Over the last week Marvel has released a bunch of teases that have had people speculating some out there theories. Talk of rebooting the Marvel Universe a la Flashpoint style seemed to be the most popular. Well on Sunday Marvel had their panel at SXSW and explained what those teases actually are. They have to do with a lot of things Marvel will be doing digitally. The first tease that came out last week was this:
And with that we get the announcement that Marvel is, for a limited time, offering 700 #1 issues and one shots for free on their digital site and app. This promotion will run until 11pm eastern time on Tuesday March 12th. This even includes the first issues of the recent Marvel Now titles. So if you've been wanting to check out some of the new series, but weren't too sure, the first issues are all available. You may be waiting a bit though because comixology's website crashed shortly after this announcement was made. I hope they have it fixed soon since this promotion is only running for 2 more days.
Let's move on to the next tease:
The running joke on the internet was that this was going to be "The Now 52." What could the 52 hashmarks be? Well there are 52 weeks in a year, and with that we'll be getting 52 weekly digital infinite comics. We will see four seperate series with each one being 13 parts. The first is "Wolverine: Japan's Most Wanted" written by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour and drawn by Paco Diaz. “What we’re doing with Infinite Comics is developing a new language for telling comic book stories" said Axel Alonso, Marvel's Editor in Chief. The first issue comes out July 9th and is available for pre order right now on Marvel's digital store.
If you want a free taste of how the Infinte Comics work, Marvel released a free issue earlier this week spotlighting Drax the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy written by Brian Michael Bendis and drawn by Michael Avon Oeming. For more preview pages check the gallery at the end of the article.
The last tease Marvel had posted was about somthing called Project Gamma:
Project Gamma actually sounds pretty cool to me, but won't be launching until later this year. Project Gamma is an initiative to add music and sound effects to your digital comics. This is being worked on by the same companies that composed and produced music for the Looper, Drive, The King's Speech, and the Harry Potter films.
Marvel also announced that they are launching another weekly web series hosted by Blair Butler called "Marvel's Earths Mightiest Show." It will bring you news from Marvel, in addition to interviews and behind the scenes looks at their films.
Marvel also pimped their AR app, which offers dvd like extras to comics.
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