Avengers Academy


Avengers Academy
Avengers Academy
Avengers Academy.jpg
Cover to Avengers Academy, #1 (June 2010). Art by Mike McKone.
Group publication information
Publisher Marvel Comics
First appearance Avengers Academy #1 (June 2010)
In-story information
Type of organization Team
Avengers Academy
Series publication information
Schedule Monthly
Format Ongoing series
Genre Superhero
Publication date June 2010 – Present
Number of issues 21
Creative team
Writer(s) Christos Gage
Artist(s) Mike McKone
Letterer(s) Clayton Cowles
Colorist(s) Jeromy Cox
Editor(s) Rachel Pinnelas
Joe Quesada
Bill Rosemann

Avengers Academy is a Marvel Comics comic book series that debuted in June 2010 as part of the "Heroic Age". The series is written by Christos Gage, with artwork by Mike McKone and tells the story of a group of young super-powered persons who were selected to join a training academy for the super-hero team, The Avengers.

Contents

Publication history

Marvel first announced the launch of Avengers Academy by the creative team of Christos Gage and Mike McKone in March 2010 by releasing a set of teaser images featuring students from the title. The first student to be revealed was Veil followed by Striker, Reptil, Mettle (under the name Fortress), Finesse and Hazmat. The comic book was released in June 2010 and took over the spot in the publishing schedule left vacant by Avengers: The Initiative.[1][2][3][4][5] The faculty were revealed the following month.[6]

In June 2010, Marvel announced the series will cross over with Thunderbolts #147, which is bookended in the "Scared Straight" storyline featured in Avengers Academy #3 and 4.[7]

In September 2010, Marvel teased that Giant Man will join the title starting it issue #7 in December 2010, suggesting that Hank Pym, currently operating under the code name "Wasp", will be donning his old "Giant Man" guise again.[8]

In February 2011, Marvel announced Avengers Academy Giant Size #1, an 80-page one-shot by writer Paul Tobin and artist David Baldeon to be released in May 2011.[9] In March 2011, Marvel announced the Fear Itself event will tie into Avengers Academy beginning with issue #15 in June 2011.[10] Also in March, Marvel announced the title would cross over with The Amazing Spider-Man #661 and 662 which features Spider-Man as a substitute teacher.[11]

Marvel announced at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con International that following the Fear Itself event the series' setting will relocate to the West Coast of the United States and will feature some new students beginning in "Avengers Academy" #21 in November 2011.[12]

Gage announced at the 2011 New York Comic-Con that the student body will contain a mix of both new part-time and full-time students. The new part-time students include Spider-Girl, She-Hulk (Lyra), Power Man, Machine Teen, Batwing, Butterball, Wiz Kid, Juston Seyfert and his Sentinel, Thunderstrike, Rocket Racer and members of the Loners. New members to the core class include White Tiger and Lightspeed. X-23 will also become a regular cast member beginning in in "Avengers Academy" #23. The Runaways will visit the Avengers Academy in a two-part tale beginning in "Avengers Academy" #27 in March 2012.[13]

Plot

In the wake of Dark Reign, it was discovered that Norman Osborn had manipulated several young super-powered people for his own purposes. Six of these teens are now placed in a program called the Avengers Academy located in the Infinite Avengers Mansion, headed by Henry Pym, with Tigra, Justice, Speedball, and Quicksilver as teachers. They say the purpose is to teach these youths how to become heroes. However, the students soon discover that they were selected because their profiles indicate they are the ones most likely to become villains.[14] After finding out the truth, Finesse blackmails Quicksilver to teach her everything he was taught in the Brotherhood of Mutants threatening to expose the fact that he stole the Terrigen Crystals and not the Skrull imposter that he claimed to have committed the crime.[15]

Pym takes the students to The Raft, the supervillain prison as a part of a scared straight tour. During the tour, Hazmat uses an EMP to shut down the prison.[16] Hazmat, Mettle, and Veil locate Norman Osborn's cell in order to exact their revenge. Osborn however manipulates their emotions about the secrets Pym is keeping from them and convinces them that he can someday cure them of their individual maladies.[17]

