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Avengers Disembowel! Marvel NOW’s “Avengers Arena” is Battle Royale for Superheroes

 

Marvel NOW is about to get a lot bloodier, because Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker are sending sixteen of the Marvel Universe’s youngest heroes to a reality show-themed Murderworld run by longtime X-Men foe/world’s worst amusement park owner Arcade in Avengers Arena. You can bet your bottom dollar that Mojo is already setting his DVR.

Marvel.com announced the series today with a cover paying homage to cult classic Japanese children’s deathmatch movie Battle Royale. With a cast including Runaways’ Nico and Chase; Avengers Academy‘s Hazmat, Mettle, Reptil, X-23, Juston and his Sentinel; Annihilation‘s Cammi; Darkhawk and several new characters, Hopeless and Walker are sending Marvel’s best and brightest on the worst field trip of all time. Seem like too many characters to keep track of on one team? Don’t worry; in an interview, Hopeless remarked “if you’re going to kill a lot of characters you gotta have a lot of characters.” Would you expect anything less from a writer named Hopeless?

Check out Dave Johnson’s awesome cover below, then quemment and let us know what you think about this title!

 

Comments

  1. tino says:

    well at least this is not gonna go all Corpse Party, right?…RIGHT?!

  2. JakeRaven says:

    They are definitely tipping their hat to BR with the cover design and school uniforms etc. But come on Nerds, lets get real. Battle Royale came out 12 years ago, and they haven’t done this before. A little movie comes out this year with a main character that rhymes with Fatness, and all of a sudden they’re putting their teens in an arena? We know where the real inspiration came from…. And I’m more than OK with that.

  3. orangewaxlion says:

    …Is it really a rip? Perhaps a riff. I mean when they’re wearing on their sleeve/cover the fact it’s clearly an homage with the cover design it’s not like they’re trying to keep it secret.

    That said, I pretty much only care about the Runaways and I guess X-23, but it’s weird where there’s a project where I’m *glad* they’re neglecting some of my favorite teenage characters since I don’t want/need to see them die. (The rest of the Runaways, Young Avengers, and Amadeus Cho.)

  4. chris says:

    looks more like a battle royale rip to me.

  5. Drewdizzle says:

    That shit sounds cool. I will definitely pick it up

  6. Jake says:

    I want Nico and Chase to win! Runaways FTW!

    They’ll probably lose quite quickly though… saddened

  7. Mike says:

    Yeah. Even if she gets incapacitated, X-23 is going to _live_ through this at the very least. Such is the fate of Wolverine’s female clone.

  8. Wilson says:

    My money is on X-23. She’s kinda hard to kill…

  9. Nick says:

    Sweet! Although I can just imagine teen girls hearing about it and saying “wait, so this is like Hunger Games, right?” lol

  10. Leah says:

    I NEED THIS! FOR SCIENCE! AND LIFE!