Marvel is continuing to ramp up its big event of the year since they want to recapture some of the sales lost in the previous year with no all encompassing event series going on, though they dabbled in some smaller ones. With Fear Itself, they're targeting the big name characters first but now they're starting to talk about some of the lesser known characters and more specifically, the younger heroes out there whose heads can be messed with in a whole different way from the established and mature heroes.
This is coming out in the form of a miniseries called Fear Itself: Youth in Revolt by Sean McKeever and Mike Norton. It will start this May and will see former members of the Initiative drafted back into government service as the Marvel Universe begins to fall apart in a spiral of terror. However, despite these young heroes’ best intent, things quickly go from bad to worse.
“With YOUTH IN REVOLT, we’re taking a look at how a palpable sense of fear and despair can affect the younger generation of heroes,” states McKeever. “In the first issue, they’re deputized by the federal government in anticipation of terrible things to come, but what then? When they’re rushed into action without any strategy, who suffers? When things get out of hand, who will step up and who will crumble? And how well can they stand up to their own fears?”
The series will primarily focus on the cast introduced by Dan Slott and Christos Gage over the course of AVENGERS: THE INITIATIVE; other members of Marvel’s youth movement will become involved down the line though nobody involved with the project will tip their hat on just who. The former cadets have been walking a variety of paths since last we saw them, and not all have a strong desire to get back in the spotlight, as McKeever reveals:
“Prodigy has finally found some stability in his life. Cloud 9 has given up the hero game. Thor Girl and Ultragirl are still in Georgia, kicking butt with the rest of their teammates in the Cavalry. Gravity’s back to attending NYU and dealing with the after-effects of ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED. Hardball and Komodo are…well, you’ll see.”
“Thor Girl, with her Asgardian ties, is front and center for the event that starts to spin things out of control for the young heroes just as the rest of the world starts to do the same,” teases the writer. “Gravity was the leader of Nevada’s Heavy Hitters team for a bit, where Hardball served under him, and [those] two aren’t exactly what you’d call a match, so that will play a role. Firestar initially comes with Gravity because he’s in clear need of her friendship after ONSLAUGHT UNLEASHED and her leadership abilities and experience will come nicely into play here.”
“Initially, we’ll be spinning directly out of the events of FEAR ITSELF #2,” McKeever reveals. “Then from there we’ll follow the main series’ effects apace, tying in where it makes sense, but having our own parallel story and adversities to contend with.”