Despite appearances to the contrary, Jarvis will survive Avengers: No Surrender‘s initial salvo, Marvel Comics has revealed. Things still look dire for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, however, because the Hulk is back, and looking angrier than ever.
The Hulk died during Marvel’s last major event, Secret Empire, at the hand of fellow Avenger Hawkeye. While you might expect the jade giant to focus his attention on the archer after his resurrection, however, it appears he’s got other things on his mind. Mark Brooks’ cover for No Surrender #686 shows him reaching for a glowing pyramid, an action Rogue is desperately attempting to prevent. Of course, the Hulk may not even be in control of his own actions; his glowing eyes indicate someone other than Bruce Banner is steering the gamma-powered ship.
Artist Nick Bradshaw’s variant covers do tease some level of interaction between Clint Barton and the Hulk. Specifically, Bradshaw’s cover for Avengers: No Surrender” #682 indicates the archer might be present when Banner’s green alter-ego is resurrected. What that means for Hawkeye remains to be seen, though Marvel has hinted that not every Avenger will survive this storyline.
Avengers: No Surrender has been promoted as an adventure that involves someone literally stealing Earth from its orbit. However, Brooks’ cover for Issue #683 indicates time travel may play a role in the storyline as well. The cover shows a rather startled Beast (holding some sort of hypodermic gun in his hand) looking at nearly a dozen scenes from throughout Avengers history. In one, we see an image of Spider-Woman and Spider-Man (in his black suit) from Brian Michael Bendis’ New Avengers era. Other screens include glimpses of the original West Coast Avengers era, the time Hawkeye was Ronin, the first Civil War, and more.
We know Avengers history has recently been rewritten, resulting in the mysterious Voyager now being counted among the original team’s members. Is Beast merely looking for clues in footage from past eras, or are the Avengers adrift in time as well as space? And what do Thanos and his Black Order have to do with any of this? We’ll find out when Avengers: No Surrender debuts in January with Avengers #675. The first month’s stories are written by Mark Waid, Al Ewing and Jim Zub, with art by Pepe Larraz.
Check out the rest of Mark Brooks’ covers for Avengers: No Surrender below. Issues #683 – 686, written by Jim Zub, Mark Waid and Al Ewing, release weekly in March, illustrated by Paco Medina.
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