LUKE CAGE: ORIGINS by Mike Benson, Adam Glass and artist Dalibor Talajic.
Two of the most heavyweight writers you could imagine are going to team together to tell the origin of Luke Cage, hopefully focuses intently on his "tiara" era - the finest incarnation of the character to date. If you have any idea about either writer, then you'll know that they don't shy away from delving fully into misery and grime. With Cage's somewhat dodgy drug-related origin and Talajic's distinctive art, this project looks set to follow in the same spirit as Eric Canete's brilliant take on the character from last year.
ANT-MAN AND THE WASP: ORIGINS by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Stephanie Hans
Sacasa has been cropping up all over this site recently! But with good reason - he's one of the best writers Marvel has. With Wasp and Pym both characters likely to get at least a name-check in Joss Whedon's film, this is likely going to act as a 'pitch' book in case Avengers 2 gets greenlit and new characters are drafted in to the roster. Joining Sacasa will be artist Stephanie Hans, whose superstylish artwork has already inspired us to launch a "bring back Janet" campaign later this year.
VISION: ORIGINS by Kyle Higgins, Alec Siegel and artist Stephane Perger
Vision has been in limbo for so long now that it's hard to remember what he sounds like, but writers Siegel and Higgins seem to have a solid grasp on where they want to take the story - dark, intense and haunting seem to be three words floating around the project. Vision can be a great character when written well, so we're looking forward to this one. With Stephane Perger's distinctive paints gracing the pages, the book will be worth picking up for the artwork alone.
SCARLET WITCH AND QUICKSILVER: ORIGINS by Sean McKeever
And we don't know who the artist will be! This is by far the toughest assignment of the five, as the characters have had such a muddy, conflicted history. We have faith that McKeever will be able to scramble it all together somehow, though.
THOR: ORIGINS by Kathryn Immonen
We love Kathryn Immonen here at Comics Vanguard. But can even she make Thor seem even remotely interesting? Who knows!