10/14: UPDATED with news from Twitter and Tumblr comments confirming the first villain, a Marvel.com interview, the possible logo, and an endorsement from Fabian Nicieza.
Announced during Sunday’s Superior Spider-Man & Friends panel at New York Comic Con, New Warriors will be relaunched as part of the All-New Marvel Now! branded titles in February 2014. The creative team will be writer Christopher Yost (Avengers: Earth Mightiest Heroes animated series, Thor: The Dark World feature film, Scarlet Spider) and artist Marcus To (Adventures of Superman, Batwing, Red Robin) with a team roster that includes original Warriors Justice and Speedball with the new Nova (Sam Alexander) and the current Scarlet Spider (Kaine). The cover at right, incorporating the familiar New Warriors triangle into the background, is by To.
The creative team of Yost and To previously worked together on DC Comics’ Red Robin. Yost’s Scarlet Spider ends with issue #25, followed by the character showing up in this series.
The book was first promoted in one of a series of teaser images released in the week leading up to New York Comic Con. The ‘War’ teaser (pictured below) was released on October 4th.
Comic Book Resources posted first about the news in their coverage of the Spider-Man panel. Editors Steve Wacker and Sana Amanat provided the details to attendees:
The final announcement of the panel, revealing the project behind the “War” teaser: A new New Warriors, coming in February from writer Chris Yost and artist Marcus To. Members include, according to Wacker, Justice, Nova, Speedball, Scarlet Spider and Sun Girl. Amanat said it brings together members of various groups in the Marvel Universe — mutants, aliens, clones and more — who have been “deemed a threat” by the High Evolutionary.
Along with the action, Amanat said, it’s about the cast becoming friends and learning to work together. Wacker said the creative team is going for a vibe somewhere between the Wolfman/Perez Teen Titans and Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways.
Later in the panel, a Q&A session included a fan asking for everyone’s favorite version of Spider-Man. According to CBR, editor Tom Brennan answered, “I’ve been editing Scarlet Spider for a little under two years now. I kind of love Kaine.” Brennan then praise the Scarlet Spider creative team, thanked fans for their support, and encouraged them to buy New Warriors, where the character will be.
Minutes later, Newsarama provided their own panel report, which provides some additional small details:
Next, the teaser for “War”: Chris Yost and Marcus To will be taking on New Warriors.
Nova, Speedball, Justice, Scarlet Spider will be part of the team, as well as Sun Girl and a new Inhuman, as well as an Atlantean and a mutant. “We’re assembling superheroes of all backgrounds and all races, and they’ve all been deemed a threat,” Amanat said. “They must protect the people that they love.”
What is the purpose of the New Warriors when we have a powerful team like the Avengers? Amanat said that would be discussed in the book. “It’s about these kids coming together and getting to know each other and exploring who they can become outside of the Avengers.” Wacker said the vibe of this book was around Marv Wolfman’s Teen Titans and Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways. It’s due out in February.
Newsarama quickly followed that coverage with an exclusive first interview with Yost about the new series. The writer opened with his professing his love for the original series: “I’ve been a fan of the New Warriors since day one, when Fabian Nicieza and Mark Bagley launched it.”
Yost provided a quick take on the core members. “Justice isn’t sure the New Warriors are needed in an Avengers world, especially given how tainted the name became after Stamford. Speedball needs the New Warriors more than ever as he struggles with his personal demons. And Nova… he’s the new kid on the block, curious to be on a team with people who knew the previous Nova.” He also mentioned the possibility of other past members returning in the future. “Members like Silhouette, Turbo, even newer members like Debrii… maybe down the road.”
Yost stressed a sense of fun would be present, along with a look at all corners of the Marvel Universe through each of the characters.
Beyond the recognized team members, Yost described the rest of the cast: “Sun Girl, a human. Haechi, an Inhuman. Aracely, a Demigod. Water Snake, an Atlantean. And a Clone by the name of Scarlet Spider.” Aracely has been a supporting character in Scarlet Spider.
He ended the interview with what seems like a mission statement of sorts for the series: “The stakes are high. The action is huge. The hero-ing is super. This is old school Marvel Universe action that’s international, interplanetary, inter dimensional. There’s drama, romance, and world saving. And it’s fun. Remember that?”
Yost has also been talking on Twitter, where he revealed a possible first appearance for one of the new members.
@AnimeKing420 you’re going to meet one of them in Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #5
— Christopher Yost (@yost) October 13, 2013
He also gave a teaser for the book’s first villain:
the villain in the initial arc is an oldie but a goodie, paired with something new.
— Christopher Yost (@yost) October 13, 2013
10/14: UPDATE: A subsequent tweet confirmed the planned use of the High Evolutionary as “one of the villains”.
Marcus To has also been talking about the new series on his Twitter and Tumblr accounts. He revealed that the cover image above was the first time he drew the characters together, so they may end up looking a little different. Also, regarding ages, he stated that while he does tend to draw characters looking younger, the characters’ ages will remain consistent. Roughly, Nova is 14, Kaine is around 26 and most of the rest of the cast is about “17-18-19 ish”.
Marvel.com posted an interview with the two creators, which confirmed that Sun Girl will appear in an upcoming story arc in Superior Spider-Man Team-Up. It also revealed Aracely’s codename will be Hummingbird. There are good comments from both about their take on the characters and their plans for the series, which will be firmly set in the Marvel Universe.
Because I’ve been asked to comment by enough people already, here is what I honestly think of Marvel’s NEW WARRIORS series announcement: #1) It would have been nice to have been asked to write it. #2) If they weren’t going to ask me, then Chris Yost and Marcus To are an absolutely GREAT team to launch a new series!
Finally, Bleeding Cool got a picture of the slide shown at New York Comic Con, which might indicate the logo. It looks to be a variation on the logo used late in the original series.
This is all looking good to me! More info as I see it. I might even start updating character appearance pages again, along with new pages for our new New Warriors, schedule permitting.
This will mark the fifth Marvel comic book to bear the New Warriors title and the fourth ongoing series. The last series ran for 20 issues from 2007 to 2009. A 6-issue mini-series preceded it in 2005. The first relaunch occurred in 1999 and only lasted 10 issues (plus a special zero issue included in an issue of Wizard Magazine). The original series successfully ran for 75 issues from 1990 to 1996, and produced four spin-off titles (two ongoing series and two mini-series).