ICEMAN #6
SINA GRACE (W) • ROBERT GILL (A)
Cover by KEVIN WADA
CHAMPIONS REASSEMBLED Part 1
ICEMAN, one of the most powerful mutants within the Marvel Universe, discovers his powers and his outlook on life evolving. He needs to lead the charge with a team who stand proudly by his side in the war to “protect those who can’t protect themselves.” Hercules, Ghost Rider, Black Widow, Darkstar, and Angel re-unite with Marvel’s fearless frozen fighter setting ICEMAN on an all-new path. As more unexpected enemies emerge, can Bobby mature into the warrior he’s destined to become? Hope he survives the experience!

Hercules: The others say they have lost heart. Not I, of course.
Angel: This team just doesn’t make sense.
Johnny: Why should such disparate people stay together?
Natasha: Because we’re not “disparate” at all. For this town, we’re typical. Half-god, half-demo, half-human, half-westerner— out west to seek our fortune!

The primary appeal of the Champions was that they didn’t make much sense but tried to be heroes anyway. They weren’t A-list or awe-inspiring, but their hodgepodge nature lent them an anti-establishment, underdog appeal, and that’s why I think the fascination with the team in flashback has long outlived the original not-always good 17 issue run.

The Champions were also the first Marvel team to have a female leader, c. 1975. In the eighties, the X-men and Avengers would follow suit.

From Black Widow: Deadly Origin #3, by Paul Cornell and John Paul Leon.

Bobby: I can’t revive them with my home-grown cold compresses, Warren. They’re out for the count— and then some.
Warren: Then it’s just the four of us.
Natasha: The three of us, Angel. Johnny, only you can withstand those spears. Can you stay here and guard them?
Johnny: Can’t say I like that, but I can see you’re right.
Warren: Well, it looks like you’ve become the leader of our little group in record time.
Natasha: Is that an objection, young man.
Warren: Heck, no! You’re a darned sight more attractive than the last team leader I worked with!
Natasha: Then let’s find the Huntsman before he finds us!
Bobby: Or to put it as Cyclops— the previously referred-to leader— might have put it: let’s go!

So today I’m doing a Natasha leadership HBIC spam. Just eff-why-eye. The “is that an objection, young man?” is so hilariously school-marmy.

From Champions #2, by Tony Isabella and Don Heck.

Marvel announced a pair of surprise projects during today’s Cup O’ Joe panel. The first is a new wave of Point One issues, slated to begin hitting stores in November. While the new installments of the initiative will remain to be designed to be extra-accesible to new readers, they will also sow the seeds for the publisher’s next major crossover event.

Amongst characters that don’t have a book right now in this poster are Iron Fist, Hawkeye, Cyclops, Luke Cage, Reed Richards, and Black Widow. It seems likely that they’re all representing a team book, instead of solo projects, but Brevoort did recently say that Hawkeye was going to be headlining a series tba.

spandexandsportsbras:

One of the great Marvel books of the 1970s. I loved it just for the fact it seemed so RANDOM! Why on earth would these five heroes make a team together? (I don’t even remember now!)

Fate brought them together on the UCLA campus!! The world needs CHAMPIONS!

I &heart; this team, lol, but the off-beat ness is a definite part of the appeal. My next MMMOBW post is gonna be a Champions moment.

fuckyeaharchangel:

Better late than never, right? Sorry about that, guys!

Anyways, so here’s the start of the Champions spam (that will probably last a few days because there is just so much hideous crack in this book that I cannot help myself).

See this team? Most random team in Marvel history, imo. Lookit them.

Champions is always relevant, imho.

From Champions #1, by Tony Isabella and Don Heck.

Warren: Well, it looks like you’ve become leader of our little group in record time.
Natasha: Is that an objection, young man?
Warren: Heck, no! You’re a darn sight more attractive than the last leader I worked with!

Realized I haven’t posted much Champions, decided to rectify. In this sequence we learn Natasha is hotter than Scott Summers and Scott’s leadership soundbite is apparently “let’s go!” Someone needs rebranding conferences.

From Champions #2, by Tony Isabella and Don Heck.