One of the comics I’m most looking forward to this week/New Year is USAvengers, a retooled version of New Avengers led by Brazilian mutant Sunspot.  On the one hand, it has Squirrel Girl, the team of Cannonball and Sunspot and a new Iron Patriot who is the daughter of Ho Yinsen, Tony Stark’s sorta-kinda mentor.  On the other hand, Red Hulk and a heavily (albeit seemingly ironic) jingoistic tone, either of which could be the killing blow.  I’m willing to give Al Ewing the benefit of the doubt on this one, thanks to his work on Mighty Avengers and Ultimates (Marvel’s best team books of the last few years) but I wonder whether I’m the only skeptic in the room, leading to today’s uncertain query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has to admit, giving Red Hulk the moustache he wears in his de-gammafied Thunderbolt Ross form is the visual touch the character need, asking: Do you think that the USAvengers is a good idea or a bad idea?


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  1. Not any worse than other “lets do something with these third-string characters” teams in the past. It all depends on how well they manage pull it off. I don’t expect a long run, but it could still be a fun one.

  2. I’m totally skeptical. I loved the New Avengers and I’m really disappointed they decided to switch this to US Avengers and add team members I’m not too excited about (Red Hulk). The whole idea of USA! is iffy as well. The killer for me is that they’re going the Justice League America route with the covers and releasing one for each state. I refuse to buy it because of this. Infuriating.

  3. Why does Red Hulk need guns? Isn’t he stronger than any bullet would be? Wouldn’t the guns get broken as soon as he started to SMASH? Is he foregoing smashing for shooting instead, that seems like a waste and visual overkill too. I guess he’s not in contention for being the strongest one there is, if he needs a little extra firepower. I don’t know why I’m hung up on this, but I am.

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