Marvel Comics is no stranger to hyperbole, and what happened today at a special press conference at Midtown Comics in New York City is a perfect example. Marvel’s Joe Quesada, Tom Brevoort, and Axel Alonso unveiled the company’s crossover event of 2011, entitled Fear Itself, labeling it with terms like “an extinction-level event,” “as ambitious as Civil War,” and “the biggest story we’ve ever told.”
Details about Fear Itself‘s story are few. It’s inspired by the fear-based climate we all live in (think: terrorism, economy, unemployment, etc.), and it involves the God of Fear — who gets stronger the more that people feel fear — attacking the Marvel Universe. The God of War places the title of “the Worthy” on certain Marvel characters, but the consequences of this and why those individuals were chosen is a big secret. Keeping things as vague but tantalizing as possible, Quesada & Co. said that Fear Itself will find the line between hero and villain becoming blurred and even crossed.
Fear Itself is being written by Matt Fraction with pencils by Stuart Immonen, inks by Wayne Von Grawbadger, and colors by Laura Martin. It’s planned as a 7-issue miniseries, beginning in April ’11, with over-sized first and last issues. Ed Brubaker and Scot Eaton a doing a prologue issue starring Captain America and Namor, for release in March. A number of tie-in comics will be published around the flagship mini, filling in background details and focusing on character drama, but these issues are entirely optional to enjoying the main storyline.
The Marvel team indicated that the company has been putting chess pieces in place across the board for as long as two years now, which will lead into Fear Itself‘s story. “There is a concealed act at the center of the Marvel Universe that was committed a number of years ago, and it will change everything,” said Brevoort. He also hinted that the “Map of Time” seen recently in Secret Avengers was a bit of cryptic foreshadowing for next year’s event.
Check out the trailers and videos Marvel has released for Fear Itself and then answer this question:
Are you in? Or is this one event too many for you?
First up, here’s Marvel’s teaser trailer for Fear Itself.
Next, listen to writer Matt Fraction talk about the mega-event.
Finally, if you’re up for it, here’s the entire press conference.