> It hasn't been stated yet but I'm suspecting it will be the Hood. Bendis has mentioned in various interviews that he's wanting to have a bit of organized crime going on in New Avengers and it looks like the Hood will be in charge. I don't believe this was Bendis' original plan but because of all the crossovers like House of M and Civil War, the book was sidetracked and Bendis was forced to rewrite scripts for most of the issues. New Avengers is starting to get back on track though and after the current arc I expect good things from the book.
This is one of my reservations about them. A writer can have a long-term story going and try to writer it, but a massive crossover every few months puts whatever story they have on hold so the hero can participate in it ruining the flow of the story. I don't mind these cross overs every once in awhile, but I think they need to lay off for awhile.
The crossovers are getting tiring and costing me too much money. In the solicits for New Avengers #31 it says something about the last page will set up for a big event in 2008. If I have to go through another crossover I'll be pissed. I'm not planning on buying World War Hulk but I do plan on buying all of the X-Men: Endangered Species crossover later this year. I just wish we could get about 2 or 3 years of character and story development before another company wide crossover.