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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 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
If there's one character Marvel Comics has worked to push beyond his unfortunate blaxploitation origins in the '70s, it's former Power Man Luke Cage. Though his comics career began in relative earnest, creators typically depicted Cage talking his share of stereotypical jive and fighting minor villains, resulting in decades of climbing from D-lister to eventual A-lister under writers like Brian Michael Bendis
There's gonna be hell up in New York City later this year, but two heroes will be teaming up to confront the situation fist-first. Spinning out of "Shadowland: Power Man and Iron Fist" comes Fred Van Lente's (Shadowlandless) "Power Man and Iron Fist" five-issue miniseries this August