Francisco Francavilla, formerly the artist for books such as Zorro and soon to be artist on Black Panther: Man Without Fear for Marvel as well as the Commissioner Gordon backups in Detective Comics for DC, has presented a unique vision of an Avengers team from the Dark Ages.
Posted on the Comic Twart blog for their Marvel “What If” week, the sepia-toned cover image — which has the title The Avengers: Earth’s First Heroes — shows what four of the Avengers might look like if they were around a few hundred years ago.
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Francavilla said the artwork was inspired by an old pitch idea he had for a Marvel “What If” story, and described the scenario as the Avengers fighting “evils and undead armies.”
So I give you, for the first time I think, Hulk the Druid (a celtic primeval force of nature), Captain Amerigo (from the New World), Thor himself, and an unknown mysterious clad-armored gladiator known as Iron Man. Together they are The AVENGERS, EARTH’s FIRST HEROES and they fight evils and undead armies. How does that sound? :)
Pretty cool, huh? Itâ€™s too bad this is just a sketch piece and not an actual comic (though Francavilla did say he planned on posting a color version of the cover soon). Imagine Brian Wood taking all his Northlanders research and applying it to the Avengers. That would be a book I would line up for. But, I guess we’ll just have to write the story in our own heads.
[Source via io9]