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Marvel's Deal with Arms Manufacturer Draws Criticism

Marvel Comics has announced it will be teaming with Northrop Grumman for a new custom comic book series.

Avengers, Featuring N.G.E.N. - Start Your N.G.E.N.s! is written by Fabian Nicieza and drawn by Sean Chen. The book is being billed as an all-ages comic with heroes from the Avengers teaming up with Northrop Grumman's own superhero team N.G.E.N.

The full solicitation was made available today on Marvel's website:

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It's worth nothing that the publisher does these kinds of comics with different companies all the time, though none have proven to be this inflammatory among fans. The tone deafness of the announcement is only enhanced by who is depicted on the cover. Captain America is a character who is supposed to represent the ideals of the flag he wears on his uniform, while Iron Man's origins story, in the comics and on film, depicts the central character abandoning arms manufacturing after having a change of heart. To see both characters used to represent a company whose profits are derived almost completely from war seems tone deaf, at best.

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