COMICS: Lettered Preview Of Dennis Hopeless And Kev Walker's AVENGERS ARENA #1

We've saw these pages when the series was first announced, but Marvel has now released lettered versions which give us a better idea of exactly what is going through the head of Avengers Academy character 'Hazmat' as she's hunted down by 'X-23'. Check it out!

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By Josh Wilding - 11/12/2012
Trapped on an isolated island, 16 superhuman young adults (including cult faves like members of the Runaways, The Avengers Academy and Darkhawk) are given a chilling ultimatum by their demented captor: Fight or die…only one will walk out alive! Thus begins a primal battle that will test the skills, stamina and morals of each combatant. Welcome to Murder World, where the secrets are plenty, alliances are fleeting, and the key to victory might be rewriting the rules of the game. Who will survive? The rising star team of Dennis Hopeless (X-MEN: SEASON ONE) and Kev Walker (THUNDERBOLTS) dare you to tune in to your new favorite comic NOW!


Click on the preview pages below to view the full-size versions.



AVENGERS ARENA #1
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Pencils by KEV WALKER
Cover by DAVE JOHNSON


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StuckInPanels - 11/12/2012, 4:35 AM
this is nothing new. There has always been competitive arena like ideas LONG before the Hunger Games. This is trying to be Secret Wars but slightly less interesting or engaging.
Sora - 11/12/2012, 5:25 AM
meh
niceguyeddie - 11/12/2012, 5:26 AM
It's a nod to the Japanese film Battle Royale. Not Hunger Games. We've seen the promo art where the Logo resembles that or BR.
mgeoff88 - 11/12/2012, 5:45 AM
So this is like Marvel's take on Battle Royale?

Darkhawk is an awesome character. That's very cool he's in this.

@niceguyeddie You're right. Hunger Games is much less violent and tame compared to Battle Royale. This is more akin to the latter.
longbowhunter - 11/12/2012, 6:02 AM
Man, I love Kev Walker! Wish he was on a book I actually wanted to read.
justsomedude - 11/12/2012, 6:13 AM
"We've saw...."????!!! Who the hell writes these articles?
"We've SEEN...." !!!!!!!!
sinsear912 - 11/12/2012, 6:22 AM
Hunger games? Damn you dont know shit. This is a battle royale rip off. Hunger games is clearly a battle royale rip off.
marvel72 - 11/12/2012, 6:45 AM
why can't it be a homage to battle royale? i think it looks pretty cool.

only just read uncanny avengers 1 & deadpool 1 from the marvel now launch.liked them very much,definitely gonna continue reading them.
Temple - 11/12/2012, 7:06 AM

Don't know why some of you guys are getting so worked up over this book. Murderworld has been around since 1978. Thats before battle royal or hunger games was even written on paper yet. Hopeless and johnson did a "homage" cover to both and lord of the flies as well.
Temple - 11/12/2012, 7:06 AM

Anyways, like I said before, this looks awesome. I'll give the first issue a try. Glad to know darkhawk is back, I just hope he isn't killed off.

SanFranLand - 11/12/2012, 7:12 AM
Darkhawk was a badass. Love to see him in action again!
Dedpool - 11/12/2012, 7:27 AM
Reminds me more of Battle Royal which is what the cover was spoofing but whatevr you guys.

I still think this is kinda like a way to get rid of teen heroes marvel doesn't think are cool anymore lol.
TrueBlue - 11/12/2012, 8:38 AM
I hate how everyone seems to think that Battle Royale came up with this idea. The idea of men hunting each other has been around for years.

For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Most_Dangerous_Game

"The Most Dangerous Game". Story of a hunter who gets trapped on a island with a eccentric millionaire who forces the main character run for his life while he hunts him.

Same basic premise from 1924.
jimpinto24 - 11/12/2012, 9:48 AM
Eh!? I might pick up Avengers Arena.
MarvelEPIC - 11/12/2012, 10:22 AM
Marvel version of the hunger games... i like it
niceguyeddie - 11/12/2012, 10:46 AM
@TrueBlue

We can't know for certain that Hunger Games "copies" Battle Royale. Alot of elements of the two films are very similar. You can probably guess battle royale borrows a little bit from Lord of the flies. However, this series is obviously a homage to BR. again the Avengers Arena logo is a copy of the BR logo.
IronHood - 11/12/2012, 1:42 PM
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LAME. I HATE marvel for cancelling the Avengers Academy book. Now, what do they do? Take it one step further and kill off Marvel's so called renegade "Teen Titans" that I've come to love over the run of the series. Marvel is stupid, so is this stupid decision to kill them all off!
xstryker - 11/12/2012, 1:43 PM
Buying this. Team X-23.
TrueBlue - 11/12/2012, 7:17 PM
@niceguyeddie

I'm not complaining about ideas being taken from other sources. It happens all the time. It's okay for a writer to be influenced by another work, if he takes it and makes it his own.

I get annoyed that people seem to think this idea comes from ONE source and use it as a excuse to bash the series before even reading it. Like I said this is an idea. Hell, we seen it in comics before. Villain kidnaps heroes.

"Mua ha aha! You must fight to the death if you want to escape!"

Heroes: "Oh no, what will we do!!?"

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