By Tim Stevens
As teased in LOCKJAW AND THE PET AVENGERS #4, America's favorite team of animal sidekicks will return in PET AVENGERS #1 next February courtesy of writer Chris Eliopoulos and artist Ig Guara. The creative team behind the original limited series and this newest installment could not be more thrilled to return to their team of furry, scaly, and slimy heroes.
"It's awesome," exclaims Eliopoulos. "When I heard we were getting the chance to tell another adventure with the Pet Avengers I was really excited because I enjoyed the characters so much. The reaction to the book seems to say that others do as well. I was sure most people would have
"The book's got a giant teleporting bulldog and a frog that speaks in olde English," notes editor Nate Cosby. "How would that not appeal to everyone? Eliopoulos-or 'Brenda' as I like to call him-Ig Guara, and Chris Sotomayor have imbued this book with so much heart and personality. I honestly believe PET AVENGERS is one of the best comics on the stands, and I say that as the completely unbiased editor of the book."
Fans who share the creators excitement for the book will probably want to hop back on board with the team right away. Thankfully, Marvel has the solution to get them through to February in the form of TAILS OF THE PET AVENGERS, a Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited exclusive.
"If you check out the TAILS OF THE PET AVENGERS digital shorts at Marvel.com, you can see what our team has been up to," explains Eliopoulos. "They have gone back to their lives, and in the case of Frog Thor, it has left him wondering where his place really is."
"It's about growing up, finding a new home, realizing your place in the world," promises Cosby. "And it all revolves around my favorite character, Frog Thor."
Oddly enough, despite his importance to the plot, Frog Thor will be nowhere to be found when PET AVENGERS begins. His disappearance brings the rest of the team back together to figure out what has happened to him. Unfortunately, it might also tear them apart.
"The fact that Frog Thor goes missing is a facet of the larger story and gets our story rolling," reveals Eliopoulos. "[However] Frog Thor is the de facto leader, so not having him around creates a void and it leaves the others fighting for control."
The team being one member lighter leaves things open to all sorts of new possible creature crossovers to fill that empty space. While the most popular animal cameo of the past year, Bo Obama, will not be on-hand
"I can't say much about new characters, but there will be new characters that will appeal to boys and girls!"
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