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Doctor Doom gets a startling upgrade in Heroes Reborn #1 preview

Heroes Reborn #1
(Image credit: Ed McGuinness/Mark Morales/Matthew Wilson/Cory Petit (Marvel Comics))

Marvel's all-new, mostly-different Heroes Reborn event begins with someone who never appeared in the 1996 original: Blade. 

"My name is Blade," he says in the upcoming Heroes Reborn #1. "And I'm either the last Avenger on Earth, or a bloodsucking nutjob."

The daywalker is right on the first count, The surprise absence of the Avengers, followed by the new heroes that rise to fill the gap, is the core conceit of Marvel's tentpole 2021 event Heroes Reborn.

"Welcome to a world where Tony Stark never built an Iron Man armor. Where Thor is a hard-drinking atheist who despises hammers. Where Wakanda is dismissed as a myth. And where Captain America was never found in the ice because there were no Avengers to find him," reads Marvel's synopsis for Heroes Reborn #1. 

"Instead this world has always been protected by Earth's Mightiest Heroes, the Squadron Supreme of America. And now the Squadron faces an attack from some of their fiercest enemies, like Dr. Juggernaut, the Black Skull, the Silver Witch, and Thanos with his Infinity Rings. But why is the Daywalker Blade the one man alive who seems to remember that the entire world has somehow been...reborn?"

Check out this preview of next week's Heroes Reborn #1:

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Heroes Reborn #1

(Image credit: Ed McGuinness/Mark Morales/Matthew Wilson/Cory Petit (Marvel Comics))
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Heroes Reborn #1

(Image credit: Ed McGuinness/Mark Morales/Matthew Wilson/Cory Petit (Marvel Comics))
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Heroes Reborn #1

(Image credit: Ed McGuinness/Mark Morales/Matthew Wilson/Cory Petit (Marvel Comics))
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Heroes Reborn #1

(Image credit: Ed McGuinness/Mark Morales/Matthew Wilson/Cory Petit (Marvel Comics))

In the wake of the recent 'Enter the Phoenix' arc of the Avengers comic book series, the Phoenix Force (and its new host, Echo) has upturned the status quo of the Marvel U and, in the words of Marvel's executive editor Tom Brevoort, "burnt the world to ash."

"Prepare to enter a very different yet hauntingly familiar Marvel Universe!," says Brevoort.

Heroes Reborn #1

(Image credit: Leinil Francis Yu/Sunny Gho (Marvel Comics))

So this new Heroes Reborn is both an exploration of a Twilight Zone-esque version of the Marvel U that's a few degrees off from what we know, and also the broader story of Blade searching to figure out why exactly it happened and how he can hopefully get things back to normal.

(Uhh… spoilers. Marvel has already announced the Avengers will return in an aptly titled Heroes Reborn coda called Heroes Return). 

For this tentpole event, Marvel has rolled out copious amounts of Heroes Reborn #1 variant covers in addition to Leinil Yu's primary cover.

Heroes Reborn #1 (of 7) goes on sale on May 5. The remaining issues are scheduled to be released weekly through June 16.

Marvel's Heroes Reborn is the closest we're going to get to a Marvel vs. DC crossover these days. 

Chris Arrant covered comic book news for Newsarama from 2003 to 2022 (and as editor/senior editor from 2015 to 2022) and has also written for USA Today, Life, Entertainment Weekly, Publisher's Weekly, Marvel Entertainment, TOKYOPOP, AdHouse Books, Cartoon Brew, Bleeding Cool, Comic Shop News, and CBR. He is the author of the book Modern: Masters Cliff Chiang, co-authored Art of Spider-Man Classic, and contributed to Dark Horse/Bedside Press' anthology Pros and (Comic) Cons. He has acted as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, the Harvey Awards, and the Stan Lee Awards. Chris is a member of the American Library Association's Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table. (He/him)