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Man, I have no idea what Tony Stark is doing to the Marvel universe. Tony’s got a new team in town called The Order and is the first team to launch as part of the Fifty-State Initiative.

Series writer, Matt Fraction, says “The Order is a modern superhero book, in terms of how it’s been created and how it’s managed, and, behind the scenes, in terms of how Barry and I are telling their stories. But below the surface, everything about the team– how it’s run, who’s on it, and what they can do — follows a classical tradition by being modeled after the Greek pantheon of Gods… the first Order, if you will, of heroes. Inside and out, The Order is organized around the same principals that held together those twelve legends. Tony Stark sits on top, playing the role of Zeus. His girl Friday and the on-site leader of The Order is Pepper Potts, playing the symbolic role of Hera. And on and on, down through the ranks. All of our characters have a mythical, symbolic role they fulfill, along with their quite-literal new superhuman identities.

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So… if you have ordered The Champions #1, make note the series has been changed to The Order #1 and will arrive July 18, 2007 for $2.99.

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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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10 Comments

  1. Maximus Rift
    June 6, 2007 at 6:36 pm — Reply

    Think that they finally realized that making SH team book with the SAME base idea of the team that started (not really) the whole CW was a bad idea?

  2. quelonio
    June 6, 2007 at 6:56 pm — Reply

    In the second cover:

    – Iron Man: “Dance for me, my little standardized puppets!”

    I bet the red thing is some kind of remote electrocution system, even for the robot…

    The Order… because it is what they follow?

    Anyway, In Fraction We Trust.

  3. June 6, 2007 at 8:26 pm — Reply

    I love Fraction’s writing.

    I love Kitson’s art.

    I am hating every inch of the pre-solicits for this book.

    How the @&$# does that work?

  4. Brent F.
    June 6, 2007 at 9:40 pm — Reply

    The Order is a much more fitting name for a bunch of tools who takes orders from an iron clad dictator.

  5. June 7, 2007 at 2:03 am — Reply

    So far we know that black-haired guy is ‘Anthem’, an old buddy of Tony Stark’s and the Team’s Fieled Leader, the Robot is ‘Supernaut’, a paralytic who controls the giant shell from far away, and the black-haired girl is ‘Veda’, a Billionaire Philanthropist who can create Billions of expendable Golems, each of which she has an attachment to.

    This is sort of a Superhero Big Brother. Which one d’you think will be the first to be “evicted”?

  6. June 7, 2007 at 2:34 am — Reply

    And Maximus Rift – it isn’t the same concept as those New Warriors. THEY were doing a Reality TV show for their own ill-gotten profit, and were irresponsibly attacking people who weren’t doing any harm to others (strictly speaking), which is why Nitro got angry and blew himself up.

    THIS Team is not a TV show, it’s a Social Experiment. It’s monitored by the Government, any irresponsible behaviour will be curbed the very moment it occurs, and none of the participants are getting anything out of it except one year’s worth of Super-Powers. In fact, by joining, they’re actually LOSING Money, because only rich, good-hearted celebes are allowed to partcipate.

  7. June 7, 2007 at 8:07 am — Reply

    So far we know that black-haired guy is ‘Anthem’, an old buddy of Tony Stark’s and the Team’s Fieled Leader, the Robot is ‘Supernaut’, a paralytic who controls the giant shell from far away, and the black-haired girl is ‘Veda’, a Billionaire Philanthropist who can create Billions of expendable Golems, each of which she has an attachment to.

    Sigh… Those are some gawdawful names…

    This is sort of a Superhero Big Brother. Which one d’you think will be the first to be “evicted”?

    Quesada?

  8. June 7, 2007 at 8:07 am — Reply

    The Order is a much more fitting name for a bunch of tools who takes orders from an iron clad dictator.

    I’ll have what he’s having. :)

  9. June 7, 2007 at 12:28 pm — Reply

    Veda’s power of being able to create Golems, and yet feel sorry for them if they die, makes me hink of this team as Marvel’s “Great Ten”.

  10. davek
    June 7, 2007 at 4:07 pm — Reply

    Is it just me or does it have shades of Checkmate attached to it?

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