DC Comics is launching The New Age of Heroes hoping to grab readers’ attentions with new titles. However, is it a new direction or does some of these titles feel similar to a certain marvelous competitor?
The titles are as follows:
Damage by Robert Vendetti and Tony Daniel features Ethan Avery as a government operative that becomes an uncontrollable monster. The premise will automatically make comparisons to the Hulk.
The Silencer by Dan Abnett and John Romita, Jr showcases its star as a retired assassin who is pulled out retirement by to complete some kind of deadly mission. One could easily boil the premise down to “the Punisher except it’s a woman.”
Sideways by Dan Didio, Justin Jordan, and Kennenth Rocafort spins directly out of Dark Knights: Metal where high schooler Derek James acquired multidimensional abilities. The power is unique but the design, the promo art, and the character’s youth inevitably evoke Spider-Man. Even the solicitation says, “…much power comes great liability.”
The Terrifics by Jeff Lemire and Ivan Reis presents classic DC characters banding together to get back home from the Dark Multiverse. This is probably the most obviously cribbed from Marvel: a quartet of heroes go on a cosmic journey. If that isn’t the Fantastic Four, nothing is.
The Immortal Men by James Tynion IV and Jim Lee doesn’t seem to suffer from Marvel envy, depicting a team of immortals that first appeared in Metal.
The Curse of Brimstone by Justin Jordan and Philip Tan is a story centering around Joe Chamberlain’s fiery persona fighting the demon that created him. Again, does this not sound like Ghost Rider?
The New Challengers by Scott Snyder and Andy Kubert is simply a reboot of a classic DC team, a group of adventurers spurred by near-death experiences to explore the unknown. Again, there doesn’t look to be any Marvel influence this time.
The Unexpected by Steve Orlando and Ryan Sook seems to be the most unique of the new title, a fantasy title dealing with a group of outcasts seeking redemption for past deeds.
It will remain to be seen whether The New Age of Heroes will be able to expand beyond being mirrors of Marvel characters.