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First Look: NEW AVENGERS #1 (Marvel NOW!)

Hickman and Epting prepare the new era for the New Avengers.

NEW AVENGERS just ended this week but we won't have to wait too long for the title to return. NEW AVENGERS #1 will be released on January 2, 2013 as part of the Marvel NOW! relaunch. If somehow you haven't heard by now, the new series will be written by Jonathan Hickman and feature art by Steve Epting. If that wasn't enough to get you on board with the new title, the comic will focus on the Illuminati lead by Black Panther. So that means Black Panther and Namor on the same team after Namor destroyed Wakanda...talk about awkward.

Check out the first look seen over at Marvel.com.

NEW AVENGERS #1

WRITTEN BY Jonathan Hickman

ART BY Steve Epting

To prevent the collision of our universe with another, the Illuminati, led by the Black Panther, must assemble NOW! It’s the most powerful and brilliant team in the Marvel Universe--the Black Panther, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Black Bolt, Mister Fantastic, Namor the Sub-Mariner and the Beast--against an infinite legion of parallel realities.

32 PGS. /Rated T+ …$3.99

On Sale January 2, 2013

Sadly, as you can see, it has a $3.99 price tag. Looking at the art below, it looks worth it.

== TEASER ==

Thanks to Cavemold for the heads up.

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Posted by TheMess1428

So if Charles Xavier is replaced by Beast, then who is going to be Black Bolt's voice? lol

Posted by Tyrannotaur

I love the art. I am really curious to see the interaction between BP and Namor.

Posted by feargalr

Black Panther and Namor on a team together? How the heck is that going to happen

Posted by JamDamage

I had no idea Blackbolt was in this, and is Black Panther

Posted by Video_Martian

sausage fest...

Posted by fenixREVOLUTION

I'm so excited for what Hickman and Epting do on this book.

Posted by snootchie_bootchies

I'd be more interested if this title was just simply The Illuminati. No need to name this after the Avengers.

Posted by Novemberx2

looks great, but why call it the New Avengers? it doesn't make any sense. Secret Avengers would of been better title (and that book should be named SHIELD instead) or Illuminati

Posted by eduardoy7

This looks to be pretty interesting, definitely gonna give this series a chance.

Posted by Barubal10

*sigh* Black Panther...

Posted by LordRequiem

Mister Fantastic in the Avengers? I thought it was going to be a mixture of X-men and Avengers or something.

Posted by RoboShark

Can't wait to see a team where Panther seem to have a lot of pull.

Posted by GothamRed

So are namor and beast members of the illuminati in this too? Cause they only made 1 image.

Posted by rouder

@Markus_Langbourn: Have any of us read the story? Of course not. It will be On Sale January 2, 2013.

You sound lost.

Posted by broo1232

Might give it a try.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

cool cool cool gotta read it for my boy Panther

Posted by benzino_x

Every day I look at this preview. I didn't want to buy it, but I guess I have no choice but give it a go...

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@LordRequiem said:

Mister Fantastic in the Avengers? I thought it was going to be a mixture of X-men and Avengers or something.

Mr. Fantastic was an Avenger once upon a time. New Avengers is just a slightly adjusted version of Marvel's Illuminati

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@queenfrost_ said:

And not one vagina were to be seen....

what female character would you suggest? do you know any females who surpass any of these characters in terms of both intellect and pull in the Marvel Universe? Not being snarky, just curious.

Posted by Cavemold

will have to try it out

Posted by Cavemold

@xtremekidx said:

i really hope that it is new reader friendly.....i am genuinly interested but do not have enough exposure to understand everything

im most certain it will be

Posted by alex6166

They shouldn't put any X-Men in this thing. Beast is grandfathered in, I suppose.

Posted by queenfrost_

@Avenging-X-Bolt: Emma Frost, Storm, Medusa, Sue Storm, Valkyrie, Black Widow, Ms Marvel, etc...Come on, it isn't that hard to beat Iron Man, Namor and Black Panther....And you may argue against these characters for whatever reasons, but the truth is: why doesn't marvel have intelligent and powerful female characters in the first place?

