Saturday, October 12, 2013

NYCC 2013: Black Widow And Loki Get Titles, Avengers Undercover Join The Masters Of Evil

It used to be Earth's mightiest gathered to form the Avengers, but these days with so many Avenger books on stands it's hard to think that elite response unit isn't made up of five billion odd people, all waiting for the excluded three to trip and need a hand up.

Still, being the House of Ideas, Marvel continues to inject interesting hooks into their ever-expanding Avengers line, starting with the overly welcome news Black Widow getting her own series again in 2014, this time by writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Phil Noto.

Secret Avengers returns to its espionage roots, relaunching with a new #1 next March. Written by Alex Kot and drawn by Michael Walsh, the mission statement is 'Run the mission. Don't get seen. Don't blow up the world. And maybe save it.' Look for Spider-Woman to join Black Widow, Hawkeye and team, as they come under threat from the likes of A.I.M. and by the looks of the cover tease, possibly M.O.D.O.K.

Avengers Undercover turns the successful Thunderbolts formula on its head, placing the surviving heroes of Avengers Arena inside The Masters of Evil island, Bagalia and looking for redemption as heroes. By Arena creatives Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker, the quartet of damaged teenagers question if they fit more as villains upon meeting Baron Zemo, his 2IC Madame Masque and Constrictor among others.

 MORE AVENGERS NEWS IN BRIEF:  Jonathan Hickman, Nick Spencer and Stefano Caselli will helm ongoing series Avengers World, exploring the Marvel U post-Infinity. Loki: Agent of Asgard will give the big-screen hit his own book by writer Al Ewing, who promises "old god, new tricks", the death of Thor and humorously, a lie to fans.

 What do you think? 


  1. Gah, not another Black Widow series[!] as much as I love her [my sister is named Natasha after her] her last series was no good, the first arc basically having her as everyones girlfriend in an assassin arc. [winter soldier, Hawkeye] etc, and that stupid sub-plot where she had a secret child.
    Hope this is better.
    Spider-Woman joining Secret Avengers sounds fun, with her Hydra background.

  2. Sounds silly to the a new re-launch of Secret Avengers after they just launched it not too long ago.

    Idk, it just seems silly for launching and re-launching series so much. Such a weird trend.
    I say just divide them up into seasons or mini's.

    The Avengers Undercover sounds optimistically good on paper. Wonder how well the execution goes though is anyone's guess.

  3. Thanks guys! Dale, I'm glads I'm not the only one who gets confused by the relaunches and especially the Marvel NOW numbering where they share numbers. Very confusing stuff.

    I think personally relaunching is annoying when you do it in under 12 months from the last effort. Otherwise you're relaunching a series no one thinks has stopped.

    I agree with Karl though - Jessica Drew as former S.H.E.I.L.D. and HYDRA agent will make a great addition. Plus I just dig that character so it's win-win.

  4. I'd like to take this moment to start a lobby for more Jessica Drew t-shirts. There's only one out there that I've seen, and it's cute but not exactly what I want. I believe she deserves her own line of t-shirts, awesomeness that she is. And no, I don't want to resort to Zazzle for it. Come on, licensers. Give the public what we want! More t-shirts for our overflowing drawers.
    Just, please, no snappy sayings about how girls rule. I hate that crap.

  5. I'll add to that list Random! Sometimes guys like wearing female comic character tees too, I have one of Black Widow which is awesome, but a decent Spi one without girl power plastered over it wouldn't go astray either!