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.
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.