Over the last six months, on the heels of the game-changing Secret Wars mini-series, Marvel has rolled out 65 new ongoing* titles as part of its All New All Different Universe.
(*some of those titles have already been ticketed for cancellation… but never fear, because Marvel has quite a few more new books primed to take their place)
This week sees the release of that 65th series, X-Men ’92, an ongoing version of the Secret Wars tie-in of the same name. It’s a book in the all-ages camp along with Spidey that, for some reason, didn’t qualify for the “Marvel Universe” line of books that exist outside the main continuity. Maybe because it’s also geared towards folks who loved the X-Men animated series from the 90’s more than the actual X-Men comics of the 90’s. Or, you know, are nostalgic for rollerblades.
The real highlight of week twenty-six, however, is Captain America: Sam Wilson #7. In addition to continuing the excellent Nick Spencer and Daniel Acuña storyline that now embroils Sam in the Avengers Standoff mini-event, this mammoth book is a celebration of Cap’s 75th anniversary. And one of the bonus stories, “Presentation, ” features an Astonishing X-Men reunion of Joss Whedon and John Cassaday.
You can also pick up a sourcebook guide featuring several updates on ANAD heroes like Dr. Strange and Iron Man, as well as the first trade paperback collection of an ANAD series.
X-Men ’92 #1
Continuing and related titles:
All-New X-Men #7
Amazing Spider-Man #1.4
Captain America: Sam Wilson #7
Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur #5
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #6
Uncanny Inhumans Vol. 1: Time Crush (collecting #0-4)
Not bad for a play on the fish-outta-water story. The sitcom-like premise works well for a character that is kind of outta place in the new Marvel U. Having Gilgamesh be a couch-surfing man-child, plus the re-imagining of mythic beasts and characters are enough to capture my interest. I expect the writers have an extending arc, but little one-offs of Hercules dealing with modern times and his infamous celebrity is worth checking back on this book. – RF
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