COMICS: First Look At Steve McNiven's AVENGERS #1 Sketch Variant Cover

As we get closer and closer to the launch of Jonathan Hickman (Fantastic Four) and Jerome Opena's (Uncanny X-Force) Avengers #1, Marvel have released Civil War and Old Man Logan artist Steve McNiven's take on the "Marvel NOW!" team. Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 10/29/2012


The greatest heroes in comics together on one unbeatable team! Now shipping twice a month, the Avengers “go large,” expanding their roster and their sphere of influence to a global and even interplanetary level. When Captain America puts out his call - who will answer? Big threats, big ideas, big idealism - these are the Avengers NOW!


AVENGERS #1
Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN
Pencils by JEROME OPEÑA
Cover by DUSTIN WEAVER
Sketch Variant by STEVE MCNIVEN


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MutantEquality - 10/29/2012, 11:31 AM
Wait what?? Is that really the Hulk with armor? Come on. No armor can be stronger than the actual Hulk. Fail.

I like what they are doing with Cap's helmet though. The mask in the movie looked ackward in the movie so doing a semi helmet will make it look less...odd. Hulk armor though...ugh.
N4cers - 10/29/2012, 11:31 AM
Love Cap's look!! Hope he looks that good in the next Cap and Avengers flicks??
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 10/29/2012, 11:34 AM
That is what Cap's suit should have looked like in the movie.
theInvincibleMexiMan - 10/29/2012, 11:34 AM
I like that new Cap suit.
I'm excited for Marvel Now. It'll be interesting to see what they bring to the table
Sora - 10/29/2012, 11:34 AM
Cap looks pretty good there but still can't understand Hulk's reasoning for wearing armor
I mean superman wears sort of armor but it's kinda understandable considering it's kryptonian material I guess
Amazing cover anyways
Knightrider - 10/29/2012, 11:36 AM
Cap does look great, first time, in my opinion of course, that I have seen his costume look good.

As for Hulk, I would like to see more focus on Banner, always felt he was more interesting than the Hulk himself. Also will hold off the whole armour debate, as much like Superman's new costume, which is called armour when it isn't armour, this too may have some kind of reason to be on him.
EggsBenedict - 10/29/2012, 11:40 AM
Hold on, I'm actually confused. This is a different Avengers book besides Uncanny Avengers?

So is Cap and co. going to be in several concurrent Avengers books? I was hoping they'd get away from this. It was weird to see Cap in Avengers, New Avengers, and Secret Avengers.
santoanderson - 10/29/2012, 11:42 AM
Cap's saying "pull my finger."
DarthTesla - 10/29/2012, 11:47 AM
[frick] yeah, McNiven is the man. I've also become more of a Hickman fan in recent months, so I'm pretty stoked for this.
thanos83 - 10/29/2012, 11:48 AM
Shouldet cap be looking "at".. us instead of off 2 the side somewere?
thunderforce - 10/29/2012, 11:48 AM
Where be the Thunder God .
thanos83 - 10/29/2012, 11:48 AM
Shouldet cap's eyes be looking "at" us instead of off 2 the side somewere?

spider1489 - 10/29/2012, 11:49 AM
THES IS THE CAP COSTUME WE SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN IN THE AVENGERS! please o please have this costume for cap2! it is perfect ! it takes qualties from CATFA and the avengers costume!
maxxgone - 10/29/2012, 11:56 AM
hulk looks stupid. his hair, the armor, his face - all of it looks terrible. the others look great though.
superotherside - 10/29/2012, 11:56 AM
Where's Thor? Cool cover though. I also like Cap's new costume. Hope they update his costume in his solo book too.
KaneVonDoom - 10/29/2012, 11:58 AM
The Armor on Hulk is said to be more for Banner, and not the Hulk.
Moakynubs - 10/29/2012, 12:05 PM
Hawkeyyyeee
luckylu - 10/29/2012, 12:11 PM
am i the only one who thinks cap, hawkeye, and hulk look like shit? by now marvel just needs to drop the hawkeye codename.
saymekian - 10/29/2012, 12:11 PM
@maxxgone
Maybe it is Red Hulk and that's why he has the buzz cut? I don't know. Marvel NOW! has not really been my cup of tea. They cancelled a lot of really great series to start over AGAIN, and it is a little wearisome.
Durango95 - 10/29/2012, 12:15 PM
Why the [frick] is Hulk wearing armor? See this type of shit just cements my idea that Marvel has turned to shit under Quesada. [frick] YOU JOE.
fire59019 - 10/29/2012, 12:16 PM
Hawkeye is and has been an amazing character!

so yeah I do believe that luckylu is the only one who thinks they should drop hawkeye's code name!!!
HavocPrime - 10/29/2012, 12:18 PM
@KaneVonDoom

That makes alot of sense, especially after reading the latest Hulk issue where they are working together, like in World War Hulk but alot more closely.
orpheus - 10/29/2012, 12:18 PM
am i the only one who thinks Hawkeye's costume would look better as a fruity purple fairy/robin hood/pirate/peter pan thing with a useless mask??!?

awesome picture. interested to see why Hulk's got armor.
Bigred20 - 10/29/2012, 12:19 PM
I like how the cap America wings are painted on the side
I've never liked those stupid ass things sticking out of his head
Ridiculous
1ncredibleJ0C - 10/29/2012, 12:30 PM
The Armour on Hulk is for Banner and it is made by shield i think??? Not sure but Indestructible Hulk will own Marvel Now!
Maia87 - 10/29/2012, 12:31 PM
This guy can draw. Thake that, Jim Lee.
ComradeGrey - 10/29/2012, 12:35 PM
Hulk's costume isn't armor. He wears it as Banner and it grows with him.
Happy11 - 10/29/2012, 12:45 PM
Marvel might be whooping ex's butt in movies but they r always lagging behind in comics and animation but this looks ok except my fav hulk doesn't need armour
Happy11 - 10/29/2012, 12:46 PM
Dc not ex lol stupid pre text
Happy11 - 10/29/2012, 12:50 PM
Also anyone notice hawkeye looks much like what cap did in civil war and I know it's the same artist but there's no excuse.
RedandBlue - 10/29/2012, 1:02 PM
Everyone chill about the armor on Hulk.. I think they said in an interview it's more for Banner, or something along those lines..
CaptainObvious - 10/29/2012, 1:04 PM
Giving Hulk armor is like giving Superman a gun. It's unnecessary.
DemonicJoker666 - 10/29/2012, 1:17 PM
da fuqs up with Hulk? i dont like that, but the rest looks good, especially Cap
Shadow101 - 10/29/2012, 1:32 PM
How the hell do you draw this!?!?!?!

Amazing
OrganizedChaos - 10/29/2012, 1:55 PM
where is Thor?
GoILL - 10/29/2012, 2:02 PM
@OrganizedChaos

I was thinking hte same thing, as for the art it is pretty sick.
CaptainObvious - 10/29/2012, 2:21 PM
Also, why does the Hulk look like Marv from Sin City?
DioFoRio - 10/29/2012, 2:41 PM
@Thanos83 I think caps asking for directions from some dude off screen and just confirming if the shwarma place is still across the street to the right.
laughterman26 - 10/29/2012, 3:15 PM
god i love steve mcnivens work. i loved his cover for gotg
storyteller - 10/29/2012, 3:32 PM
I think this armor would work for live action because it's made to make Cap look even bigger. I wouldn't even be that surprised if the point of this suit is to test out a different form for the movie. Even Ultimate took a crack at it.
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