In a new preview for Marvel Comics' Avengers, Earth Mightiest Heroes will assemble with their predecessors from the Wild West. Taking place all throughout the past, the Avengers have been time-traveling in search of the genesis point of heroes, looking for the very first Avengers who are in currently danger of being destroyed by the demon lord Mephisto. Now, this new preview teases that the Avengers will be reaching the new frontier (complete with showdowns, six-shooters, and saloons).
In previous issues of Avengers from Jason Aaron and Javier Garrón, Earth Mightiest Heroes are well aware that Mephisto is planning something big, having outright challenged the Avengers and teasing the bloodbath that's to come with his Council of Red, a legion of Mephistos who've assembled from across the multiverse. Seeing Earth-616 has a key reality unlike any other, Mephisto and his allies are searching for the origin point when Avengers first assembled to protect the world. While these Ancient Avengers have been seen before in Aaron's run, it looks as though Mephisto and the modern-day Earth's Mightiest are in a race through time to find them, having already visited the Edo-period where they met a past Ghost Rider who was a Samurai of Vengeance.
Now, the new preview for Avengers #59 is teasing a visit to the Wild West, home of Reno Phoenix and the Starbrand Kid. Seen riding through the sky on their horses that seemingly share their power, these past versions of Phoenix and Starbrand are in pursuit of a Shi'ar sky train that intends to deliver stolen cargo to its fleet in orbit. Here are the preview pages and synopsis for the upcoming issue:
AVENGERS #59 - HISTORY'S MIGHTIEST HEROES, PART THREE: DEATH RIDES THE SKY RAILS THE LEGEND OF RENO PHOENIX AND THE STARBRAND KID! The Avengers’ journey through time brings them to the Old West, where they cross paths with a couple of History’s Mightiest Heroes, whose six-guns are loaded with the greatest powers of the heavens. But is that enough to force a showdown with the forces of Mephisto? Or will the Avengers be lost in time forever?
Channeling their incredible power through their six-shooters, it certainly seems as though these cowboy Avengers will be epic allies to the present-day team as they fight Mephisto. Likewise, it looks like the modern Avengers will be getting into character as well based on the cover for Avengers #59. Sporting the perfect western style complete with a holster for Mjolnir, Thor and Mephisto look ready to square off in a town that couldn't possibly be big enough for the two of them.
At any rate, it will be interesting to see what else is in store for the Avengers in the Wild West beyond Reno Phoenix and the Starbrand Kid. For instance, will the Avengers face Mephisto as a lone gunslinger or will he have an entire posse backing him up? Either way, Marvel fans can find out when the full Avengers #59 releases on August 10th.