THE AoM STAFF:
Here is the rundown of our current editorial teams. Feel free to submit plots for your favorite AoM titles to these guys
MIGHTY MARVEL - ShaggyDoo
MARVEL ADVENTURES - WhitOro
COSMIC MARVEL - Marvell2100
MARVEL DARK - McGaffer
MARVEL EPIC - Exciter & The Animal Man
MARVEL MAX - Highwayguy & SuperCooper
MARVEL PULP - BaneofKings
UNCANNY MARVEL - RolandJP
AoM's very own Kooky Quartet. These are the guys who are large and in charge here.
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF/MAX & UNCANNY - Highwayguy
MIGHTY & EPIC - Global Honored
ADVENTURES & DARK - McGaffer
PULP & SCI-FI - Marvell2100
AoM Cover Artist - RolandJP
WHAT IS AGE OF MARVELS?
Way back in September of 2010, The Age of Marvels was started by our original EIC Mattbib. The project was simple in concept and very ambitious in execution - interested CBR members were given one week to "save" Marvel characters to create a brand new universe of their own. Members were limited to one character save a day until the week was up. At the end of the week 401 characters were saved to become the foundation for the AoM fictional universe.
Next, members were tasked to assign those 401 characters into individual titles and teams, create concepts for those books, hire artists and writers and surround the stars of the books with villains and supporting casts. Those titles were then divided into 9 different lines or brands, based on the theme/tone of the books. Members then nominated editors for each line and at the end of the day....AoM was formed with an EIC, a team of editors responsible for overseeing 50 fictional books. And away we went....
Each month, editors are responsible for putting together solicits based on plots received for their titles (anyone is eligible & encouraged to send in plot ideas and work with our editors on titles that interest you, you even get a byline on the solicits for used stories) then the solicits are posted for our fans and buyers to choose which titles they would pick up (virtually speaking of course) and vote in the fan's choice poll which selects their favorite overall line of the month. Low selling titles are cancelled and fan favorite winning lines are given a chance to relaunch cancelled books or debut new titles of their own.
HOW DO I GET INVOLVED IN AoM?
Getting involved in AoM is easy. If there is a title that interests you, and would like to get involved, just PM the respective editor of that title with your ideas. Each lines editor(s) and the concept of the titles can be found here on first page of the AoM Bullpen thread. It would help you tremendously to read a few of the older solicits so that you get a feel for what the title is all about. Links to past solicits can be found above.
AoM - ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW:
Editors are responsible for soliciting plots for their titles and organizing them into monthly solicitations (summaries). Editors must clear non-brand character usage through the EIC & the editors of that brand. They should attempt to use all plot submissions they receive to the best of their abilities, using/combining plot points that work well together to form the most exciting stories possible. While Editors get to direct the plot, and can even submit their own plot points, they do not necessarily dictate it exclusively and will work with their plotters to develop and create new stories for our titles. Editors must credit their plotters in their solicitations.
Editors that fail to consistently submit stories or participate in AoM may be subject to termination and/or replacement, reassignment. Lines that lose a significant amount of titles may find their editors and remaining titles redistributed to other appropriate lines.
Anyone can become a plotter. If you have a good idea for one of our titles, send it our way. Get involved. Interested participants may submit plot details & story ideas for a title to that title's editor(s.) Plot ideas should be sent to editor(s) of that title via PM. Check out first post in this thread for editor info.
Note: editors may opt to not use your suggestions if a previously submitted idea makes yours obsolete, contradictory or conflicts with current AoM continuity.
CHARACTERS & CREATORS
The New Era gives our individual line editors more exclusivity to their characters and creators. This should make it smoother to keep continuity in line and strong. Characters are assigned to one line and can appear on multiple titles of that line. Writers are restricted to one line (editorial team) but may work two monthlies at a time. Artists are restricted to one monthly and lines now will feature a fill-in artist for a line as well as a variant cover artist (who may produce up to 3 variant covers a month.) To use characters that are assigned to another line, simply make a request to the EIC and the appropriate line editor for usage and try to work out details. Editors are not required to grant every request but we have a great group here and if it works continuity wise, usually such requests are granted. However, we don't want to have the problem of (example: a hero like Wolverine appearing on multiple teams in different places all over the globe at the same time, it is too confusing continuity wise)
The Available Character Pool is there for every editor or plotter's use. If you have an idea for a character on the list, simply make a formal request to the EIC via PM or on this thread and let me/us know the character(s) you ate interested in using and what title(s) they may be appearing in as well as the time frame they will be needed. If everything fits, those characters will be reserved for your usage over the designated time frame.
Note: Newly created titles (example: fan poll winner decides to start a brand new team book) get priority for available character pool.
