Marvel is looking to launch a buzzy young team with a mostly-forgotten old name later this year, in the wake of Civil War II.
Acclaimed writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos are gearing up to launch a new Champions series, which will focus on several of the Marvel Universe’s youngest (and buzziest) heroes. The roster includes: Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales/Spider-Man, Sam Alexander/Nova, Amadeus Cho/The Hulk, Viv Vision and the younger Scott Summers/Cyclops.
Waid is already familiar with half that roster (Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man and Nova are members of his All New, All Different Avengers) and will be shaking it up with the Totally Awesome Hulk and All New X-Men ex-pat in Summers. The most interesting addition is Viv Vision, The Vision’s daughter from his family gothic standalone series (which you should totally be reading).
Waid chatted with Entertainment Weekly about the series and had this to say:
“Younger characters are just much more emotional. When you’re a kid, regardless of the age you grew up, everything is high opera. With hormones raging, you have to fight external and internal battles that you’ve never had to deal with before. Unlike Tony Stark and Steve Rogers, who have seen it all and been through it all, everything heightens the drama. I couldn’t have a better partner in crime in this than Humberto Ramos, with whom I did Impulse.
If you need evidence that Humberto knows a little something about teenage superheroes, you don’t have to look very far. The two of us have a pretty unique handle on what makes teenage superheroes work. Again, it’s high emotion. No one in a Humberto panel, even if they’re in the background, no one is just standing there not doing anything. Somebody’s got their mouth wide enough to eat a banana sideways, and somebody else looks like they’re gonna explode from rage, and that’s just the way Humberto draws people. It’s awesome.”
No word on exactly when the first issue of Champions hits shelves, but with Waid and this roster involved, it should be one to watch.
(Via Entertainment Weekly)