Marvel Comics has debuted the cover art for Avengers #675, the first issue of the long-running series’ first major Legacy storyline titled “No Surrender.”
Illustrated by Mark Brooks, the wraparound cover depicts pretty much every major player currently calling themselves an Avenger. The USAvengers are represented by heroes including Cannonball and Squirrel Girl, the Falcon-led team is present, along with members of the Uncanny Avengers and Occupy Avengers star Hawkeye.
The cover homages George Perez’s iconic cover for Crisis on Infinite Earths, the classic DC Comics storyline that rebooted the publisher’s entire continuity in themed-1980s. Whether “No Surrender” has the same level of effect on the Avengers as the original Crisis event did on the DCU remains to be seen, but considering Marvel has already introduced the fact that the team’s continuity has been changed, illustrated by the retconned introduction of Voyager as a founding member, it’s likely “No Surrender” will leave the team in a very different place than readers are used to. While she’s not visible in the cover art, Marvel has made it clear that Voyager will factor into the storyline in a major way.
“Avengers: No Surrender” kicks off in January’s Avengers #675, written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub, with art by Pepe Larraz. The weekly storyline will last for three months, with the writing team working together throughout while artist Kim Jacinto illustrates the second month’s chapter, and Paco Medina takes on the third month’s.
“The Earth has been stolen! That’s the kickoff to the wildest Avengers epic ever put to paper, a widescreen adventure with a massive cast and an unlimited budget,” SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said in a statement. “Avengers past and present will be called upon to cope with a threat spanning out of the pages of MARVEL LEGACY #1. And like that oversized special, there’s a huge character return or two along the way that fans have been asking for—and one that they didn’t even know they wanted!”
Ominously billed as “The Beginning of the End,” the “No Surrender” storyline is said to feature of such classic Avengers characters as loyal longtime butler Edwin Jarvis and the Living Lightning, who’s now apparently referred to simply as Lightning. The latter, introduced in 1990 in Avengers West Coast #63, is depicted on the promotional artwork for “No Surrender,” alongside Rogue, Quicksilver, Thor, The Vision and what looks to be Beast.
Marvel Comics’ Legacy initiative kicked off Sept. 27 with Marvel Legacy #1, a 50-page one-shot from writer Jason Aaron and artist Esad Ribic that teased “startling origin of the Marvel Universe” and underscore how “it’s all connected.”
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