Evil Geek Book Report – Avengers Arena
As part of our continuing coverage of Marvel NOW I’ll give you the skinny on Avengers Arena by Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker…It’s Good!!!
Avengers Arena is a teen book with a Hunger Games/Battle Royale-style twist to it… simply kill or be killed. The story goes like this; the villainous assasin-for-hire Arcade kidnapped 16 super-powered teens from across the globe and brought them to Murder World and basically tells them that they have to play a game of life or death and that in 30 days only one will walk out alive. The kids are from various parts of the Marvel U and include some of the characters from the recently cancelled Avengers Academy and fan favorite Runaways, as well as a bunch of new kids created for this series and one or two others you may recognize. So far there has been two issues released with the first book basically setting up the plot and concept of the book. Arcade lets them know what he has planned and they try to take him out and he basically lets them know that he can’t make them kill anyone, but that they will. To get things started he also decides that he will kill one of them and tells them to choose the weakest link and the scene that follows is simply poignant and a little twisted! 🙂
Issue 2 picks up directly where the first one ends and the teens start to split into little camps where they think they’ll be safe. The story then follows one of the new characters, who is basically a little girl-Deathlok. We get pieces of her backstory and also meet some new characters. Oh, and someone else dies too! 🙂 Usually I don’t care for pointless deaths of comic book characters, but Hopeless has made it kinda fun with a TV Walking Dead/Anyone Can Die thing going on. Plus it’s so awesome and ironic that the guy writing this hopeless scenario is named Hopeless! I believe that this series may even serve a need in the industry in a way. It seems that every few years someone tries to make another Teen Titans or Legion of Super Heroes-style of book, and although there are a few good ones out there like Young Avengers there is also a bunch that kinda suck and then there are these characters just sitting out in limbo to show up to save the day or be the catalyst for a big event (like Speedball!) Man, what I would have given to see him mowed down in a book like this back in the 90’s! So here is the perfect opportunity to get rid of them. On another note, Arcade is really powered up in this book and he actually seems kind of badass. Back in the day when you’re favorite superhero got stuck in Murder World you knew that it would be a fluff issue and by the end of it they would punch Arcade in the face but he would with no doubt escape with that stupid bow tie of his! But this new environment that Hopeless and Walker have created seems less campy and more dangerous to the kiddies trapped there!
All in all, if you’re looking for a Marvel book that is something a little bit less super-heroey and more Lord of the Flies with little-to-no backstory needed then this is the book for you!
Welcome to Murder World…
Who will survive?
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Posted on January 2, 2013, in COMICS!, Evil Geek Book Report, Reviews and tagged Avengers, Avengers Arena, Comics, hunger games, Marvel, marvel now, The Walking Dead. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.