Marvel Now: Divided We Stand: Everything You Need To Know And The Comics Involved

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Marvel NOW: Divided We Stand teaser image by Mike Deodato.

Starting from October, there will be a new era of Marvel Comics spinning out of the massive  event series. Titled Marvel Now: Divided We Stand, this line of new comics will introduce diverse new characters, concepts and statusquos in a Marvel Universe which will be dealing with the aftermath of Civil War II.

Sometimes big launches like this can be hard to keep up with. There’s so many comics, which can lead to many questions. To help you make sense of everything I have put together this guide to Marvel Now: Divided We Stand, which gives details about all the comics part of this relaunch and answer some common questions.

I will update this regularly when more information is revealed. You can keep up with all the details by bookmarking this page or by following How to Love Comics on Twitter. I’ll tweet when this page has been updated.

Marvel NOW: Divided We Stand teaser image by Mike Deodato.

When Are These Comics Set?

Unless specified all of the comics listed below are set after Civil War II. as a result some of these comics will deal with the aftermath of this massive story.

Don’t worry if you haven’t read Civil War II as each comic should get you up to speed as to what has happened.

If you’re interested in reading Civil War II you can check out the Civil War II Reading Order Checklist to find out more information about it.

Is it a Reboot?

No.

Marvel Now: Divided We Stand is a relaunch, not a reboot. This simply means that many comics have new #1 issues, with new creators and/or directions.

Everything that has happened in the past will still have happened. You won’t need to know the entire history of a given character and anything that you need to know Marvel will fill you in on.

Will Any Current Comics Be Continuing?

At this stage it is not quite clear, but considering that some of Marvel’s comics only started a few months ago that could be a possibility. If this is the case there might be a push from the publisher to create new jumping points for these comics for new readers.

Marvel NOW: Divided We Stand teaser image by Mike Deodato.

What Does Divided We Stand Mean?

Once the dust settles on Civil War II not everyone in the Marvel Universe is going to be friends. Friendships will be broken, new teams formed and new enemies made. The Marvel Universe will look different to what it is now. These divisions will filter through many of Marvel’s new comics, some more than others, and create new stories for characters.

It signifies a new statusquo for the Marvel Universe – featuring new characters, situations and ideas.

What Should I Read Before These New Comics?

While you should be able to jump onto any comic with very little prior knowledge there;s one particular comic which will have events which instigate many of these new comics’ stories forward. This comic is Civil War II, which is currently running and is set to conclude in early October.

Events from this major comic book series will effect the entire Marvel Universe and as a result will be referenced from time to time.

What Else Is New?

With Marvel Now: Divided We Stand the publisher has made a concerned effort to offer a wider selection of characters from different backgrounds. In the official announcement on Fast Company, Marvel Editor in Chief Axel Alonso stated the following:

“We’re all about creating books that connect with readers of all types. This has been a natural and organic process for us, and there’s been an evolution on it for us over the last few years. Looking at the teaser now, I’m noticing for the first time that you’ve got five caucasian characters in the mix, five African-American characters, a Korean-American Hulk—it’s more diverse than I ever would have imagined, and I think that’s a good thing.”

Which Comics Are Involved?

Below are all the comics which are part of the Marvel Now: Divided We Stand publishing initiative, which I have have been ordered alphabetically and split into three sections.

First, there’s Ongoing Series. These are comics which run every month with out a prescribed number of issues.

Secondly, there’s Miniseries. These run for a set number of issues and tell a story from start to finish.

The remaining section is the comics which are continuing. These series will have specific issues as part of this publishing initiative which are great to jump on. These issues should get you up to speed with what you need to know and start a brand new story.

Come back regularly as this section will be updated regularly when new comics are announced and new details are made available.

Ongoing Series

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 cover by Ryan Stegman.

Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows

Written by Gerry Conway. Art by Ryan Stegman.

Begins: November 2016.

By far, one of the most popular tie-ins from last year’s Secret Wars event was Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows. This alternate world title saw what it was like if Spider-Man was still married to Mary Jane and they had their child. Well, it looks like it was popular enough to warrant it’s own ongoing series.

This time around it’s not only Peter Parker who has Spider Powers, it’s the whole family!

