Will Marvel’s Champions change the world? Or just retailers order forms?

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Marvel is unleashing a new teaser campaign for The Champions, their new team book resurrecting a long legally disputed name. Given all the retailer incentives for the book – including an entire launch party promotion – it seems that Marvel is trying to sell it as the Next Big Thing.

The team consists of a bunch of MArvel’s younger more progressive characters, including Viv Vision, Ms. Marvel. Miles Morales, Amadeus Cho Hulk and teen Cyclops. It’s the latets in the “young Avengers/teen heroes” genre. 

Here’s the solicit:



CHAMPIONS #1
MARK WAID (W) • HUMBERTO RAMOS (A/C)
Variant cover by ALEX ROSS
YOUNG VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
MARVEL NOW! ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
CLASSIC ACTION FIGURE VARIANT COVER BY JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER
CAPTAIN AMERICA 75th ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER BY TBA
CHAMPIONS VARIANT COVER BY SKOTTIE YOUNG
HIP-HOP VARIANT COVER BY RAHZZAH
PARTY VARIANT COVER BY JAY FOSGITT
PREMIERE VARIANT COVER BY TBA
BLANK VARIANT COVER ALSO AVAILABLE
Following the fallout of CIVIL WAR II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own — joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk! Six young heroes determined to change the world — and they’re only the beginning!
48 PGS./Rated T …$4.99


Does Champions, Waid and Ramos have what it takes to change the world? What do YOU think Marvel reader?

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Comments

  1. Virginia says

    I’m definitely going to at least give this one a shot, if only because Viv is one of my new favorites. I loved the Vision book.

  2. Bry says

    Seems odd that they would put Waid on this. His name brings in the numbers, but it would be better to put a younger writer on the teen book for once. At least under thirty. It would offer the the perspective of relevence in themes and dialogue. But I guess so much of Marvel these days is promotion first, plot second.

    Does anyone map the age groups of creators the way people watch race and gender?

  3. says

    Judging someones qualifications to write something based solely on their age seems inappropriate at best.

    There are hosts of 50+’people who have difficulty finding jobs precisely for this reason.

    Discrimintaion comes in many forms.

  4. Saber Tooth Tiger Mike says

    I hate to be the voice of reason here among you Serious People…
    but..the record needs to be set straight.

    “[Mark Waid’s ]name brings in the numbers, but it would be better to put a younger writer on the teen book for once.”

    What about Mark’s Waid makes him less qualified to write a book about characters significantly younger than him? These characters are not part of a subculture that would be alien to Waid. Unl
    Mark Waid doesn’t write in a dated and highly stylized way that would be off-putting to new readers. Mark Waid is not Chris Claremont. Mark Waid is not Tom Defalco.

    All of this moot,. The majority of people in the teenager/younger market that this comic appears to be geared towards, will never be aware this comic-soon to be tpb- exists in comic shops or at bookstores.

  5. Saber Tooth Tiger Mike says

    “Discrimintaion comes in many forms.”

    THIS. Most of the current push for diversity is coming from a narrow group of people in society who are at least half way up the socioeconomic ladder.

    Most people who are really marginalized are too busy scurrying, about in Red Queen Syndrome fashion, to survive, to campaign for “equal representation” in selective and elitist organizations.

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