Thanks to some sleuthing by Rich Johnston of Bleeding Cool, we’ve got a pic from the Diamond Retailer Summit in Las Vegas of an upcoming Previews cover (shown below) giving us a first look at AXIS, the upcoming Marvel event. Mostly, it’s villains united, including Red Skull/Red Onslaught/whatever he’s calling himself now, flanked by Green Goblin, Loki, Sabretooth, Dr. Doom and Carnage. That’s trouble for even the combined forces of the Avengers and the X-Men, though Doom, especially, has shown himself to not play so nicely with others in the past.
Of course since the Skull currently has the brain of the late Charles Xavier riding shotgun in his head, maybe he’s just using some psychic powers to keep all of those bad guys in line. It makes sense that Rick Remender is the writer since he first got the ball rolling on this development in the pages of Uncanny Avengers.
Also, you’ve got to love the way the AXIS logo is made to not only embody the concept with a line running through the middle but also uses some funky shapes for some of the letters so that it reads the same upside-down. Pretty cool, that.
Also, some people on the internets have pointed out the strong Acts of Vengeance vibe this image gives off, but whether you enjoy his stuff or not, I think it’s pretty safe to say Remender has something a lot crazier than just having the villains switch heroes they attack for AXIS. At least I hope so.
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