Avengers #1 (2016) cover by Alex Ross.

Avengers

Written by Mark Waid. Art by Mike del Mundo.

Begins: November 2016.

Spinning out of the events of Civil War II there will be a new Avengers team. Based on the cover, the team will consist of Spider-Man, The Wasp, Hercules, The Vision, Captain America (Sam Wilson) and Thor (Jane Foster). To kick off this new series will be a story featuring the classic Avengers villain Kang.

It’s also worth noting that Mike del Mundo is on art duties for this series. This is very exciting as he is a very interesting artist and like to cram the page full of beautiful detail and experiment with the panel layouts.

Captain Marvel #1 cover by Dave Johnson. Marvel Now.

Captain Marvel

Written by Margaret Stohl. Art by Ramon Rosanas.

Begins: Early 2017

In the aftermath of Civil War II, Captain Marvel has become the world’s most recognised hero. Most will love her, but just liked all well liked people, there’s also a vocal group who are against her. How will she deal with this new love and backlash is one of the elements which this new series will explore. One can only assume that it will a complicated issue.

Champions #1 cover by Humberto Ramos. Marvel Now.

Champions

Written by Mark Waid. Art by Humberto Ramos.

Begins: October 2016

Back in the mid 70s, Marvel had a short lived series called Champions which starred an eclectic team of Angel, Black Widow, Ghost Rider, Hercules and Iceman. Fastforward to 2016 and Marvel are bringing the name back for a brand new series starring a teen hero book, starring Marvel’s premiere teen heroes.

In this incarnation of the team we will see Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan), Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Nova (Sam Alexander), The Hulk (Amadeus Cho), Viv Vision, and the younger version of Cyclops team up to fight crime. As described in this interview with Entertainment Weekly the series will be like The Avengers but with a more youthful activist element to it.

Mark Waid has a lot of experience with teenage characters, including critically acclaimed runs on characters such as Impulse and Archie.

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme #1 cover by Rafael Albuquerque.

Doctor Strange and the Sorcerers Supreme

Written by Robbie Thompson. Art by Javier Rodriguez.

Begins: October 2016

Faced with an ancient evil which threatens to destroy the fabric of reality, Doctor Strange will need some help. He’ll recruit Sorcerer Supremes of the past, present and future to stop this threat, but who will stop them?

If you’re looking forward to the Doctor Strange movie then you’ll want to check this comic out.

Infamous Iron Man #1 cover by Alex Maleev. Marvel NOW.

Infamous Iron Man

Written by Brian Michael Bendis. Art by Alex Maleev.

Begins: October 2016

In the wake of Civil War II there will be a new Iron Man – Doctor Doom!

Doctor Doom will take on the Iron Man mantle in an attempt to outdo Tony Stark. It’s unclear at the moment if Doom will be doing good, evil or something in between but I am guess we will find out soon enough.

Doctor Doom should be an interesting version of Iron Man. He’s just as smart as tony Stark and has unlimited resources at his beckoning. What will he be able to differently?

Invincible Iron Man #1 cover by Stefano Caselli.

Invincible Iron Man

Written by Brian Michael Bendis. Art by Stefano Caselli.

Begins: November 2016

Doctor Doom is not the only new Iron-person. There’s also Riri Williams, who will be known as Iron Heart, a 15 year old African-American girl, who was recently introduced in the current Invincible Iron Man comic. Riri is a teen genius who, at a young age, has enrolled at MIT and has even developed her own version of the Iron Man armor.

It is unclear at the moment if Tony Stark is in the picture, but it has been suggested that we will find out the answer in Civil War II.

Jessica Jones #1 cover by David Mack.

Jessica Jones

Written by Brian Michael Bendis. Art by Michael Gaydos.

Begins: October 2016

The original creative team is back for a brand new Jessica Jones series! Alias Investigations is open again and Jessica will be using it as an excuse to look into secrets in her past.

If you were a fan of the Netflix series then you seriously will want to check this comic out.

Mosaic #1 cover by Stuart Immonen.

Mosaic

Written by Geoffrey Thorne. Art by Khary Randolph.

