10:57am PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Skews Young With New 'Champions' Comic Book Series
Step aside, granddad. Marvel's teen heroes are going it alone in the newly announced Champions comic book series, which will see characters such as X-Men's Cyclops, Avengers' Ms. Marvel and space defender Nova form a new super team in order to save the world from itself — or, at least, from the olds.
The new series will be written by All-New All-Different Avengers' Mark Waid, with art from Extraordinary X-Men's Humberto Ramos; according to Waid, the book differs from other Marvel's other supergroups not only in terms of the characters' intent, but also its inspiration.
"When we were growing up, the general perception was it takes adults to fix the world. Kids can do little things, but basically you have to wait till you grow up to make the big choices and the big decisions," he told Entertainment Weekly. "Well, Mark Zuckerberg would disagree with you. Some of the other young trend-breaking scientists that are coming to light, online especially, would beg to differ with you. Those are the inspirations, as much as anybody else, for the idea that we don't have to wait until we grow up to be Tony Stark or Captain America to make a difference in this world."
In the wake of the current Civil War II storyline, Champions will offer an alternative to divisive in-fighting between heroes, Waid explained to EW, promising instead "very socially conscious, very activist-minded" characters who are "very positive about being superheroes."
Champions also will showcase teen versions of Marvel's big characters and franchises; in addition to Cyclops, Ms. Marvel and Nova, the group will include Miles Morales and Amadeus Cho, AKA Spider-Man and the current incarnation of the Hulk. Also showing up will be Viv Vision, a robot created to be the teen daughter of the Avengers' popular robot hero.
This isn't the first time Marvel has tried to court the youth vote. Champions — which takes its name from a 1970s series that features Black Widow and Ghost Rider, amongst other titles — arrives in the wake of two series of Young Avengers, as well as Young X-Men, New Warriors and a number of other teen hero titles. DC, for its part, also has added to the pantheon with series like Young Justice and Teen Titans, which arguably launched the genre back in 1964's The Brave and The Bold No. 54.
Champions is set to launch later this year.