COMICS: Axel Alonso On Marvel's Plans In 2013, Cat-Beast And More

Do you like Beast's latest redesign? Are you ready for the cosmic Marvel titles to take center stage in 2013 the same way The Avengers and X-Men were front-and-center in 2012? Read on to hear from Marvel's Editor In Chief, Axel Alonso.

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On Marvel's goals for 2013.
Alonso: There's always a goal for the year. In 2012, the goal was to make "AvX" a huge hit that set the stage for Marvel NOW! In 2013, the goal is to remind fans why our playground is called the "Marvel Universe." From deep space to the Negative Zone, the stakes have never been just Earth; in 2013, we'll close the gap between Earth and the so-called Cosmic Universe like never before. Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy -- and a few other characters we've yet to reveal -- will be just as important to the fate of the Marvel Universe as the Avengers or X-Men.

Alonso talks more about the cosmic books (what else are we supposed to call it, Axel?).
Alonso: It's a mistake to label this the "Cosmic line." Nova, the Guardians of the Galaxy are as deeply woven into the fabric of the Marvel Universe as Spider-Man or the X-Men, and we're going to remind readers of that in 2013. The Guardians won't be fueling up their spacecraft on the planet Gronk when the $#!% hits the fan -- they'll be right in the thick of it.

Look, "Marvel Studios' The Avengers" underscored the fact that the heroes fought for Earth in the context of a larger universe -- hello, Thanos! -- and we'll be doing the same thing in 2013. The creative teams on "Nova" [Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuiness] and "Guardians of the Galaxy" [Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven] have put their heart and souls into telling exciting and accessible stories that exist in -- and will be relevant to -- the Marvel Universe and reflect deep affection for the characters and their history. And the art? Oh my God. Ed McGuiness and Steve McNiven are killing it! You won't find two better-looking books on comic racks.

On Beast's redesign and the controversy of 'Cat Beast'.
Alonso: It come as no surprise to us that this has become a hotly debated topic amongst fans -- because it was hotly debated amongst us!

[X-Men Group Editor] Nick Lowe absorbed a lot of body punches for his strident defense of "Cat Beast" at two editorial summits! [Laughs] Ultimately, Beast's redesign made sense in the context of Brian's story, so we did it.

Yeah, it's status quo.



There's more from Alonso over at the source so click the link below to read the interview in full? Like what you hear from Alonso about Marvel's 2013 future plans? The disgruntled fan in me says it would've been nice to shine more of a spotlight on DnA when they were doing some epic stuff with the cosmic line (again Axel, I really don't know what to call it)a few years back. Still, Bendis and Loeb are FAR from slouches so consider Marvel's 2013 plans to be can't miss.

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marvel72 - 1/4/2013, 4:42 PM
looking forward to guardians of the galaxy & nova,i just wished it was rich rider.

he might return one day(fingers crossed).
Jollem - 1/4/2013, 4:59 PM
when axel alonso was initially pitching Marvel NOW!, i couldn't help but think of this scene from Southland Tales...


Southland Tales - Clip - Nowby MyMovies_International

sounded just like it; "you want marvel, you can get it NOW" :)
0bstreperous - 1/4/2013, 5:07 PM
he said gwenth paltrow was ugly two years ago at comicon
nikgrid - 1/4/2013, 5:14 PM
AVX was pretty ho-hum. So I'm looking forward to Marvels new 52 (Marvel Now), cause let's face it it kind of is.
jimpinto24 - 1/4/2013, 5:25 PM
I'm very excited about the GOTG commics. But Nova on the other hand...not so much. The main reason why is because Jeph Loeb is the writer.
RyGoR - 1/4/2013, 5:39 PM
I'm gonna give both GotG and Nova a go looking to see some epic stories and artwork from these series! I've liked every marve NOW! title I've read so far
ATrueHero1987 - 1/4/2013, 5:57 PM
I'll check out GOTG but Nova....the first 6-12 issues has to have great reviews for me to check it out.
maxxgone - 1/4/2013, 6:28 PM
@obstreperous

lol, that guy is not allowed to ever discuss who is and is not attractive. but it doesn't surprise me to hear he is a pompous ass.
marvel72 - 1/4/2013, 6:40 PM
@ nikgrid

its not like dc new 52,dc rebooted its whole universe marvel hasn't all their history is still intact.

they've just all gone back to issue 1,they do that every couple of years.

cmax - 1/4/2013, 6:41 PM
@nikgrid
New 52 was a universe-wise continuity wipe. That means anything you read before - doesn't matter anymore.

