When a second Avengers comic was announced, writer Brian Michael Bendis admitted that it was designed to appease fans who disliked his take on the New Avengers by presented a more traditional version of the team. The initial story lines were very traditional while later issues made the series little more than an extension of the New Avengers series, making it seem kind of pointless.
New writer Dan Slott plans to change all that. With his first issue on the title (now on stands), he has delivered what many will almost immediately recognize as the quintessential Avengers comic. From the team roster to the classic villain threat, it looks like the Avengers are back in town.
In a recent interview with comicbookresources.com, Slott went into detail of what his plans for the series were, including the cool-i-fication of Hank Pym, now calling himself the Wasp (anyone else miss that transformation??).
“Hank’s hero’s quest is about finding his place in the Marvel Universe,” the writer said. “How does he step up to this? You don’t get to be in the Avengers without being one of the best, and one of my goals for this book is to elevate Hank Pym to that A-List. Is he there now? I don’t know, but that’s my goal, and it’s up to the readers if we achieve it.”
“You look at the geniuses of the Marvel Universe like Hank, Tony Stark, Reed Richards and Doctor Doom, and you wonder what makes them different,” Slott said. “And when people see my take on Hank, they’re going to go, ‘Oh that’s kind of cool.’ Jocasta is going to get to make a speech in the near future and anybody who hasn’t fallen in love with Hank yet, you’ll go, ‘I totally understand Hank Pym now and where he fits in. And damn it! He’s one the most special characters in the Marvel U.’”
US Agent, Hercules, Vision, Scarlet Witch, The Hulk and Jocasta? When was the last time these characters were in aan Avengers comic… when it was not an alternate reality or flashback? I guess the big question is… will fans take to this more traditional approach to the series?