The following contains spoilers for Marvel’s Champions #22, in stores July 11.
Jim Zub and Sean Izaakse took over creative duties for Marvel’s Champions book with the 19th issue, which saw the inclusion of Ironheart, the Unstoppable Wasp, and Snowguard to the core team. Of course, there’s no rest for MArvel’s premier team of teenage heroes, so next week’s Champions #22 by Zub and artist Kevin Libranda sees multiple big changes come to the team.
For starters, Amadeus Cho will now go by the new codename Brawn. After spending years as the Totally Awesome Hulk, Amadeus recently became more lean (but still green) during the events of “World War Hulk II” in his solo comic. Because he finally decided to accept his inner rage as a part of who he is, a new look has debuted, one that finally puts the former Hulk in a costume with an actual shirt and pants. Though the process to getting there wasn’t exactly ideal, Cho doesn’t seem to have any real qualms with it.
Riri Williams, meanwhile, isn’t content with letting her recent encounter with Thanos break her. He may have taken away her armor like it was nothing, but it’s simply led to her (with some help from Viv Vision) developing the 3.0 version of her Ironheart suit, one that’s lighter and faster than the original.
The only Champion who isn’t having a positive change is Nova. The events of Infinity Countdown: Champions from last week also saw Sam Alexander’s Nova helmet taken from him by the Nova Corps, the source of all his powers and thus, in his eyes, the only way for him to be a contributing member of the team.
Each of the Champions are going through something big right now. Miles Morales is currently unsure what his future is going to be; Nadia’s solo book is returning; and Kamala finally revealed her secret identity to her friends. The Champions are the only place where all these teens can be there for one another, and now it’s time for them to be there for Sam after he’s just lost everything.
Champions #22 will release on shelves and digitally on July 11.