To avoid a title's cancellation, solicitations are due via PM to the EIC by the start of the month. We will try to post solicitations by the first Wednesday of each month. Monthly solicitations should be in the format used on CBR and should credit all plotters for each title. The EIC will post a new thread each month containing all of the following month's solicitations.
Solicitations should be a single paragraph summarizing the highlights of your issue. Don't get too detailed. Be sure that your plot summary would fill, but not overload, one issue. You're not writing dialogue or characterization or anything of that nature. If your issue has a cliffhanger, make that be your concluding statement/question. Each editor and plotter has their own style, check out past solicitations to see what works best for you.
CBR posters will respond stating which titles they plan to "purchase". Posters will also vote in the poll for their favorite line each month. Don’t worry, we’re not expecting any money. This is purely a game and open for everyone to join.
As of March 2014, cancellations of AoM titles will be decided by a three-strikes policy. If a title is the lowest selling book three times, then it will be up for cancellation, leaving it’s fate in the hands of the editor of that month’s poll winning line.
Each month, the AoM lines compete against one another to be crowned the best of the month. Sales are a source of pride. But the poll is where the prizes lie. New ongoing series, character and creative team additons, and a whole host of special offers await the editor of the winning line. Prizes may vary, depending on circumstances and special requests.
AoM also welcomes a new bonus option to the fold. Want to hear some details? Well, win the poll and find out!
A new feature for AoM is the limited series option. Each line are allowed three mini/maxi issues per month utilizing the characters available on current rosters and exclusive character pools. So when ongoing series are locked down and subject to poll wins for change, limited series grant editors and plotters, new and old, a chance to embark on their own titles, crossovers and one-shots, with all the freedom they desire. Guest-appearances featuring characters outside a line are always welcome. But please, confirm everything with the respective editor first.
WHAT'S THE BULLPEN?
The bullpen is the place (right here on this very thread) for editors and plotters to discuss the behind-the-scenes workings of AoM. Fans are welcome to interact as well, offer feedback and ideas or ask any questions they may have about The Age of Marvels project. This thread is also a great resource tool for AOM as you will find farther down the page a full line-up of AoM Titles with rosters, creators, editors, etc. Plus links to past AOM threads and more.
You might see a bit of camaraderie here as well and much talk about the Bullpen's Secret Hangout..."The Fortress of Inebriation" where the "real" brainstorming takes place. Much mead is dispensed, Fin Fang Foom works the door and the very worst Karaoke performers belt out everything except Barry Manilow and Celine Dion (For a full rundown of Fortress rules, Marvell2100 will happily instruct you with a vengeance) So c'mon in and make yourself at home. The more the merrier so if you get the itch to participate, we will be glad to have you in the Bullpen!
CBR Saves the Marvel Universe! (Where it all started)
The Original AoM Bullpen Thread (The Mattbib Era)
The AoM Bullpen Thread II (The Global Honored Era)
The Official Handbook of the Age of Marvels Universe (Character profiles, etc)
CBR's Age of Marvels ART & PROMO THREAD (Includes artwork and promo ads put together by our staff)
Spotlight on Age of Marvels and Spotlight: Age of Marvels V.2 (A Q&A thread with AoM plotters & editors)
Mighty Line Editor: Global Honored (Interim Editor) & ShaggyDoo (Incoming Editor)
Mighty Line Rotating Writers: Brian Michael Bendis, Fabien Nicieza, Jim McCann & Kurt Busiek
Mighty Line Cover & Rotating Artists: JG Jones, Mateus Santoluoco, Nick Dragotta & Russell Dauterman
Writer: Brian K. Vaughan
Artist: Fiona Staples
Location: NYC and other Realms of Existence
Concept: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! And the frontline of superheroes against villains, tyrants, aliens, sorcerers, gods, demons, monsters and more! They are the beacons of hope and valour! They are the Almighty Avengers!
1. Captain America
2. Iron Man
4. Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff)
5. Captain Universe (Tamara Devoux)
6. Ghost Rider (Danny Ketch)
7. Hank Pym
10. Scarlet Witch
11. Sentry (Earth Alpha)
12. Squirrel Girl
15. War Machine
Supporting: Edwin Jarvis, Moonstone
Antagonists: Masters of Evil, Element Men (Blazing Skull, Grey Gargoyle, Zzzax), Galactic Empire of the Scream
HANK PYM: SCIENTIST SUPREME
Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Lee Weeks
Location: Infinity Mansion (HQ)
Concept: The quirks of science meets the adventures of heroes as Hank Pym finds himself deep in tales to astonish!
1. Hank Pym
Supporting: Wasp, Black Archer, Egghead (Robot), Stature
Antagonists: Egghead (Elias Starr), Dragonfly, Gargantua, Machinesmith, Mad Thinker, Whirlwind
Writer: Brian Wood
Artist: Jerome Opena
Location: Earth and Beyond
Concept: Tony Stark must unlock the mysteries of the past, hidden within the Stark name to fulfil his destiny as Earth's greatest hope for the future.
