"The world outside your window…is about to end," says Marvel Comics ... after 365 days, anyway.
After almost exactly a year since first teasing the storyline and announcing a Fall 2020 release, Marvel has officially announced (again) that writer Tom Taylor and artist Iban Coello's Dark Ages six-issue limited series will debut September 1.
First foreshadowed in 2020's Free Comic Book Day: X-Men offering from Marvel, and teased this week in a series of mysterious images including this one - the limited series will unite superheroes from every corner of the Marvel Universe against a new threat ... but they will "fail."
'What if the superheroes lose?' seems to the calling card/differentiator of this series.
"Their defeat will usher in an exciting new age full of heartbreaking loss and unimaginable stakes," reads Marvel's announcement. "As the world is remade, fans will meet fascinating new versions of their favorite heroes as they fight to overcome insurmountable odds and restore hope to the universe."
Taylor calls Dark Ages "a story unlike any we've told before."
According to the publisher, the story begins with the "shocking revelation" of what the Watcher has been watching for all these years. Adding to new, untold layers to old school continuity in a favored story device at Marvel in recent years.
In this case "a danger older than the Earth threatens everything. And for once, the heroes who have saved the planet time and again find themselves almost completely powerless in the face of it," continues the description. "X-Men and Avengers will assemble. Spider-people and the Fantastic Four will come together. Heroes for Hire will fight alongside Champions. But none of it will be enough. The lights are about to go out... forever."