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Exclusive: Earth's Mightiest Heroes assemble in IDW's Marvel Action Avengers #1

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Dec 11, 2018

San Diego-based indie publisher IDW is buddying up with Marvel Comics to deliver a brand-new line of all-ages titles starring such heroic household names as Spider-Man, Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawkeye, the Hulk, Captain Marvel, and Black Panther.

The first comic out of the gate was last month's Marvel Action Spider-Man #1, written by Delilah Dawson, with art by Fico Ossio, and now SYFY WIRE has an exclusive 4-page look at the sophomore title, Avengers #1, soaring into comic shops Dec. 12.

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This special partnership, first announced at SDCC back in July, finds the two companies pooling their resources to develop middle-grade comic books designed to interest a new generation of young readers raised in a Marvel universe. A third Black Panther series is expected to launch in January of 2019.

Avengers #1 reteams writer Matthew K. Manning with artist Jon Sommariva, the creative force behind the acclaimed crossover Batman/TMNT Adventures. The talented pair bring a measured does of weirdness and fun to their Avengers project as a new crime-fighting team is forged to combat a mega-sized planetary threat from A.I.M., Madame Masque, and Fin Fang Foom that's wilder than any caped crusaders and supervillains they've ever encountered.

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Manning explains that the series' first arc will be centered around Iron Man. He's a self-proclaimed longtime Iron Man fan and even wrote Iron Man: The Ultimate Guide to the Armored Super Hero for DK publishing a few years back.

"In fact, one of the first comics I can remember buying at a comic shop was Iron Man #214," Manning tells SYFY WIRE. "So for me, it only made sense to start with Iron Man and build from there. Our next arc will spotlight Captain Marvel and Thor, and I have plenty of craziness planned for the rest of our team as well."

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The first real challenge for the Avengers team is A.I.M., the terrorist scientists Advanced Idea Mechanics, who will put the high-profile superheroes to the test.

"As you can see in these pages, they're trying to get their hands on the Iron Man suit, and are doing a good job of it," Manning added. "This is the start of my favorite sequence in this particular issue. Jon Sommariva and I haven't had the chance to work together since Batman/Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures, and he's delivering some incredible art for this series. It takes a certain type of expressive artist to get a range of emotions from a static suit of armor like Iron Man's, and Jon is just the right person for the job. Wait until you see his Madame Masque, U-Foes, and Fin Fang Foom, all of which will be appearing in this first three-issue arc, 'The Iron Mechanic.' I've given Jon a lot to work with, and he and colorist Protobunker are exceeding my expectations."

Strike out for our exclusive look at Marvel Action Avengers #1 in the gallery below, then let us know in the comments if you'd love to discover this fun-filled issue under the tree this year!

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