With Marvel NOW! just around the corner, more and more storylines are being revealed, just the other day we told you how awesome the new Thunderbolts title looks, and then Avengers Arena was revealed, and no one saw it coming. Avengers Arena is basically Hunger Games meets Marvel Comics and I am totally down with it! Here is an interview with series editor Bill Rosemann and series writer Dennis Hopeless, head over to Marvel.com for the full write up!
Marvel.com: There are 16 participants fighting for their lives on this island. Any familiar faces? Any particularly unfamiliar faces?
Bill Rosemann: A fun mix of both. Fans of AVENGERS ACADEMY will hopefully be excited by the next chapter in the lives of Hazmat, Mettle, Reptil, Juston and his Sentinel and X-23. Speaking of schools, who are the Braddock Academy? After his last appearances in War of Kings and NOVA, Darkhawk soars again! Staying with sci-fi, just wait until you see what Dennis and Kev have planned for Annihilation’s Cammi, baddest girl in all the galaxy. And last but certainly not least, direct from the pages of the dearly missed RUNAWAYS, we have Chase and Nico
Dennis Hopeless: We really got to cherry pick our cast. That was a lot of fun, almost as much fun as creating the brand new characters. I have a feeling the Braddock Academy kids in particular are going to break some hearts. Not sure if we made it clear yet, but people die in this book. It’s sort of ridiculous how huge our cast is at the start. But if you’re going to kill a lot of characters you gotta have a lot of characters.
Marvel.com: This is a sizable cast, bigger than most team books. Then again, that probably won’t be a challenge for too long. Rumor has it that people die?
There are 17 in issue one. 16 kids and Arcade. That’s quite a bit bigger than even most team books and it does make the writing a little more challenging. There’s just no way to keep everyone on the board all the time. So, yeah, we shift the focus from issue to issue. We may have two issues dedicated to the Braddock Academy and then let them recede into the background for a while so we can hang out with the Runaways.
No one has gave a crap about Arcade since this:
So why should we be impressed?
Marvel.com: AVENGERS ARENA sounds like a perfect venue to assemble some of Marvel’s best and brightest teen characters, even if they wouldn’t have signed on voluntarily. What’s the occasion?
Bill Rosemann: The occasion is that Arcade is a sick freak.
Dennis Hopeless: Yeah, Arcade has spent a lot of years building “Murder Worlds” that yield very few actual murders. He’s decided it’s time to get back a little self-respect. It’s time for a new kind of Murder World. AVENGERS ARENA is about the unlucky kids he’s chosen to help him try it out. I don’t want to give too much away, but I can promise a lot of murder in this new Murder World.
Marvel NOW! is really shaping up and I may have a hard time not picking these books up! Avengers Arena hits stands this December!
Stay tooned 😛