Begins: October 2016

Marvel has a brand new hero in the form of Mosaic – a body-hopping antihero Inhuman. Originally a professional basketball player, Morris Sackett recieved his incredible gifts by coming in contact with the Terrigan Mist. Now he can jump from body to body, controlling those he possesses and accessing their memories. Although, what he do with these new abilities?

If you can’t wait until October, don’t worry his first appearance will be Uncanny Inhumans #11.

Occupy Avengers #1 cover by Agustin Alessio.

Occupy Avengers

Written by David F. Walker. Art by Carlos Pacheco.

Begins: November 2016

Spinning out of Civil War II is this brand new series which is not so much about saving the world, but saving ordinary people. Starring Hawkeye and a team of other heroes this series will see them seeking justice for the small people in light of superhero negativity.

This series reminds me a little of Green Arrow/Green Lantern from the 70s, which saw the pair tackling social issues.

Prowler #1 cover by Travel Foreman.

Prowler

Written by Sean Ryan. Art by Jamal Campbell.

Begins: October 2016

Prowler is working for Spider-Man villain The Jackal. Why would a hero do something like that? You’ll have to read to find out.

This new series will tie-in with The Clone Conspiracy. (See more below in regards to The Clone Conspiracy)

Solo #1 cover by Paco Diaz.

Solo

Written by Gerry Duggan and Geoffrey Thorne. Art by Paco Diaz.

Begins: October 2016

You might’ve seen him in Deadpool and the Merc For Money, but now Solo is going, well, solo. In his own title, Solo is tracking down the suppliers of alien weapons which are falling into the hands of ordinary criminals. Who’s responsible? You’ll have to read to find out.

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Thanos

Written by Jeff Lemire. Art by Mike Deodato.

Begins: November 2016

Who said villains can’t get their own series?

Ultimates 2 #1 cover by Travel Foreman.

Ultimates 2

Written by Al Ewing. Art by Travel Foreman.

Begins: November 2016

This is a relaunch of Al Ewing’s Ultimates series, which used superheroes for big science fiction ideas. In this new series it looks like the scale has been ramped up with the introduction of the Cosmic Jailer, who has entrapped the the cosmic entity Eternity.

U.S.Avengers #1 cover by Paco Medina. Marvel Now.

U.S.Avengers

Written by Al Ewing. Art by Paco Medina.

Begins: Late 2016

In an natural evolution of Al Ewing’s New Avengers comes the new series U.S.Avengers. In it, a new alternative to SHIELD has been created. Known as American Intelligence Mechanics, the organisation will be at the forefront of counter terrorism and saving the world.

In order to achieve this a new team has been formed – U.S.Avengers. The team will include Thunderbolt Ross the Red Hulk, Cannonball, an new Iron Patriot, a Captain America from the future (the daughter of Luke Cage and Jessica Jones), Pod and Squirrel Girl.

Black Panther: World of Wakanda #1 cover by Afua Richardson.

Black Panther: World of Wakanda

Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates, Roxane Gay and Yona Harvey. Art by Alitha E. Martinez & Afua Richardson.

Begins: November 2016

This anthology style series will spin out of the current Black Panther series and will explore different inhabitants of the African nation. This will include exploring the stories of Ayo and Aneka, queer lovers who are also par of Black Panther’s female security force.

With Roxane Gay and poet Yona Harvey on writing duties we should expect to see unique points of views and takes on characters which have been recently introduced in Black Panther.

Miniseries

Avengers #1.1 cover by Barry Kitson.

Avengers 1.1

Written by Mark Waid. Art by Barry Kitson.

Begins: November 2016
Number of Issues: 6(?)

This is a miniseries set in the early days of The Avengers around the time when characters such as Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver joined the team. Based on the solicitations this story will have ramifications for stories set in the present. If you’re looking for a story set int he early days of The Avengers, but don’t want to dive into comics from the 60s, this is the story for you.

As for the numbering, Marvel like to occasionally use decimal points to signify stories set in the early days of the heroes careers. The first issue will be #1.1 and will continue into #1.2, #1.3 and so on.

Cage! #1 cover by Genndy Tartakovsky.

Cage!

Written and art by Genndy Tartakovsky.

