The New Avengers is a spin-off of the long-running Marvel Comics superhero-team series The Avengers. The first issue, written by Brian Michael Bendis and penciled by David Finch, and dated January 2005, appeared in November 2004. Finch penciled the first six issues and issues #11-13. |
The team itself was not named "the New Avengers" within the series; a splinter group of Avengers that chose not to comply with federal superhuman registration, the team considers itself the authentic Avengers, as opposed to the government-sanctioned team gathered in the sister series Mighty Avengers, launched in early 2007, which itself was supplanted by a different government-sanctioned team in the series Dark Avengers, launched in late 2008.
By the end of the first volume, the New Avengers team consisted of Luke Cage, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Captain America (Bucky Barnes), Ms. Marvel, Mockingbird, Spider-Woman, and team leader Ronin (the once-deceased Hawkeye, restored to life). Writer Brian Michael Bendis said in an interview that these characters are the authentic Avengers because Captain America said they were; this statement is repeated when the team, believing the presumed-dead Captain America is alive, attempts to rescue him. Spider-Man claims that if they get Captain America back, they can call themselves Avengers again; Luke Cage contends that they are Avengers already. The series ended with The New Avengers #64 (April 2010), at the conclusion of the Siege storyline, with a New Avengers: Finale one-shot also being released.