CHAMPIONS #1 – Review
Writer: Mark Waid
Artist: Humberto Ramos
Inker: Victor Olazaba
Colorist: Edgar Delgado
Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles
Publisher: Marvel Comics
Taking place after the events of Civil War II (which I’m sure is an indication of that series missing its deadlines) several of the teenage former Avengers are fed up with the way the older heroes apathy towards the very people they’re saving. Before they even blink, their roster grows, and their first mission begins. However, how will these young “Champions” separate themselves without making the same mistakes as their predecessors?
In true Marvel fashion, they’ll keep attaching an existing team name to a revamped roster and see what sticks. Hey it worked for Guardians of the Galaxy, why not the long forgotten and short lived Champions? First off, I’m not familiar with these versions of my favorite heroes…and Ms Marvel. Since everyone over 30 hates these characters anyway, Marvel was actually kind of smart in making this a book marketed to a younger demographic. Yes, these are new versions of old heroes, but I don’t see how the story in this issue could have been told with your classic Avengers roster.
Which is what I appreciate about this story. At this point we’ve already read the superhero team up origin story, and for the first half of the book it checks off every trope on the list, but halfway through the book the story takes a hard turn that I didn’t see coming with a book of this tone. In fact, the ending of the book wraps up the entire story that some will accuse of being a little preachy, while others won’t even catch the context of it altogether. Plus the splash page of potential new members to come has me curious for future issues.
Overall, this book really works. I don’t like these characters shoehorned in Avengers comics, but in their own team book where they have a chance to development on their own, I think Marvel has a winner on their hands. There’s definitely a Teen Titans/Young Justice vibe, but hey, if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.