1. Iron Man (Tony Stark)
Supporting: Pepper Potts, Dmitri Bukharin, J.A.R.V.I.S., Monica Chang, Phil Coulson
Antagonists: Aleksander Lukin, Anton Vanko, Iron Man 2020 (Arno Stark), Ezekiel Stane, INFINITY*, Mandarin, Yelena Belova
LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY AVENGERS
Writer: Grant Morrison
Artist: Geof Darrow
Location: Reality is their Playground. Primary HQ is located on an uncharted island in the Bermuda Triangle.
Concept: Some threats are too dangerous for even the greatest of heroes to face. One group, hidden in the shadows of time, has been defending our universe from these dangers. Their status, history, roster and missions unknown to the very world they protect and sometimes even themselves. Prepare to be exposed to the League!
1. Abigail Brand
2. Harry Houdini
3. Lei-Kung the Thunderer
4. Leonardo Da Vinci
5. Marvelman (aka Miracleman)
6. David Bowie
Captain America (Steve Rogers)
end of spoilers ***Confidential***
Supporting: Detective Luther*, Lady Croft*, Karen Page, Stan Lee and the Inner Circle (Ancient One, One Above All), Yukio
Antagonists: Amelia Earhart, Baron Blitzschlag, Isaac Newton, The Inquisition*, The Outer Circle (Father Time, Chameleon, Merlin Demonspawn, Porcupine, Psycho-Man, Ringmaster, Unicorn)
MASTERS OF EVIL
Writer: Tim Seeley
Artist: Dustin Weaver
Concept: Agents of HYDRA, fight to make the world a worst place, made of supervillains, doomsday weapons, secret lairs, mad science and all in between!
2. Baron Strucker
3. Monica Rappaccini
5. Tiger Shark
Antagonists: Queen HYDRA, Arnim Zola, Codename: Bravo
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Dale Eaglesham
Location: Asgard / New York City
Concept: Throughout time there has been the "Protector". The defender of the defenceless. The champion of the lost. The savoir of the damned. Time has seen many of these "Avengers" rise and fall. But even time has not witnessed the events that are approaching. Worlds, galaxies, realities, time itself will call out for the champion of champions. The greatest adventures are ahead and only the Mightiest Avenger will do!
5. Warriors Three (Fandral, Hogun, Volstagg)
Supporting: Odin, Baldar, Heimdall, Kid Gladiator
Antagonists: Malekith, Onslaught, Surtur, Tyrannas, Ulik, Wrecking Crew (Wrecker, Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball)
NAMOR OF ATLANTIS
Writer: Mike Carey
Artist: Jae Lee
Concept: The Life and Times of King Namor. The passion and the violence, the bravery and the madness!
1. Namor the Sub-Mariner
Supporting: Namora, Llyra, Randolph Stein
Antagonists: Attuma, Krang, Suma-Ket, Tiger Shark
EXCLUSIVE MIGHTY CHARACTER POOL
Team Name: THE CONQUERORS
1. Kang the Conqueror
4. Master Pandemonium
Team Name: YOUNG AVENGERS INITIATIVE
5. Kid Gladiator
6. Nomad (Rikki Barnes)
Team Name: TBA
1. Ant-Man (Eric O'Grady)
2. Death Reaper
3. Grim Reaper
5. Molten Man
7. Red Hulk
8. Red Skull (Johann Schmidt)
9. Ruby Thursday
10. Scorpion (Carmilla Black)
11. Agent Cheesecake ---PENDING---
Adventures Line Editor: WhitOro
Adventures Line Rotating Writers: B. Clay Moore, Jeph Loeb, Min-Woo Hyung & Paul Jenkins
Adventures Line Cover & Rotating Artists: Barry Windsor-Smith, Clayton Henry, Dave Johnson & Jo Chen
Writer: Fiona Avery
Artist: Kia Asamiya
Location: Braddock Academy, UK
Concept: When Anya Corazon, the Spectacular Spider-Girl, was accepted into the Braddock Academy, she thought she was going to attend the finest superhero school in the world. What Anya didn’t know, however, was the Braddock Academy was the finest superhero school in the MULTIVERSE!
