Marvel held their press conference today, which you can view through the recorded chat session on their site here, to unveil their event series of the spring which they've been hinting at for a bit now. The initial images that have been coming out revolved around various key characters and showing off some of their fears are all now starting to make a bit of sense as it has been revealed that the new seven issue core miniseries will be done by Matt Fraction and Stuart Immonen. There will be a prologue issue as well which will hit in March that's being handled by Ed Brubaker and Scot Eaton.
The focus of the series is on that of fear itself, something that Quesada made a nod towards as being big in our culture as pushed through by the media in news because of the economy, wars and other issues. So Marvel intends to ride that bandwagon a bit by posing the question as to what life in the Marvel Universe will be like when fear becomes the norm, hinting that heroes and villains won't be quite as distinguishable anymore. With Brevoort calling this a story as ambitious as their Civil War storyline, he further stated that ""There is a concealed act at the center of the Marvel universe that was committed a number of years ago, and it will change everything. And that, in essence, is what 'Fear Itself' is all about."
Feat Itself will have a lot of tie-ins that but the editors and creative staff said that the core series will be contained enough to make sense, but obviously they're going to want you to go elsewhere to get the full effect. Brevoort also indicated that even though they took off the past year for the big event series because of fans comments, he stressed that things in this series have been in place for quite some time with some elements out there in existing comics upwards of two years ago. The first issue is due out in April, running about 45 pages and with a planned price point of $3.99.
You can see the full gallery of promotional images here.