Since Action Comics #1000 and Detective Comics #1000 have been making gangbusters for DC, it only makes sense for Marvel to capitalize with their own special one-shot. Instead of waiting for Amazing Spider-Man to reach that milestone, Marvel has decided to unveil a big 80-page one-shot called Marvel Comics #1000.
The big twist? The New York Times revealed that it’s a one-shot with 80 one-page stories, most of which have different creative teams. A number of them will be written by Al Ewing, the man writing Immortal Hulk, which is currently one of Marvel’s best comic books. Ewing is also one of the people who helped make this one-shot so it makes sense to have him cover multiple stories in this issue.
Apparently, all of these stories will overarch on a MacGuffin/Marvel artifact called the Eternity Mask. This item is new and hasn’t been discussed until now but we trust Ewing into making it feel important throughout this epic story. Seriously, 80 one-page stories that have one overarching arc? That could be incredible.
Ewing aside, creators confirmed for the book include Mark Waid, Gail Simone, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Peter David, Adam Kubert, Patrick Gleason, Roy Thomas, and so much more. There are over 50 creative teams thus far, with more likely to come.
Marvel Comics #1000 comes out this August, with a cover from Alex Ross.