Whether it has been brought up or not, it’s safe to say that this might be another step Marvel has taken for the better.
The first thing about this book is that it’s not majority black heroes for the sake of it. This is something new that Tom Brevoort wanted to do and that’s what I think Marvel NOW! is for. All throughout this initiative we have seen teams that are different from what we are used to. They can be uncanny, gender specific, diverse, or just plain evil and all of them have managed to be something readers enjoy. This is nothing different and like other books this gives Marvel the chance to bring back old favorites that haven’t been active in a long time, regardless of skin color. The way this book is even explained, it just makes sense given the structure of Hickman’s Avengers book. No hero is just pulled at random, there’s a reason for every choice and they all serve their purpose in the end like this team will as well.
This is a book with a lot of potential. Not just for doing something new, but the dynamics created with this team-up. Brevort has seemingly put a lot of thought into how these heroes interact with each other and how their personalities click or clash. If you really took the time to think about the cast he has chosen, you really do feel as though they are a team that comes together out of necessity when the other heroes are off in space. When considered you can believe they are those heroes who would stand up to fill in the roles of heroes when there aren’t any others to take the initiative.
The one thing you have to emphasize about this book, from what we know so far, is that they are all Avengers. It was a matter of time before they reached that point where they explain the disappearance of these heroes and this way is smart because it’s not as if they are just using them as filler or for a single issue and forget about them. It’s exciting that Luke Cage is the leader of this group because he is the reason why New Avengers was such a great book. He is up there in leadership and always makes his presence known which is why those like myself were sad to see him choose his family over heroics. Understandable though because many in this group have their own lives and it’s good that Marvel also emphasizes that they are still people. So this is one book that people should look forward to when Infinity event starts because it shows promise and the potential to stand out as another Avengers book amongst the rest which are also doing very well at the moment.