Little late, but that happens with me during finals. Anyways, out of the new Marvel Now initiative, this comic is probably the one I was most looking forward too. After all Avenger’s Academy was one of two for my favorite Marvel titles, and while that is gone this appeared to be the closest thing to it’s follow up.
Now we seem to have a new writer for this (Dennis Hopeless),but a good deal of the character remain the same from Avenger’s Academy. In fact, we actually start out the issue at the academy, before soon being transported to what seems more or less a version of War World. Besides some Academy members there are also new faces. Some I recognize, others that I don’t. There’s also a few neat little quips by the villain (who calls himself more like a god). Like he got the idea from a children’s book while in prison (most likely a homage to Hunger Games), and another that no students from Logan’s school is there because of “having a better security system”.
Its an interesting concept. Granted, one that’s been done before. Not just in Marvel (like Mojo’s beloved TV show) but in other places as well (Hunger Games, Battle Royal, etc). Still, its nice seeing them make note in the comic itself that the idea isn’t suppose to be something new. More so the comic ends with a somewhat shocking move. One you’ll probably see coming, but to be safe I won’t give it away.
So its not a new concept, but Hopeless so far handles it well. With the name of the comic being Avenger’s Arena though, I wonder what will happen when this story finishes up. The title after all gives the idea of arena style fights like how this is starting off, but I just don’t see this going on forever. Either way, I’ll be keeping my eye on this comic for a while.