1. Spider-Girl (Anya Corazon)
2. Spider-Girl (Mayday Parker)
BRADDOCK ACADEMY STUDENTS
1. Assemble House (Cullen Bloodstone, Prodigy (Ritchie Gilmore), Ruby Summers)
2. Circuit House (Hiro Takachiho, Machine Teen, Sun Girl (Selah Burke))
3. Doom House (Sophie Von Doom, Kamar, Googam)
4. Infinite House (Cammi, Nova (Sam Alexander), Smasher (Izzy Kane))
5. Savage House (Alejandra, Anachronism, Troll)
Supporting: Captain UK, Doom 2099, Killraven, Thin Man, Uatu
Antagonists: Alistair Smythe, Goom, Imperfects, Morlun, Sat-Yr-9, Sphinx
Writer: Eric Powell
Artist: Eric Powell & R.M. Guéra
Location: Across Space and Time
Concept: Heard the one about the woman named Bounty? Prey you never do! A loner whose past is shrouded in shadows, she is the best damn bounty hunter in the multiverse. But a mission to our reality will change Bounty's life forever!
Supporting: Southpaw, Klara Prast, Ship (Prosh)
Antagonists: The AOM Multiverse, Chimera, Wraith (Zak-Del)
CLOAK & DAGGER
Writer: Valerie D'Orazio
Artist: Manuel Garcia
Location: New York City
Concept: Two young adults, their lives irrevocably changed by the twisted designs of others. They patrol the night seeking to protect the innocent from suffering their own fate and punishing those that would inflict it on others. The night screams as the deadly battle between good and evil raises to new levels and Cloak and Dagger deliver their brand of justice to the criminal underworld.
Supporting: Rachel van Helsing, Leah
Antagonists: Deacon Frost, Coldheart, Justin Hammer, Mercy (Abigail Wright)
GODS OF OBLIVION
Writer: Jeff Parker
Artist: Carlo Pagulayan
Location: The Space Between Dimensions
Concept: Beyond the fabric of reality and time, eternal beings and invincible warriors battle for supremacy and power in a metaphysical tournament where their very souls are on the line. But a greater evil and threat approaches, and only a chosen one can save the world of the spirits: Temujin, son of the Mandarin!
2. Dog Brother #1
3. Bride of Nine Spiders
Supporting: Tyger Tiger, Wu-Ao-Shi
KICK-ASS & HIT-GIRL
Writer: Ryan Kinnaird
Artist: Alex Maleev
Location: Justice Forever HQ
Concept: Okay, you bleeps. Let's see what you can do now! Spinning out of the events of AOM Extra's Future Fatale series, David Lezewski and Mindy McCready find themselves taking on the darker side of picturesque New York!
Supporting: Big Daddy, Blake Morrow, Colonel Stars, Katie Deauxma, Remembering Tommy, Superior (Simon Pooni)
Antagonists: Red Mist (Chris Genovese), John Genovese, Bobby Ball-Buster, Nemesis, Ormon, Toxic Mega-C***s
Writer: Daniel Knauf
Artist: Jo Chen
Concept: Subversive teenage terrorist, Nomi Blume, codename Mach Two, has been captured by an unknown government association. They could put a bullet in her head, but they much rather put a bomb there and force her to use her incredible magnetic mutant powers for mission that guarantee the safety of the United States… at least that’s what they’re telling her.
1. Mach Two
2. Agent X
Supporting: Social Butterfly
Antagonists: Orphan Maker, Red Ronin (Namie)
Writer: Dennis Hopeless
Artist: Andy Clarke
Concept: They see what they want, they steal it, they enjoy it. They sound like a classic team of bank robbers, but the Wizards, lead by the son of Ultron himself, are much more than that. Because they don’t content themselves with a single world: the entire multiverse is their playground! But what happens when the Interuniversal Police unleashes their dogs behind their backs?
1. Victor Mancha
2. Purple Girl
4. Melter (Chris Colchiss)
Supporting: Chase Stein
Antagonists: Omega Clan (Red, Black, White)
EXCLUSIVE ADVENTURES CHARACTER POOL
Team Name: COLLECTION AGENCY
1. Monark Starstalker
2. Broken Blade
5. Tyrus Krill
Team Name: NEXT CHAMPIONS
1. Iron Lad (Nathaniel Richards)
2. Blacklight (Kandra Freeman)
3. Crusader (Sarah Rogers)
4. Darkdevil (Reilly Tyne)
5. J2 (Zane Yama)
6. Ray (Becka LeBeau)
7. Savage She-Hulk (Lyra)
Team Name: SPECTRUM CORPS
1. Doctor Spectrum (Supreme Power)
3. Ethan Edwards
1. Black Widow (Claire Voyant)
2. Count Abyss
3. Deathlok (Michael Collins)
5. Gothic Lolita
6. Hollowpoint Ninja
7. Jolt (Helen Takahama)
9. Uranium (Robert Grayson)
10. White Raven
Cosmic Line Editor: Marvell2100
Cosmic Line Rotating Writers: Andy Lanning, Dan Abnett, Jim Starlin & Robert Venditti
Cosmic Line Cover & Rotating Artists: Barry Kitson, Lan Medina, Patrick Zircher & Ron Garney
Writer: Ron Marz
Artist: Ron Lim
Location: NYC/Universe/Other dimensions and realities
Concept: The First Family of the Cosmic Line! Bombarded by cosmic rays and endowed with fantastic powers, the Fantastic Four are the world’s foremost experts on adventure and scientific exploration. Visit exotic locales and strange new dimensions. Encounter life forms like you’ve never seen. Join Reed, Sue, Ben, Johnny, Buried Alien and more as they leap head first into excitement and danger! Boldly go where no family has gone before.
