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Well, what if?
This May, Christopher Priest, Joe Bennett and Danny Miki start looking at the 21st century implications of the events of "The Truth," putting one very familiar face at center stage.
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"Just as the Kings crew was not a team, neither is our Crew: James 'Rhodey' Rhodes, formerly War Machine, anchors. The senior guy, our tech guy, the savvy commander. Rhodey's War Machine experience has changed him somewhat from the gung-ho adventurous yahoo to a more intense George Clooney type: eyes that lock on you and a steel trap mind that's always working the angles.
"Rhodey's young crew consists of two men in their early twenties: Danny Vincent, aka Junta, and Kasper Cole, who is currently impersonating The Black Panther. Danny is an ex-spy who is constantly looking to exploit Rhodey's Crew for his own personal gain. Kasper is an NYPD narcotics officer obsessed with getting promoted to Detective.
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"These guys are, initially, not terribly likeable or heroic, but they become both heroic and sympathetic when they trade off their individual agendas to save the lives of the residents of Little Mogadishu."
But while "The Truth" might set up a thematic starting point for the series, Brevoort says the actual ongoing came from a very different source.
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"Beyond that, not that I want to pigeonhole 'The Crew' as a black book or an ethnic book, but there's a real lack of diversity across much of the Marvel Universe. If you're a blond white guy, there are plenty of super-characters who look like you (and we've got one in 'The Crew' as well.) It's much harder to find strong, saleable black characters, or Jewish characters, or Muslim characters, or fill-in-your-favorite-background characters. So part of the theory behind 'The Crew' was to build a more ethnically-diverse group of heroes, and see if we couldn't make them A-players.
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Also not present in the series is any penalty for not having read "The Truth" prior to picking up "The Crew" this May.
"If we've done our jobs right, somebody reading 'The Crew' need not ever have looked at 'Truth,' or even been aware of its existence. We'll cover the pertinent events when they become pertinent in the course of the first 'Crew' story arc. So while we love you if you read 'Truth,' it's not necessary to have done so to be able to read and appreciate 'The Crew.'"
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"Actually, for the first four issues or so, our guys won't even much be interacting with each other. But it's possible that down the line we'll see other Marvel characters turning up -- certainly there are natural touch-points with Iron Man, the Black Panther and Captain America, among others ..."
But as for antagonists, Brevoort is playing his cards close to his chest.
"Wait and see -- I don't really want to say too much about that at this point."
"The Crew" hits the streets this May.
Executive Producer Jonah Weiland contributed to this story.