“Are you a god?”
“Are you a god?”
“I want to be a peace president.”
-George W. Bush (July 2004)
“I’m a war president. I make decisions here in the Oval Office in foreign policy matters with war on my mind.”
-George W. Bush (February 2004)
I want feedback on this, damnit. You’re allowed to tell me it sucks, but I want constructive criticism, okay? Thank you.
The hallucinations don’t surprise me anymore. It’s been seven weeks since I last slept. Not even downing half of the bottle of sleeping pills that’s in the medicine cabinet helped. So, when the grey-haired man appeared and said, “Hi,” I wasn’t shocked.
No, he wasn’t an illusion. That’s what scared me.
“Sorry, kid. Didn’t mean to scare you.”
Right. Showing up in my apartment without opening a door is the perfect way to do that.
Why the Hell are you here?, I ask him. For some reason, I’m starting to trust him.
“Your insomnia’s getting worse, isn’t it? You’re jumpy, irritable. Tired of seeing things that can’t be real.”
The Grey Man pauses.
“Your hallucinations? They’re real.”
“You’re seeing, for lack of a better term, the Dream World, the plane where your consciousness goes when you sleep.”
I remind him I don’t sleep anymore.
A smile crosses his face.
“Because you’re beyond it now. You can walk between the realms at will.”
Why are you telling me all this? What am I supposed to do?
“Simple. Save us.”
So, Newsarama.com has the first twenty three pages of Avengers #500 up. Now, I’m one to avoid spoilers and the like, but I couldn’t help it. I’ve been going through Avengers withdrawal since Busiek left. Geoff Johns‘ arc wasn’t actually that bad. But, this is Brian Michael Bendis with David Finch on Marvel’s premiere super-team. Basically, Marvel realized that the Avengers were filled with C and D level characters. Unlike the JLA, which is made up of the “Magnificent Seven,” the heavy hitters, the A List of the DCU. The thing is, Marvel doesn’t really have an “A List.” Marvel characters are human, more relatable, more street level, as opposed to DC’s Gods Among Men. So, the Avengers are getting the star treatment, apparently. The line-up’s supposed to be kept secret and it is– no one knows– but I’m going to take a few guesses.
Captain America– Obvious choice, he’s been a mainstay of the team since being revived in #4. Possibly a little TOO obvious. I’d lay money he’s going to be in one of the Avengers books, though.
Thor– Another big gun. And a founding Avenger. With Bendis’ partner in crime on Powers, Michael Avon Oeming, writing Thor, I wouldn’t be surprised if he was on the team when the dust settles. But, he’s also a friggin’ GOD. I can see him, well, not caring.
Iron Man– The last part of the Avengers’ Big Three. With him as Secretary of Defense and the Avengers a sovereign power and member of the United Nations… Shellhead’s another obvious choice, as he’s one of Marvel’s big names.
Wasp– As a longtime longtime Avenger, Wasp’s a fan fave. As a, pardon the pun, big character? Her chances don’t look good.
Ant Man II– Poor Scott. He’s dead, killed in the preview pages.
Vision– I’d really really really really love to have Vision on the team. It doesn’t seem like the Avengers without him. The preview doesn’t look good though.
Hawkeye– Bendis would have far too much fun with Clint. He’s there. Unless he’s tapped for the new Thunderbolts series.
Black Widow I– Bendis is using her in Daredevil, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Natasha shows up here.
Daredevil– Another big Marvel name and Bendis favorite. Declined membership back in the day, but now? Maybe. Especially if Natasha joins.
Jarvis– He’s the only one I’m damn certain is there.
That’s about all the fanboy speculation I can heap upon you. But, I wouldn’t rule out Wolverine, but it’s unlikely.