Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos reunite to take Marvel's young heroes down a new path!
From the ashes of Civil War II arise the All-New, All-Different Champions. Sporting a classic name, they look to the future like no super team ever before, concerned with healing the deep rifts in the Marvel Universe and repairing the reputation of the super hero concept.
CHAMPIONS #1 boasts the reunited team of writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos, as well as an unprecedented group of the hottest Marvel teen heroes: Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Nova, the Hulk, Cyclops, and Viv Vision. The book will address topical issues that the creators hope will spur discussion and the place of youth activism in modern society.
Marvel.com: Mark, what will be the impetus after Civil War II that will drive your characters to form the new Champions?
Mark Waid: Without giving too much away, all I can tell you is that—to their mind—the reputation of super heroes has taken a very public beating and they’re very intent in proving to the world that super heroes still have value and still have relevance.
Marvel.com: Which ones of these young heroes pull this team together and set its tone?
Mark Waid: The young Avengers who come over—Nova, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man—are the most vocal of the new members and do the recruiting. Ms. Marvel is especially stung over a particular relationship of hers that now seems to be forever destroyed.
Marvel.com: What do the older heroes think of the Champions when they first appear?
Mark Waid: If [the Champions] play their cards right and stick to their overall mission statement, they won’t have to deal too much with the older heroes.
Marvel.com: What will the team’s first act be once they form? What kind of things will draw their attention?
Mark Waid: Again, I’m hesitant to give too much away; let’s just say that the sorts of things that draw the attention of the Champions have less to do with the Circus of Crime or the Absorbing Man and far more to do with helping people their age around the world achieve more personal moments of heroism, all in the midst of bigger stories.
Marvel.com: So, will the book feature any super villains in the traditional sense?
Mark Waid: Editor Tom Brevoort and I have drawn the line in the sand by saying that if the Circus of Crime shows up by issue #4, we have failed. Though certainly super villains roam the Marvel Universe in abundance and many will no doubt cross paths with our heroes, the primary job of the Champions is not to punch criminals; it’s to deal with common-people problems in ways that the bigger super-groups aren’t built to.
Marvel.com: Who of the teen cast may need to most coaching to get into the spirit of the team?
Mark Waid: Viv Vision. Not that she’s not a good kid, it’s just that the rest of them are used to being super heroes by now, whereas this is a big adjustment for Viv.
Marvel.com: What’s going to be the biggest challenge of this book for you as a writer?
Mark Waid: Staying away from the Circus of Crime.
Marvel.com: How’s it feel to be working with Humberto again?
Mark Waid: Spectacular. Frankly, that was as much the draw for me as the cast and the mission statement. To be able to work with Humberto on anything is a thrill and a half.
Marvel.com: Okay, Humberto; how does it feel to be working with Mark again and on CHAMPIONS?
Humberto Ramos: Mark is not only one of the most talented writers in the industry, but he’s also a mentor and an inspiration to me.
Marvel.com: Which ones of the Champions are you most looking forward to drawing and why? Which ones haven’t you drawn before?
Humberto Ramos: I can’t wait to dive back into a book [with a teenage cast]. All of them present a challenge and are exciting for me to try to portray their rebel spirit and their strength, as well as the curiosity and the fears the teenage years bring.
So, I want to draw them all, but I’m curious about Viv the most, because she’s still an enigma to me.
Marvel.com: Do you plan to revise any of the costumes?
Humberto Ramos: I kind of have already. [Laughs] Just a little, and if Tom Brevoort allowed me I would love to do some more. Still, honestly, I don’t really think any revisions are needed but hey, you asked me.
Marvel.com: How would you describe your overall feeling about CHAMPIONS? What do you love most about it?
Humberto Ramos: I love teenage books. I love drawing them and I’m willing to give my best to readers and make them feel excited every time they go to the store and pick up our book.
Marvel.com: Do you look forward to designing new characters for the book?
Humberto Ramos: Am I doing that? Sign me up! Only Mark and Tom know at this point if I will, but if you ask me, I’m voting yes!
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