1. Reed Richards
2. Johnny Storm
3. Sue Storm
4. Ben Grimm
5. Buried Alien
6. Franklin Richards
7. Valeria Richards
Supporting: Agatha Harkness, Alicia Masters, Scott Lang, Wyatt Wingfoot
Antagonists: John Storm, The Beast (Alternate Universe Reed Richards), Council of Reeds, Frightful Four (Wizard, Sandman, Thundra, Trapster), Kristoff Von Doom, Nicolas Scratch
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY
Writer: Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist: Mike McKone
Location: Andromeda Galaxy, Milky Way, Greater Magellanic Cloud
Concept: You’ve heard of the Dirty Dozen, right? Well meet the Dirty Half-Dozen! A washed up superhero, a gun-toting raccoon, a hot telepathic enigma, a fast talkin’ and even faster shootin’ insect, a talking, egotistical tree, a single-minded killing machine, and an Amazon warrior. They are the Guardians of the Galaxy, the black ops unit of the Cosmos. Watch them get dirty!
1. Star Lord
2. Rocket Raccoon
4. Drax the Destroyer
6. Major Astro
Supporting: Adam Warlock, Cosmo, Gamora, Groot, Lilandra, Starhawk
Antagonists: Universal Church of Truth (The Magus, Baron Karza, Darkhawk), Badoon, Deathbird, Korvac, Kree, Nebula
HOWARD STARK: WARLORD OF MARS
Writer: Johnathan Hickman
Artist: Jim Cheung
Location: The Land of Mars in a time far, far away
Concept: Howard Stark was the mid-twentieth century's most famous pioneering playboy Industrialist, dubbed "The Man of Tomorrow" by the press, until testing out an experimental vehicle landed him on a distant planet in a time not his own. Scientist, warrior, slave, lover, king, time-traveler, hero....Stark has been this and more since that fateful day. The adventure continues...
1. Howard Stark
Supporting: Night Machine (Nikola Tesla), Luther Desmond Diamond, Oedi, Syzygy Darklock, Zen-Gamora
Antagonists: Garden (Abyss, Aleph, Ex Nihilo), Lord High Papal, L-Ron*, Nightdwellers*, Shaper of Worlds
JOHN STORM: MAN OF FIRE
Writer: Al Ewing
Artist: Tradd Moore
Location: From his cousin's travelling circus (Bones & Bailey) to the Galaxy above. Just as long as it isn't the Negative Zone or The Baxter Building, Johnny shall explore.
Concept: John Storm has returned from the Negative Zone, changed in many ways. The fun-loving, womanizing hothead that disappeared to that world has reemerged in ours wiser, more hardened than before. So begins his journey of self-discovery. Who is the man inside the Human Torch? A quest that will span galaxies, and test what it truly means to be friend, family.....hero. Flame on!
1. John Storm (aka The Human Torch)
Supporting: Adera*, America Chavez, Bones & Bailey Circus, Darla Deering, Galacta, Toro
Antagonists: Hydro-Man, J'Hon*, Maximus the Mad, Moleculon, Overmind, Stranger, Ultimate Nulifier
Writer: Mark Hamill
Artist: Mark Brooks
Location: Andromeda Galaxy, Known Universe
Concept: They are the peacekeepers. They are the law enforcers. They are the Nova Corps! Richard Rider, aka Nova Prime, created the Corps to ensure law and order in the galaxy. At his side are the dedicated men and women who will wear the uniform of the Corps and defend the galaxy to the death! Luckily for Rich and his team, they have a powerful ally on their side, the possessor of the Nega Bands, Genis-Vell, the hero known as Captain Marvel!
1. Nova Prime (Richard Ryder)
5. Robert Ryder
Supporting: Captain Mar-Vell, Queen Adora, Lilandra, Spaceknights, Tana Nile, Worldmind
Antagonists: Emperor Vulcan, Deathbird, The Helgan, Ravenous, Spartax
Writer: Roger Stern
Artist: Kaare Andrews
Location: Milky Way, Andromeda Galaxy, Known Universe
Concept: Wendall Vaughn, an Earthman armed with the power of the Quantum Bands, is Quasar the Protector of the Universe! He is the first line of defence against forces that would conquer or destroy the cosmos. Working alongside Project Pegasus and S.W.O.R.D., it is his job to keep us all safe.
