“But Dylan,” you might say, “This is the dumbest line-up of D-List Avengers ever.” And you’re absolutely right. A while back, Rusty Shackles and I were kicking round this pitch for a team of third-string Avengers for the Relaunched blog. And, well, just read the pitch:
We have the Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. A group of super-beings banded together to fight the big, cosmic threats. Ultron has returned, bringing with him an army of robot soldiers? We got this. Skrulls invading earth? Let them handle it. The Masters of Evil have taken over Manhattan? On it. Regardless of if they’re “Secret” or “Mighty” or “New” or “Cherry Vanilla,” the Avengers are there to take on the problems too big for just one superhero.
But what about the threats that are only slightly too big for one hero? What happens when Kang’s chrono-ship makes a miscalculation and lands in Topeka and he decides, “Y’know what? Eff it. I’m already here, I’ll just conquer Topeka.”? Or what happens if a dimensional rift opens up in Macon, Georgia and demons come a’pourin’ out? What happens when some weird cabal of disgraced scientists working in a top-secret location beneath the Utah desert unleash a giant, hyper-mutated insectoid upon the West? Who takes care of that stuff?
Enter The D-Vengers.
Comprised of Demolition Man, Firebird, Rage, Jocasta, Quasar and Sandman, they go where they’re needed, mopping up the messes the Avengers can’t be bothered to deal with. Equipped with a souped-up RV and a modest Avengers stipend, these D-listers are ready, willing and able to take care of business any time, any place. No job is too small. No threat too insignificant.
Part sitcom, part action-adventure, part Saturday morning cartoon, the series will keep a light tone and a fast-pace as these blue-collar heroes travel around the country, looking for trouble or responding to calls from Avengers Mansion. Think Mystery Men meets Raising Arizona with a dash of “a bunch of conflicting personalities living together in tight quarters” of The Real World and you’re on the right track.
So yeah, there’s that.