The students gain notoriety after they defeat Whirlwind. However it is revealed to Striker that his mother paid Whirlwind to stage the attack in order to get him some publicity.[18] Reptil is voted to be student leader but after a confrontation with Mentallo he loses control and nearly kills him. His teachers suggest he seek counciling but he refuses to talk to the faculty. They then set up a meeting Jessica Jones, who had similar issues and Reptil finally opens about many of the things that have been troubling him, but keeps his concerns about his fellow students and the academy private.[19]

Hank Pym finds a way to bring his late wife the Wasp back to life. But after some convincing and a battle with Absorbing Man, he decides against it because the risks are too great. He adopts his old Giant-Man persona as a way of letting go and moving on.[20]

After video of the Hood assaulting Tigra goes viral, Hazmat, Veil and Striker track down Hood, now depowered, and torture him. Veil records the incident and the students upload the video in the same manner as Tigra's assault. When the students show Tigra the video she becomes furious and expels all those involved.[21]

Quicksilver helps Finesse seeks out Taskmaster believing him to be her biological father but is called backed early to attend a faculty meeting to determine if Tigra's decision to expel Hazmat, Veil, and Striker was just. The teachers overturn the decision and instead place the students involved on probation.[22]

After the expelled students are readmitted, Speedball takes them all on a field trip to Stamford, Connecticut to visit the memorial of the incident that started the Civil War. At the memorial, the group is attacked by the Cobalt Men which Speedball easily defeats using his Penance powers. Veil later sneaks into Henry Pym's lab in order to find a way to help him bring Wasp back.[23]

Veil soon finds that what seemed to be Wasp was in fact Carina, wife of Korvac. Korvac follows Carina back and the Avengers are summoned to fight him. With the Avengers soon defeated, Carina uses her powers to transform the students into adults.[24]

Carina tells the students that she has placed their consciousness in their adult bodies from possible futures. After the students defeat Korvac, they revert back to their normal bodies with the exception of Reptil, who remains in his adult body from a possible future.[25]

On prom night at the Avengers Academy with members of the Young Allies and past members of the Initiative in attendance, Reptil still in his adult body dances with Komodo. When Hardball accuses Reptil of hitting on "his girl", a fight breaks out but is soon broken up by Henry Pym and Speedball. After the fight Reptil speaks with Spider-Girl, who tells him that she liked him the way he was, and reverts back to his teenage body.[26]

While the adult Avengers are dealing with the eruption of Mount Etna, Tigra and the students learn that Electro has broken into a French lab. Once on the scene the students discover the Electro is accompanied by the rest of the Sinister Six. The Sinister Six overpower the students and Doctor Octopus steals a device containing self-sustaining power. The team barely escapes before an explosion takes out the lab. Back at the academy, Henry Pym then tells the students that he has failed to prepare them for such a fight and they will train harder as a result.[27]

The students meet another young super-powered person that was manipulated by Norman Osborn named Jeremy Briggs. Since Osborn's defeat, Briggs has managed to become a billionaire. He shows the students several others teens tortured by Osborn, some of which have decided to use their powers to help people directly. However when Finesse reveals that Briggs was telling lies and was using the teens for his own purposes, they attacked him. Briggs overpowers the students but ultimately lets them be taken out of his building by security stating that he could kill them if he wishes, but not today.[28]

During the Fear Itself storyline, Henry Pym, Quicksilver, Jocasta, and Justice head out to round up criminals who escaped from the Raft. Tigra and the students are dispatched to Washington DC to help fight Skadi and her mechanized soldiers.[29] Pym is knocked down by Greithoth: Breaker of Wills while Quicksilver and Justice are taken down by Skirn: Breaker of Men.[30] After defeating the remaining soldiers, Tigra and the students return to the Academy when it is attacked by Skirn and Greithoth.[31] The dimensional doors to the Academy are destroyed in the attack and the students become trapped with Skirn and Greithoth inside. The students use the Pym Particle generators to grow out of the subatomic underspace where the Academy resides. However Greithoth sabotages the generators causing the academy to grow with them, which threatens to crush an entire city if it grows to Earthspace.[32] In order to prevent the Academy from crushing the city, the students come up with a plan to destroy it. Even though the plan works, Greithoth and Skirn escape. In the aftermath of the battle, Veil angry that they were used in war, quits the Academy.[33] Veil takes a job at Jeremy Briggs's chemical company to the dismay of the faculty and students. Speedball, now at peace with his past also decides to move on and return to his life as a full-time superhero with Justice. With the Infinite Avengers Mansion destroyed, Henry Pym relocates the Academy to the former headquarters of the West Coast Avengers in Palos Verdes, California.[34]

