Another edition of CBR's "Marvel T&A" hit today. This time, VP Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, comments on Marvel Cosmic, Crossgen, the next Big Event - and lots more. Pages from March's Rocket and Groot (second half to The Annihilators) from artist Tim Green are shown off, as well.
Regarding Marvel Cosmic, Tom is asked if recent announcements, such as The Annihilators, are planned or part of the "natural workflow." The VP states, "There's a certain amount of lead time needed to put that project together - even today with the technology we have to zap files anywhere in the world. So this just happens to be when all this stuff is happening."
As to why Rocket and Groot was combined with The Annihilators, Brevoort states that the market is soft and, "It made more sense to us to fold those together and do it as a bigger book at a slightly higher price point than to try and release them as separate projects."
Tom then goes on to comment on all the fans that have been overwhelming Marvel with questions on what's next for DnA and Marvel Cosmic. "And for all those people that were barraging us with questions about what was coming next in the cosmic world and what was next for Dan and Andy on that front, hopefully they'll dig "Annihilators" and come out to support it and keep us thinking about further projects to do in that arena."
On Crossgen, Tom made it clear that the two titles announced, Ruse and Sigil, "are not continuations of the original CrossGen books. We're approaching all this stuff as if it's entirely new, and starting from square one."
Another point made is there will be more Crossgen books as, "They're the first two but not the only two planned to come." Comments from the books respective editors are then made from Nick Lowe on Sigil and Stephen Wacker on Ruse.
Next Big Event
Tom Brevoort states that Marvel is undeniably doing another Big Event. I'll let the VP Executive Editor do the talking. I hope Marvel Cosmic is part of this.
Brevoort: You know, we went into the Heroic Age, and we took a year or so off from doing big, interconnected event series, because we sensed a certain fatigue was setting in, both on the part of the readers and our creators. And fans seemed to like that for the most part. But now we're all well-rested and it's time to get back to business again.
So the thing we're going to be talking about a week from now is massive. It's incredibly huge, incredibly far-reaching. It's a big ol' bombshell to drop, and there's not much more I can say about it ahead of time. But yes, this will not be a small thing. This will be a grand, sweeping, epic Marvel event the likes of which you haven't seen in a few years. It's definitely larger in scope than "Siege," more on the scale of "Secret Invasion," and as ambitious in its way as "Civil War."
To that end, we're having a press conference on Tuesday at Noon Eastern at a location we can't reveal quite yet. But if you can't make it, we're streaming the whole thing live on Marvel.Com.
Be sure to head on over to CBR to read more. Tom announces five Captain America one-shots, including "Captain America and Secret Avengers" (No. I don't think this is an all ages book - as it would be "&"), talks about Mark Bagley's return to Marvel and has a question for recent fans to Marvel Comics.