Marvel is assembling the Avengers again for a line-wide crossover in Avengers: Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1. The comic ships February 17 written by Nick Spencer (Ant-Man) with art from Mark Bagley (Ultimate Spider-Man.) The teaser art shows a young girl bearing a cosmic cube, a mystical artifact once held in the possession of Thanos: The Mad Titan. So far, there are various solicitations that tease the crossover might be a line-wide story with other Avengers books in Marvel’s April solicitation seemingly teasing their inclusion. The mystery lies in Pleasant Hill itself, as Marvel has been teasing that the small town is hiding a dark secret (perhaps a certain cosmic cube is secret enough?)
At New York Comic-Con Nick Spencer told Marvel.com that the series pertains to the anniversary of the Avengers characters: Everything about this project evolved out of [plans for] next year, which is the 75th anniversary of Captain America and we which obviously wanted to do something big to celebrate and commemorate. So from there, it really was a case of organic growth with the story getting bigger and bigger; we had more and more things that we wanted to do. There was a lot about it that called for the involvement of other titles, particularly the Avengers titles. So we said why not roll with it, and make this into a full-sized spring event.
In Marvel’s 75th anniversary special for Captain America, fans were shown the return of Steve Rogers as the (aged down) Captain America. Bearing the former knowledge, it seems very possible that this could be the series where Steve comes back. Will Spencer be able to retain the suspense from the story if we’re aware of a major outcome before the comic makes it’s way to the stands? The preview pages of the comic released today seem to tease some gripping suspense of Bucky Barnes stumbling into a secret laboratory.
Avengers Standoff: Welcome to Pleasant Hill #1
Writer: Nick Spencer Art: Mark Bagley
The prelude to the Spring’s blockbuster Avengers event is here! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside AVENGERS STANDOFF: WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL #1, from fan-favorite creators Nick Spencer (Steve Rogers: Captain America, Sam Wilson: Captain America, Astonishing Ant-Man) and Mark Bagley (All-New X-Men)! From the outside, it looks like the perfect small-town community. But underneath the surface, Pleasant Hill has its fair share of secrets. Pleasant Hill is the kind of place where folks look out for each other. Where everyone knows who their neighbors are. But who are you, friend? And what are you doing in Pleasant Hill? The mystery begins this February in AVENGERS STANDOFF: WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL #1!