Catching up on some of the news, Marvel may be All New and All Different but events are still in the mix. Next Spring will see Avengers Standoff, a “family” event stretching over the Avengers titles, with writer Nick Spencer and artist Jesus Saiz on the core title, STANDOFF!: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA. While the story will focus on Captain America,m the story crosses over in All-New, All-Different Avengers, Sam Wilson Captain America, Uncanny Avengers, New Avengers, Ultimates, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more.
The logline sounds like a creepy town story, ala Children of the Corn, etc:
From the outside it looks like any other remote small town. Only Pleasant Hill is anything but. This gated community holds a dark and sinister secret – one that keeps its residents locked away behind its walls. Now, the time has come for its townsfolk to finally escape. As their revolt begins – why then are the Avengers trying to keep them inside?! And what does it have to do with S.H.I.E.L.D.? Even Earth’s Mightiest Heroes won’t be prepared for the truth behind Pleasant Hill.
Writer Spencer had more to say in the Comicbook.com exclusive:
A small town setting really gives you the same kind of vibe that those comics gave you back then, that it gives you a more condensed and smaller environment to tell more intimate stories and to make the danger more immediate. I think one of the things that we talk about a lot with this event is we’re not blowing up states and planets aren’t exploding. This is about danger that’s six feet in front of you and you can see the lives that are in danger. To get to tell that kind of story, which we haven’t seen that much of for awhile, that was a really cool challenge for me.
BTW, you really have to scan this story for the name of the artist, which isn’t even mentioned until the very last paragraph.
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