The Avengers past and present will unite for Marvel Legacy's "Avengers: No Surrender" story arc -- but Marvel Comics doesn't want you to call it an event...at least not with a capital "E." Rather, the massive, weekly storyline will be contained to one series: The Avengers.
Discussing Marvel's break from capital-E Events -- which traditionally include slews of tie-ins -- Marvel SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort explained to Newsarama how "No Surrender" works around the new rule. The Marvel exec said the "No Surrender" model for events shouldn't be ruled out going forward.
He said, "...a lot of [the continuation of the No Surrender event model] will depend on how this all works out. But this is definitely the kind of big story you can expect in 'Legacy.' The main thing that we’re not going to be doing are those kind of, bringing all the heroes together, touching every corner of the Marvel Universe, one core title with lots of tie-ins and mini-series capital-E 'Events.'"
He added, "But part of the motivation for 'No Surrender' and for those kind of event stories, is to do something that fans can get excited about getting into shops and picking up every week, so we very well could see this kind of model applied to that kind of thing in the future."
“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,” 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!”
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.”