Speaking at Fan Expo Canada today, Jeff Parker and new series artist Neil Edwards discussed the newest direction for the Dark Avengers series, which will see another new incarnation of the team, led by John Walker as the USAgent once again.
The only other revealed member is Moonstone, who continues to be a Dark Avengers/Thunderbolts mainstay, and Parker was tight-lipped about the exact direction the book would be taking, though he did heap praise on Edwards’ art.
It seems that once again the Earth is going to require some of its more shady characters to save it, as they have in previous Thunderbolts adventures, and continue to do so in the Dark Avengers title at the moment.
I don’t hate John Walker. I just think he’s a dick. But that’s his personality. He says what’s on his mind and doesn’t give a flying fuck what others think. And I admire that in him. I also admire the fact that he acknowledges that he will never be Steve Rogers. He doesn’t try to emulate Steve and be a Steve clone. But he does hold Steve in the highest regards and tries to honor his image and the mantle of Captain America. He did/does things his way, and while they may not be the “cleanest” of methods, they’re effective. Just the fact that he was chosen to be Captain America (even though he was chosen by a corrupt government) cements his bid in the Hall of Badassery. And when he realized he was a puppet, he broke free and did all he could to help Cap.
So once again, I don’t hate John Walker. He’s just a dick. But that doesn’t negate the fact that he’s a BAMF.
John Walker: Who’s kidding who? You may not have come up with the name or stitched the uniform together, but you created the role of Captain America. His code of conduct, his reputation, his legend! I’ve had it up to here with people who expect me to be exactly like you. I’m not. I’ll never be. I have my own way of serving this nation that I love, and it’s not the way of Captain America! They’re taking this uniform away from me anyway… I have no idea what they’ll do with me after that. Come on, take the darn thing back — to prevent them from getting yet another poor slob to try to do the job you do so easily!
Steve: The commission didn’t put you up to this, did they, Mr. Walker?
Walker: The commission isn’t very good at putting anyone up to anything.