As we’ve been noting, Marvel is giving their upcoming Champions team book a YYYYUUUGGGE push, with plentiful retailer incentives, a debut party promotion, and a “Change the World’ teaser campaign spotlighting the young cast. And here’s the first preview of the book, which comes out in October. Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos are the creative team.
The above cover, marked not final art, is still a lovely call-back to the original Champions, an oddball team that consisted of Hercules, Black Widow, Ghost Rider and the Angel. Sort of a grown up privileged team, with a greek god and a billionaire among its ranks.
Now The Champions represent the youth of today!
The Marvel Universe is fractured. Heroes who once stood together now position themselves in against one another. The next generation of heroes are fed up! It’s time for a change. It’s time for a brighter tomorrow. Enter…the CHAMPIONS! Six determined young heroes out to change the world. Get ready to meet them in Marvel’s CHAMPIONS #1 – a brand-new ongoing series launching this October as the flagship title of Marvel NOW!
“To their mind – the reputation of super heroes has taken a very public beating and they’re very intent on proving to the world that super heroes still have value and still have relevance,” says writer Mark Waid in an interview with Marvel.com.
It doesn’t take a Tony Stark or Captain America to make a difference. All it takes is six young heroes and you can change the world. A new day is dawning – and these six are just getting started! Be there for their first outing as Marvel NOW! shifts into high gear in CHAMPIONS #1 – coming to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on October 5th!
CHAMPIONS #1 (AUG160733)
CHAMPIONS #1 LAUNCH PARTY OPT-IN (AUG160742)
Written by MARK WAID
Art & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Party Variant by JAY FOSGITT (AUG160748)
Variant Covers by ALEX ROSS (AUG160734) & SKOTTIE YOUNG (AUG160735)
Champions Variant by MARK BROOKS (AUG160739)
Classic Ghost Rider Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG160737)
Miles & Hulk Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (AUG160736)
Hip-Hop Variant by RAHZZAH (AUG160740)
Captain America 75th Anniversary Variant Also Available (AUG160738)
Blank Cover Available (AUG160741)
FOC – 09/05/16, On-Sale – 10/05/16
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.