Begins: October 2016
Number of Issues: 4

Out of all the comics on this list this miniseries is one of the more surprising announcements. Why? Because it was actually announced all the way back in 2009 and has been in development since then. But I wouldn’t complain, who wouldn’t want to read a comic by legendary animator Genndy Tartakovsky – responsible for such animated series such as Dexter’s Laboratory and Samurai Jack.

This miniseries looks to be a love letter to the classic rendition of Luke Cage as he tries to clean up the mean streets of New York City. Expect plenty of action and humour to ensue.

Death of X #1 cover by Aaron Kuder.

Death of X

Written by Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule. Art by Aaron Kuder.

Begins: October 2016
Number of Issues: 4

Throughout the year the X-Men comics have hinted at a conflict between the X-Men and the Inhumans which resulted in the what is assumed to be Cyclops’s death. In the Death of X miniseries, written by Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men) and Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans) we finally see what happened.

Don’t expect sunshine and roses as the two groups haven’t seen eye to for a while. It all started with the Terrigan Mist, which turns people in to Inhumans, but can be deadly to Mutants. As a result, the two groups will not exactly see eye to eye.

If you’ve been reading the X-Men comics and want some answers to some of the questions that have been raised then this is the comic you should be reading. If you haven’t, don’t worry, it will be a good place to start as it is all set in the past and should allow you to check some of the current X-Men and Inhuman comics.

Death of X will be released throughout October and November.

Great Lakes Avengers #1 cover by Will Robson. Marvel NOW.

Great Lakes Avengers

Written by Zac Gorman. Art by Will Robson.

Begins: October 2016
Number of Issues: 6

Marvel’s oddball heroes, The Great Lakes Avengers, have been out of action for a while but have now returned for a brand new miniseries!

The Great Lakes Avengers are an obscure comedy team, which once had Squirrel Girl as one of their members, and has hung out with Deadpool on multiple occasions. Don’t worry if you’ve never read anything with this team in it as they have only featured in a handful of comics. This means there’s next to no reading required to dive into this miniseries.

If you enjoy superheroes which are a little odd and with a few laughs in them then this comic is for you!

You can read more about this miniseries in this interview with Nerdist.

Inhumans vs. X-Men by Leinil Yu.

Inhumans vs X-Men

Written by Jeff Lemire and Charles Soule. Art by Leinil Yu.

Begins: November 2016
Number of Issues: 6

As I mentioned in the Death of X description, tensions have been pretty high between the Inhumans and X-Men. This miniseries it spill over with the two parties at each other.

This looks to the kind of miniseries which will have ramifications in the X-Men and Inhumans titles afterwards.

Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy #1 cover by Gabriele Dell'Otto.

Spider-Man: The Clone Conspiracy

Written by Dan Slott. Art by Jim Cheung.

Begins: October 2016
Number of Issues: 5

This is the big Spider-Man story of 2016. People from Spider-Man’s past have been returning, but the thing is they shouldn’t be. They’re meant to be dead! The Jackal is somehow part of this and I doubt he is trying to make Spider-Man’s life easy.

The Unworthy Thor #1 cover Oliver Coipel.

The Unworthy Thor

Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Oliver Coipel.

Begins: November 2016
Number of Issues: 5

For many months now Thor has been unworthy of his hammer, Mjolnir. As consequence for his unworthiness Jane Foster became the new Thor and has been starring her own critically acclaimed comic.

When a hammer from an alternate universe appears will Thor be able to wield it. This series explore his journey to become a hero again – and worthy of the hammer. Can he do it? We’ll have to read to find out.

Continuing Series

All-New Wolverine #13
Written by Tom Taylor. Art by Nik Virella.
Story: Enemy of the State II
Begins:
October 2016.

Black Panther #7
Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates. Art by Chris Sprouse.
Story: The Crew
Begins:
October 2016.

Black Widow #7
Written by Mark Waid and Chris Samnee. Art by Chris Samnee.
Story: Lion Tamer
Begins:
October 2016.

Captain America: Sam Wilson #14
Written by Nick Spencer. Art by Daniel Acuna.
Story: Take The Shield Back
Begins:
October 2016.

