I will have a Songbird/Diamondback-esque rage if Darkhawk gets killed off
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i'm going to buy the crap out of this book. the art looks awesome.
The writer stated the series is an ongoing due to getting the characters to the point where they might actually kill each other. "Primarily, it's because we need the space to get you to believe these kids would do these stuff," said Hopeless. "We need to get them to a place where they distrust and fear each other enough to let it play out. The first few issues have a different POV … it's a long game. It's not the one-person POV, it's the characters all dealing with this in their own way. What would drive them to go through this and save themselves and save their friends. Once we get to a place where the core concept changes, the book changes, but the Murderworld thing is a long story."In terms of the overall tone of the book, Hopeless states the creative team play the emotion and fears of the characters straight. "It's almost a character study of all these kids and how they deal with this worst-case scenario," he said. "At least Arcade can appreciate where this is satirical and amusing, but it's definitely a character study."The fact that he basically keeps saying that he's using the Murderworld framework to do a character study on teenage heroes in a worst case scenario is something I interpret as not just a kill fest.The cast have disparate power levels, but that's something Hopeless deals with during the series. "We deal with the fact that their power levels are varied," said Hopeless, but noted that none of the cast "buy in" immediately to the concept, which helps to balance the scales.
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I'm really only in this book for Darkhawk, X-23 and the runaways. I'd rather see them in a questionable book, than not at all.
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Next question, from Word Balloon: How is Hopeless differentiating Avengers Arena so it’s not seen as a Battle Royale or Hunger Games knock-off? A lot has to do with the individual unique circumstances of teenage superheroes involved, Hopeless says, plus the P.O.V. shifts in his series. “To me, it’s as influenced by The Running Man as anything else,” the writer says.
This may take away the hunger games knockoff aspect, but Battle Royale (the manga not the movie) shifted P.O.Vs from about 6-8 main characters as well. We got inner dialogue about what some of the others thought and why some of the others liked to even kill (mostly what made the kids unstable enough to go along with the game). So to me this answer doesn't make it seem NOT like a Battle Royal knockoff.
I mean going by the uncolored pages, it seems like this will be a knockoff of Mitsu's first kill from Battle Royale.
It's taking a lot longer for S/D to show up this thread than I would've expected.
More related to the article, I'm standing by my statement that this is going to be (Critically, at least) the sleeper hit of 2013.