Coming in January, “Avengers: No Surrender” will mark the end of an era for the Marvel Universe. The weekly story, which will unite the creative teams of three Avengers titles (Avengers, U.S. Avengers, and Uncanny Avengers), promises to include almost every current member of the Avengers.
Beginning in 2012, the major Marvel relaunch known as Marvel Now! was designed to bring into prominence a number of young heroes and legacy characters. Marvel Now! caused heroes like Captain America, the Hulk, and Iron Man to be replaced by other superheroes. The company’s latest relaunch, Marvel Legacy, will put a renewed focus on the core Marvel characters. Several big changes have already been announced, such as the resurrections of Jean Grey, Wolverine, and Professor X, and the return of Adam Warlock.
Written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub, “Avengers: No Surrender” will kick off in Avengers #675, with art from Pepe Larraz, Kim Jacinto, and Paco Madina. The story will feature “shocking returns” and “surprising new characters” like Voyager, who has been mysteriously integrated into Avengers history.
Marvel has released variant covers for Avengers #675. One cover shows Voyager being taken over by the Venom symbiote, while the other adds Voyager to the original roster of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in a redesigned cover of Avengers #1 from 1963 (see below).
Marvel has also released a banner packed full of classic characters. The banner features every Avenger from 1963 all the way up to the 1990s. Here, even obscure heroes like Gilgamesh, Living Lightning, Deathcry, and the original Guardians of the Galaxy get their chance to shine. Some characters, such as Hawkeye, Iron Man, Wasp, and Hank Pym, are shown multiple times to depict their various identities and costumes. Most characters are shown wearing their classic ’90s outfits.
To further promote the story, Marvel has announced 21 variant covers that will release with Marvel’s other titles. Each cover will depict a different roster from Avengers history.
It was announced at New York Comic Con 2017 that the “massive” 16-part story will last for four months. Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort compared it to the ’90s story-arc “Avengers Disassembled”, which had the Avengers undone by numerous tragedies and the reality-warping powers of a mentally unstable Scarlet Witch.
The first chapter of “Avengers: No Surrender” will begin in Avengers #675, which goes on sale in January.
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