Wednesday, Marvel announced three new series in their Marvel Knights line: Marvel Knights: Spider-Man by Matt Kindt and Marco Rudy, Marvel Knights: X-Men by Brahm Revel, and Marvel Knights: Hulk by Joe Keatinge and Piotr Kowalski. The return could be the harbinger for future Knights books, as the imprint has been otherwise retired in recent years, with the only vitality being several animated projects.
Marvel Knights launched in 1998, and along with the Ultimate Universe, saw Marvel attempting to diversify a brand gone stagnant in the notoriously violent comic world of the 90’s. The imprint’s MO has been to take indie or up-and-coming creators and position them on continuity-free books led by legacy characters. This seems in line with Marvel’s current disposition towards indie or highly stylized creative teams.
Runs such as Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev’s Daredevil, Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee’s Inhumans, and Christopher Priest and Mark Texeria’s Black Panther, came from the Marvel Knights imprint.
Marvel Knights: Spider-Man will launch in October, Marvel Knights: X-Men in November, and Marvel Knights: Hulk in December. Spidey and X-Men will run for four issues, while Hulk will run for five.
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