If you’re like me, one of your favorite aspects of Avengers #1 from Marvel Comics, was the slight touch of personality Jonathan Hickman brings to book, not in the form of his writing, but rather in his wonderful charts and information illustrations. Longtime Hickman fans should recgonize his propensity for graphic design with lots of circles in practically every book he works on, whether it’s his creator owned work at Image Comics or his super hero work at Marvel.
With the recent release of Avengers #1, Hickman fans were delighted to see more of the graphic design genius, this time in the form of a visual representation of a roster of team members, represented by simple logos. If you’re anything like me, you immediately tried to figure out who’s logo was who’s. Once some friends of mine and I figured out all the logos, I thought that the rest of you may want to know, in case you hadn’t figured them out already.
Let’s start with the easy one, from the chart at the beginning of Avengers #1:
Starting clockwise from the top:
- Captain America – Star Logo
- Thor – Hammer Logo
- Black Widow – Spider Legs Logo
- Iron Man - Circular Logo
- Hawkeye – Bullseye Logo
- Hulk – “H” Logo
That was pretty easy. But as Avengers #1 came to an end, we saw the answer to Captain America’s rallying cry and we were introduced to 12 more logos representing 12 more heroes. Here’s how they break down:
Again, starting clockwise from the top:
- Smasher – best known as a member of the Shi’Ar Imperial guard, the title of Smasher has been held by several people. This is the latest Smasher
- Captain Universe – holder of the Uni-Power, several hosts have been Captain Universe. We’re guessing that the former Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau is the current host. Especially when it could be guessed that she was looking out at Avengers Tower after Captain America’s call went out
- Hyperion – originally a Superman rip off character in the villainous group the Squadron Sinister, Hyperion is a member of Squadron Supreme, from an alternate universe. It’s unknown what universe or what version of Hyperion is present here.
- Cannonball – Long time member of the New Mutants, X-Force and the X-Men
- Sunspot- Also a long time member of the New Mutants, X-Force and the X-Men
- Spider-Man – Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man
- Wolverine – Cause running a school in Westchester doesn’t take up his time
- Eden Fesi – With reality bending powers, Eden Fesi was under the guidance of the mutant Gateway and then recruited to be one of the Secret Warriors
- Shang Chi – Master of Kung-Fu
- Falcon – Longtime Avenger and parter to Captain America
- Captain Marvel – Long time Avenger
- Spider-Woman – Long time Avenger and sometime Hydra double (or triple) agent
Not sure who some of those names are? Well, fear not, we took the liberty of matching their logos to the characters in the last page of Avengers #1, so when Avengers #2 comes out, you know who’s who (and I hope that we’re not wrong about any of these):
What’s even cooler is that if you look at the chart of logos, it’s clear that there are still 6 spots left, which would bring the total number of Avengers up to 24. It should be fun to see who else Jonathan Hickman has up his sleeve in his 21st century approach to the “unveiling the roster” issues of Avengers.