Marvel Comics announced last week that there are big changes coming to their world, with some of the first details about the upcoming Secret Wars #1, launching in May 2015. The 8-issue Secret Wars mini-series, which will be written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Esad Ribic, will officially start with a special #0 issue that will be released on Free Comic Book Day this year.
Secret Wars is the storyline that Hickman has been building to since he took over on Avengers and New Avengers back in 2012. The series starts with the merging of the regular Marvel universe and the Ultimate universe in what Hickman has been calling an “incursion.” This incursion has been getting foreshadowed for a while and will lead into the rest of the series, where the combined universe will become Battleworld, which is a call back to the original Secret Wars series from back in the 1980s.
The big rumor leading up to this announcement was that Secret Wars will lead into some kind of continuity reboot, with the regular Marvel universe and the Ultimate universe joining together. It will be interesting to see how this works out with the batch of new series launching in the next few months such as All-New Hawkeye, Howard the Duck, Uncanny Inhumans, and Spider-Gwen, among others. Will we see a whole new universe emerge at the end of Secret Wars, or will it be something where we just get a few new elements merged into the universe we know today? (It seems like it’s likely the former.)
Secret Wars #0, which will come out on May 2, 2015 for Free Comic Book Day, will feature a story described as a “primer” for the miniseries, and will also include the Marvel Avengers/Attack on Titan crossover that has not been officially translated into English yet from Hajime Isayama with art by Gerardo Sandoval.
Check out the video here below to see Marvel Senior Vice-President Tom Brevoort and Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso discuss the upcoming event in some detail and tell us what you think about this all-new Secret Wars.