A mixed Avengers/X-Men team fighting a genocidal Red Skull who is focused on destroying mutant kind. Written by Rick Remender, who has done some pretty interesting stuff so far. May as well add it to my pull list tonight. Hickman's Avengers sounds somewhat promising as well - 18 member team, bi-weekly, stories large in scope (but then again, it is Hickman and that's what he does), mix of big story arcs and one-and-dones. I'm digging his run on Ultimates so far, I'll give his Avengers a shot.Uncanny Avengers: Remender describes this as “a bridge book, something that can delve into both worlds. It has a natural purpose for existing after AvX, where we can focus on human-mutant relations. The broad strokes are: Captain America comes out of AvX and recognizes that he hasn’t done enough to help the mutants.” The book will be drawn by John Cassaday, and will include heavy-hitters like Cap, Thor, and Wolverine, but Remender is also excited to focus on some less well-known characters, like Cyclops’ little brother Havok. “Havok’s always been the black sheep rock-and-roller of the Summers family. He can’t do that anymore. You’re going to see Havok become one of the biggest players in the Marvel Universe.”
Perhaps appropriate for a team that comprises a vision for the Marvel Universe’s future, the Uncanny Avengers’ first villain will be, literally, a ghost of the past. “In 1943, Arnim Zola, who was this bio-fanatic engineer, recorded the Red Skull’s consciousness, and set it to wake up 70 years later. So the Red Skull [in Uncanny] is right out of 1943-44. Prime Nazi scumbag. In his mind, he’s taking that vitriol and hate and Nazi horror and methodology, and pointing it at the mutant species.” And Remender stresses that the mash-up philosophy of Uncanny extends beyond the team’s lineup. “I’m not just smashing the heroes together, I’m smashing the villains together. It becomes something unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with stakes that are so huge, it takes a team comprised of the best Avengers and the best X-Men to go take care of it.” (Starts in October)
Nrama: We're in a world where an Avengers movie made $600 million, so is there a consideration given to catering to that audience?
Alonso: Catering is making the characters in your comics look exactly like the characters in the movie, and we definitely aren’t doing that. Indeed, I wouldn’t say we’re “catering,” at all. We’re just aware that the Avengers have more fans that ever, and doing our best to make the new stories accessible to anyone who decides to test-drive the comics.
I agree, but at least they gave original flavor Nick Fury a good send off (didn't read Battle Scars, but I've been told he retired due to the Infinity Formula that's been retarding his aging since the 1960's is wearing off) and did so in a way that doesn't preclude his return.Also, black nick fury in the main continuity continues to be stupid.
I agree with this. If you try to go over Avengers Disassembled and the subsequent BS with the Scarlet Witch, you're going to see most new reader's eyes gloss over.Not for nothing, but I think he has a point. I don't think it would be particularly easy to jump onto Captain America or the Avengers titles for a new reader right now.
If The Heroic Age is any indication no.Guys, I miss reading comics but I don't want to pick up halfway through one of these "GIGANTIC STORY ARCS" that seem to be the only thing happening in Marvel.
Basically, should I pick up these Marvel NOW! Titles?
The thing with Heroic Age was that they didn't really change creative teams around that much. So the big, ongoing arcs in individual titles (like the X-Books, Invincible Iron Man, Hulk, etc) just incorporated what was going on. In this case, most creative teams are being switched around and a bunch of ninety degree turns are being taken (Indestructible Hulk is a big one in that regard). So there's a better chance of actual change.If The Heroic Age is any indication no.
If Brand New Day is any indication probably.
I mention Heroic Age for the grand sweeping promise of a brighter tone in the Marvel Universe, with actual heroics and less "hero" vs. "hero" and "hero" causes the problems, only to be right back to the same "real world" infighting and "super-heroes are the actual cause of all villainy" bullshit after 3 months. Which as Marvel readers know means half a story.The thing with Heroic Age was that they didn't really change creative teams around that much. So the big, ongoing arcs in individual titles (like the X-Books, Invincible Iron Man, Hulk, etc) just incorporated what was going on. In this case, most creative teams are being switched around and a bunch of ninety degree turns are being taken (Indestructible Hulk is a big one in that regard). So there's a better chance of actual change.
See, I was talking about the line-up. The cover was "meh", but the team was "meh"-er. However, the solicitation for issues two:Despite that boring cover, as long as the plot is good I'll check it out.
Sounds like exactly the batshit insanity of awesomeness I have come to expect from a Rick Remender comic. So I'm in. Also, this:
- What are The Red Skull’s new powers? How did he become the most powerful man on Earth
- Can Havok and Thor defeat the spreading influence of Honest John, The Living Propaganda?!
- Rogue and Scarlet Witch trapped on the Isle of the Red Skull’s S-Men!
Wolverine & Captain America: uncover the truth behind the worldwide mutant assassination epidemic!
Hulk - Indestructible force more weapon than man. Banner – smartest man alive. Combined they are the Strongest, Smartest Weapon on the planet! And NOW! the INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK is an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.!
Because he's being drawn that way? A more orderly hairstyle is being used as a way to visually convey the level of control Banner's going to have over The Hulk? BTW: HULK AS A SHIELD AGENT WRITTEN BY MARK WAID OH SO MUCH THE YESNESS.Okay I'm not complaining here, but why is the Hulk's hair....nice? It looks like he just got back from the barber.
From the book's editor:Wait....why are Flash Thompson Venom on the team? Aren't the Thunderbolts there against there free will from the government? But....HE'S A DAMN GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE! In-fact- SO IS RED HULK! This is just weird in my opinion.
The old series and its storylines continue in Dark Avengers, which will have had that title for something like six months by the time Thunderbolts drops. Though it is going in a new direction come December.Unlike the most recent Thunderbolts, this group is not working for any government program -- this is Red Hulk's team, to do with as he sees fit...