Avengers + Battle Royale = Avengers ArenaPosted 11:33 am on Friday, September 14th, 2012 by Jose Gutierrez III
A new comic has been released under the Marvel NOW! banner called Avengers Arena Murder World. It puts two of my favorites together: Battle Royale and superhumans. For those that don’t know what Battle Royale is, picture Hunger Games but a lot bloodier and much better. It’s the movie that Hunger Games is inspired from pretty much. And of course everyone know about superhumans, so no need to explain that.
Anyway, the premise seems to be similar to Battle Royal even the cover is eerily similar to it. Even its description is very similar to it. The story will take 16 heroes and put them on an island called Murder World where it’s killed or be killed. It’s a theme park created by the villain Arcade.
Trapped on an isolated island, 16 superhuman young adults (including 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?
This is written by Dennis Hopeless (X-Men: Season One) and art by Kev Walker (Thunderbolts). Dennis expands a bit more on Arcade’s evil plans.
Yeah, Arcade has spent a lot of years building “Murder Worlds” that yield very few actual murders. He’s decided it’s time to get back a little self-respect. It’s time for a new kind of Murder World. AVENGERS ARENA is about the unlucky kids he’s chosen to help him try it out.
The important thing is to give each character a chance to shine. These kids were chosen carefully and with specific story beats in mind. We definitely plan on taking advantage of the broad personality spectrum we have in play. Even the characters [that] die off early make their mark on the story. I didn’t throw anyone into the book as cannon fodder.
I really am excited to read this series and very interested to see Marvel’s take on it. I was very iffy on the whole Marvel NOW! banner, but with this title I’m starting to change my mind. Just by looking at the cover, I can’t help but think they will do Battle Royale justice, at least I hope so. It is due out in December.
Jose Gutierrez III is an IT tech by day and nerd by night.