Marvel Comics has provided CBR with an exclusive first look at a teaser for the second arc of writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Kev Walker’s “Avengers Arena.” Illustrated by Dave Johnson, the image depicts Hazmat, Nico Minoru, X-23 and Darkhawk trapped in a literal board game box of death, courtesy of Arcade Games. Playing on the 16-way battle to the death currently underway in “Avengers Arena,” the teaser simply reads, “Game On” with a April 2013 release date.
Most intriguing is the presence of Darkhawk on Johnson’s image, a bit o a surprise since this week’s “Avengers Arena” #3 left the hero stabbed through the chest, presumably the latest casualty of Arcade’s Murderworld teenage battle royale.
“We want readers to care about all of these kids and understand how the experience is different, if equally gut wrenching, for each of them,” Hopeless told CBR in a recent interview. “The story structure borrows a lot from the TV show “Lost,” especially in these first 2 arcs. You’ll get glimpses of who the kids were back home while watching Murderworld slowly change them in the here and now.”
Check out Johnson’s teaser image below.