In the world of of Secret Wars' Battleworld, the globe is cordoned off from dangerous regions by an immense wall known as the Shield -- and patrolling that wall are some familiar faces.
Kieron Gillen is returning to some familiar characters in the new Siege series set inside the Secret Wars event. Siege stars Abigail Brand and S.W.O.R.D., characters created by Joss Whedon and John Cassaday and later written by Gillen in the short-lived S.W.O.R.D. series. Although that series didn't last long, when he first heard of plans of Secret Wars his return materialized pretty quickly.
“I was at the Marvel retreat where Jonathan [Hickman] was first explaining the structure of Battleworld,” says Gillen. “He reached the Shield, and I pretty much laughed to myself and thinking ‘There’s the story I want to write.’”
Described as a 'spiritual sequel' to his aforementioned S.W.O.R.D. series, Gillen describes Siege as the Night Watch from Game of Thrones if they recruited from the Marvel Universe.
“The Shield’s purpose is to stop everything that’s south of that point going north of that point,” Gillen says. “It’s because everything south of the Shield is entirely ungovernable. They don’t pay taxes. They jaywalk. They want to eat you. Being deposited on the Shield is a punishment for a mixture of people who are entirely too battle-hungry or entirely too heroic. It’s deliberately a Sisyphean task, for reasons that I can’t really go into yet. As the series tagline says, ‘They can't ever win—they can’t afford to lose.’"
Abigail Brand is joined by an eclectic cast for Siege, including Miss America Chavez from Young Avengers, Leah of Hel from Journey Into Mystery, Illyanna Rasputin from All-NEw X-Men, a medieval version of Kate "Hawkeye" Bishop, a number of UNITs from S.W.O.R.D. and an army of clones from Mr. Sinister called the Endless Summers.
Siege will be illustrated by Captain Marvel's Filipe Andrade, as well as "guest artists" including James Stokoe. Marvel has not said the length of the series or when it will debut.