|Infinity #1 cover by Adam Kubert|
By Paul Montgomery
As a core team of Avengers journeys into deepest space to meet the coming threat of the Builders, an opportunistic Thanos descends upon the Earth. The Mad Titan and his lieutenants present a ferocious challenge to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes at their best, so can the remaining forces hope to quell the invasion?
With Manhattan at the epicenter of the assault, New York’s homegrown heroes lead the vanguard against the alien aggressors. What awaits the island of Manhattan as INFINITY draws near?
“My SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP two-parter involves the debut of a new superhuman player in upper Manhattan, who has deep ties to the Marvel Universe,” says writer Rob Rodi. “This new superhuman isn't starting out very well, so Spidey swings up to intervene, and to tutor the newcomer in how to be a hero, surprising himself in the process.”
|Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #3 cover by Paolo Rivera|
As Al Ewing, writer of the upcoming MIGHTY AVENGERS series, alluded when explaining the Superior
“That doesn't work out as planned,” offers Rodi of the former Doc Ock’s plan. “And of course, Thanos' invasion force isn't exactly helping matters. It's a pretty full plate for Spidey, and a few eye-opening epiphanies for him as well.”
The alien incursion provides an obstacle for another group’s efforts in the Big Apple as will be seen in THUNDERBOLTS.
|Thunderbolts #14 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco|
Seasoned killers like Punisher, Elektra and Deadpool tow plenty of ghosts in their wake, haunted by missions gone awry, challenges unmet, and targets that got away. The chance to attack those pet projects with a robust vigilante squad proves hard to pass up. With
“When INFINITY happens, obviously all of [the Punisher’s] meticulous planning goes straight to hell,” Soule says.
Surfacing in lower Manhattan, the Thunderbolts need to navigate up to the Bronx.
“New York City traffic and transportation is bad enough at the best of times, and certainly getting up to the north end of the island in the middle of an alien invasion is no joke.”
|Thunderbolts #15 cover by Kris Anka|
“The alien invasion forces them to bunker up, making the job all that much harder,” shares Soule.
As for FEARLESS DEFENDERS, writer Cullen Bunn’s dragoon of female warriors, or Valkyrior, rush to New York with the goal of safeguarding the innocents.
Valkyrie, Misty Knight and their civilian friend Annabelle Riggs must also contend with ongoing nemesis Caroline Le Fey, daughter of
|Fearless Defenders #10 cover by Mark Brooks|
“I think she’ll be impressed,” muses Bunn. “She’ll be impressed by what’s happening but she believes that she has something even worse in store. She just has to get all her eggs in one basket.”
The writer also describes October’s FEARLESS DEFENDERS #10 as a dance issue, featuring a new super-powered being with a background in live performance.
“Both the Fearless
Check on Marvel.com in the coming days to find out what