Baltimore '08: Slott Takes On Mighty Avengers, More Marvel
The Marvel Comics Q & A, titled "A Cup of B," at Baltimore Comic Con featured editors and writers answering fans' questions about the Marvel Universe.
The panel featured:
Writer Dan Slott
Editor/writer C.B. Cebulski
Editor Tom Brevoort
Lauren Sankovitch, who joined the panel late from the audience.
Bendis said there were no announcements. But Slott cleared his throat. Brevoort, after looking at Slott, said there could be one announcement. So Bendis told the audience: "I'm leaving Mighty Avengers with Issue #20."
Bendis said he's moving on to a new series called Dark Avengers with art by Mike Deodato. "It's very, very dark," he said.
Dan Slott will take over Mighty Avengers with Issue #21.
- Plans for the Scarlet Witch? Brevoort: You'll see her sooner rather than later.
- Why isn't Dr. Strange involved in Secret Invasion? Bendis: He has failed as a Sorcerer Supreme, so the question is -- if Dr. Strange isn't the Sorcerer Supreme, who is? That will all be answered in New Avengers post-Secret Invasion.
Dan Slott on Mighty Avengers: The "AVENGERS Avengers"
NRAMA: Who's on the new roster?
DS: Everybody on the new roster is totally Mighty Avengers pedigree. You're going to get characters that really deserve to be on this book.
NRAMA: But sounds like you're saying, 'don't worry -- they'll be good characters.' Does that mean the current roster is gone?
DS: The world of Dark Reign will drastically change what's going on in the Marvel Universe. There will be lots of shake-ups, lots of break ups, lots of make ups. The Marvel Universe is going to be completely changed -- you've got to keep reading Secret Invasion.
There will be characters in common with Mighty Avengers. But there will be, like with any roster or any time a new team comes on, there is going to be some shake up.
NRAMA: Will we see some of the more “non-Avengers” Avengers in the book?
DS: We are going to be the most Avengery Avengers book you can get. We've got no Spider-Man, no Wolverine -- but we've got Jarvis. And we've not only got Jarvis, but we've got lots of people that Jarvis has waited on before, and people that Jarvis loves.
NRAMA: So we're talking about some old-school Avengers?
DS: There will be a founding Avengers member on the team. And like I said, some big pedigree members. And some surprises. Aaaaaah! There is so much stuff I can't say that I want to say. But one of things I want to say is that Avengers: The Initiative is going to continue with Chris Gage. It's going to continue with a lot of the Avengers: The Initiative characters. Big secrets and things and plans that Chris and I were working on will still emerge and grow and prosper.
NRAMA: So will some of the characters from The Initiative perhaps be following you to Mighty?
DS: Someone who has been in the Mighty Avengers book, who's been in the Avengers: The Initiative book, will move over to Mighty Avengers. One character, but it's not who you think. It will surprise you.
NRAMA: But you did say there's an Avengers founder.
DS: We will have one founding member. And there's -- oh, wait. OK, I can spill something. I'll tell you this: We've just brought in Jocasta in Avengers: The Initiative. Somebody besides her is going to move with her over to Mighty. Jocasta will be one of our team.
NRAMA: Dude, Jocasta's totally old-school.
DS: Yeah, so if you like that classic Avengers feel, and if you grew up reading Avengers for years and years and years, and there are all these characters that you love looking at, like, George Perez drawing and the Geoff Johns run or this run or that run -- they're all these characters who really have a strong Avengers pedigree.
NRAMA: So we could guess a lot of names here. I'm dying to ask. We were told in the panel that we'd see her sooner rather than later. Scarlet Witch?
DS: Um... I'm just going to give the very patented "keep reading/stay tuned." But I think people are really going to freak out when they see our first few covers, when those come out.
NRAMA: Are those coming out when the solicits are revealed for post-Secret Invasion?
DS: Our book will start after that, but they might reveal the first three covers, since they all link up and make a giant image together.
NRAMA: And the covers are by whom?
DS: Koi Pham. And when you see all these characters, you might freak out, if you're an Avengers fan. There's a good freak-out character on every character that people will say, "WHAAAAA???" But everyone's got a lot of Avengers juice. These are major characters. Especially if you're like, an AVENGERS Avengers fan. Like one of the things that Brian has masterfully done is that New Avengers has the biggest guns. It's got Wolverine; it's got Spider-Man; it's got all these really big characters. And more than any book in the Marvel Universe, New Avengers really charts the course of the Marvel Universe, and it's this all-encompassing, big thing. And if you're a fan of AVENGERS Avengers, you're just going to fall in love with who we've got in the Mighty Avengers book.
NRAMA: But still big guns, right?
DS: Yeah. No Gilgamesh, no Death Cry -- we're talkin' good characters. But the guys we don't have on the roster -- there will be guest appearances.
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