So, how long before Marvel solicits an Avengers #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Joe Quesada?
That’s what I’ve been wondering after seeing the remarkable order figures for DC’s relaunched Justice League. Don’t get me wrong; the fact that it’s the first comic for the relaunched DCU likely factors into such high orders as well, as does the all-star line-up of characters, but… the massive orders for JL are really coming from the pairing of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee, right? And the only teaming Marvel can really counter that with is Bendis and Quesada – if only because Quesada is the only true big name artist Marvel has that isn’t already rolled out on a fairly regular basis, and could therefore have the same effect as Lee’s rare appearances.
I mean, we’ll almost certainly have a new Avengers book of some sort next summer to coincide with the movie, I think we can all agree (Mighty Avengers is still available as a title, after all)? The only question might be whether or not Joe can get enough time to draw an opening arc… or maybe, whether Bendis is still enough of a draw on the title to measure up to Johns’ first solo take on the Justice League.