Champions Returns From Waid and Ramos
I’ve always loved young teams most of all in superhero comics, so the Champions relaunch is right up my alley — particularly given the blend of young Marvel characters as written by modern master Mark Waid, and that this book is being promoted as a “brighter tomorrow”.
The new ongoing launches in October, illustrated by Humberto Ramos. The members are Ms. Marvel, Miles Morales, Nova, Viv Vision, and the Totally Awesome Hulk. (And, judging from the cover, time-displaced young Cyclops.) Here’s the promo copy, which with its optimism is a pleasant change.
… a brand new super team for a new era. A teen team supreme that refuses to adhere to the antiquated ways of old. It’s time to be heroes again, and [they] are striking out on their own to make a new future. Not Avengers. Not Defenders. Champions!
The Champions first debuted as a team in late 1975, created by Tony Isabella and Don Heck. They consisted of Angel and Iceman from the X-Men, Black Widow, Ghost Rider, and Hercules. However, because Marvel didn’t use the trademark for a while, and another company put out a role-playing game and comics under that name, the planned 2007 use of the Champions became The Order instead. I guess, now that Disney’s lawyers can be involved, that’s no longer considered a problem.