WonderCon 2012 was the perfect time for Marvel to lift the curtain on some major announcements headed our way this Summer. First the publisher announced that Ms. Marvel would become the next Captain Marvel, then they revealed plans for an all-new X-Men series and now we've learned that an already prominent series will be turned on its head this June.
According to a recent announcement, Marvel has revealed that starting with issue #175, THUNDERBOLTS would be renamed DARK AVENGERS. The book will continue to be written by writer Jeff Parker and will feature a cast of characters that will include Ragnarok and Skaar. According to Marvel, Luke Cage will continue to lead the team. We can't help but wonder if the name change of this team has anything to do with a change in their alliance...perhaps we're overthinking things. If you haven't seen the fate of the Dark Avengers under Norman Osborn's control, check out last week's issue of AVENGERS.
Jeff Parker said the following about the inevitable meeting between the Dark Avengers and the Thunderbolts:
They crash—eventually. But for now the overseers of [the] Thunderbolts don't think Luke can ever bring back the time-lost escaped team, and they have a hazardous new mission they think is perfectly suited to the Dark Avengers.
What do you think about the upcoming change? Are you looking forward to seeing what happens next? Do you think we'll see a change in the alliance of these characters or is this just another way of referring to a rag-tag group of Marvel heavyweights?