NYCC 2013: ‘Avengers’ All-New Marvel Now reveals — assembled

Oct. 11, 2013 | 6:34 p.m.

All-New Marvel Now announcements will continue through the weekend at New York Comic Con. Check back at Hero Complex for more. (Marvel)

"New Avengers" No. 11, by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Mike Deodato, comes out Wednesday. (Marvel)

"Captain America" No. 14, by writer Rick Remender and artist Carlos Pacheco, comes out Dec. 11. (Marvel)

"Mighty Avengers" No. 2, by writer Al Ewing and artist Greg Land, came out earlier this month. (Marvel)

"Avengers Arena" No. 16, by writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Karl Moline, came out Wednesday. Cover art by Francesco Francavilla. (Marvel)

"Secret Avengers" No. 9, by writer Nick Spencer and artist Butch Guice, came out last month. Cover art by Alex Maleev. (Marvel)

[Updated 7 a.m. PDT Oct. 12 with images from All-New Marvel Now announcements.]

In continuing Marvel’s weekend of All-New Marvel Now reveals, executive editor Tom Brevoort wasted no time during the “Avengers” comics panel Friday at New York Comic Con.

Cheerily breezing through what’s going on in existing books and announcing upcoming titles and events — with brief comments from writers and editors — in just about 17 minutes (by contrast, the House of Ideas’ earlier big panel Friday, for X-Men books, took about 45 minutes for a similarly robust slate), Brevoort, saying the panels belong to the readers, turned things over to audience questions for the rest of the hour.

So, in the same spirit, here are the big reveals:

– The title from writer Rick Remender and artists Pascal Alixe and Nic Klein that had been code-named “Mindbubble” in recent teases is “Captain America” No. 16.NOW / No. 1 (yes, the numbering is, as Brevoort acknowledged, confusing). It features Dr. Mindbubble, a product of the Weapon Minus program designed to eliminate super soldiers like Cap, Brevoort said, calling him “a benevolent assassin who will kill you with kindness.” And, the editor mentioned during the audience Q&A, Red Skull will appear in that first issue.

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– Code name “Extinction” from writer Sam Humphries and artist Andre Araujo is “Avengers A.I.” No. 8.NOW / No. 1. Editor Lauren Sankovitch said, “You can just lay back, relax, and the robots will take over for you. Hang on, enjoy, and you’ll be dead soon, so it won’t matter.”

"Secret Avengers" No. 1 variant cover art by Declan Shalvey. (Marvel)

“Secret Avengers” No. 1 variant cover art by Declan Shalvey. (Marvel)

– Code name “Frenemies” from writer Ales Kot and artist Michael Walsh is “Secret Avengers” No. 1, which Kot said is “pretty close to what [Matt Fraction and David Aja’s] ‘Hawkeye’ feels like in places.” Spider-Woman, Black Widow and Hawkeye are all on the team.

– Code name “Global” from co-writers Jonathan Hickman and Nick Spencer and artist Stefano Caselli is “Avengers World” No. 1. It’s about the Avengers coming back to Earth post-“Infinity” and finding a very changed world, Spencer said, later adding that it will pay some attention to newer additions including Smasher, Hyperion and Manifold.

– Code name “Descent” from writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Kev Walker is “Avengers Undercover” No. 1. Hopeless said it follows his “Avengers Arena,” and some of the kids from Murderworld come back and “go undercover in the Masters of Evil as an attempt to bring it down from the inside, but they all have pretty bad PTSD from what went on in the arena, and they find that they might actually fit in a little better with the villains.”

– Code name “Trust” from writer Al Ewing and artist Lee Garbett is “Loki: Agent of Asgard” No. 1. Ewing joked, “There are two things you need to know about this: First thing, Issue 1, Page 1, Loki kills Thor…. He wins! And the second thing you need to know is that we are always, always, always going to lie to you. We are going to trick you every issue, because that’s what Loki does.”

– Code name “Atonement” from writer Nathan Edmondson and artist Phil Noto, is “Black Widow” No. 1. The approach? Brevoort pointed to the tag line on the cover – “Agent. Avenger. Assassin.”

Here’s what’s up in books the crowd already knew about:

– As announced last month, “Avengers” No. 24 is now the more complexly numbered “Avengers” No. 24.NOW / No. 1. The early January release by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribic (“Thor: God of Thunder”) kicks off “Rogue Planet,” in which another world is hurtling toward Earth. Prompted by Brevoort for quick detail, Hickman said he was hoping to get it written soon.

– “New Avengers” is not only Hickman’s favorite book of the many Marvel titles he’s working on, but Brevoort says it is “the most important book we’re publishing right now.”

– As for the next few “Mighty Avengers” releases, Ewing said, “Issue 3 is going to make your head explode, and Issues 4 and 5 are going to sweep up the pieces into a little box and then blow that up as well.”

– Over in “Avengers Arena,” with the No. 18 cover showing the “Graduating Class of 2013” with red X’s over their faces displayed on screens in the room, Hopeless said, “Everybody dies,” to audience laughter, “and then the book is over.”

"Captain America" No. 14, by writer Rick Remender and artist Carlos Pacheco, comes out Dec. 11. (Marvel)

“Captain America” No. 14, by writer Rick Remender and artist Carlos Pacheco, comes out Dec. 11. (Marvel)

– “Captain America” Nos. 13-15, by Remender with artists Carlos Pacheco and Klein, has the super soldier Nuke testing a “devastated” Cap, Brevoort said.

– “Secret Avengers” Nos. 12-14, co-written by Spencer and Kot, feels “like a super-pulpy updated Steranko,” the latter said, citing the artwork by Butch Guice and Luke Ross.

– “Thor: God of Thunder” Nos. 15-17, by writer Jason Aaron and artist Ron Garney, has the hammer-wielding Asgardian chasing Malekith the Accursed across the Nine Realms.

And it seems fitting to end with a reader comment from the audience Q&A.

Before posing his question, a teenage male fan told the assembled “Avengers” talent, “I want to thank you guys for writing comic books, period. Because now I have something to do during class.”

New York Comic Con, with an expected crowd of 130,000, is the East Coast’s largest pop-culture expo. The four-day event continues at the Jacob K. Javits Center in Manhattan through Sunday.

– Blake Hennon | @BlakeHennon | @LATHeroComplex

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