Marvel NOW! isn't a continuity wipe at all.
I honestly don't know how anyone can read DC comics with the amount of disrespect they've shown their continuity since the first Crisis. It just keeps getting worse.
Jollem - 1/4/2013, 6:45 PM
new 52 didn't entirely wipe their continuity, it's more like things have been omitted and there are things that might have been changed

marvel now! is costume and attitude changes. it's like the wwf's "attitude" era

continuities get "disrespected" from time to time in "the big two"
Franshu - 1/4/2013, 6:51 PM
Guardians of teh Galazy is the only one I care about out of the titles mentioned. And mostly because McNiven's drawing it :P
Temple - 1/4/2013, 7:54 PM
@Magnus66 I hear that. The new beast looks awesome.


"Alonso: Nova and the Guardians of the Galaxy -- and a few other characters we've yet to reveal". Nice, looking forward to this year.
superotherside - 1/4/2013, 7:58 PM
Not a big deal, on Beast IMO. I don't honestly mind either versions.

On Nova, no Nova without Richard Rider. If he doesn't show up after a few books I'm going to be mad. GOTG looks great, although Star Lord needs a mask and I hope Adam Warlock is involved. Also hope that they don't go too Earth centered in GOTG. The whole cosmic theme is why I liked it.
LordHuck - 1/4/2013, 8:14 PM
I miss cat beast already.
GUNSMITH - 1/4/2013, 8:48 PM
APE BEAST BRINGS IT BACK OLDSHOOL
PeterParkerofGotham62 - 1/4/2013, 8:57 PM
(Completely off topic) Why are these fitness ads keep showing up its not like we need them (struggles to get off the chair)
jimmyjay88 - 1/4/2013, 9:14 PM
i agree if richard ryder doesnt show up after a few issues then im gonna stop picking up nova
novaprime - 1/4/2013, 9:27 PM
MARVEL NEEDS TO REBOOT THEIR REBOOTS, I DO NOT LIKE THE NEW LOOK THE GUARDIANS GOT AND I HATE THAT MARVEL ADDED IRON MAN AND MADE PETER QUILL/STARLORD BLOND..I ALSO HATE WHAT THERE DOING WITH THE SPIDERMAN STORY LINE AND OTHERS.. THORS THE BEST ONE SO FAR!!! AND HULK!!
novaprime - 1/4/2013, 9:38 PM
NOVA RICHARD RIDER NEEDS TO COME (ASAP)NOT FEELING THE NEW KID
mgeoff88 - 1/4/2013, 11:27 PM
I don't really care for his redesign. I prefer the older Beast.
Equivocal - 1/4/2013, 11:46 PM
a wish for 2013 ?

please Marvel, please
cancel that superior spiderman,
that's all I want.....
croniccris - 1/5/2013, 12:04 AM
where is richard rider?
jimoakley666 - 1/5/2013, 12:21 AM
I actually like the idea that every ten (our not comic) years or so Beast will evolve in some way or another. The X-Men / mutants are all about evolution, which runs contrary to most comic fan's perspective. But when Morrison introduced the secondary mutation theory, I thought this could really work for some characters. Namely, Beast.

I liked 'normal' beast. And I liked grey Beast. And I liked Quitley's take on cat Beast. Excited to see what happens with ape Beast.
hush - 1/5/2013, 2:33 AM
Marvel fans: 'It's not like New 52, it's blah blah blah...'

DC fans: 'It's not a reboot, it's blah blah blah...'

People who enjoy comics in general: 'They're both reboots.'

It's a bit like being the Atheists of the comic world sometimes.

I like the new Beast btw, very cool.
siggisuperman - 1/5/2013, 5:27 AM
@HUSH it isn't a reboot. At least I haven't seen one comic in Marvel Now that ignores past events. SO far Thunderbolts has a few unexplained things but I think nothing has been rebooted.

There is a big difference between a reboot and a relaunch.

DC's 52 ereased all of the history of the characters. Nothing like that has been done at Marvel
marvel72 - 1/5/2013, 5:43 AM
@ hush

i like comic books from marvel,dc,image,dynamite & so on

dc rebooted its entire universe apart from maybe green lantern & batman,but saying that they've made changes in both those characters history.

so please explain how marvel now is a reboot? this should be good.
xcrementus - 1/5/2013, 8:14 AM
totally not a reboot. just creative teams playing musical chairs.

Am really pumped for Humphries' Uncanny XForce. cus i miss Puck and Bishop like crazy!

And Psylocke has really come into her own in the last couple of years.
Seejay - 1/5/2013, 8:19 AM
Beast looks to be almost Hulk-size.
Tymminator - 1/5/2013, 6:52 PM
It's not a reboot in any way.

That said, I wish Marvel actually did reboot everything because now the whole thing is one giant mess.

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