UPDATE: From your editor… Turns out, this was the plan all along. Although the initial promo artwork billed simply “Zeb Wells. Joe Madureira. Ongoing Series,” Marvel Editor Steve Wacker points out on twitter that Joe Mad was always planned on having some rotating artist support, a fact mentioned in the backmatter of the first issue. The direct quote from Wacker in the book stated:
“Each issue Zeb Wells and Joe Madureira (occasionally joined by some of the other top talent from around the Marvel Universe) will be bringing some of Marvel’s biggest guns together with the world’s greatest super hero just to start some trouble, hit some faces and blow your minds.”
While that doesn’t give specifics, that, coupled with the initially announced three-issue first arc does give an indication that fans don’t need to get Mad about Mad: he’ll be back. The initial solicitation text for Avenging Spider-Man #4 does use the phrase “drop in” as well.
So, Greg Land is a fill-in artist on the title, Joe Madureira will be back (and is considered the ongoing artist), and other fill-in artists will be used as needed to make sure Mad’s style/timing don’t get thrown off in the process.
Wacker did let us know that a different “huge artist” will be on issue #5, too, and that it’s all part of the plan!
Original Story: Please tell me that I’m not the only person who finds it hilarious that Avenging Spider-Man has a new artist as of #4… and that it’s Greg Land. The only real question now is whether Joe Madureira will return to the title after Land’s arc, or whether he’ll be quietly forgotten. Between this and the “Marc Silvestri Incredible Hulk #2 has five pencilers” thing from last week, Marvel’s high-profile artist launches are really looking somewhat underwhelming right now.