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@queenfrost_ said:

@Avenging-X-Bolt: Emma Frost, Storm, Medusa, Sue Storm, Valkyrie, Black Widow, Ms Marvel, etc...Come on, it isn't that hard to beat Iron Man, Namor and Black Panther....

Wow, you must really underestimate these guys. Tony,Reed, T'challa, and Hank are on the top 10 list of most intelligent characters in the marvel universe, Black Bolt is King of the Inhumans, Black Panther is the King Of both the most advanced city on earth as well as the realm of the dead. None of these characters qualify for the list. Emma might have have but she's a fugitive now. Storm and Ms. Marvel have clout and power but aren't smart enough. You cant put Sue in over Reed (Worlds smartest man). Doctor Strange is Sorceror Supreme again so you got to have him. as for Black Widow and Valkyrie well...im not even going to go there

And you may argue against these characters for whatever reasons, but the truth is: why doesn't marvel have intelligent and powerful female characters in the first place?

They do, just not as smart as these ones, which in retrospect isnt much better.Maybe Hickman will create one, or follow up with more Val Richards stuff. I wouldn't mind an older version of he replacing Reed.

Posted by queenfrost_

@Avenging-X-Bolt: I didn't question Hank or Reed or Doctor Strange at all. Tony...really? NAMOR!??!? Storm is as smart if not smarter than T'Challa, no question. Carol Danvers has had military, CIA, SHIELD and avengers training. Black Widow is obviously extremely intelligent otherwise why be one of the best spies in the world? She's been trusted with lethal information and deadly missions...They wouldn't just give these off to any spy. Valkyrie is a demi-goddess, enough said. And to counter-act Dr Strange, there is always Scarlet Witch? I know she is slightly mentally unstable but then again since when is Blackbolt 100% stable. And when I said 'intelligent and powerful female characters', I meant ones who are the equivalent to these almighty superhero male characters.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@queenfrost_ said:

@Avenging-X-Bolt: I didn't question Hank or Reed or Doctor Strange at all. Tony...really? NAMOR!??!? Storm is as smart if not smarter than T'Challa, no question. Carol Danvers has had military, CIA, SHIELD and avengers training. Black Widow is obviously extremely intelligent otherwise why be one of the best spies in the world? She's been trusted with lethal information and deadly missions...They wouldn't just give these off to any spy. Valkyrie is a demi-goddess, enough said. And to counter-act Dr Strange, there is always Scarlet Witch? I know she is slightly mentally unstable but then again since when is Blackbolt 100% stable. And when I said 'intelligent and powerful female characters', I meant ones who are the equivalent to these almighty superhero male characters.

and im still waiting to hear some.show me some feats that put these characters on an Influential and Intellectual par with these characters When was the last time, Storm designed a Quinjet or built a multidimensional portal hmmm? or Carol? When has Wanda shown the same level of supernatural knowledge the Doc has? and really? SLIGHTLY mentally unstable? you call depowering an entire race and killing several of her friends slightly? dont get me wrong, i sympathize for her but shes pushing it by just retaining her powers.Valkyrie's a demi goddess, big whoop technically so is T'challa and he has a hyper-intelligent warrior kingdom a his command. She was also recently weakened and makes no sense for a science team whatsoever. Im sorry but none of these characters seem to fit here and thats probably why they're in the other Avengers books.

Posted by Chipotlee

Is it just me or does ironman's armor look a lot like his bleeding edge armor on the cover with black panther holding a earth?

