Have your first glimpse at writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Jerome Opeña's Marvel NOW! Avengers team with the release of Dustin Weaver's interlocking covers for the first three issues of the relaunched new series of Avengers.

Here at The Daily Zombies, our distaste for DC Comics' "The New 52" initiative was made pretty clear and we still stick to that opinion despite Grant Morrison's welcoming efforts. After all, the damage continues with the much-talked-about "Power Couple" crap with Superman and Wonder Woman officially becoming an item in the upcoming Justice League #12. With that said, the monetary values that comes with every reboot might yet proved to be something that DC's primary competitor, Marvel, is not willing to let go now that they have their ultimate cashing cow, The Avengers (with their box-office smashing feat) to bank on.

First announced in July, the Marvel NOW! initiative is scheduled to kick off next month with a series of relaunched and renumbered #1 issue of both new and already established titles. Described by Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso as "the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Marvel Universe", Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has since confirmed that while the initiative isn't exactly a reboot (like Marvel's Distinguished Competitor), there will be "a lot of changes to the character status quos, alter egos, costumes, creator shifts, design shifts, the way that we do our covers, digital shifts and the way we start delivering our books".

A sneak preview promotional image was released earlier and we are reasonably unimpressed.

For starters, how about the fact that every redesign screams "underwhelmed"?

A new and improved (and awful-looking red spandex-spotting) Cyclops that is telling of the cop-out ending we are seriously anticipating from the conclusion of the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline?

A darker (and uninteresting) design of Thor?

A darker (and a serious contender for the worst Mark ever) Iron Man armor?

A redesigned Captain America costume that is in fact lazily based on the movie?

A slightly-altered Spider-Man costume apparently trading the classic blue to black?

A Hulk with unnecessary armor?

And the worst offender in my undead opinion, the new Nick Fury Jr. crap.

While DC's reboot is a bold attempt to rope in new readers, Marvel's new initiative just seems like a move fully motivated by the success of the film with the comic's direction moving towards the cinematic version of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

Set to be launched in December as part of the publisher's Marvel NOW! initiative, Marvel has unveiled most of the "bigger, badder" roster of the Avengers with Dustin Weaver's interlocking covers for the first three issues of "Avengers," written by Jonathan Hickman with interior art by Jerome Opeña.

Hit the jump to check out the image.

While it has been reported that the eventual line-up will be expanded to 18, we see 14 of these heroes in the three covers, namely: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, Falcon, Wolverine, Captain Marvel, Cannonball, Sunspot, and a figure in the shadows from the cover of issue #1.

"Avengers" #1 is set to debut in December.


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