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Who Will Survive the AVENGERS ARENA?

Marvel is showing that becoming an Avenger won't be as easy as it used to be.

Marvel has always had numerous titles featuring the younger characters in the Marvel Universe. We've had titles such as NEW MUTANTS, NEW X-MEN and recently AVENGERS ACADEMY. While it wasn't always a walk in the park for the younger characters, it was safe for the most part. Some have seen their share of violence but that will be nothing compared to what's coming up.

Last week we saw the mysterious teaser with blood splattered letters but no clue what it was about. Today, Marvel has revealed what that means.

Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker will be giving us AVENGERS ARENA. What the heck is that about? It's going to be about death.

Arcade, the funny guy with a bowtie that previously was responsible for kidnapping people and putting them in his Murderworld will be targeting 16 young heroes. Murderworld is moving to its own island. According to Marvel:

There’s only one item on the itinerary for this nightmarish getaway: Kill or be killed.
== TEASER ==

Sounds a little like...The Hunger Games but I'm actually okay with that.

In an interview with Hopeless, he points out that in the past, there weren't really a lot of murders happening in Arcade's Murderworld.

I don't want to give too much away, but I can promise a lot of murder in this new Murder World.

Who will the contestants be? You can see from the image above that we will finally see the return of Darkhawk! Hopefully he'll be able to survive. We'll also be seeing X-23, Hazmat, Mettle, Reptil from AVENGERS ACADEMY and Nico and Chase from RUNAWAYS among others.

Maybe it's not such a good thing that these characters are returning in this series. This will definitely be an interesting read. Let's hope we don't see too many senseless killings of our favorite characters.

Read more over at Marvel.

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Posted by Teerack

I really hope this book gets canceled before it has a chance to ruin all of the great characters from avengers academy.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@Outside_85 said:

@Cafeterialoca: Actually if you want to know, someone one twitter or in an interview said they had seen some of the first pages and apparently X-23 is going to provide evidence that 'shite's gotten real', which is what I got from the line "Her healing factor will be severely tested." (Which happens to be what I dreaded was the reason for her presence)

You mean these pages?

Honestly? I'm really scared for Hazmat. REALLY scared for her.

This is just graphic and sad, and I really don't like it. If they kill Hazmat, I'll rage, and then completely ignore this book from now on, cause it is bullcrap.

Posted by Outside_85

@Cafeterialoca: I guess so...and wth those two were teammates?! Seems like this is book only meant to upset people. :S

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@Outside_85 said:

@Cafeterialoca: I guess so...and wth those two were teammates?! Seems like this is book only meant to upset people. :S

Exactly! Those two are teammates in Avengers Academy, and now Hazmat could be dead by the second issue!

It's really a book I want no part of.

Posted by Outside_85

@Cafeterialoca: well if you want to try you can mail Hopeless at hopelessarena@gmail.com (is for the Q&A/comments section of the book) or tweet him at @hopelessdent on twitter

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@Outside_85: I already tweeted him before. He was respectful and understanding. I just don't like the premise or what this series is seeking to accomplish.

Posted by Outside_85

@Cafeterialoca: What premise? :D (seriously, I cant remember if there is one other than to kill some kids and make a villain no one cares about look cool...urg, beginning to remind me of Deathstrokes Titans killing the Atom)

Posted by Ravager4

Marvel clearly does not care about these characters or their fans... If they did, they wouldn't be lining these characters up to murder each other in mass quantities.

Posted by Cafeterialoca

@Outside_85 said:

@Cafeterialoca: What premise? :D (seriously, I cant remember if there is one other than to kill some kids and make a villain no one cares about look cool...urg, beginning to remind me of Deathstrokes Titans killing the Atom)

I know, and it's Arcade of all villains. UGH!

Posted by xgirl

hey look its another story where hero fight hero.

Posted by LordTerminal

@Ravager4 said:

Marvel clearly does not care about these characters or their fans... If they did, they wouldn't be lining these characters up to murder each other in mass quantities.

Agreed. They don't wanna write for these characters so they say "let's just kill them off in our answer to Deadman Wonderland." This is the same mentality I got from Secret Invasion. Fuck you Marvel. You just lost a customer. I'm going back to indie comics now.