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AI poses conflicts for new Avengers

Artificial intelligence is both the problem and the solution for a new team of Avengers whose roster members are synthetic, android and robotic.

Such is the crux of “Avengers A.I.,” which boasts the return of the Vision to prominence in the Marvel universe after years on the sidelines that left readers wondering whether Hank Pym’s benevolent creation would ever return.

Writer Sam Humphries and editor Lauren Sankovitch said the book, illustrated by André Lima Araújo and released Wednesday, is a new chapter for the Avengers. It focuses on a threat that resulted from the just-concluded “Age of Ultron” story that nearly ended all life at the hands of the evil robot – also created by Pym.

That threat, vague but certain, looms large but remains hidden, too, seemingly able to strike from anywhere at anyone at any time, they said.

At the center of it all is Pym, a founding member of the classic Avengers, whose creation of Ultron – and that robot’s creation of Vision – has been both beneficial and dangerously problematic.

“The invention he comes up with to stop his invention has unintended consequences for the future,” said Humphries, whose previous work for Marvel includes writing Uncanny X-Force and “Ultimate Comics: Ultimates.”

The team is led by Vision and includes Alexis, an artificial intelligence presence that resides in one of the planet’s advanced robot bodies.

There’s also Victor Mancha, the son of Ultron who first gained prominence in the pages of the Runaways, as well as a Doombot that is, for now, unnamed. Also on the team is Monica Chang, an agent with SHIELD whose portfolio is keeping tabs on artificial intelligence and keeping the world safe.

TV shows get new life in digital comics

“Punky Brewster” and the kids from “Saved by the Bell” are returning to the small screen through digital comic books. So, too, are “Knight Rider,” “Airwolf” and “Miami Vice.”

Lion Forge Comics and NBC Universal said Tuesday they partnered to develop, write, illustrate and publish digital comics based on those shows from the 1980s and 1990s, bringing new stories for characters like Crocket and Tubbs as well as Kit and Screech.

The comics are set to be released later this year through iTunes, Amazon’s Kindle Bookstore, Barnes & Noble’s Nook store and Kobo.

The NBC Universal-owned shows are the latest in a growing push that has seen other TV properties extend their stories in comics, most recently “The X-Files” and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”