AvX Watch: Purple-Hued Heroes Join Avengers Vs. X-Men War In August?

No, not that Rob Liefeld pencilled Purple Hulk (although THAT would be cool)….

… but the first of the purple clad “heroes” to get a new Marvel ongoing series is that rogue, pun intended, X-Men Gambit.

Remy LeBeau returns in a new series in August penned by James Asmus with pencils and art by Clay Mann.

Over at Marvel.com, the creative have revealed a few tidbits including the following.

    “I can tell you that I’m very interested in exploring what it is to be a thief in a world as complex as the Marvel Universe,” Asmus discloses. “Heist movies are awesome and all, but when your heist can involve aliens, magic, alternate dimensions, superpowers, evil gods, or basically anything you can think of, you can really take the well-won thief story to some new and exciting places.”

    The first arc of GAMBIT will see Remy “pulling a job in his own backyard,” but ending up in familiar hot spots through time and space including “ancient ruins, a savage other world, a bizarre futuristic Marvel landmark, and into the jurisdiction of one of my favorite foreign Marvel heroes.”

    “Gear up for exotic locales, sudden surprises, sexy tension, and a wide range of allies and antagonists—old, new good and evil—who aren’t always on the side you expect,” continues Asmus…

    While old flames will inevitable make their way to GAMBIT eventually, the opening story will introduce a new femme fatale in Remy’s life, one who may be his professional equal—or even his better…

    While artist Clay Mann has depicted a version of Gambit in Age of X, this will be his first real chance to take on the classic incarnation of the character, and Asmus doesn’t hesitate to highlight on of the key skills his collaborator brings to the table:

    “Answers one through five are ‘sexiness,’ which, honestly, I think is an undeniably key aspect to making Gambit work. But beyond that [Mann’s] work is a rare and incredible balance of cool and grounded. His design work makes all of his characters as believable and appealing as you’ve ever seen. He manages to pull off any insane spectacle you can think of, letting you really by into the experience while still making it feel like something special.”

Alongside this new series is another new ongoing title centered on the Avenger Hawkeye. That new series will be written by Matt Fraction with art by David Aja and feature Clint Barton in his new Avengers movie inspired costume.

Marvel.com also had some news to spill that new book.

    “HAWKEYE is more about what inspires Clint Barton,” Fraction explains, “We got Clint in AVENGERS, SECRET AVENGERS, and anywhere else at any given time—but we wanted HAWKEYE to be about what Clint does when he’s not at work, about what drives the guy.

    “He’s got some stuff coming up in [Avengers Vs. X-Men] and afterwards he’s in a place where he’s gotta figure out what he’s doing with himself and why. What moves him, what’s meaningful for him.”

    Similarly searching for purpose, Kate Bishop, former Young Avenger and the Marvel Universe’s other Hawkeye, will quickly fall in with her namesake.

    “She’s his junior partner, his apprentice,” says Fraction. “It’s a very Avengers relationship—meaning Steed and Peel—and she’s as adrift as he is. What the hell are these two doing with their lives? Turns out, helping people is what they have to do to get through the night. In costume, in life, doesn’t matter. Good guys don’t punch a time card at 5:00.”

    Aja plans to tweak his style a touch in order to best capture the two bow wielding searchers and match the book’s tone.

    “I’m thinking lately I’m going more iconic, more cartoony. You know, less is more,” he explains.” Your style evolving is the perfect excuse when you are cutting corners.

It’ll be interesting to see how this changes the balance of power in the Avengers vs. X-Men war. Issues #9 and #10 should be shipping in August alongside these two series debuts,

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