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First Look at Avengers Undercover Reveals Series Could be Step Backward for Marvel's Teen Heroes

First Look at Avengers Undercover Reveals Series Could be Step Backward for Marvel's Teen Heroes

The new series promises to turn one teen hero into a villain, provoking far milder outrage than promising to wantonly kill them did.



Source: Press Release

After the tumultuous run of bitching, crying, and threatening to commit suicide over the events that took place in Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker's Avengers Arena, fans are feeling slightly apprehensive about their ability to become extremely offended by the follow-up series, Avengers Undercover. While the premise of Avengers Arena pitted the teen heroes of the Marvel Universe against each other in a Battle Royale pastiche that promised the senseless killing off of beloved teen characters for little more than shock value, Avengers Undercover only promises to turn one of the surviving teen heroes - one of them - into a villain.

"I'm extremely outraged about how difficult Marvel is making it for me to become outraged," complained Tumblr blogger KidLokiHeartsAuntMay in a 7,000 word blog post complaining about the failings of Avengers Undercover, which doesn't hit stores until March 12. "I mean, does Marvel think this blog writes itself?"

She cited a recent Marvel press release, which summed up the ideas behind the series, as the reason for her disappointment:

Damaged, broken, and forever changed by their experiences in Murder World, five conflicted young superhumans are out to prove to the world they can still be heroes. Now, Bloodstone, Hazmat, Deathlocket, Cammi, Anachronism, Chase, and Nico are going rogue and heading deep undercover with the Masters of Evil. And they’re going to take them down from the inside!

But the longer these teens spend undercover, the deeper they descend into darkness. And the line between good and evil blurs. Before it’s all over – a new super villain will be born! 

 

"That actually sounds kind of interesting," she pouted, going on to demand that Hopeless and Walker come up with something more offensive by the time the series ships. "They have a responsibility to the readers to handle these characters as irresponsibly as possible."

Some former detractors of Avengers Arena, they won't even be bothering to give the new series a try.

"I'm boycotting this book," said Lloyd Howard, a forty-five year old construction worker from San Diego, California who somewhat suspiciously collects every comic published about teen superheroes. "I refuse to pay money for a series that can't even be bothered to threaten to kill off a large portion of its popular teen cast as a cheap marketing stunt."

Howard must have been a big fan of Avengers Arena then.

"I boycotted that book," Howard told us. "I refuse to pay money for a series that serves no purpose other than to kill off a large portion of its popular teen cast as a cheap marketing stunt."

We were beginning to believe that nothing Marvel could possibly do would make the fans of its teen heroes happy. Kill the characters off for shock value, and the fans get angry. Don't kill the characters off for shock value, and the fans get angry. It's a no-win situation for the beleaguered publisher.

So we decided to perform an extensive survey of Marvel's readers, finding out what they like and dislike about comics, what kind of stories they're looking for, and what they hope to get out of a series starring some of their favorite teens. After an exhaustive statistical analysis, we brought in an expert to go over the findings and explain how Marvel can save the teen Avengers franchise before it's too late.

"I've compiled all of the data, crunched the numbers, and figured out what Marvel can publish if they want to make all of their readers happy and make a buttload of money," revealed Professor of Teen Heroes at the prestigious University of Phoenix, Thaddeus T. Puffinbottoms. "The X-Terminators mini-series from 1988."

Wait, what?

"It's the perfect teen series," Puffinbottoms explained. "It stars well-liked characters such as Rusty, Skids, Boom Boom, Artie, and Leech. It's written by fan-favorite writer Louise Simonson with art by confirmed artist Jon Bogdanove.  It ties in with X-Factor and Inferno. And it only costs a dollar! It's a guaranteed success!"

But the series already came out twenty-six years ago.

"So?!" Puffinbottoms balked. "That doesn't stop Marvel from republishing the Dark Phoenix Saga every ten years under a different title, like The Trial of Jean Grey!"

I don't know...

"Have I ever steered you wrong, Outhousers?" Puffinbottoms asked, offended.

Oh no. Never!

Here's the most recent press release about Avengers Undercover, along with a preview. Try to muster up as much righteous indignation as possible with the material provided - Marvel is counting on your rage to move copies of the book, and you wouldn't want to let them down.

One of These Heroes Will Become a Villain! Your First Look at AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1

This March, ask yourself the question: If you were a teen superhuman and all the adult heroes failed you when you were kidnapped and tortured, would you switch sides and break bad? Marvel is pleased to present your first look at AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1 from Harvey Award winning writer Dennis Hopeless and critically acclaimed artist Kev Walker!

Damaged, broken, and forever changed by their experiences in Murder World, five conflicted young superhumans are out to prove to the world they can still be heroes. Now, Bloodstone, Hazmat, Deathlocket, Cammi, Anachronism, Chase, and Nico are going rogue and heading deep undercover with the Masters of Evil. And they’re going to take them down from the inside!

But the longer these teens spend undercover, the deeper they descend into darkness. And the line between good and evil blurs. Before it’s all over – a new super villain will be born!

“In many super hero comics, the series jumps from adventure to adventure, never taking the time to dig deep and explore how a traumatic event would truly effect the protagonists. AVENGERS UNDERCOVER turns that situation on its head by using this trauma as the starting point, “ says editor Bill Rosemann. “What happens after your teachers abandon you? Where do you go when you no longer fit in with your old life? When the world has rendered their judgment as to what lies in your heart, how to you prove otherwise? Dennis and Kev have the answers—and to get them you’ll have to follow our heroes down a rabbit hole of pure evil.”

“There aren’t any rules this time,” says writer Dennis Hopeless in an interview with Marvel.com. “The game is over and the kids who have survived have to go back to real life. AVENGERS UNDERCOVER is the story of what that feels like. We explore the PTSD of the thing.”

“What sorts of life decisions do these kids make once they realize that they don’t really fit into their old lives anymore?” continued Hopeless. “Can they get any of it back? If so, how? And if not, what’s next?”

Their time in Murder World prepared them for death. But nothing can prepare them for their new lives among the Masters of Evil. The longer they stay undercover, their path’s become more clear: Join up with the Masters of Evil for real, or be discovered and killed! If you thought Murder World was dangerous, you haven’t seen anything yet – and it all starts this March in AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1!

AVENGERS UNDERCOVER #1 (JAN140692)
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art by KEV WALKER
Cover by FRANCESCO MATTINA
Variant Cover by MARK BROOKS (JAN140693)
FOC –02/17/14 On-Sale -03/12/14

 





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