Saturday, September 27

Bucky joining New Avengers in #48? Looks like it...

With Secret Invasion still a couple months from wrapping up, the folks at Marvel have been quiet about the state of the Marvel Universe after that event. We know that a new status quo called "Dark Reign" will follow, and it won't be pretty. Writer Brian Michael Bendis has also hinted that the lineups in the Avengers books will change. While Bendis and the Marvel solicitations have been silent on the Avengers lineup to come, it looks like October's Previews catalog (p. 290) let slip the "classified" info on December's New Avengers #48:

The figures on the cover? Wolverine, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Ronin, a woman likely to be Echo, and... Captain America! With the "Death of Captain America" story just concluded in Ed Brubaker's great Cap series, it looks like the new Captain America (James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes) is graduating to Avengers membership. Not shocking given artist Billy Tan says Cap is his favorite character to draw, but I am happy to see Bucky integrated into the broader universe of Marvels. I guess we'll know for sure when the issue hits on December 24, as well as what happens to Mighty Avengers and Avengers: The Initiative (if they still exist) and the new Dark Avengers (when it begins). Now, if only I weren't going to be 500 miles from my comic shop on Christmas Eve... hmph.

Update: More good news -- Dan Slott is taking over as writer on Mighty Avengers! [per Newsarama]


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wait, where's the female character you're talking about? Is that the shape at the top? I seriously can't make heads or tails of that.

10:06 AM

Blogger Rich said...

Yes, top-center. It's a female form, who has bare arms and is holding sticks or clubs. Echo fits the bill, and would be consistent with the rest of the image (minus Bucky) as a holdover from the current team (and is, of course, a character from the Bendis/Mack era of Daredevil).

You're right in that I'm not *sure*, but making an educated guess.

10:36 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you are right on Bucky that would be fantastic! I wish they would bring Doctor Strange back to the team - I loved him in the mix and with the Night Nurse as a sidekick from the BKV Dr Strange Oath mini series it would be even cooler.

But yeah, as long as Luke Cage, Spidey and Ronin are there I am happy and Bucky would be icing on the cake

2:28 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's not a woman, that's Spider-Man's leg.

6:49 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Tom, there's another person behind Spider-Man's leg. Upright, arms crossed, holding sticks at 45 degree angles.

8:24 PM

Blogger Rich said...

Update 12/4:

This cover appears in the back of Secret Invasion #8. Echo does not appear on it -- I was wrong. Bendis has also stated on his message boards that the cover above is not the New Avengers team, for what it's worth. Not sure if that means wholesale change is coming or this isn't the full team. We'll know soon.

12:34 PM


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