On a conference call with comics press today, writer Rick Remender and editor Tom Breevort revealed additions to the Uncanny Avengers
team. Starting with issue #5, the team’s roster will expand to nine members, with Sunfire, Wonder Man, and The Wasp joining the cast
. It was also revealed that Olivier Coipel will be the guest artist for issue 5, spelling regular series artist John Cassaday.
Marvel has provided the Cassaday drawn cover to Uncanny Avengers #5, which you can see in full after the cut.
Having been formed in response to the events of Avengers vs. X-Men
, each new team member will be a welcome addition to many longtime readers of the various Avengers and X-Men titles. The Wasp joins Thor as the only founding members of the Avengers on this current roster. Wonder Man has a long history with the team and with teammate The Scarlet Witch. And while Sunfire was only a full member of the X-Men for a very brief time, he remains a fan favorite. Also, the presence of the Japanese-born Sunfire adds some diversity to what is otherwise an all-white cast for the lead title in the publisher’s Marvel Now initiative.
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