All New Avengers // artwork by Stuart Immonen, Yildiray Cinar, Russel Dauterman and Sara Pichelli (2014)
Well, Marvel’s big event of this year (Axis) hasn’t come out yet but we already know the outcome will be a brand new team of Avengers as Steve Rogers and the classic Thor will lose their mantles and will pass them on to new bearers. Sam Wilson the longtime hero “The Falcon” will don the red, white and blue costume while sporting the classic wings of his former namesake along the shield. A “familiar face” in the Thor lore will be worth it of the mantle of Thor as hinted by Jason Aaron. And Tony Stark will go the “Superior” route becoming more of a bastard while donning a new all-white suit or armor in a new location (He will move to San Francisco). The Avengers will also get an extreme makeover paring down the “army” feel of the roster to a more manageable team including (l to r, top to bottom): Medusa, The Scarlet Witch, Superior Iron Man, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man, The Winter Soldier, Angela, Thor, Captain America, Hellstrom and Deathlok.
Another shocking move by Marvel to keep readers hooked I guess. Since I’ve reading the publisher for years I’m accustomed to these "bold changes" that tend to last very little (specially when you got a big movie featuring the original characters coming up next year). And while I think this could make for a really good story a la Superior Spider-Man I will not hold my breath for it since It feels very rushed, a move done to avoid a bullet released by the recent Kirby State lawsuit heading to the supreme court. Also, am I the only one who thinks that making one of your most popular characters wear an all-white garment and call himself “Superior” it’s a little politically incorrect?
So I Read Today… Avengers #1 - #6 (2013)
I spent the last four years reading Bendis Avengers and while I enjoyed very much the take of the writer on all things related to Earth Mightiest Heroes I saw them jump from one crisis to another with very little space for character development (other than the introspective issues where all the characters relate a single story in their own perspective). However I think that he did a very good job wrapping up every plot he had laid out. Enter the Marvel NOW initiative and a revamp (or dare I say “re-interpretation”) of the concept with writer Jonathan Hickman at the head and artists Jerome Opeña and Adam Kubert as the storytellers. Boys and girls I have to tell you: This is the best god damn Avengers book out there right now!
As is expected the book kicks-off with the big crisis one that only The Avengers can deal with, Bendis did something very right with the team and Jonathan has picked up on this: The Avengers is now a true force to be recognized power-wise. I would even go as far as saying that on par with Dc’s Justice League. The core team is of course the six main characters from the movie, but as the crisis grown the team just goes bigger and packing the power of b-list characters that are way overpowered and get a real chance to shine in the spotlight on Hickman’s hands.
Hyperion, Captain Universe and Smasher all get the spotlight after the first initial crisis and you get to learn so much about these characters that you realize why you hand’t taken notice of them years ago. Better yet: why somebody hasn’t taken a bother to write them and make you care about them. If this is the pace picked by Hickman to tell his Avengers tale, I’m very much looking forward to see what he has planned for the team. More so if the artist roster keeps up the quality of these first six issues. I highly recommend this book, it will be money well spent!
Uncanny X-Force // artwork by Ron Garney (2013)
Cover art for Uncanny X-Force #1.
Iron Man // artwork by Jimmy Cheung (2013)
Variant cover for Iron Man #5.
Superior Spider-Man // artwork by Ryan Stegman and Edgar Delgado (2012)
Cover art for the first two issues of the new comic featuring Otto Octavius as The Superior Spider-Man!
Marvel NOW: Uncanny X-Men // artwork by Chris Bachalo and Tim Townsend (2012)
Cover art for Uncanny X-Men #1 & #2 for the new Marvel NOW era!
The Avengers: The Threat // artwork by Jerome Opeña and Dean White (2012)
This one panel resumes how good is the new Avengers #1 by Marvel Comics in the Marvel NOW era, go and read it it’s incredibly fun!
Uncanny X-Force: The New Team! // artwork by Kris Anka (2012)
Cover art for Uncanny X-Force #2. Featuring: Storm, Psylocke, Spiral, Lady Fantomex and Puck.