<i>By <a href=http://www.twitter.com/albertxii>Albert Ching, Newsarama Staff Writer</a></i> <p><b>New Avengers Annual #1</b> by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Gabriel Dell'Otto is out this Wednesday (<a href=http://www.newsarama.com/php/multimedia/album_view.php?gid=3587&page=12>preview here</a>, <a href=http://www.newsarama.com/comics/best-shots-advance-reviews-110906.html>review here</a>), and features Wonder Man making good on his threat back in last year's <i>Avengers #1</i> that he thinks the Avengers ultimately do more harm than good, and he's going to stop them because they won't stop themselves. It's a two-part story, with the finale coming in the upcoming <b>Avengers Annual</b>. <p>Wonder Man is not alone in his efforts. He's got back up in the form of "The Revengers," a crew of mostly obscure heroes that are all siding with Wondy on the "should the Avengers exist" issue. <p>Some of these characters are unfamiliar to even the Avengers themselves, so at Newsarama we've compiled helpful background of each member of The Revengers, and also tried to figure out what their motive might be in assisting Wonder Man in his siege on Avengers Mansion. <p>Click "start here" to learn a lot more about The Revengers (in no particular order), and for our best guesses as to what's making each member tick. (Be warned, getting inside D-Man's head might be a scary proposition.) <p><i>Got a comment? There's lots of conversation on Newsarama's <a href=http://www.facebook.com/Newsarama><b>FACEBOOK</b></a> and <a href=http://twitter.com/newsarama><b>TWITTER</b></a>!</i> <p>
The leader of the Revengers, Simon Williams joined the Avengers in 1977, after debuting way back in 1964's <i>Avengers #9</i>. He's died (more than once), was a founding member of both the West Coast Avengers and Force Works, dabbled in acting and palled around with X-Men/Avenger Beast. His name may sound like a crossplay version of Wonder Woman, but he's got no connection with DC's icon, though legal action from the rival publisher reportedly caused the character to be shelved for nearly a decade. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: He made it quite clear back in last year's <i>Avengers #1</i> he thinks that simply by existing, the superhero team inadvertently does more harm than good, citing the deaths of several teammates.
Broadly known as "the homeless superhero," D-Man hasn't had an easy time of it in his fictional life. After receiving super-strength from a shadowy organization, Dennis Dunphy became a superhero that was also addicted to the source of his powers. D-Man formed a bond with Steve Rogers and briefly joined the Avengers, but is most famous for becoming the leader of a group of vagrants called the Zero People and being too smelly for anyone to want to sit next to in Kurt Busiek and George Pérez's <i>Avengers #1</i>. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: Back in <i>The Pulse</i>, written by Bendis, D-Man was showing signs of serious mental illness, and recently lost the New Avengers nanny job to Squirrel Girl; perhaps the ammunition needed to finally push him over the edge.
That's right: Ethan Edwards. No superheroic alias required, apparently. Double-E has a short history at Marvel, debuting in 2005's <i>Marvel Knights Spider-Man #13</i>. He's a Superman <i>roman à clef</i>, down to the powers, alliterative name and working as a newspaper reporter. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: He's a Skrull. And if 2008's <i>Secret Invasion</i> taught readers anything, it's that Skrulls really shouldn't be trusted especially in comic books written by Brian Michael Bendis.
Griffin Gogol may have a fairly generic superhero name, but he has a pretty colorful origin: His powers (flight, super-strength) were awakened when a hypnotist was trying to get him to quit smoking, which also resulted in an intense fear of fire. He settled on being a hero after being turned away by the Frightful Four, and tried his hand at stand-up comedy for a while. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: Dude sounds kinda crazy, no?
Though Eric Payne has never been an Avenger, he was part of the Defenders, assisting the team in battles against the supernatural and generally putting his Devil-Slayer status to good use. Recently, he was part of the Hawaii squad the Point Men, as part of Tony Stark's post-<i>Civil War</i> Fifty-State Initiative. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: Too much time in Hawaii can lead to questionable behavior just look at all the DUI charges the cast of <i>Lost</i> racked up.
Tom Foster is the fifth Goliah in Marvel history, and took on the mantle after getting a pep talk from the Black Panther and tracking down size-altering Pym Particles. Until the <b>New Avengers Annual</b>, he was seen using his powers in a constructive way as part of superpowered clean-up crew Damage Control. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: This is an easy one. The superhero Civil War, led by Captain America on one side and Iron Man on the other, claimed the life of his uncle Bill Foster, the previous Goliath making Tom Foster a first-hand example of exactly the kind of pattern motivating Wonder Man.
Century isn't just an alien, he's the culmination of the minds of 100 survivors of the Hodomur race. But what you probably know him best for is as part of the cast of the mid-'90s <i>Iron Man</i> cartoon, which was an approximation of the <i>Force Works</i> lineup in the comic books at that point. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: He has the Force Works connection with Wonder Man, but since (17-year-old spoiler alert!) Simon died in the first issue of that comic, they didn't really have any time to bond. Maybe Tony Stark cut him out of the Netflix royalties?
Erik Josten has gone by many identities in his costumed career Power Man, Smuggler, Goliath, and most recently, Atlas. He started out as a pretty bad dude, and was part of the Masters of Evil squad that violently stormed Avengers Mansion in the classic <i>Avengers: Under Siege</i> story arc. As Atlas, he was one of the original Thunderbolts, and liked many on the team, started out just pretending to be a hero but soon discovered that he actually liked playing on the other team. Most recently, Atlas was part of <i>The Last Defenders</i>. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: He's been part of an attack on Avengers Mansion before, and he very well might feel left out that he's one of the only old-school Thunderbolts not currently appearing in that book (as Moonstone, Songbird, Fixer and MACH-V are all part of the regular ensemble).
Arguably the biggest "name" of the Revengers, Eddie Brock was the original Venom as in, the same one played by Topher Grace in <i>Spider-Man 3</i>, who proclaims "We are Venom" in <i>Marvel vs. Capcom 2</i> and <a href=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyZh_xg22Qk>once drove a truck</a>. Following the 2008 storyline "New Ways to Die," he's now a misguided crimefighter dubbed Anti-Venom. Problem is, he can't seem to quite figure the whole hero thing out, though he recently was legitimately helpful when outing the criminal nature of Mr. Negative over in <I>Amazing Spider-Man</i>. <p><b>Possible beef with the Avengers</b>: Well, much like Wonder Man, he truly thinks he is doing the right thing he just usually can't figure out the right way to go about it, and attacking the Avengers on their home turf would be the latest extension of his flawed thinking.