comics, but if she's going to be subjected to pictures of Storm with her breasts partially psuedo-exposed and Emma Frost pointing her ass at us, I'm going to move on.

cmoz25
cmoz25

That art is terrible, beast and cyclops are the only people that don't look ridiculous. I mean honestly what the *@!$* is wolverine doing?

homsar
homsar

there is two things wrong with storms new costume

mac01
mac01 member

I do not know what to think about this! Astonashing xmen already exist so is this a sort of reboot because if im not mistaken there was a n*1 next to the picture.But the astonashing spidey wolverine could be ( and i mean could be) interesting depending how they write and the direction of the book!Basically will be getting them both and if i dont like will just stop getting them

Tirliwig
Tirliwig

[quote@thause77 Whats with that x-men cover?Why do we see half of storms chesticles? and is emma frost mooning me?whats the deal?Is this some kind of joke or something?later[/quote] got to agree they have maide a queen (storm is still the queen right) look like a cheap hooker while trying to make evrone look cool with the black t-shirt and jeans combo not exactly the xmen more some kid tryong to make things look cool

mfrogue13
mfrogue13

Is this some kind of joke or something?later"agreed, passing this one without a second glance

thause77
thause77

Whats with that x-men cover?Why do we see half of storms chesticles? and is emma frost mooning me?whats the deal?Is this some kind of joke or something?later

s-i-d-e-r-m-a-n
s-i-d-e-r-m-a-n member

interested in what would bring spider man and wolverine together for the long hall. I mean sidy and wolverine are kinda like oil and whater in some ways. they work well together and I think their relationship has grown I mean wolverne even chose spidy to be his "bar buddy" for his birth day. but it would seem to me that a spidiy wolverine team up should be specal. not something they build a whole book around.

Zalitz
Zalitz

I love Cyclopes in that picture. He looks perplexed, as if to say, "Why are you all posing? What's happening?

vijinand
vijinand

How about putting some top talent on Amazing Spider-man before creating a spin-off book. Ugh.

CapLivesOn
CapLivesOn

Yeah, I'm wondering why this is really necessary. It only adds confusion. We've got the main universe titles, Ultimate, Marvel Adventures, the Zombieverse, and now this strange hybrid. Enough already.It's funny. DC made such a big deal out of re-establishing the multiple universe concept and haven't really touched it at all since. Meanwhile, Marvel has done more with the concept than DC has.

Phoenixdude
Phoenixdude

A not so Astonishing idea for a not so Astonishing series. Pass.

joshtylen
joshtylen

Really I wonder why they can't just take the regular book in that direction. Not much is happening anyways.

CapLivesOn
CapLivesOn

So "Astonishing" is set in continuity but basically gives the creators free reign to tell stories outside of what's happening in their regular books? That's what I got out of it.