A couple of weeks ago, as part of a splashy press conference in New York’s Times Square Midtown Comics, Marvel CCO Joe Quesada and company announced their next big event: Fear Itself, a seven issue mini-series penned by Matt Fraction, with art by Stuart Immonen. The event plays off of FDR’s famous Depression era quote, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” by literally pitting the Marvel heroes (and villains) against the living embodiment of Fear.
We at MTV Geek are extremely excited for this Event – Matt Fraction consistently delivers a grade-A story with big ideas and small character moments, and Stuart Immonen is one of the best artists working in the Industry today. But it also got us wondering… If Fear Itself ends up being a big hit for Marvel, what other events could we be seeing down the pike? Here’s a sneak peek, with the help of Comic Social Club:
Man Steps (6 issues, October 2011; art by Juan Felipe Salcedo)
Neil Armstrong said, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." But he never could have predicted that the Moon would fight back! Why is the moon making the people of the Marvel Universe evolve in leaps and bounds? And what does this mean for the future? The battle between man and super man begins here! Guest starring Deadpool. [NOTE: Superman does not appear in this crossover, note the space between the words – Marvel Legal]
"The Death of Liberty" (7 issues, January 2012; art by Mike Zagari):
“Give me liberty, or give me death!” said Patrick Henry, but it looks like someone has taken the choice out of the hands of the heroes of the Marvel Universe! When the body of Lady Liberty is discovered in an alleyway, the US Government starts to crack down on murder. It’s up to The Punisher, Moon Knight, Elektra, and special guest star Deadpool to fight the system and restore things back to normal. To battle to save murder begins here!
"Four Score" (4 issues, March 2012; art by Matthew Petz):
Abraham Lincoln said, "Four score and seven years ago," but when evil robot Ultron takes over Four Score, a popular phone app that lets you check into locations, the entire Marvel Universe is sent seven years into the past! Can we control technology, or will technology enslave us? It’s up to the combined forces of The X-Men, Avengers, and a bunch of robots to save the future… By destroying the past! [Retailers, please note each issue ships with a special Deadpool variant cover.]
"Big Stick" (12 issues, July, 2012; art by Bobby Timony):
“Speak softly, and carry a big stick,” said Teddy Roosevelt, so in this mega-crossover you can barely read the lettering, and everybody beats each other with sticks! But it’s a metaphor or something. Featuring Deadpool
"Dream Havers" (4 issues, September 2012; art by Josh Adams):
Riffing off Martin Luther King, Jr’s famous, “I have a dream speech,” it’s up to the united might of all the heroes in the Marvel Universe, and Deadpool, to stand around and respectfully listen to a lecture on racism in America. But with the heroes occupied, what of the villains??? They’re also listening respectfully. It’s an important issue, you guys.
Special thanks to the Comic Social Club: