Earlier this week, I asked what Marvel was up to in May next year, to coincide with the Avengers movie. Rich Johnston thinks he knows: a brand new Avengers #1, by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley. Which… I really hope isn’t the case, or at least, not the entire case, because, well, we’ve seen this before, in so many ways. We’re not even two years out from the last Avengers #1 by Bendis, which was his… what, fourth and fifth attempts (New Avengers volume 1, Mighty Avengers, Dark Avengers, Avengers and New Avengers volume 2, for those wondering), and we’ve already seen Bendis and Bagley work on an Avengers title, back during the second story arc of Bendis’ Mighty Avengers. There’s just not enough there to really seem important, on the face of it.
It’s a weird problem; Bendis is clearly involved with the Avengers franchise long-term, and so any relaunch to tie in with the movie – and there will be one, following relaunches for Invincible Iron Man, Mighty Thor and Captain America for the months of their movies – will come with him on board. But because he’s done so many of these by now, it’s getting harder and harder for there to be enough reason for readers to care; this upcoming relaunch will have even more problem topping the previous one, which came with The Heroic Age and a relaunch of the entire Avengers line.
So, what is the hook for this new series? That’s still unknown at this point – although I suspect we’ll find out during this weekend’s New York Comic-Con – so I’m throwing it out for comments, with a twist: What, if anything, would get you excited about the prospect of a sixth Avengers #1 written by Brian Michael Bendis?