Captain America: Steve Rogers #7
Written by Nick Spencer. Art by Jesus Saiz.
Story: Hail Hydra
Begins: November 2016.

Daredevil #15
Written by Charles Soule. Art by Ron Garney.

Deadpool #21
Written by Greg Duggan. Art by Mike Hawthorne.
Story: It’s Not A Tumor
Begins:
October 2016.

Deadpool & The Mercs for Money #4
Written by Cullen Bunn. Art by Iban Coello.
Story: Go Bananas
Begins:
October 2016.

Doctor Strange #12
Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Chris Bachalo.

Gwenpool #7
Written by Christopher Hastings. Art by Gurihiru.
Story: Head of M.O.D.O.K.
Begins:
October 2016.

The Mighty Thor #15
Written by Jason Aaron. Art by Russell Dauterman.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #13
Written by Amy Reeder & Brandon Montclare. Art by Natacha Bustos.
Story: The Smartest There Is
Begins:
 November 2016.

Moon Knight #10
Written by Jeff Lemire. Art by Greg Smallwood.

Ms. Marvel #12
Written by G. Willow Wilson. Art by Takeshi Miyazawa.
Begins: October 2016.

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! #11
Written by Kate Leth. Art by Brittney L. Williams.
Story: Don’t Stop Me’ow
Begins:
October 2016.

Power Man & Iron Fist #10
Written by David Walker. Art by Sanford Greene.
Story: Harlem Burns
Begins: November 2016.

Punisher #7
Written by Becky Cloonan. Art by Steve Dillon.
Story: Into the Wild
Begins: November 2016.

Silk #13
Written by Robbie Thompson. Art by Tana Ford.

Silver Surfer #9
Written by Dan Slott. Art by Mike Allred.
Story: Worlds Apart
Begins: November 2016.

Spider-Gwen #15
Written by Jason Latour. Art by Robbi Rodriguez.

Spider-Man #12
Written by Brian Michael Bendis. Art by Sara Pichelli.

Spider-Man 2099 #21
Written by Peter David. Art by Will Sliney.

Spider-Woman #13
Written by Dennis Hopeless. Art by Veronica Fish.
Story: Scare Tactics
Begins: November 2016.

Squadron Supreme #13
Written by James Robinson. Art by Leonard Kirk.
Story: Namor Has Risen
Begins: November 2016.

Thunderbolts #7
Written by Jim Zub. Art by Jon Malin.
Story: Caught Red-Handed
Begins: November 2016.

The Totally Awesome Hulk #15
Written by Greg Pak. Art by TBC.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #16
Written by Ryan North. Art by Erica Henderson.

Uncanny Avengers #14
Written by Gerry Duggan. Art by Pepe Larraz.

Uncanny Inhumans #15
Written by Charles Soule. Art by Kev Walker.
Begins: October 2016.

Which Of The Marvel Now: Divided We Stand Comics Will You Be Reading?

Which of these newly announced Marvel comics grabs your interest? Let me know in the comments below or via the How to Love Comics Facebook or Twitter.

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Trevor Van As is the founder of How to Love Comics and has loved comics all his life. When he's not reading or talking about comics he can be found eating frozen yogurt and dancing like no one is watching.

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  • In U.S.Avengers the Red Hulk isn’t Thunderbolt Ross, it’s a new character though similar to Ross in build and looks. He really isn’t even a true Hulk but uses a bio program that allows him to go full Hulk for a little over an hour “once” a day as a safety measure. I wish it was Ross, yea Bruce de-hulked every Hulk but She-Hulk before he died. But I liked Ross as Red Hulk and the new guy feels too much like a copy, though not as brudeing and more upbeat. I’d perhaps like him if his base form wasn’t that of a bit younger Ross.

  • Ill continue to read Dr. Strange and all new Wolverine. Aside from that the new series ill be interested in are the unworthy thor, infamous iornman, Alias or Jessica Jones or whatever and Sorcerers Supreme. I have high hopes for Ultimates continuing and the upcoming thanos series. Whats with the events happening so much. Ill read ivx and death of x just out of love for the xmen ,but they are fading in storytelling I haven’t liked anything really best of the bunch has been All New Xmen, but who needs more clones or another big spider change up.