It was 20 years ago that two creators at a small publishing house called Event Comics got the green light to take over several Marvel titles. Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti helped usher Marvel out of the dark ages of the 1990s and into the future, bringing in creators like Kevin Smith, Brian Michael Bendis, Garth Ennis, Steve Dillon, Christopher Priest and many others to tackle Daredevil, Black Panther, Punisher, Inhumans and several other Marvel characters.
Overall it is was very successful, especially from a storytelling perspective; Quesada eventually took over as Marvel editor-in-chief, and the tone of the stories set the course for much of Marvel’s success over the past two decades. The Marvel Knights imprint eventually evolved into something else, featuring high-profile miniseries, and went dormant about five years ago.
In San Diego this weekend during a retailer’s event, Marvel announced that Marvel Knights is coming back this fall to celebrate its 20th anniversary — not as an imprint, but as a comic special. Thanos and Venom writer Donny Cates is overseeing the project as a “showrunner,” and he’s bringing Tini Howard, Matthew Rosenberg and Vita Ayala with him. MK20 #1 will feature several of the characters the Marvel Knights imprint tackled in its early days, including Daredevil, Black Panther, Punisher and the Inhumans.
Marvel posted a preview image on their website today:
The project is slated for November.