1. Monica Rambeau
3. Jack of Hearts
Supporting: Ganymede, Starfox, Xenith
Antagonists: Annihilus, Collector, Ego the Living Planet, Maelstrom, Phalanx, Sentry/Void, Skundrak*, Super-Adaptoid
Writer: Joshua Dysart
Artist: David Marquez
Location: Spanning the Universe
Concept: Norrin Radd is a troubled soul. He is the herald of the world devourer known as Galactus, a cosmic entity of great importance in the universe he is sworn to serve. But he is a man of compassion and does his master’s bidding with a tortured heart. Planets and civilizations die so that the universe lives on, and that is a heavy burden to bear. He is the Sentinel of the Spaceways. He is… The Silver Surfer!
1. Silver Surfer
4. Nova (Frankie Raye)
Supporting: Galactus, Bill Foster, Firelord, Frankie Raye, Shalla Bal
Antagonists: Thanos, Leviathan & Gog, Oblivion, Proemial Gods (Aegis & Tenebrous), Terrax
EXCLUSIVE COSMIC CHARACTER POOL
Team Name: IMPERIAL GUARD
7. White Noise
Team Name: INHUMANS
Team Name: SKRULLS
2. Crusader (Z’Reg)
4. Paibok the Power Skrull
6. Super-Skrull (K’lrt)
2. Living Tribunal (Kismet, Genis-Vell, Phyla-Vell)
7. Ronan the Accuser
10. Supreme Intelligence
Dark Line Editor: McGaffer
Dark Line Rotating Writers: James O' Barr, Mike Raicht, Neil Gaiman & Robert Kirkman
Dark Line Cover & Rotating Artists: Hector Casanova, Joe Keatinge, P. Craig Russell & Steve Dillon
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Andy Kubert
Location: Washington D.C.
Concept: They have changed the world. Dr. Bruce Banner, the founder of BannerTech and one of greatest minds on Earth. The Hulk, a unstoppable beast possessing unlimited strength and courage. Together they are the greatest dynamic duo the world has ever seen. The only thing holding them back is EACH OTHER....until now!
1. Bruce Banner
2. Betty Ross
3. Amadeus Cho
5. Doc Samson
6. Rick Jones
Supporting: Rebecca Banner, Dead Girl, DP7, Hit-Monkey, Mentallo, Strikeforce: Morituri
Antagonists: Maestro, Abomination, Bullseye, The Horde, Leader, Zzzax
Writer: Warren Ellis
Artist: Frank Cho
Location: Latveria, Doomstadt
Concept: Lies, mayhem, dystopian plots and Machiavellian schemes abound and that's just at the team meetings. The Cabal has been revamped as Doom prepares the next stage of his plans. Just as soon as he brings his time travelling daughter to heel of course, oh and given birth to her as well. The Cabal don't just have the heroes to deal with though. There are forces out there that simply want to destroy the world so the Cabal must first protect what is theirs before they impose their rule.
1. Doctor Doom
2. Charles Xavier
4. Mikhail Rasputin
6. Molecule Man
7. Morgan Le Fay
Supporting: Heralds of Doom*, Echo, Legion, Lilith, Marquis of Death
Antagonists: Dormammu, Dreamqueen, Gilgamesh, The Hood, Umar
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Clayton Crain
Location: Archangel's Eyrie, Rocky Mountains
Concept: There are Immortals walking the face of Earth, long hidden from the envious eyes and reach of the mortals. They are protected and controlled in turn by the Eternals. Led by the ever present Archangel the Eternals have protected the world for millenia. Often achieving the impossible they now face their hardest task, learning to survive in this new era of superbeings many of whom want the Eternals secret's of everlasting life.
2. Ian McNee
4. Moon Knight
5. Power Princess
Supporting: Black Bolt, Bouncing Betty, Lady Punisher, Nox, Portal
Antagonists: Count Nefaria, Absorbing Man, Chthon, Diablo, Punisher, Wardog, Zombieverse
Writer: Stephen King
Artist: Leinel Francis Yu
Concept: Sometimes the forces of Good require the mightiest individuals to team up and fight for the survival of all, sometimes it requires a race of people to stand up for themselves and their persecutors and sometimes it even needs a raging anti-social atomic monster to ensure the arrival of the dawn. But sometimes, Good needs the meanest, toughest individuals to walk the dark dusty roads of night. The Forces of Good turn a blind eye as Roland Deschain leads his team into the Dark. Evil get to steppin!
