IMAGE EXPO: Eric Stephenson's Keynote Address Set to Reveal New Projects
While Marvel revealed most of the sprawling lineup for Jonathan Hickman and Jerome Opeña’s Avengers last week with Dustin Weaver’s interlocking covers for the first three issues, it has remained tight-lipped about the roster of the companion title New Avengers. But did the publisher just give away part of the team with one of the new Marvel NOW! variants?
Among the covers debuted by Marvel Senior Vice President of Sales David Gabriel on the Diamond Comic Distributors retailer website is a new Baby variant by Skottie Young (above) featuring pint-sized versions of Black Bolt, Black Panther, Iron Man and Mister Fantastic. Decked out in his white Future Foundation costume, a displeased lil’ Reed says, “Seriosly [sic], guys? A simple memo on uniform colors would’ve been nice,” suggesting they are indeed part of a team. Of the four heroes, only Black Bolt — the ruler of the Inhumans whose voice can level cities — has never served as an Avenger.
Hickman, who’s also writing New Avengers (with Steve Epting on art), has teased that with the relaunch the so-far mysterious group won’t operate independently of the primary team. “There’s one big massive Avengers team that is the Avengers, and there’s this other thing that’s going on in New Avengers,” he told Comic Book Resources in July. “When we announce exactly what New Avengers is, it will make perfect sense and everybody will like, ‘Oh yeah! Of course.’ Avengers and New Avengers are the same book — just from two different sides of the world.”
New Avengers relaunches in January.