Bendis and Romita Jnr’s new book launches with a Kang story, and it’s going to involve plenty of future Marvel characters, such as Maestro, Old Man Logan, and the animated Next Avengers appearing in comics for the first time.
I’m sure we’re all looking forward to the new Heroic Age Avengers relaunch by Brian Michael Bendis and John Romita Jnr, especially since the opening story arc revolves around the classic Avengers baddied Kang The Conqueror, and in an interview with IGN , Bendis discusses what he’s going to with Kang, and how the story will bring in some extra-special guest-stars from many of Marvel’s dystopian futures.
As you saw in the solicits, the first villain is Kang. I’ve never done
a Kang story, only some trippy time stuff here and there. I’ve been
sitting on a notebook of Kang ideas for quite a while. And Kang has had
some great stories, from Avengers Forever to the Young Avengers stuff.
So I’ve put it away for a while and it’s been on my list of things to
do. And Tom and Joe said, "Do you want to do Kang?" and when I said
yes, they said I should open [the series] with him. Open with a
character that I have a new spin on. They always hold the bar for me at
Purple Man [from Alias]. "Do a Purple Man with Kang." But in order for
the story to really work, the universe had to be in a better place. And
now it is.
So now we have Kang pulling a stunt unlike he’s ever pulled before,
doing damage unlike any he’s done before – when it’s most inconvenient.
And that’s what a time traveler would do – find a moment that’s
inconvenient and he’d hit you. But I tell you, for fans of all things
Marvel, all the different looks at Marvel’s future, there’s going to be
a lot of fun stuff. We have guests from so many different timelines of
the Marvel Universe… Old Man Logan, Future Imperfect… there are so many
cool things like that. For those looking to see how esoteric we’ll be
getting, you will be seeing the Next Avengers, from the Marvel animated
DVD movie, in this comic book for the first time ever. And they have
never appeared in a comic book. And you don’t need to worry if you
don’t know who these people are… but if you do…
Sounds good to me, Kang has always been a great villain, but hasn’t really been used in ages, Young Avengers set some stuff up, but then didn’t follow up, and throwing in all these future characters into the mix is a good idea. Roll on Avengers #1!
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Posted originally: 2010-03-03 11:51:57