11:49am PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Gives Each State Its Own Avenger With 'U.S.Avengers' Launch Covers
No matter where you live in the United States, there's an Avenger for you — a fact Marvel Entertainment plans to emphasize with the release of state-specific variant covers for December's first issue of patriotic new series U.S.Avengers.
As revealed on BuzzFeed, Marvel intends to release more than 50 variant covers for the first issue of the series — one for each state, as well as covers for Canada and Puerto Rico — which sees formerly villainous organization Advanced Idea Mechanics re-created as American Intelligence Mechanics in an attempt to create "the most patriotic super-group ever" that includes the Red Hulk, Squirrel Girl and a Captain America from the far future.
Each of the variant covers will feature artwork by Rod Reis, spotlighting that particular state's hero. Of the named heroes to date, Delaware gets Steve Rogers (the original Captain America), while Maryland takes Sam Wilson (Steve's successor as Cap). Luke Cage represents New York — what, no Spider-Man? — while Black Widow is responsible for Connecticut. California, of course, belongs to Iron Man, because who else?
This isn't the first time that a comic publisher has attempted to appeal to home state pride; 2013's Justice League of America from DC Entertainment also offered 52 covers — one for each U.S. state, as well as Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C. — but, unlike the U.S.Avengers covers, the variant wasn't the primary artwork, but the state seal featured on a flag.
U.S.Avengers launches in December.