Revamping Marvel’s comic empire is no small feat, so it makes sense that one of the first maneuvers in this relaunch is a recalibration of its most potent superhero team. The Avengers are getting a roster shuffle, courtesy of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness’ new #1.
In addition to Marvel’s main core of Captain America, Iron Man, and the Thor we know from the MCU, the new fighting team will include Black Panther, Captain Marvel, She-Hulk, and a part-time Doctor Strange (his spot is rotating). Even more unexpected than some of those characters is that of Robby Reyes, aka Ghost Rider.
“Robbie Reyes is sort of the new kid on the block. He doesn’t really know any of these other characters; they don’t know him,” Aaron told IGN. “They know the Ghost Rider, but this is a Ghost Rider not quite like anyone they’ve ever met before.” Reyes is inhabited by a similarly disturbed spirit as Johnny Blaze, but with a dark twist.
The twists don’t stop there, however. Aaron and McGuinness are also including the offbeat one-shot heroes of the Avengers of 1,000,000 B.C. Reaching back through history and using it to push the Avengers forward is a massive gamble, but this relaunch is taking lots of risks.
One of those is that the May-debuting series will be the sole Avengers title run by the comics and release 18 issues per year, which is perhaps not quite enough to make up for the loss of New Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, and Occupy Avengers.
However, Aaron explains, “My aim with this series is basically, if you only read one Marvel comic—not that you should read just one Marvel comic, but if you did—if you picked this book up, this would show you the landscape of the Marvel universe issue after issue.”
Being the face of Marvel’s fresh start is hard enough, but with the strong new team assembled behind the creative duo, they’re putting their best foot forward.