NYCC: Saturday: Marvel NOW: Avengers

Avengers Arena #2

In this sister panel to the rest of the Marvel NOW! panels, various creators handling a few of the Avengers titles stepped up to the plate to talk about what’s new, what’s the same and what could potentially be in-store. As always there is the chance for spoilers, so be careful when you click!

Marvel NOW: the Avengers

Not rebooting the Avengers (nothing is broken).


  • Tom Brevoort
  • Rick Remender
  • Jonathan Hickman
  • Kieron Gillen
  • Dennis Hopeless

Uncanny Avengers

  • A need for this team
  • Covers by John Cassady for issue 002 through 004


  • Covers by Austin Weaver
  • Jonathan Hickman
  • Jerome Opeña
  • Biggest Avengers books that has been done
  • To follow movie with book, they had to make it so big Hollywood couldn’t pay for it.
  • Opeña’s art: amazing
  • Long-term storytelling gets set up from the very start.
  • There WILL be a pay off
  • Like F4 but bigger and better

New Avengers

  • Jonathan Hickman
  • Steve Epting
  • Starts January 2013
  • Most excited about this. The sister book to the Avengers.
  • Focuses on superheroes who rule the world in secret
    • Similar to the Illuminati
  • Both stories will happen separately, but then they collide in a big way.
    • Plotted to like 3-4 years out worth of stuff.
    • 2 Avengers per month; 1 New Avengers per month

Avengers Arena

  • Dennis Hopeless
  • Kev Walker
  • December 2012
  • 16 characters wake up on an island & told only one come out alive.
  • Teen supes fight it out.
  • Arcade shoes she means it in a hurry.

(New) Secret Avengers

  • Nick Spencer
  • Luke Ross
  • February 2013
  • More S.H.I.E.L.D. focus in this book
    • Coulson, Fury, Hill
  • Recruiting a team
    • Winter Soldier, Hulk, Mockingbird, Black Widow, Hawkeye and others will appear
    • Very espionage heavy & super covert
    • Features a lot of missions that are so secret not even the members of the team can know about each other

Young Avengers #1 variant

  • Time gap allows Kieron to write YA his way.Very exciting, kind of like a long action sequence
    • First run was about them being 16, this is about them being 18
  • Kid Loki, Wiccan, Hulking, Hawkeye, Miss America and Marvel Boy
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley doing the variant cover for issue one
  • Jaime McElvy (frequent collaborator with Gillen) is doing art.
  • There will be cameos from previous Young Avengers. Originally had a list of 13, but keeps it small to keep it character-driven.

Talk of Uncanny Avengers again when Rick Remender showed up. (Rick Remender thanks people for not hating it)

Avengers Assemble

  • Kelly Sue DeConnick
  • Steafano Ciselli
  • Nov 2012
  • “Shot Glass Avengers”
  • Shorter, sharper stories. Very character heavy
  • Stories about:
    • Iron-Man & Hulk’s relationship
    • Black Widow’s ledger is the second arc


  • More Deadpool Variant Covers on the way?
      • Remender: Keeps trying to sell himself as Jarvis. Handing everyone Mint Juleps and pretending htat is normal.
  • X-Gene reactivated , but there are no plans to restart the 50 state initiative. It’s done for the moment.
  • New creative teams starting, so starting on one makes accessibility subjective
  • A lot of it reads like a brand new group, but some don’t. It really depends on the story.
  • All strong books
  • Modern sensibility is that it is easier to sell something on what is Episode 1, Season 1.
  • Beginning of a new story, new volumes without being exposition heavy.

Red Skull

    • Has a lot of new powers.
    • He’s focusing his nazi agenda on mutants
    • Apocalypse stuff coming of out of X-Force.
        • Will kill a human to save a mutant which adds something else

New female Captain Universe

Old!Nick Fury will be in something big.

  • Plans for Old Avengers villains
  • Jokes that they will be killing Kang the Conqueror off-panel
  • But rather will implement him in big ways
  • Remender has blocked out 22 issues so he knows how Kang factors in.
  • Hickman agrees and comments that there is synergy between them
  • Explanation why half of the inlerg
  • Avengers Assemble 8 gives the beginning as to why cosmic characters are alive

Dark Hulk is a oldest guy in Avengers Arena

  • Brings that up right away because…dude.

Cannonball & Sunspot are now Avengers!

  • First arc about making the team bigger.
  • Also about hero-worship and dealing with that.
  • Inevitable writing gorgon

SHIELD 5 & 6 are done.

  • Plan is to keep creating characters and building teams of characters from all over the world.

About Lina

A university graduate with three too many degrees and an urge to just keep moving. Not too keen to stay on the beaten path, moving is all that she feels like doing. Pieced together from a little bit of everywhere (culturally speaking) she has a love of pop culture and learning that is kind of out of control. Sometimes she acts a little bit like an insane old British lady or an eight year old on speed. Let's not get her started on the books (or soap operas or her affection for making up drinking games). Then we'd be here all day.
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