Christos Gage and Mike McKone introduce the Avengers’ first batch of students, possible future heroes and Avengers, but are actually traumatized young super-beings with the potential to be villains. The “Avengers Academy” series is intriguing, blending new concepts with more “traditional” Avengers lore. Tortured or manipulated by Norman Osborn, Reptil and newer characters Mettle, Finesse, Hazmat, Veil, and Striker form an interesting and unpredictable group, and are currently trained by similarly “damaged” mentors like Hank Pym, Tigra, Justice, Quicksilver and Speedball. The first arc is insightful and told well, exploring the mindset of a student per issue. Ape X (Roy Reyna) from “Marvel Apes” would make a great addition to this team, as he was also a victim of Osborn’s regime.