Marvel has given The Beat readers the first peak at the cover to Avengers Arena #2. The art is by Chris Bachalo.
As you’ll recall, AVENGERS ARENA is a Battle Royale homage that pits various young superheroes in a Hunger Games-like battle to the death. The first issue comes out in December. Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker are the regular team.
EDIT: as pointed out in the comments, this is an homage to the great Barron Storey’s cover for LORD OF THE FLIES:
While I should have ponted this out earlier, I’m sure Marvel acknowledges the homage nature of this—in fact that’s why they sent it to the Beat.
BTW, as mentioned in the comments, yes this is obviously a riff on Battle Royale/Hunger Games/Lord of the Flies. Comics have always used familiar tropes, trends and genres as the basis for new series. Razorback is the one I always think of.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.