- Posted by Johanna on October 6, 2012 at 3:48 pm
- Category: Superhero Reviews
Good to see that Marvel’s not shy about acknowledging the influences on the upcoming series Avengers Arena, at least visually. The series dumps 16 young superheroes on an island, where they’re told that only one of them will be allowed to live. The others will have to fight to the death.
Comic readers may already be familiar with a manga called Battle Royale (based on a novel), in which a group of schoolkids are forced to fight to the death on an island. Readers of any kind have likely heard of William Golding’s modern classic Lord of the Flies, in which a group of shipwrecked schoolboys on an island become feral (especially once it started being taught in English classes). The Marvel series just takes the same premise and makes the students superheroes. And although I doubt they’ll mention it explicitly, they are clearly taking inspiration from the covers of these sources.
Avengers Arena #1 cover
Battle Royale DVD cover
Avengers Arena #2 cover
Lord of the Flies book cover