Announced just a little while ago at the “Marvel NOW!: The Avengers” panel at New York Comic Con 2012, Marvel has revealed new plans for Secret Avengers. It involves new members, a new direction, a new #1, a new artist, and a …. not-so-new writer who’s coming back for more.
Launching in February 2013, an “all-new, all different” Secret Avengers will see series’ former writer Nick Spencer rejoin the title with Ultimate Comics The Ultimates’ Luke Ross handling the art. According to Marvel, this new era of the team is organized at the behest of Maria Hill to take on the deadliest threats facing the world — the ones they can’t, shouldn’t, and (if the new team does their job) will never see.
Although this title relaunch is still five months away, we’ve already gotten confirmation on the line-up: Nick Fury and Agent Coulson (last seen in Battle Scars) will act as the team’s handlers, with Hawkeye, Black Widow, Hulk, Mockingbird, Winter Soldier and an all-new Iron Patriot.
Spencer previously wrote Secret Avengers in the summer of 2011 from issues #12.1 to #15 between Ed Brubaker and Warren Ellis’ runs. The series current writer, Rick Remender, confirmed earlier this year that his final issue of the title will be Secret Avengers #37, before the renumbering.