Marvel Comics has a new Avengers comic being released and they've announced the new superhero roster that will make up the team! In case you weren't aware, Marvel Comics will be kicking off a relaunch of almost their entire superhero comic book line. It will launch this May with this new Avengers series from writer Jason Aaron and artist Ed McGuinness.
The new team consists of Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Doctor Strange, and Ghost Rider.
This will be the only Avengers comic in the new comic book relaunch. It will be replacing the multiple-series franchise including New Avengers, Secret Avengers, and Uncanny Avengers. There will be 18 issues of the Avengers comic released a year. According to IGN:
That story tears the Avengers down to their foundation and results in a dearth of Avengers, which sets the stage for the new team you see on the cover to the upcoming Avengers #1. The lineup includes the “Big Three” of the Avengers -- Thor Odinson, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark -- united once more for the first time in years. In addition to the Big Three, the rest of the roster features Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Ghost Rider (Robbie Reyes), Hulk (Jennifer Walters) and Doctor Strange, who will only be on the team for a limited time in a “rotating slot.”
The series will borrow the storytelling format of Aaron’s run on Thor that bounces back and forth in time to tell stories about the character in different eras. For the Avengers, this means shifting between the present day Avengers and the prehistoric Avengers from 1,000,000 B.C. that were introduced by Aaron in last year’s Marvel Legacy #1. The threat that ties these two stories together is the Dark Celestials, which are 2000-foot tall space gods. (Loki was also a part of the story, so expect him to be up to no good, as usual.)
When talking about the new Avengers comic Jason Aaron says:
“We wanted to get back to a small, core lineup. With big, iconic characters at the heart of that. So we get Steve, Tony, and Thor Odinson back together at the heart of this new team, and the rest of the team we build around them over the course of the first arc. My aim with this series is basically, if you only read one Marvel comic -- not that you should read just one Marvel comic, but if you did -- if you picked this book up, this would show you the landscape of the Marvel universe issue after issue. We want to feature the biggest characters and go to the coolest, most exotic locations around the Marvel U.”
Sounds to me like they are playing it safe. Marvel Comics has tried some new and bold things the last couple of years, and they were met with mixed reactions. When talking about Ghost Rider's inclusion on the team, Aaron goes on to say:
"Robbie Reyes is sort of the new kid on the block, he doesn’t really know any of these other characters, they don’t know him. They know the Ghost Rider, but this is a Ghost Rider not quite like anyone they’ve ever met before."
It'll be interesting to see how this latest comic book relaunch turns out. As long as the writing is solid and the stories they tell are good, things should be good. What do you think of the new Avengers line-up? For more information, head on over to IGN.