By Brian Martin | Graphic/Novels Editor Published: 06/10/2013 2:12 pm EST
Just when you thought the market couldn’t possibly sustain another Avengers title, the House of Ideas has announced the resurrection of Mighty Avengers, a title that has been absent from the publishing schedule since 2010. Following a week of teaser images that, one by one, hinted at the potential members of the new incarnation of the team, Marvel revealed the full cast and creative team for the series, set to debut in September as part of the Infinity event.
The series brings writer Al Ewing, a name known mostly to fans of British comics like 2000 AD and Judge Dredd Magazine, to Marvel, where he will collaborate with artist Greg Land (Uncanny X-Men). Certainly, Ewing is a unique voice, particularly within the fairly insular walls of Marvel, and will (hopefully) give readers a legitimate reason to read yet another Avengers title. As a demonstration of just how prolific the brand has become in the wake of the feature film, Avengers, New Avengers, Young Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, Avengers Assemble, and Avengers Arena are all currently being published, with Avengers A.I. premiering in July, which will make Mighty the franchise’s EIGHTH current monthly series (replacing the recently concluded Dark Avengers).
As for the roster, the cast of Mighty Avengers looks more like the street-level heroes of the previous New Avengers volume, with several characters reappearing for the first time since the Marvel NOW! initiative kicked off. Led by Luke Cage, the team features long-time Cage partner Iron Fist, She-Hulk, Blue Marvel, the new, younger Power Man, White Tiger, Monica Rambeau, Falcon, and a new Ronin. Rounding out the cast will be the current, “superior” Spider-Man, which should make for some interesting team dynamics. And, as readers might expect, the identity of Ronin will be shrouded in mystery. It is interesting to note that with the inclusion of White Tiger, Iron Fist, and Power Man, this team’s composition is awfully similar to that of the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. While this probably won’t have much of a bearing on the book’s tone, it may hold some crossover appeal for fans of the cartoon.
Brian L. Martin is an educator, writer, and amateur curmudgeon. An avid fan of novels, movies, and beer, he would much rather spend his time reading comics, a lifelong love since receiving a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man # 242 from Spider-Man himself in 1983. His favorite books include The Grapes of Wrath, Siddhartha, and The Complete Calvin and Hobbes, which is heavy enough to be considered the only real defense weapon he has in his home. He currently lives with his wife in Uppsala, Sweden.