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54. Avengers Arena
Written by Dennis Hopeless, Christos Gage
Drawn by Kev Walker, Alessandro Vitti, Ricardo Burchielli, Karl Moline
Published by Marvel Comics
Dismissed by many as a shameless 'Hunger Games'/'Battle Royale'/'Lord of the Flies' rip-off before the first issue even hit the stands in December of 2012 -- playfully tweaked by a series of covers imitating the aforementioned projects' movie posters and book covers -- Dennis Hopeless and Kev Walker's story pitting teenaged superhero against teenaged superhero in a manipulative game of death instead breathed new life into a variety of Marvel's young characters, even as some of them were seemingly removed from comics forever. Throughout 2013, fans have been treated to deaths, resurrections and more twists and turns in a single series than you typically find in half a dozen different comics. Here's hoping Hopeless and Walker's inventiveness transfers to their 'Arena' spinoff series, 'Avengers Undercover.'