Marvel has been slowly unveiling the goodies to expect come May when the Heroic Age shines down on their universe, and with that being said, it's time for another round of announcements and reveals, courtesy of the House Of Ideas and comic news site Newsarama!
Revealed the other day, writer Ed Brubaker and artist Mike Deodato are teaming up for a second Avengers book, aptly known as the "Secret Avengers". Unlike the official team that gets its roster revealed slowly and surely, this faction will get images with the characters blacked out, so it's a guessing game everyone will have to play until just before the book comes out I guess.
A second teaser has popped out, showing a cape wearing individual whose tagline is "I Strive For Redemption". That possibly puts up a former villain or messed up guy on the list, so any hands up for The Hood? Taskmaster? Sentry even? Let's wait and see.
Onto Captain America, Bucky Barnes is still going to continue wielding the shield as the official Cap, and while some fans of Steve Rogers may be dismayed by this fact, I actually think it's a good idea to keep around at least for a while longer. The original may be back, but Bucky has grown into the role quite well, and Brubaker has utilized the character effectively during his run that it would be a waste just to hand the role back to Steve right away. The new Cap's got heart, soul, and plenty of adventure in him, and now that he's an official member of the Heroic Age's Avengers, he's going to have a lot on his plate to live up to his mentor's legacy. Case in point, the above pic is the cover to May's Captain America #606, and Bucky's going to come face to face with an old adversary of the original - Baron Zemo.
Also on the Horizon, a new Thunderbolts team will debut in Thunderbots #144. Known to be a black ops team under the supervision of Norman Osborn during the Dark Reign, the new roster will feature some of the biggest villains and messiest characters the House Of Ideas has to offer! Rounding up the returning veterans Songbird and Ghost, while the fresh faces are Crossbones, Man-Thing, and Juggernaut... and leading them all will be none other than former Hero-For-Hire and New Avenger, Luke Cage?! Having a tough force of villains and misfits to handle is one thing, but how will all of these guys coexist together? And Man-Thing on a team?! All the news has just gotten my curiosity up for the Heroic Age.