The Avengers In China… Or Is It Japan?

This is the solicit for AVENGERS #11, due out in May:

AVENGERS #11
JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • MIKE DEODATO (A)
COVER BY DUSTIN WEAVER
“WAKE THE DRAGON”
• As Shang-Chi battles an ancient enemy, the Avengers hang out in Hong Kong’s swankiest casino.
• Captain Marvel, Black Widow and Spider-Woman find out it doesn’t pay to gamble in the spy business.
• Cannonball and Sunspot play craps with a bunch of AIM Agents. AND WIN!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

And this is the cover:

Why, in a story taking place in part of China, are all the Avengers (other than Shang-chi) dressed up in Japanese-inspired costumes? We asked Adi Tantimedh who told us;

Spider-Woman’s faux-schoolgirl uniform costume is definitely a fetish cod-Japanese costume riff. There are no sailor schoolgirl uniforms in China or Chinese culture.

The fellow in yellow is a swipe from the Japanese character Jet Jaguar.

Captain Marvel’s swords are Katanas, which are specifically Japanese. Her big shoulderpads are from, again, Japanese samurai clothing. It’s not armour, but ceremonial..

And Black Widow’s cyber headgear is from Ghost In The Shell’s Major Kusanagi.

Anyone remember what country that’s from?

Dustin Weaver, the cover artist, is a massive Japanophile. Is it possible he may occasionally be just too much of one? I chatted with Jonathan Hickman and told me;

What’s really going to screw everyone up is that the entire issue the team are in tuxedos and evening gowns.

Yes, yes it would.

spx

SPX and The Love Hangover

This Possible Plot Synopsis For Jumanji Sounds Pretty Weird

bhcover

New Artist Greg Scott On Sun-Drenched LA Noir And The Black Hood

stl021782

Joe Books To Publish Adaptations Of Disney’s Moana, In December 2016 Solicits

xena201606covaphoto

Xena Greek Mythology – A Nice Academic Meta-Narrative And A Hilarious Creative License

Travelers’ Tips From Sarajevo – Getting Into The Octal Catalogue

ahtd-official-poster

Celebrate Art House Theater Day This Saturday

40th Anniversary 2000AD Comic Con, For London, In February 2017

Why The Guardians Of The Galaxy Won’t Be Going Anywhere (SPOILERS)

kiss01-cov-a-montesdemon

All 14 KISS #1 Covers Plus A John Cassaday Blind Bag Variant