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Marvel goes back to basics with Season One line

Original Marvel graphic novels tell characters' origins in modern way.
by Matthew Price Published: April 20, 2012

“We're going back to the first year of the X-Men,” Hopeless said. “The book is about when Jean Grey first shows up at the Xavier Academy and sort of coming together with the original other four guys and forming a team.”

Hopeless said the story fits in with the original stories told by writer Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby in the 1960s, but brings it forward.

“The story is told within all of the fights of that first year, and we kind of dance around the raindrops of what Stan and Jack did and tell the new story that builds on that,” Hopeless said. “And it also modernizes it, so they're not wearing checkered suits and going to beatnik bars like they were in the 1960s issues.”

Second wave

The second wave of the “Season One” line begins in July:

• “Ant-Man: Season One” by Tom DeFalco and Horacio Domingues, on-sale in July.

• “Hulk: Season One” by Fred Van Lente and Tom Fowler, on-sale in August.

• “Doctor Strange: Season One” by Greg Pak and Emma Rios, on-sale in September.

Fans who want a free first look at the “Season One” line can check out a preview on May 5. The first chapter of “Spider-Man Season One” will be given away as part of this year's Free Comic Book Day celebration at participating comic-book stores.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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