Marvel Brings Back Amazing Fantasy, Emphasis on the Fantasy

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All art by Kaare Andrews.
All art by Kaare Andrews.
Image: Marvel

In 1962, Marvel Comics released Amazing Fantasy #15, an unassuming comic that happened to debut Spider-Man. The title was canceled immediately afterward so Spidey could move on to bigger and more titular series, but had brief revivals in 1995 and 2004. Now Spider-Man: Reign’s Kaare Andrews is bringing Amazing Fantasy back for the fourth time—and yes, those are indeed frog people trying to cook Spider-Man alive.

Apparently, the new Amazing Fantasy is going to truly be fantasy, evidenced by Andrews’ incredible cover for issue #1:

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The five-issue series will feature three time-displaced heroes—Captain America, Black Widow, and Spider-Man—who are mysteriously deposited in a Conan the Barbarian/Dungeons & Dragons-esque fantasy land.

Here’s the official description from Marvel: “Red Room Black Widow, teenage Spider-Man, World War II Captain America—the most iconic versions of your favorite Marvel characters from across time and space all wake up on an island of intrigue, darkness and...Amazing Fantasy.

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“Are they dead? Are they dreaming? Or have they truly been transported to another fantastical realm? And is there any way for them to return home? This isn’t just a love letter to your favorite Marvel eras, it’s a reinvestment in the seminal characters you’ve always loved, plucked from their quintessential timelines.”

I love reinvesting in characters! Seriously, though, these four preview pages have me absolutely hooked.

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Captain America fighting orcs to save a somewhat-scantily-clad elf maiden is nice, if potentially regressive. But I’m absolutely here for eagle men hitting Spider-Man in the face.

You’ll be able to own your own copy of an eagle man hitting Spider-Man in the face when Amazing Fantasy #1 is released on July 28. I very much look forward to finding out what Black Widow is up to—is it too much to ask to pit her against a cartoonishly evil wizard?

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