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It’s difficult to welcome new superhero fan art considering its proliferation on the Internet in recent years, but in the case of these Alex Mitchell renderings, I gladly accept it with open arms. Vastly different from the works of his contemporaries, Mitchell has envisioned Marvel Comics’ beloved ‘The Avengers’ as a samurai-era Japanese anime. The melding of these two geek staples is epic in every sense of the word, combining the badass fantasies of eastern and western cultures into something entirely new.
Even more impressive than the images themselves are the backstories that Alex Mitchell has written to go along with each character redesign. The origin tales are familiar, drawing from existing lore established by Marvel Comics, but to see narrative details recontextualized in a Japanese setting is truly a treat for comic and anime fans alike.