by Joshua Starnes, CMRO Editor
If the fine folks at Marvel Comics have learned anything it is that the best thing to do with a franchise is to pump it for mini-series and spinoffs for all its worth, because there is absolutely no downside to that. See X-Men for more examples.
So, like it or not we’ve got more Avengers heading our way this fall as the men at Marvel announced this week that “Mighty Avengers” would be returning this September featuring the adventures of a new Avengers team run by Luke Cage and starring Spectrum (the old Captain Marvel), Falcon, Ronin, Blue Marvel, She-Hulk, Power Man (no, the other Power Man), White Tiger (no, the other White Tiger) and Spider-Man, but no Iron Fist, from a script by Al Ewing and featuring art by Greg Land, recently of Kieron Gillen’s “Iron Man” re-start.
The new book will join the likes of “Avengers” “New Avengers” “Secret Avengers” “Avengers Academy” and “Avengers Assemble” as Marvel’s current number one franchise nips at the heels of “X-Men” for the title of most number of spin offs.
For most of the 2000s “Mighty Avengers” was the ‘other’ Avengers book during Brian Michael Bendis run, before ending as a result of the AvsX crossover, presumably to be replaced by “New Avengers” (or maybe it was by “Avengers” it’s hard to keep track these days).
The new “Mighty Avengers” (not to be confused with New Mighty Avengers, which will inevitably occur one day) will spin off out the events of “Infinity” the Jonathan Hickman written cross over coming later this year.
According to Marvel, while the main Avengers books will travel to deep space to deal with the menace of Thanos during the “Infinity” cross over, leaving the Earth potentially undefended from Thanos’ evil lieutenants.
Enter Cage and his new Avengers team.
And according Ewing, he will be approaching the book in the old ‘Marvel style’ letting Land develop the issue story from his plot, and then plugging in dialog to fit. After years of being the house style the trend has been towards full script over the last decade, even at Marvel. While that seems unlikely to change in the wake of “Mighty” it should make for an interesting experiment, at least.