New details have emerged about Jonathan Hickman and Valerio Schiti’s next Marvel epic, G.O.D.S. The series which has been described as Marvel’s answer to Sandman, was announced last year with sparse details beyond the creative team. This month’s Free Comic Book Day: Avengers/X-Men #1 shared a first look at the series, introducing one of the book’s leads Wyn, discussing morality with Doctor Strange.
The book is set to redefine the cosmology and hierarchy of gods while exploring the fundamental forces of science and sorcery across the Marvel Universe. All of this conflict is done behind the scenes of the Marvel publishing line, with a few intersections with the superhero community being teased. The concept and teases feels in line with the Hickman’s early work at Marvel, like Secret Warriors and S.H.I.E.L.D.
“When I came back to Marvel a few years ago, I wrote two series bibles. The first was House of X and the other one was G.O.D.S.,” Hickman explained. “To say that I’m excited to finally be able to share this story with everyone is a massive understatement. G.O.D.S. takes place in its own special corner of the Marvel Universe — in the cracks that lie at the intersection of science and magic — and revisits some characters and concepts that we’ve reimagined for a more modern, continuity-driven audience.”
Now, Marvel has released the roster of characters to go along with a series of variants announced for the series. In each book with one of these variants, a one-page back-up story from Hickman will show interactions between these new characters and the staples of the Marvel Universe. The press releases also revealed that some of these characters will make an appearance at this year’s Hellfire Gala, to watch as the mutant’s enter the Fall of X era.
The variants and their respective character descriptions can be seen below:
Here are the characters spotlighted in the variant covers and bonus pages:
- Wyn, a powerful magic expert who’s operated in secret for thousands of years and is now forced to come out of the shadows.
- Aiko Maki, a high-ranking agent brutally loyal to the ways of science and willing to do anything to keep the building blocks of creation in balance.
- Dmitri the Science Boy, Wyn’s reckless partner who has a secret mission of his own to discover the dark truth of his past.
- Mia the Magic Girl, a young sorcerer struggling to achieve her full potential.
- Cubisk Core, a mysterious being of pure corruption seeking to shatter the existing systems.
- And more!
On Sale 8/2
DOCTOR STRANGE #6 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY EMA LUPACCHINO
FANTASTIC FOUR #10 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI
MOON KNIGHT #26 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY SALVADOR LARROCA
SCARLET WITCH #7 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY LUCAS WERNECK
On Sale 8/9
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #5 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY TODD NAUCK
On Sale 8/16
UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY GREG LAND
On Sale 8/23
IMMORTAL THOR #1 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY BRYAN HITCH
VENOM #24 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY JAN BAZALDUA
AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #32 G.O.D.S. VARIANT COVER BY ADAM KUBERT
Stay tuned to Comic Watch for more coverage of G.O.D.S. and the Fall of X.