Nov 29th 2012 By: Andy Khouri
In what should be very good news for comics retailers and dedicated readers of Jonathan Hickman
, Marvel has confirmed that the writer's forthcoming Avengers
series -- which doesn't even launch until next month -- already has ten issues in (or at least within arm's reach of) the proverbial can
, thus reducing the chance of a shipping or production delay to a very low order of probability. This is an important thing for a book that's meant to ship two new issues every month. Issue #10's artwork comes courtesy of superhero vertan Mike Deodato
(Dark Avengers, Thunderbolts
), whose in-progress work you can see in high resolution below.
Deodato sits on an Avengers
art bench that also includes Dustin Weaver, Adam Kubert and Jerome Opéna. Such a large number of pencillers is necessary given the book's aggressive publishing schedule (and, presumably, the time it takes for inaugural artist Opeña to create those very pretty pages
) but it's encouraging to see that Marvel's obviously keeping an eye on aesthetic continuity by staffing Avengers
with artists who all practice a very "big," tight, heavily-rendered, cinematic superhero/sci-fi style.
#1 goes on sale December 5 in comics shops everywhere and digitally from ComiXology.