Marvel announces reissue series for readers who want to catch up before Secret Wars

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Mar 10, 2015, 6:36 PM EDT

This May, as you may have heard by now, Marvel is launching Secret Wars, a massive event that will supposedly forever alter the Marvel Universe as we know it. The series will take place on Battleworld, a realm composed of various Marvel timelines and alternate realities all mashed together, and the event's announcements so far have featured everything from an all-female Avengers team to a return to the world of Old Man Logan and much more. 

Now, if you're a longtime Marvel reader, you may consider yourself already prepared for Secret Wars, and even if you're not, you could probably trust in the Secret Wars main series creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic to tell you a story you can understand even if you haven't done a lot of prior reading. But let's say you are a relatively new reader, someone who isn't intimiately familiar with Marvel imaginings like Old Man Logan or House of M or Planet Hulk, or let's say you're a longtime Marvel reader who's just hoping to get a little taste of what came before again in the lead-up to Secret Wars and its many callbacks to the Marvel past. Well, Marvel Comics has you covered.

The publisher has just announced "True Believers," a line of comics appearing throughout April that will reprint first issues of classic Marvel events that we'll see revisited in some way during Secret Wars. The books will be priced at $1 per issue, so if you're new to Marvel events and you want to take a peek, you won't have to spend much.

“True Believers are your perfect entry point to not only the Marvel Universe but the new Secret Wars Universe as well,” Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel said. “They’re a great way for retailers to promote and streamline consumers into Marvel’s extensive back list and the ideal way for fans to get caught up before the cataclysmic events of Secret Wars! We’re proud to present these great stories in this format, allowing fans to sample some of Marvel’s best and brightest gems.”

So, what events can you expect to revisit via the True Believers releases? Well, there's classic cosmic adventures like Infinity Gauntlet and Planet Hulk; X-Men stories like House of MAge of Apocalypse and Old Man Logan; Iron Man stories like Armor Wars; universe-spanning tales like Marvel Zombies, Age of Ultron and Civil War; and Ultimate Universe staples like Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Plus, creator-owned series Powers will get a re-release of its first issue, just in time for new fans of its TV series to take a peek into the comic. 

Check out the new True Believers covers for all of these issues below, and look for them in your comics shop next month.