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All-New, All-Different Avengers Definitely Maybe

As the now flagship book from Marvel, The Avengers really do have to reflect the line-wide mandate. It's actually a really cool line-up that has me intrigued post-Secret Wars.

Are they all new? Well, as a team, yes. Are they all different? Well, different than many people might be expecting, though that has always been a hallmark of the Avengers as a team and a title.

Does it keep stoking up excitement in the mainstream media? You bet.

It's heartening to see Sam Wilson remain as Captain America, which means Anthony Mackie might get a promotion after Civil War. Tony Stark will have a new status quo thanks to Brian Michael Bendis. And Thor? Jane Foster is still Thor? That is excellent.

As for the rest of the team: this is not your father's Nova, and that's good. This is a team establishing what Marvel has usually shied away from -- the Marvel Universe now has a sense of legacy. Miles Morales may remember a Peter Parker who died, and inspires him to be Spider-Man. Kamala Khan, Ms. Marvel, is a fun character who deserves every bit of spotlight she can get.

And a whole new bunch of readers have discovered The Vision thanks to the movie Age of Ultron.

Interestingly, this is the first of this week's Marvel announcements that narrowed down the release to a specific month. That's progress.

So bring it on!

From Marvel:

The Marvel Universe returns this fall, and at the forefront, a brand new band of Earth’s mightiest lead the charge as the premier team of the Marvel Universe.  Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man, returns to lead an all-new and all-different team Avengers – Captain America [Sam Wilson], Thor [Jane Foster], Vision, and the unlikeliest of heroes – Miles Morales, a.k.a. Spider-Man, Nova, and Ms. Marvel!  Today, Marvel is pleased to announce ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1 – a new ongoing series from blockbuster writer Mark Waid (Daredevil, S.H.I.E.L.D.) and artistic duties from Adam Kubert (Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows) and Mahmud Asrar (All-New X-Men).

Kicking off the new series, writer Mark Waid plans no training period and a baptismal by chaos and WAR! “As faithful NOVA readers will recognize, the main villain in our first story – Warbringer - has strong ties to Sam Alexander [a.k.a. Nova], but does Sam dare confess this to the team after the havoc Warbringer wreaks in New York City?​”

Waid also plans to place hurdle after hurdle in front of this new team including a challenge a majority of people have to deal with every day – financial responsibility. “One of the Avengers' often-undiscussed ‘superpowers’ has always been Tony Stark's boundless fortune. As readers of Brian Bendis's upcoming INVINCIBLE IRON MAN will see, Tony can no longer be the team's sole financial resource--meaning that our Avengers will have to operate a little more modestly and with limits to their resources, making their battles even more challenging.”

The Avengers assemble this fall for a team that will truly live up to the name the series title implicitly states that is all-new, all-different, and like no other Avengers team ever. “This team is a group of characters that you’ve never seen operate together before, no matter how long you may have been reading comics, and yet it’s also a team that upholds the Avengers’ traditions—there’s nobody among these characters that you look at and feel hasn’t earned their place on the team or in the spotlight, the way some past Avengers occasionally have,” says Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort.  “And it’s possibly the most real-world reflective Avengers team of all time, with only a single white male to be found amidst the membership rolls.”

The Avengers assemble this fall as the Marvel’s mightiest take on all-new foes, all-new challenges and present an all-new team in ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1!

Written by MARK WAID
Cover artwork by ALEX ROSS
On Sale October 2015!

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Derek McCaw

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