Marvel has announced via a press release that Jonathan Hickman's long-running Avengers saga will conclude this April with the final issues of both "Avengers" and "New Avengers." As the release describes, the story will focus on the final planet-destroying incursion -- the cataclysmic events that have been at the forefront of the latest volume of "New Avengers" -- and Earth's Mightiest Heroes' attempt to prevent the destruction of their world. As the release states, these two oversized issues will bring the Avengers and the secret Illuminati group from "New Avengers" together for one final showdown against the unstoppable.
Mike Deodato will handle the art on "Avengers" while Kev Walker will return to provide art for "New Avengers'" final issue. Hickman took over the two interlocking titles in late 2012, thus beginning a densely-plotted run on the series. Marvel first announced the current "Time Runs Out" storyline last May. The story fast-forwarded eight months into the future this past fall with "Avengers" #35.
Even though these two titles are coming to a conclusion, Hickman's involvement with the Marvel Universe is far from over. The writer will next tackle the still mysterious "Secret Wars" event, which kicks off a month after these two Avengers finales. It's already known that "Secret Wars" will feature a new "Battleworld" comprised of chunks of land from previous Marvel storylines and parallel Earths. It has yet to be revealed if the incursions, events that cause parallel Earths to collide, are linked in any way to "Secret Wars," which features a Battleworld comprised of smashed together parallel Marvel Earths.
Official Press Release
Time Ran Out! Presenting the Final AVENGERS & NEW AVENGERS Covers!
This April, the Avengers and the Illuminati face down their final hours. The clock is winding down and the final incursion is upon us. Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at fan-favorite artist Dustin Weaver's interlocking covers to AVENGERS #44 and NEW AVENGERS #33 - the cataclysmic final issues!
Superstar writer Jonathan Hickman along with blockbuster artists Mike Deodato and Kev Walker bring to a close the epic saga of the Avengers, the Illuminati, and a Marvel Universe on the brink of extinction. The Incursions from parallel Earths from other dimensions have taken their toll on our heroes, and the battle worn Avengers stand ready to face utter decimation.
Before the highly-anticipated SECRET WARS begins in May, close out Jonathan Hickman's epic Avengers and New Avengers saga with these two, oversized final issues! What changes await Earth's Mightiest Heroes? Be there when TIME RUNS OUT this April in AVENGERS #44 and NEW AVENGERS #33!
AVENGERS #44Written by JONATHAN HICKMANArt by MIKE DEODATOCover by DUSTIN WEAVEROn-Sale in April!
NEW AVENGERS #33Written by JONATHAN HICKMANArt by KEV WALKERCover by DUSTIN WEAVEROn-Sale in April!