Written by Marc Guggenheim, Al Ewing, Skottie Young, Gerry Conway, & Charles Soule
Art by Paco Medina, Juan Vlasco, David Curiel, German Peralta, Chris Sotomayor, Mike Perkins, Andy Troy, Stefano Caselli, Andres Mossa, Filipe Andrade, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, Ron Garney, & Matt Milla
Published by Marvel Comics
Release Date: October 7, 2015

What’s the aftermath of the Marvel U after Secret Wars? All-New All-Different Point One #1 drops some major hints! From start to finish we get to explore changes and new courses for characters from all corners of the universe. Starting this month, we are in for some excellent stories in some unexpected ways.

Like many .1’s, ANAD gets the ball rolling for Marvel’s new direction. Ever since the debut of the .1s a few years ago, I’ve loved reading them. They’ve always served as great jumping on points for series, whether fresh to the shelves or in the middle of an ongoing, and ANAD.1 #1 is no exception. This issue reminds me of my love for one-shots. While they are singular stories, they have an amazing capacity to capitalize on the immediacy of the story, point us toward the future for characters we love, or both.

ANAD.1 gives an excellent taste of what’s to come in the Marvel U. Each of the stories, while woven from a common thread, showcase some new and old faces, many of which I’m excited to see. We’ve been working with the consequences of a lot of events over the past few years, and ANAD is shaping up to deliver on a lot of fronts. Even though I’m on the fence with how some stories will progress, I’ll still be keeping my eye on series that are atypical for me, and some may even end up on my pull list.

One of my favorite things about ANAD.1 was how it captured the different aspects of the Marvel U. Whether stylized and funky or gritty and clandestine, there are so many varied worlds, even within the same universe. The lives of Marvel characters and their world work in a sense of reciprocity: the characters shape the world, the world also shapes them. It’s going to be nice to see how characters are going to be fleshed out under a new banner for Marvel.

If you’re looking to get your feet wet with ANAD, pick up .1. I’m sure there’s something in there for you, whether you squeal in excitement or consider what’s in store for a bevy of characters.

The Verdict: 7.5/10


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