1. Roland Deschain
2. Apache Kid (Rosa Kare)
3. Caretaker (Sister Sara)
6. Phantom Rider (Jaime Slade)
7. Solomon Kane
Supporting: Sugar Kane, Coat of Arms, Frank Drake, Kid Colt, Two-Gun Kid, Young Hunters (Kasey Kinmont, Mary LeBow)
Antagonists: Randall Flagg, Anaconda, Dark Dwarf, Demon Bear, Jack O' Lantern, Scarecrow (Ebenezer Laughton)
Writer: Marv Wolfman
Artist: Art Adams
Location: Heaven, Hell and Earth
Concept: The sins of the father is said to divide families. But the evil of Satan has brought the demonic siblings, Daimon and Satanna, together at last. Only they can restore the balance between Heaven and Hell. Sons and daughters of darkness, howl to the midnight moon!
4. Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze)
7. Jennifer Kale
Supporting: Straw Man, Kate Oldstrong, Mortigan Goth, Wicked (w/ The Glob)
Antagonists: Satan (Marduk Kurios), Bogeyman, Dire Wraiths, Griz, Nightmare, Vengeance
Writer: Daniel Way
Artist: Mike Deodato Jr.
Location: Rockall, Atlantic Ocean (HQ)
Concept: The world is changed. The Captain sees it in the water, feels it in the earth, smells it in the air. Much that once was is lost: and the Captain's buggered if it's happening to him. The Captain cashes in his chips and jumps once more to another line, feet up laughing and enjoying the thought of bringing chaos to another corner of the world. But the trouble with not looking before you leap is you never know where you might end up. Welcome to the DARK Line, Captain! Here there be monsters! And it's your job now to keep them at bay. Order a double, Cap. You'll be needing it!
D.A.R.K. Agents of A.R.M.O.R.
1. The Captain
3. Green Knight
5. Shiver Man
6. Skull the Slayer
7. Tom Thumb
Supporting: Alysande Stuart, Black Jack Tarr, Herne the Hunter, Larry the Cranky Demon, Starr the Slayer, Switchback,
Antagonists: Dirk Anger, Bushwacker, Mojo, Marvel Apes, Marvel Werewolves, Red Lord, Earth-666, Earth-691, Uzi-Verse (Earth-22398)*
Writer: Allan Moore
Artist: Olivier Coipel
Concept: There is a war going on...shhhh....it's a secret. We are on the losing side, that is until now. They have unprecedented national clearance, they are rewriting the superhero playbook and they have nerves forged in steel. They are the Ultimates. The strongest legacies, the bravest warriors and secrets that will implode empires...the 'Art of War' has reached the 'Heroic Age'!
HEAD OF OPERATIONS
2. Sharon Carter
1. Iron Patriot (Steve Roger Janikowski)
5. Luke Cage
6. Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)
1. Iron Patriot (Isaiah Saddiq)
2. Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)
3. Norse (Tarene aka Thor Girl)
4. Power Girl (Danielle Cage)
5. Prime (Kevin Green)
Supporting: Ulysses Bloodstone, Alien Legion, Ezekiel, NFL Superpro, Power Pack (Alex, Katie & Jack Power), Ragnarok
Antagonists: Jackal, Beyonder, Fasaud, Lady Deadpool, Speed Demon, X-Babies
EXCLUSIVE DARK CHARACTER POOL
Team Name: BABEL ORG.
1. Erik Killmonger
3. Grey Goblin
6. Verminus Rex
Team Name: THE DARK NIHILISTS
1. Puppet Master
Team Name: THE RUNNERS
1. Battlin' Jack Murdock
2. G.W. Bridge
3. Yukon Jack
1. Black Swan (Yabbat Ummon Turru)
2. Deadeye (Alternate Universe Clint Barton)
5. Halloween Jack
6. Honey Lemon
7. Jinx (William Hastings)
8. Lady Ash
9. Sister Nil
Epic Line Editors: Exciter & The Animal Man
Epic Line Rotating Writers: Frank Miller, Jim Zubb, John Ostrander & Nick Spencer
Epic Line Cover & Rotating Artists: Clint Langley, Paul Gulacy, Sean Gordon Murphy & Steve McNiven
THE DEATH-DENYING DEADPOOL
Writer: Patton Oswalt
Artist: Joe Quinones
Location: Where death needs denying
Concept: He’s out of his mind so get out of his way, here comes Deapool!
Supporting: Painkiller Jane, Blackheath, Century, Death's Head, US Agent
Antagonists: Axeman Bone, Mimic, Klaw, Zapata Brothers
MACHINE MAN: ROBOT FOR HIRE
Writer: Kate Beaton
Artist: Chris Samnee
Concept: If you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can find him, maybe you can hire a robot... Machine Man!
