Well, now we know what all those promo images were about … Marvel revealed at the Diamond Comics Distributors’ retail summit this week that they’re putting out a new line of comics called Marvel Noir. The first mini-series, featuring the X-Men, launches in February.
“We wanted to use these iconic characters to tell a real noir genre-style story like the books of Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler, and classic films like ‘Chinatown,’” artist Dennis Calero told Comic Book Resources. “The way we approached it was, ‘What if these characters had been created in the Timely [Marvel Comics' early predecessor] age of the late ’30s and ’40s instead of the Marvel age of the ’60s?’ What if they were conceived as pulp action characters rather than superheroes?”
As many fans noticed, Calero created the promo images that have been appearing over the last few months, featuring Cyclops, Magneto, Rogue and others as characters in a crime book, sans super powers. Fred Van Lente is writing it. More details can be found at the CBR link above.