• ANNIHILATION’s Cammi vs. Deathlocket!

• AVENGER ACADEMY’s Hazmat vs. Deathlocket!

• Who the heck is Deathlocket? And who dies in this issue?

• Plus: Who are the students of the Braddock Academy?

Story by Dennis Hopeless
Art by Kev Walker
Colors by Frank Martin & Jean-Francois Beaulieu
Letters by Joe Caramagna
Cover by Chris Bachalo, Michael Avon Oeming, & Nick Filardi

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  1. I love this cover and that this is shipping fast! I liked the first one, but I’m thinking there’s gotta be a catch somewhere. COMICS, everyone!

  2. Oh no! The fat Avenger is going to die!!! PIGGY!!!

  3. I liked the first issue of this a lot more than I was expecting too, probably because Kev Walker’s art is so freaking good.

  4. First Ish was everything I wanted and more. Double ship the hell out of this series, i’m down.

  5. When the hell did Arcade get so powerful? There must be something else going on here…

    • Going to write it again:

      Infinity Gem

    • I’m thinking that maybe it’s a VR simulation.

    • There’s certainly something else going on here. I can definitely see where the Infinity Gem and VR simulation theories are coming from, but I really hope neither turn out to be true. They seem too easy and (no offense to you guys for coming up with them) kind of cheap as plot devices.

      Another theory: This isn’t Arcade. Or at least not entirely Arcade. It could be a possession thing (Skrulls, demons, whatever), or maybe he’s just the agent for someone else (who has the ability to amp up Arcade).

      I keep wondering why “Avengers” in the title? Sure, marketing, and the presence of the Avengers Academy kids, but maybe there’s a story-related reason that just hasn’t been revealed yet?

      All in all, I really like the mysteries this book is laying out there. Lots of fun.

    • I got a theory.

      I think the New Avengers are in charge of the infinity gems and maybe they will be eventually pulled into this story.

  6. First issue was much better than I imagined. I knew Walker was going to be good, but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the story. Good idea to throw in the line about “the movie” to deflect a little of that criticism. If they leave this book alone- and Walker can keep up with the art- this could be something special when all is said and done!

  7. I want more Cullen Bloodstone, is this his first appearance or are all these characters from previous series?

  8. I’m really enjoying this title. It’s fun, it’s creepy, it’s unpredictable – and it’s got that encapsulated-world setting that the completist reader in me loves so much. No crossovers to buy! Plus a cheap price (by Marvel standards). Thumbs UP, I am on board!

  9. So, this is a VR Simulation, these kids are playing a video game that Arcade designed. That’s why he has such powers, that’s why when he was attacked and didn’t expect it, nothing happened to him, that’s why the kids all have health meters, heck that Angel knock-off even flew into the invisible boundary of the game.

    I think the drama is gonna be at the end when Arcade reveals that the actions have been broadcast around the world and these heroes, for good or bad, will have to deal with everyone knowing what they were capable of in the situation.

    Also, it’s called Avengers Arena, because bunch of characters that couldn’t sell books on their own arena didn’t test well.

    All in all a good series, but for me it is about the character development and this “mystery” is just there to lead to the development.

    • Mojo?

    • I think the VR Simulation idea equates with the Bobby-Ewing-In-The-Shower situation. In other words, as Mr. Hopeless and the Marvel editors know fully well, any readership would find the VR explanation a cheap and horrible stunt not worthy of all the money we invested in a series which promised to kill off all but one of the characters. I, for one, would scream blue murder if Marvel bilked me out of all my cash – not to say months and months of reading and title-following – only to say “joke’s on you! it was all fake! haha!” Plus, as Hopeless himself said, this title is an ongoing, with more than one arc; it seems weird that so much story (let alone writing and artistic effort) would be wasted on a scenario that was false.

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