Seems like DC's experiment with multiple mini-series within a series (Identity Crisis, Seven Soldiers of Victory) has led Marvel to do some thinking in this regard.
Here's the press release:
Marvel Comics has stars in its eyes as it announces the impending approach of ANNIHILATION, a major new comics event. ANNIHILATION, beginning in March ’06, encompasses a prologue one-shot, four 4-issue limited series, and a 6-issue concluding limited series. The universe itself provides the stage and the backdrop.
Outer space-based characters were once a mainstay of the comics industry, especially in the 40s and 50s, but except for a brief revival in the 70s have never truly been given much in the way of a well-deserved focus. Marvel Comics has a unique and diverse stable of strange space-faring heroes and villains whose time has come to shine once again. But can they survive ANNIHILATION?
“The basic idea is that we've got a ton of cool space characters that have been under used--and to a certain degree misused--for several years,” notes Marvel editor Andy Schmidt. “They're fantastic characters that just need to be dusted off and thrust into some new stories that give them a chance to shine. They should and can be great to read about. And during ANNIHILATION, they will be.”
The scope of the new event is as wide and expansive a space itself:
ANNIHILATION:PROLOGUE – written by Keith Giffen (Legion of Super-Heroes, Justice League, DRAX THE DESTROYER, HOWLING COMMANDOES) and art by Scott Kolins (AVENGERS, MARVEL-TEAM UP) and Ariel Olivetti (Space Ghost). Kolins says: “Working with Giffen is a dream come true. His plans are amazing and I’m ecstatic to be drawing this prologue. It’s gonna rock!”
SILVER SURFER – written by Keith Giffen and art by Renato Arlem (IMPERFECTS)
SUPER-SKRULL – written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach (ABC’s “Lost”, The Middle Man) and art by Greg Titus (Syn, ICEMAN)
NOVA – written by Dan Abnett and Andy Lanning (Legion of Super-Heroes) and art by Kev Walker (EXILES)
RONAN THE ACCUSER – written by Simon Furman (DEATH’S HEAD, TRANSFORMERS UK) and art by Jorge Lucas (INHUMANS, COLOSSUES: BLOODINE)
ANNIHILATION – the 6-issue coda to the event that gathers all the players together, written by Keith Giffen!
Other extraterrestrial entities that will appear in ANNIHILATION will include such hardhitting powerhouses as Drax, Quasar, and fan-favorite baddie Thanos. Fans should keep their eyes to the telescope, as even more cosmic characters taking part in the event will be revealed as the launch date nears.
“I am front-row-center for this party,” enthuses Marvel Editor-In-Chief Joe Quesada. “Andy’s more than right to point out that these space guys have not been given a proper spotlight lately…but hey! Ya can’t keep good, nay, GREAT characters down at ol’ Marvel, and this one’s chock fulla great characters! Now, if only I could convince Andy and his gang to use the Guardians of the Galaxy…”
When Andy Schmidt is pressed to pinpoint the single best thing about ANNIHILATION, he smiles the smile of a proud papa. “There's so much going on that I can't pick just one. For me, it's just great to finally see these cool space characters in new and intense situations.
“I can't wait to see what all the fans think!”
Maybe I'll skip buying the Galactic Storm TPB after all. Not when I have something like this to look forward to. This looks much better.
I wonder if this will be the event that brings Thor back...