10:56am PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Gets Patriotic With 'U.S.Avengers' Comic Book Series
Getting a jump on the holiday weekend, Marvel Entertainment has announced the first of its Marvel Now! relaunches for fall, with the current New Avengers undergoing a rebranding as the uber-patriotic U.S.Avengers.
The series, which will be created by British writer Al Ewing and artist Paco Medina, sees the former villainous think tank Advanced Idea Mechanics recreating itself as American Intelligence Mechanics under the guidance of Roberto Da Costa, who gathers together a team of suitably American superheroes to help defend the United States in an appropriately high-profile fashion.
The team consists of three heroes Da Costa has worked with as part of the current New Avengers comic book series — Cannonball, POD and Squirrel Girl — and three newcomers who add patriotic flair to the group: the Red Hulk, AKA General Thunderbolt Ross, a new Iron Patriot, and a third Captain America, this one being an adult daughter of Jessica Jones and Luke Cage from the future.
Talking to the Washington Post about the series, Ewing said that he is "interested in America, in exploring the reasons I like your country and love your citizens," adding, "I don’t think patriotism should be uncritical or unthinking — we’re seeing in Britain where that leads, and it’s horrible. I’m afraid for us. But that urge to love and care for the home you’ve made, whether you were born to it or chose it or fled to it, that’s worth something. People use it as a weapon, but it’s also an engine that drives great positive change in our communities."
Ewing is an inspired choice to handle the nuance in the U.S.Avengers idea; not only did his 2015 series Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders tackle political realities in the UK at the time, but in his satirical Zombo strip for Britain's 2000AD series, he foresaw the possibility of Donald Trump's presidency back in 2011.
U.S.Avengers will launch this fall.