By Steve Morris
The ‘survive’ teaser has been unveiled today at Marvel.com, revealing Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker as the creative team for a book called Avengers Arena. The series will see sixteen teenage Marvel characters sent to Murderworld (Arcade’s home) and pitted against each other to the death. 16 characters enter; apparently only one leaves alive. And yes – these are going to be real deaths.
We’ve got Darkhawk; x-23; Mettle, Juston, Reptil and Hazmat from Avengers Academy; Nico and Chase from Runaways; Cammy from Annihilation; along with seven new characters. Presumably one of them will have a bow and arrow, there’ll be some killer hornets somewhere, and towards the end some mutant dogs will evaporate out of the ground to savage somebody.
As suggested, Arcade will be the villain sending these 16 characters to the Murderworld Island, and will apparently be upgraded in villainy. Formerly the madcap deathtrap inventor who never ever had success, editor Bill Rosemann says that Arcade will now have become “a sick freak”. The deaths are going to be lasting, and nobody is safe. Issue #1 is out in December.
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