Depending on who you ask, Mighty Avengers #1 is either a big deal or completely unnecessary. To some, it represents a significant moment: Marvel putting sincere thought and effort into publishing a super hero title starring a cast of characters who are mostly persons of color. To others, it's an idea that's "contrived" or "forced," taking away jobs from hardworking, honest, god-fearing, and completely fictional white people. That, or it's yet another Avengers title from the publisher, and there are some who already complain that there are far too many.
But wherever your feelings lie, what matters most -- what should matter most -- is whether or not Mighty Avengers is a good comic. Written by Al Ewing and with art by Greg Land, Jay Leisten and Frank D'Armata, Mighty Avengers #1 is, in many ways, a very promising start.
I go back and forth on how I feel about variant covers, in terms of whether or not they're good for comics in general. But I'll say this much: the inclusion of variants can sometimes lead to great art we'd otherwise never see. Case in point, Ronald Wimberly's variant cover for Mighty Avengers #3, which is probably my favorite cover of 2013 so far.
After days of teaser images from Marvel hinting at some kind of new series, this morning the publisher finally announced a relaunch of Mighty Avengers. Written by Al Ewing with art from Greg Land, the new series features a team led by Luke Cage, with Falcon, White Tiger, She-Hulk, Spider-Man, Blue Marvel, Monica Rambeau (now named Spectrum), a new Ronin, and the new Power Man as members. Notably, the team is comprised mostly of heroes who are people of color and/or women.
Mighty Avengers has been championed by Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, who in the past has gone on record as describing the idea of an Avengers team comprised of all or mostly black characters as being "contrived," but now says, "people who are interested in these characters and want to see heroes that reflect them have a genuine point."
The history of superhero comics, from a cultural and racial standpoint, can be troubling. Sometimes it seems like we've either barely learned from our mistakes, choose to ignore them, or instantly get defensive whenever anyone brings them up
Digital: If you've been enjoying the new DmC video game, Titan Comics has launched the first of a two-issue series of tie in comics called DmC: Devil May Cry: The Vergil Chronicles on ComiXology that might be up your alley.
While we're wondering where Luke Cage is going to show up in the Marvel Universe next - not to mention when/if we'll ever see the Genndy TartakovskyLuke Cage comic promised years ago - here's something to tease fans of Marvel's original Hero for Hire: Quentin Tarantino once wanted to make a Luke Cage movie starring none other than Laurence Fishburne.Talking to MTV to promote the upcoming Django Unchained, Tarantino revealed the previously-unknown project:
After 'Reservoir Dogs,' I had considered doing a 'Luke Cage, Hero for Hire' m
Gazillion's Marvel Heroes video game had a pretty big presence at last weekend's New York Comic Con and our own Chris Sims clocked some time behind the controls, which he'll be reporting on in detail later this week. In the meantime, though, there's plenty of new gameplay footage and character model sheets for fans
The power of cosplay at New York Comic Con: Our own Chris Sims spotted three cosplayers dressed as Misty Knight, Hawkeye and a slightly afro-challenged but nonetheless resplendent Luke Cage on the convention floor
Marvel's been on a roll this week unveiling official images of young S.H.I.E.L.D. trainees from Disney XD's Ultimate Spider-Mananimated series debuting on April 1. Now, joining Spidey, White Tiger and Iron
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