"The Avengers: Red Wings Initiative," Issue 1

Welcome to the 2014 off-season comic of Octopus Thrower! Last year, we brought you Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg‘s NHL Off-Season, which, I will admit, tapered off after about seven issues. This year, I took a different stab at it. One that’s going to last.

This year, I decided to jump on the popular bandwagon that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and its crowning achievement every other movie studio strives for now: The Avengers.

Truth be told, Marvel has me hooked like the sucker I probably am. I anticipate every movie that’s coming out (let’s not get me started on Guardians of the Galaxy). I have hoodies that say things like this. Josh Howard and I exchange Loki gifs in reactions to hockey things. This thing made the rounds around Twitter back when Datsyuk returned during the season.

I commented once in the middle of the season when Captain America was on FX while a Detroit Red Wings game was on that I wished I could watch both at the same time (or I may have subbed Cap for The Avengers). That’s where this idea first came from. Here’s the teaser poster from back in March in case you missed it the first time around.

It’s actually tough to cast the Red Wings players as their Avengers equivalents. But I made it work. Look, if you’re coming here for a consistent plotline, you’re probably not going to find it. The first handful of issues will be introducing the various players as the various heroes (which get more intricate the further we move along).

So let’s begin this Issue #1 with the introduction of Clint Barton, aka Hawkeye.

2 Nyquist Preview

Jimmy Howard looks different in every single frame he’s in. And it continues throughout the comics I have drawn so far. I don’t know why it’s a struggle, but it is. And Gustav Nyquist has a stupidly adorable face.

These aren’t a crowning achievement of drawings. They aren’t supposed to be amazing (obviously), but they will go in and out of being detailed… as in frames from the movies themselves–and, of course, lines from the movies themselves. You can see a semi-okay example of that from Thor up there where Hawkeye is in his box out in the rain.

If you have any ideas of things you might want to see in the upcoming issues, leave them in the comments below! I’m always open to suggestions. Also, I’m in need of a player to be Gambit for a “bonus” comic, so let me know if you have ideas for that casting and I’ll tell you if they’ve already been cast as an Avenger (Gambit is temporarily Xavier Ouellet, being French and all).

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