1. Aaron Stack
2. Swordsman (Jacques Duquesne)
Supporting: Fat Cobra, Knuckles O'Shaugnessy, Stonewall
Antagonists: Ultron, Bentley-23
RANGERS: MYSTIC MARSHALS
Writer: Matt Fraction
Artist: Steve Epting
Concept: Everything is bigger in Texas! Especially the portals to Hell! Texas has become a hotspot for strange and insane happenings. These peculiar events prompt the Texas Twister, with the aid of the Scarlet Spider, to form a team to battle against the shadows. They are the Texas Strangers! They are the Mystic Marshals! They are… THE RANGERS!!
1. Texas Twister
2. Scarlet Spider (Kaine Parker)
3. Black Knight (Young Masters)
5. Hellfire (J.T. James)
6. Vampire by Night
7. Werewolf by Night
8. White Tiger (Ava Ayala)
9. Wonder Man
Supporting: Victoria Hand, Eddie Brock, Living Lightning, Red Wolf, Shooting Star
Antagonists: Shadow King, Dreadknight, Lincoln Slade, Living Monolith, Null the Living Darkness
Writer: Greg Pak
Artist: David Aja
Concept: Once upon a time, they were known as villains. Now, they are heroes seeking to make amends for past misdemeanours and help others follow their example. They are the Redeemers!
1. Hawkeye (Clint Barton)
2. Venom (Flash Thompson)
4. Harry Osborn (aka The Golden Oni)
Supporting: Barney Barton, Beetle (Janice Licoln), Boomerang, The Cat (Shen Kuei), Lucky (aka Pizza Dog)
Antagonists: Serpent Society (King Cobra, Asp, Black Mamba, Princess Python), Crossfire, Cutthroat, Oddball, Snapdragon, Wally King*
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Tony Moore
Location: Various dimensions, realities and planes of existence
Concept: Dr. Strange and The Human Torch lead a team of odd superheroes on a secret quest that may, in fact, doom them all!
1. Doctor Strange
2. Human Torch (Jim Hammond)
3. Destroyer (Keen Marlow)
4. Gorilla Man (Kenneth Hale)
6. Red Sonja (Mary Jane Watson)
Supporting: Mephista, Radioactive Man, Stardust
Antagonists: Dreaded Offenders, Blackout, Blizzard, Doctor Rot, Kulan Gath, Swarm, Zadkiel
Writer: James Robinson
Artist: Frazer Irving & Kyle Baker
Location: From Hell to Texas, wherever the paranormal rears its ugly head! Doctor Strange operates his private practice out of the Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village, NYC, and Stabbity Jones hangs his cowboy hat at the Alamo in San Antonio!
Concept: Doctor Strange, Master of the Mystic Arts, operates a private practice - and he’s ready for some consultations! If you’ve got a magical problem that requires a diagnosis, then the Doctor is in! Then, meet the most unlikely Sorcerer Supreme in the multiverse! Stabbity Jones, the Last Knifeman in the West, has sliced and diced his way into becoming the realm’s foremost spellbinder! Join him as he bumbles through his own tales to astonish and causes as much trouble as he solves!
DOCTOR STRANGE: MASTER OF THE MYSTIC ARTS
1. Doctor Strange
STABBITY JONES: SORCERER SUPREME
1. Stabbity Jones
Supporting: Spacker Dave, Bob: Agent of HYDRA, Whizzer, Wong
Antagonists: High Evolutionary, Bi-Beast, Impossible Man
Writer: Kieron Gillen
Artist: Mike Nortin
Location: New Orleans
Concept: An evil lurks beneath New Orleans. It threatens to consume us all. But those connected the magic arts are aware of its presence. And only they can stop it!
1. Sister Grimm
3. Lilith (Lilith Dracul)
4. Nocturne (Talia Wagner)
6. Talisman (Elizabeth Twoyoungmen)
Supporting: Annabelle Riggs, Cardiac, Living Mummy, Topaz, Zombie (Simon Garth)
Antagonists: Belasco, Baroness Blood, Caroline Le Fey, Mordred the Evil
EXCLUSIVE EPIC CHARACTER POOL
Team Name: DREADED OFFENDERS
1. Baron Mordo
2. Black Racer
5. Will O' the Wisp
Team Name: LORDS OF THE SAVAGE LAND
1. Shanna the She-Devil
2. Devil Dinosaur
3. Garokk the Petrified Man
Team Name: OLYMPIANS
4. Delphyne Gorgon
7. Warrior Woman (Hippolyta)
1. Beta Ray Bill
2. Hobgoblin (Jason Macendale)
4. Kid Blackheart
5. Man-Wolf (John Jameson)
6. Miles Morales
7. Millie the Model
8. Red Ghost
9. Red Ronin (SJ3-RX piloted by Robert Takiguchi)
10. Skurge the Executioner