DC Reboot: The “Marvel 52”

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DC Reboot: The “Marvel 52”

Actually, this post really isn’t about the DC Reboot/Relaunch at all, but it is inspired by it. Stealing a topic idea from Comic Book Resources, I decided to do a little creative exercise. Essentially, the question is, “What Would Be My ‘Marvel 52’?” The key word here is “my.” What I have detailed below is not what Marvel would do, nor should do. These are more just ideas on how I would personally handle a Marvel reboot if I were given the keys to the Marvel car. I did get a bit of input from Jeeg and PLee, but most of this is mine, for better or worse.

Currently Running Titles That I’d Keep…

Alpha Flight
Amazing Spider-Man
Astonishing X-Men
Black Panther
Captain America
Fantastic Four
Heroes for Hire
Incredible Hulk
Iron Man
Journey Into Mystery
Ka-Zar & Shanna
Mighty Thor
Moon Knight
Silver Surfer
Spectacular Spider-Man
Uncanny X-Men

Old Titles/Characters That I’d Bring Back…

Cloak & Dagger
Damage Control
Doctor Strange
Ms. Marvel

The Offbeat/Odd Titles That I’d Launch or Bring Back…

A new team of mutants bands together working for hire, solving problems the bigger mutant teams aren’t willing to solve. (Think A-Team, but they’re mutants.)

D.P. 7
Reboot of the D.P. 7 comic from the New Universe. Integrated into the Marvel Universe.

Banished to an alternate reality by Reed Richards, Doom begins his journey back to the reality he calls home conquering worlds along the way.

A small team of U.S. Soldiers is assigned the tasks that no one else can do. They are The Howlers.

A present-day ancestor of Killraven foresees the apocalyptic future and begins making efforts to prevent it from happening.

Life Model Decoy
A Life Model Decoy goes missing and turns out to have achieved sentience and is on the run. (Or this could be a Human Target-like book. Sentient LMD goes around posing as important people and saves their lives.)

Reboot of Mantra character from Malibu Comics

Marvel Tales
Book devoted to telling stories from the past. Could feature Invaders and WWII era stuff or Marvel Year One stuff.

Models, Inc.
The mini-series returns as an ongoing. Touring models travel the world and must solve mysteries together. Occasionally guest-stars Mary Jane Watson. (In my relaunch this would replace 15 Love, but whatever…)

Monster Hunters
Relaunch of Monster Hunters concept. Youth-oriented, borrowing heavily from Buffy.

Nth Man
The Ultimate Ninja. Imagine a solo Snake Eyes book that featured a lead character who could talk. That’s this book.

After a horrible war, the Microverse lies in ruins. On the edge of total destruction, an unlikely hero in Psycho Man rises to unite a team who will prevent the end. Starring Princess Mari and a couple other old Micronauts. This title change gets around rights issues with Mego. It also borrows a title from an old Epic Comic, but has nothing to do with it.

“Cosmic” book featuring new character who has received the powerful Sigil and must keep peace in space. Integrates a rebooted CrossGen set of characters into the Marvel Universe.

Strikeforce: Morituri
A scientist begins research that grants regular humans super powers. The method shortens the lifespan of the human. Set in the modern-day paving the way for the program as it becomes in the original series.

Tales of Suspense
Anthology title that is essentially a team up book between a top-tier character and a lower tier character or someone who doesn’t have their own title. So, Captain America and Rogue might team up for example.

I like Thanos so I wanted to give him a solo book. Put him on some quest for something. Make Adam Warlock a recurring character.

After the Avengers breaks off all dealings with the U.S. Government, a new team is formed to operate in its stead.

South Bronx ninja streetgang, fighting guerilla warfare against the Nine.

So, what do you think? What on this list would you keep? What would you remove? What creative teams would you want for any of these titles? “What would be your Marvel 52?”

By | 2017-03-17T00:52:52+00:00 June 26th, 2011|Categories: Article|Tags: , , |2 Comments

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  1. CT February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Some very cool ideas there, David. "Galaxy of Thrones" is a great idea.

    I like the idea of Strange leading a supernatural team. Might wind up being something like Venture Bros' Order of the Triad.

    And bonus points for having a Micronauts title, too.

  2. David February 25, 2017 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    1. The Avengers
    2. The West Coast Avengers (Young Avengers mentored by Hawkeye and Mockingbird)
    3. Avengers Academy (heroes in training)
    4. The Defenders (taking over the duties of SA)
    5. The Young Warriors (the original New Warriors with Spider-Girl, Gravity and Bucky from Young Allies)
    6. The Uncanny X-Men (1 team of 10-12)
    7. X-Force (starring the New Mutants minus Rob Liefeld)
    8. X-Factor Investigations (PAD is doing fine)
    9. Academy X (Prof X teaching new students)
    10. Hulk
    11. Magneto Origins
    12. FF (replace Spidey with She-Hulk)
    13. Amazing Spider-Man
    14. Spider Family (featuring support cast, heroes, villains)
    15. Wolverine (1 title, make him a mystery again)
    16. X-23
    17. Psylocke
    18. Hercules
    19. Black Panther
    20. Nick Fury Fugitive of S.H.I.E.L.D (Fury knows secrets no one should know).
    21. Thor
    22. Heroes of Asgard
    23. Alpha Flight
    24. Black Widow
    25. Cloak & Dagger
    26. Strange and the Supernaturals (Ghost Rider, Man-Thing and other cool dark magic stuff, also possibly MAX)
    27. Punisher MAX
    28. Daredevil
    29. Thunderbolts MAX
    30. Heroes for Hire
    31. Nova and the Corps
    32. Guardians of the Galaxy (intergrating the Starjammers)
    33. Damage inc.
    34. Galaxy of Thrones (disputes and conflicts between the major cosmic races including Kree, Inhumans, Skrull & Shi'ar)
    35. The Enigma Bound (Micronauts joined with the Warbound, against a new threat to the microverse, Thanos?)
    36. Winter Guard (we need international teams)
    37. MI:13 (like these guys!)
    38. Iron Man
    39. Rescue (I'd have her help in more real world situations).
    40. Spider-Woman
    41. Elektra MAX
    42. Captain America
    43. Winter Soldier (or another name but James deserves to continue solo)
    44. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents (following a cast of non-super powered agents).
    45. Marvel Origins (stories of the past re-imagined for a modern audience in tradition of Parker's X-Men First Class)
    46. ATLAS
    47. Nextwave (It's Nextwave!)
    48. Omega Flight (Under military control, they are Canada's super powered reps when aiding other countries. Alpha is more freelance and home based).
    49. Marvel Zombies: The Hunters (A team specifically made to travel to other parallel dimensions to eradicate the zombie threat, mortality rate very high, lower tier heroes could make a name or go out in a heroic way).
    50. X-men: First Class (guilty pleasure I loved Parker and Cruz's series).
    51. Scorpion (the girl created by Fred Van Lente not Spidey's villain).
    52. Ms. Marvel

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