With the arrival of new students at the academy, the original students fear that they are being replaced. After a confrontation with the faculty and other members of the Avengers, Captain America puts their fears at rest. Quicksilver discovers the body of Jocasta who appears to have been slain inside the academy during the commotion.[35]

Characters

Faculty

Character Real Name Joined in Abilities Notes
Giant-Man[6] Henry Jonathan Pym Avengers Academy #1 (June 2010) Genius intellect, Size shifting Headmaster[12]
Tigra[6] Greer Grant Nelson Superhuman agility, senses and strength, Retractable claws
Quicksilver[6] Pietro Django Maximoff Superhuman speed
Justice[6] Vance Astrovik Telekinesis Left the Academy in Avengers Academy #20 (October 2011).
Speedball[6] Robbie Baldwin Energy blasts, Force field generation Left the Academy in Avengers Academy #20 (October 2011).
Jocasta Jocasta Technopathy, Superhuman strength, durability & senses, Optic cannons, Force field generation "Killed" in Avengers Acedemy #21 (November 2011)
Hawkeye Clinton Francis Barton Avengers Academy #21 (November 2011) Master archer; uses a variety of trick arrows

Students

Character Real Name Joined in Abilities Notes
Finesse[5] Jeanne Foucault Avengers Academy #1 (June 2010) Photographic reflexes, Eidetic memory
Hazmat[5] Jennifer Takeda Radiation generation
Mettle[4] Ken Mack Metal skin, Superhuman strength
Reptil[3] Humberto Lopez Can turn into any dinosaur, or parts of any dinosaur Student leader[19]
Striker[2] Brandon Sharpe Electric manipulation
Veil[1] Madeline Berry Sublimation Left the Academy in Avengers Academy #20 (October 2011)
Batwing[13] James Santini Avengers Academy #21 (November 2011) Flight, Superhuman speed and hearing, Echolocation, Night vision
Butterball[13] Emery Schaub Superhuman durability
Hollow Superhuman durability, Razer-sharp prehensile hair and claws
Juston Seyfert[13] via Sentinel: Flight, Energy blasts, Superhuman strength and durability
Lightspeed[13] Julie Power Superhuman acceleration, Teleportation Teacher's assistant[13]
Machine Teen[13] Adam Aaronson Robotic body
Power Man[13] Victor Alvarez Chi manipulation
Ricochet Johnny Gallo reflexes, Danger sense
Rocket Racer[13] Robert Farrell Gauntlets with explosive mini-rockets, Rocket-powered magnetic skateboard
She-Hulk[13] Lyra Superhuman strength, speed and durability
Spider-Girl[13] Anya Corazon Superhuman strength, speed, durability and reflexes, Wallcrawling
Thunderstrike[13] Kevin Masterson Superhuman strength, durability, Sonic blasts
Turbo Michiko "Mickey" Musashi Via suit: Flight, Energy disruption, Air blasts, Superhuman strength
White Tiger[13] Ava Ayala Superhuman strength, speed and reflexes
Wiz Kid[13] Taki Matsuya Technopathy
X-23[13] Laura Kinney Avengers Academy #23 (December 2011) Healing factor, Superhuman strength, reflexes and senses, Retractable adamantium-laced bone claws

Collected editions

Avengers Academy has been collected in the following hardcovers:

Title Material Collected ISBN Publication Date
Avengers Academy Volume 1: Permanent Record Avengers Academy #1-6 and material from Enter the Heroic Age 0785144943 January 26, 2011
Avengers Academy Volume 2: Will We Use This in the Real World? Avengers Academy #7-12 078514496X June 15, 2011
Avengers Academy: Arcade - Death Game Avengers Academy Giant-Size #1, Marvel Team-Up #89, and Spider-Man #25 0785156305 August 31, 2011
Fear Itself: Avengers Academy Avengers Academy #14-20, 14.1 0785152008 March 21, 2012
Avengers Academy Volume 3: Second Semester Avengers Academy #21-26 0785152024 April 25, 2012

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