Today at the Special Edition: NYC comic convention during their Next Big Thing panel, Marvel Comics announced that writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist David Marquez will be the new creative team for Invincible Iron Man, an ongoing series that will launch after this summerâ€™s Secret Wars event. Also of note: Tony Stark is the man in the can.
Bendis and Marquez previously teamed up on Ultimate Comics Spider-Man (featuring Miles Morales), All-New X-Men, and Guardians of the Galaxy. Marvel Comics Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso told us earlier this week that they wanted to elevate Iron Manâ€™s comics to the same popularity level as the movies, so putting two of their top creators on his new book certainly backs that up.
In the lead-up to this announcement, there was some speculation that someone else was in Iron Manâ€™s armor. In Marvelâ€™s Free Comic Book Day offering, we got a glimpse of the future in All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 where we heard Miles say that their team of Avengers doesnâ€™t have â€œStark money.â€ This implied either Tony Stark wasn’t there to fund the team or that Stark was on the team but somehow lost his fortune. Now that we know it is indeed Tony Stark in the armor, perhaps part of his new status quo will be that he lost his billions? Only time will tell.
Iron Man was also featured front and center in a pair of teasers for Marvel’s post-Secret Wars comic relaunch, both of which were drawn by Marquez. Ahh, it all adds up.
In other news, Marvel showed off two of their twenty manga variant covers slated for this August. Each will be drawn by a popular manga artist. These two for Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #4 and Civil War #3 are by Katsuya Terada and Yusuke Murata.
And finally, they revealed 10 covers for new True Believers comics hitting in September, with the theme being Women of Marvel. These are special introductory issues that only cost one dollar.