For almost four decades Paul Levitz has worked at DC Comics in a variety of roles including editor, executive and not to mention his work as a comic book writer. It appears after lengthy tenure with the “Distinguished Competition” that Levitz is dipping his toes for the first time in the Marvel pool as today the publisher announced Avengers: War Across Time, a 5-issue limited series arriving this January.
Joining Levitz is veteran artist Alan Davis for this story that serves as a “love letter” to the Avengers just in time for the team’s 60th anniversary next year. No additional members of the creative team were mentioned in the press release.
Here’s how Marvel describes the limited series:
This January, journey back to the early days of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with two of comics’ mightiest creators in AVENGERS: WAR ACROSS TIME! Joined by fellow superstar Alan Davis, Eisner Hall of Famer Paul Levitz, known for his storied career at DC Comics, writes his first-ever Marvel Comics story in this five-issue limited series! Set during Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, and Don Heck’s original groundbreaking run of Avengers, this extraordinary saga will be a love letter to Avengers history just in time for the team’s 60th anniversary! AVENGERS: WAR ACROSS TIME will see the original Avengers at their very best as they battle an onslaught of powerful and strange new threats that strike at the very heart of the team. At the center of it all will be Kang the Conqueror, reaching back from the furthest reaches of time to destroy the Avengers legacy!
THOR! IRON MAN! CAPTAIN AMERICA! GIANT-MAN & THE WASP! It’s the classic Avengers against the Hulk on the streets of New York, and the beginning of a showdown with Kang the Conqueror that will span the centuries!
Though he knows DC’s characters like the back of his hand, Marvel was definitely formative for Levitz as a fan as he explained:
“I learned much of my writing craft from THE AVENGERS, and it’s been a delight to pay homage to my old friends Stan, Jack and Don by trying to do something that might have been an extended issue #11.1,. We’ve been cooking this up for a long time, and I hope readers have as much fun with it as I did.”
Check out the preview art below and look for Avengers: War Across Time to arrive in stores and digitally on January 11th, 2023.