Posted by queenfrost_

@Avenging-X-Bolt: Huh? The first part of your reply doesn't make sense. I was saying that marvel should have female characters on par with male characters anyway, and shouldn't be having 'intelligent women' just 'intelligent characters who happen to be female'. But....Tony Stark, cause of the Civil War does? Or Namor, someone who took the Phoenix in to his own and tried to kill the Avengers? And by the way, Storm too lead Wakanda for many years. Remember? She was a queen and everything. And Doesn't Valkyrie lead a large team of other Valkyries, as well as recently assisting the military in Fear Itself? She is also still 10x more powerful than Tony Stark. And if you want to talk about not belonging, then why the heck is Beast on the team? Isn't his morals against everything this team stands for. And you bring up intelligence but then...Why is Namor there? Perhaps Kitty Pryde, an extremely intelligent and capable young female could have been on the team too. But no, what you are trying to say in a very passive aggressive manner is that all the women should stick to their small roles on the Avengers and not bother with the brainy stuff.

Posted by Avenging-X-Bolt

@queenfrost_ said:

@Avenging-X-Bolt: Huh? The first part of your reply doesn't make sense. I was saying that marvel should have female characters on par with male characters anyway, and shouldn't be having 'intelligent women' just 'intelligent characters who happen to be female'.

I apologize. i must have misunderstood you.

But....Tony Stark, cause of the Civil War does? Or Namor, someone who took the Phoenix in to his own and tried to kill the Avengers? And by the way, Storm too lead Wakanda for many years. Remember? She was a queen and everything.

Namor doesnt deserve to be here (which isn't to say he's not qualified). i completely agree. Tony is more complicated than that.

Led, as in past tense and I would hardly say many years. remember that comic time passes slower than regular time. they were married in 06 right? so that's MAYBE about 3 years comic time? most of which was spent flipping between Wakanda and the X-men while Shuri did most of the work.

And Doesn't Valkyrie lead a large team of other Valkyries, as well as recently assisting the military in Fear Itself?

She is also still 10x more powerful than Tony Stark.

a 45 tonner with a magic sword is more powerful than Iron Man......ok then.... or were you referring to Storm in which case i must ask, what does that lend to a science team?

And if you want to talk about not belonging, then why the heck is Beast on the team? Isn't his morals against everything this team stands for.

Beast has been betraying his morals for years, this isn't some brand new occurrence. Isn't he also helping keep the existence of the X-Force a secret now despite bitching about the other one?

And you bring up intelligence but then...Why is Namor there?

Namor led a multi-billion dollar company for years, he's hardly an idiot (to clarify, im not saying you ever called him an idiot) He's also the king of Atlantis and a founding Illuminati member. hopefully he wont be there for long though, im not fond of him.

Perhaps Kitty Pryde, an extremely intelligent and capable young female could have been on the team too.

Im not that knowledgeable on Kitty's Intelligence level. please educate me. i know she was apparently a computer whiz but that is about it. What indispensable qualities does she possess?

what you are trying to say in a very passive aggressive manner is that all the women should stick to their small roles on the Avengers and not bother with the brainy stuff.

I know that's what you'd like to think im saying but its not hon. if i felt that way, i would have said it outright.

I simply don't believe in redundant choices on a team that's supposed to be an elite best of the best science team.

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Posted by NXH

@EdwardWindsor said:

Looks really cool, should be an intresting team. Must by the most grey matter heavy avengers team of all time to.

what you mean by "grey matter"?

Posted by Umbraa

QueenFrost you seem lost. This team is the past illuminati, that has T'challa bringing back together. So all the characters you are naming really don't make sense. T'challa turned down membership and is not restarting the group. As for Storm being as smart as T'challa? That's one of the stupidest things I have read on this forum. T'challa is a *super genius* in league with Reed and Doom. Storm is no were close to as smart...not is se a leader of anything to be in this group. Hickman wanted Professor X who was killed off and then Magneto which he could not have. So he choose Beast. Emma would not have be consider or allowed for the same reason Magneto was not! Bendis is using them for a new book. Read that..

Posted by Eric10956

This sounds really cool, too bad marvel is too afraid to do a complete reboot like DC, and i still prefer DC.