End Times are in sight as Brian Michael Bendis leaves the Avengers family for the Children of the Atom. The End begins with the return of an Avengers turned enemy.
Avengers #31 is the penultimate issue of the end of the Bendis era. Comics Newsarama shared this preview art featuring the return of Simon Williams. Wonder Man formed The Revengers, attacked the team, trashed the mansion and tower.
Does Simon’s return mean a new attack or an effort to heal old wounds?
In an earlier interview Bendis told Marvel.com this final storyline meant a change in the status quo.
”Well, many years have gone by. This status quo has been around for eight years. It’s quite a lengthy amount of time for any status quo in any comic of any company. So it’s certainly a good time for me to wrap up certain story-lines, to make my final statement on some of these characters. Some characters will be moving on to a new chapter in their life, and other characters will be deciding what it means to be an Avenger. Not all the characters will survive this last story.
I’m losing some babies. I’m losing some characters that mean the world to me. So when you add up all the elements that I just described, that is the status quo change. A lot is going to happen in the next four issues. Some great celebratory things, some tragic things, all setting the stage for my friend Jonathan Hickman, who has his own status quo to try to achieve. I’m going to do the best I can to make that happen,” he told Marvel.com .
For more of his interview and preview art here’s the link.