AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER is 'Half Celebration, Half Wake'

AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER from FOOM
AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER from FOOM
Credit: Alex Ross (Marvel Comics)
AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER from FOOM
AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER from FOOM
Credit: Alex Ross (Marvel Comics)

When Avengers, Uncanny Avengers, and U.S.Avengers combine into a single, unified weekly title next year for "Avengers: No Surrender," the team's line-up will undergo some big changes again - starting with the end of Uncanny Avengers and U.S.Avengers, and the incorporation of some those teams' members into the core Avengers roster. The new details were revealed in Marvel's FOOM, a promotional magazine that arrived in Direct Market comic book stores Tuesday and will be available to readers beginning Wednesday.

"Avengers: No Surrender" co-writer Mark Waid described the series as "half celebration, half wake" for the Avengers, while Jim Zub said the story will be the "final hurrah" of the current era of the team. 

As for what's troubling the team, the individual members are experiencing their own issues that they'll deal with throughout the series. For Beast, this means trying to reconnect with his past - specifically his time on the Avengers and his friendship with Wonder Man - and focusing on his scientific prowess rather than his beastly strength. He'll work with Wasp to discover some new ideas that, in Waid's words, will be "essential to the team's survival."

For Beast's fellow X-Man-turned-Avenger Rogue, "No Surrender" is about overcoming new challenges - including one that will, according to Zub, "take something special from her." 

Then there's Quicksilver, who Zub said is "in a dark place" in the story, as well as Vision, whose actions as the team's communications hub may draw unsavory attention from "dark forces," according to the series' third co-writer, Al Ewing.

Finally - and perhaps most surprisingly - there's Living Lightning (now just going by 'Lightning'), who will enter the story with a new supporting cast of his own. "He hasn't been just sitting in a green room waiting to get a call all this time," explained Ewing. "He's been off having exciting adventures."

The full line-up of the "No Surrender" Avengers has not yet been revealed, but it will also include at least two more founding Avengers, as well as several new characters, and some unnamed characters Ewing described as "cinematic favorites."

Additionally, Jarvis, the longtime butler of the Avengers, will play a key role in the story, as will Voyager, a new character whose identity Marvel has promised will be revealed on September 29.

"Avengers: No Surrender" kicks off in Avengers #675 in January.

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