Walt Simonson will draw The Avengers #25, and the five issues that follow it. If you’re a fan of Marvel Comics, that might be all you need to hear. He’ll be there to close out Bendis’ run on that book lasting as long as many readers can remember.
But before Bendis was known to most, he was a fan of Walt Simonson, and when he approached him at a convention, Simonson treated him “like a peer” following up with encouraging letters, and being a friend. From then on, they’d see each other at conventions and such, and always talked about working together, but it never came to be. Until now.
After many years working for DC Comics, Walt’s schedule has finally allowed him to take on the task, and Bendis can work with a hero of his, following working with Neal Adams last year. Says Bendis, “I can’t imagine topping that.”
For Walt’s part, he’s excited to get started on these characters, some he’s drawn before and some he hasn’t. As part of the Avengers vs. X-Men event, he’ll have characters from both teams, and was even a little blindsided by the sheer amount of characters. He was warned, but “when Brian said ‘you know, there are a lot of characters’ I didn’t realize he meant a lot of characters” Still he’s looking forward to taking on Captain America, getting back to some Thor in his new-to-Walt dudes, as well as Cyclops and Storm. He also noted that Quake is a “really cool looking” character as well. But the thing he’s most psyched about drawing? “Some guys from AIM with that beehive protective helmet.” He’s also really excited to draw Iron Man, having been a big fan of Gene Colan’s work on Tales of Suspense.
The thing that came across more than anything is that Walt is truly a fan of Marvel Comics. He’d been buying all the titles when Stan, Jack, Steve, and that class were running Marvel, and this is just a continuation of that.
What’s new to Walt these days is not knowing what he can and can’t talk about. But he’s not too worried about spoiling things, because even he doesn’t know what’s coming up. That’s on the writer, he says.
Simonson hasn’t drawn a monthly comic for about 10 years, since Orion for DC Comics. But he’s been doing more work than ever lately, and so far he’s having fun being back on the “freelance trail”, but we should check back with him in a few weeks to be sure.
Other than a big splash page with Thor that he can’t wait to get started on, we don’t know much about what’s coming up in these issue, but rest assured it will be rendered by one of the greatest artists comics have seen, and the team is entirely thrilled about what they’re producing.
The Avengers #25 hits stands in April.