Marvel revealed the details for U.S. Avengers come Marvel Legacy this week, and, changing the industry once again, the book will stay mostly the same when issue #11 drops this Fall.
But in this case, maybe that's a good thing!
As write Al Ewing and artist Paco Diaz deliver U.S. Avengers #11 as part of the Marvel Legacy line-wide lenticular not-a-relaunch, fans will be treated to a book whose Legacy lies more with a book from Marvel's distinguished competitor: Justice League International. Asked about the comparison in an EXCLUSIVE interview on Nerdist, Ewing, who called that book a favorite of his childhood, said:
I've never thought of it as an influence before, but it almost certainly is. It was very funny to me at the time, but I was conscious that when it got serious, it hit hard–there was a contrast between the laughs and the drama that really worked well, and that's probably a lesson I took away with me. Even the most serious comic should have a couple of jokes to leaven it, and for contrast … light-hearted pieces should be able to get heavy on occasion. There's certainly plenty of that coming up in the Legacy storyline.
And talking about an issue of U.S. Avengers where he had to write Hydra Steve Rogers, Ewing said:
To be honest, while I think I got his evil across, I was glad to get through that issue and get to the bit where the masks came off and the good guys could start turning the tables on HYDRA and taking their whole ugly system to pieces – for example, in issue #8, out this Wednesday.
Ewing kept vague about what we can expect from Marvel Legacy for most of the interview, but dropped a bunch of teases at the end:
They can expect some HYDRA-smashing action, a major upending of the status quo for at least a couple of characters, a brand new Supreme Leader of A.I.M., a quest to the depths of space, a mysterious American suburb that's a million light years from Earth, the terrible secret of Bugface Brown… and much, much more. It's going to be a fun ride for all our readers.
Now that does sound refreshing. Check out the solicit below:
AL EWING (W) • PACO DIAZ (A)
Cover by DAVID NAKAYAMA
CANNONBALL RUN Part 1
The U.S. Avengers have a new mission—to find their missing teammate! Squirrel Girl, Red Hulk, Iron Patriot, and more head into outer space to find Cannonball! The search leads them to strangest planet of all…Glenbrook, U.S.A.! Home — and fiefdom — of Ritchie Redwood, America's best loved teen! What shocking events will lead the U.S. Avengers to uncover the secrets of the seemingly idyllic planet of Glenbrook whose teenagers keep disappearing? And how will this lead them to Cannonball?