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Bendis’ two Avengers titles to feature back-up stories

New Avengers #1 teaser art by Stuart Immonen

New Avengers #1 teaser art by Stuart Immonen

Hot on the heels of this morning’s announcement of New Avengers‘ June relaunch with a new issue #1, writer Brian Michael Bendis is revealing a little more about his upcoming work with the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. On his Twitter account, the Avengers and New Avengers scribe wrote,

both my avengers titles have back ups written by me. every month. it’s what we call in the biz, a handsome package.

The first of those two titles, the adjectiveless Avengers, debuts in May with art by John Romita Jr., while the following month’s New Avengers #1 will be drawn by Bendis’ longtime Ultimate Spider-Man and New Avengers collaborator Stuart Immonen — and co-star newly minted Thunderbolt Luke Cage, apparently. Or as Bendis puts it:

two avengers titles with rock star artists who CAN DO A MONTHLY! NA 1 is almost in the can!

The post-Siege world of “The Heroic Age” is starting to come into sharper focus. So too, perhaps, are Marvel’s plans for books bearing the $3.99 price point. And will we see back-ups in Ed Brubaker and Mike Deodato’s Secret Avengers as well, I wonder?

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This is going to be sweet!

Mad decompression, $3.99 books, superfluous back-ups…it’s like they want to make people trade-wait.

Sean T. Collins

March 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm

Brother Justin Crowe or fanboy d: Whose Side Are YOU On?

Robot 6 says:

“The post-Siege world of “The Heroic Age” is starting to come into sharper focus. So too, perhaps, are Marvel’s plans for books bearing the $3.99 price point.”

Now Robot 6 is no doubt a shrewd industry observer. However I also would warn of the peril of underestimating the greed of Marvel. When they debuted books at $3.99, the reader got NOTHING extra in return for the extra buck, except for the self-righteousness of many (but definitely not all) of the willing to impose on the non-willing. Now that they will conspicuously have more pages, I would expect a higher price. Unless of course you get the added co-feature on the standard amount of pages. That would mean you actually get less than what you had before. We’ll see the solicitations as these titles move past issue #1.

If Avengers and New Avengers has back-ups and Secret Avengers doesn’t and they all sell 3.99 I would say something is wrong with SA. If only because by putting back-ups in Avengers and NA you are telling the consumer the extra material elevates the price.

Anyway. The Avengers books are shaping up to be awesome. Romita and Immonen? Ho-diggity!

“However I also would warn of the peril of underestimating the greed of Marvel. When they debuted books at $3.99, the reader got NOTHING extra in return for the extra buck,.”

Except that Captain America has had a back up strip for the last couple of months and Incredible Hulk has had one since last year.

I rue the day Bendis got his grubby paws on the Avengers. It was my favorite comic for so many years. Since “disassembled”, the only similarity to the comic I long loved is the Avengers logo on the cover.

But Bendis does have a super-power: the ability to stretch a 20-page story out to fill 4 comic books. May his paycheck be as decompressed.

Begone, Wolverine and all Spider-people. A pox on ye.

I hope these back up are not like those from Siege, cause they suck.

Mysterious Stranger

March 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm

Captain America has been sporting the $3.99 price point since its return from hiatus. It is offering the Nomad backup along with a full 22-page main story. If this is the formula Marvel is going with in the Avengers books I say its about time.

Sweet! I really hope that Mockingbird and Ms. Marvel land up on one of the teams.

Thank god, I love Luke Cage and I love Stuart Immonen drawing Luke Cage and the current new Avengers team, hopefully this will include some of that crew as well.

I swear to go I’ll go mad if Iron Fist isn’t on one of the Avengers teams. Secret Avengers preferably because Ed did some great work with him, but I wouldn’t mind seeing him with Cage for a little be longer than his last run on the New Avengers.

Steven R. Stahl

March 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm

Will the creators be able to come up with functional premises for the three series? I doubt it. When a series was paced normally (rather than “compressed”), much of an issue would be taken up by subplots, and a character-driven story would have a villain with an existing relationship to one or more of the heroes, so running into a villain wasn’t a random event. Bendis has so little experience, or expertise, for that matter, constructing character-driven situations related to premises, that it will be difficult to avoid either relying on very general, overarching situations or having villains appear at random. “The Collective” isn’t a good model.

SRS

“When a series was paced normally (rather than “compressed”)”

Your paced normally is my “overwritten and covering up the artwork, which is dumb, if I want to read a novel, I can read a novel, this is like a movie with constant voice over.”

Heroic Age vs Brightest Day
It looks like Marvel will be pulling ahead with some strong number ones coming.
I’d prefer the New Avengers to be titled Defenders.

cactusjac2000

March 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm

Right on, Mort.

Steven R. Stahl

March 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

if I want to read a novel, I can read a novel, this is like a movie with constant voice over.”

But a novel provides vastly more content, and the most cinematic comic book imaginable would be a far cry from a Syfy movie. The backers of compression have made a lot of mistaken assumptions about how people read comics, especially wordless panels. And comics are frequently reread. What’s the value of a cinematic pause when the reader knows it’s a pause? It’s a matter of a real-time wait versus wordless panels that the reader zips through.

SRS

Oy! Why restart a perfectly good series. That seems like such a waste. I worked in a comic store for 7 years and let me tell you…when you restart a series you give readers a chance to leave. And they do! They should reconsider starting over from issue #1. Just keep the ongoing numbering.

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