And this time I think I believe them. Especially because Hickman appears to be steering the craft here.
Seems like Marvel is having another event called Secret Wars but from what we know... it's not the same event redone 'nor is it a sequel event.
The Basics: The Secret Wars series is 12 issues, written by Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Esad Ribic. Marvel Comics President of Publishing Dan Buckley says, "every story in every book is leading into Secret Wars." The story has been teased as linking all of the time-travel/alternate reality stories that have been in Marvel Comics over the past several years.
We know for sure this has been a game-plan for at least 5 years, definitely over the last two.
How does this figure into AoA Nightcrawler, you ask? Well they have continually listed off previous events as solicits, seems like these worlds/events/timelines are being revisited. Planet Hulk? Civil War? Rumors are SHADOWLAND and Big Time are expected to show up soon (Daredevil and Spider-Man events respectively).
Well why don't we just take a sneaky-peek at today's big announcement?
That's right, AoA is back, despite being obliterated in that X-Treme X-Men crossover event. (Spoiler?) Apparently, it is going to be another entire event all over again.
Whether it lasts for more than 1-4 issues has yet to be determined but ... I can safely assure you that it's no mistake when Marvel puts specific characters (such as NIGHTCRAWLER!) on covers during this event. Brevoort has promised in his personal blog that these promos are very controlled and specific, they do not put out more information than necessary but they have, inside them, all the proper information you need to know about who are the players in the events and what events are worth paying attention to.
I think it's a bit like the Batman Eternal teasers from last Thanksgiving...
Let's hope this event pans out and we get even more Nightcrawler than we could ever bargain for.
... Also connected to this: It's officially here. Maybe.