"No Surrender" kicked off this week in Avengers #675 from writers Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub, and artist Pepe Larraz. The inaugural chapter of the weekly story establishes a worldwide threat, introduces the mysterious Voyager, and puts a classic Avengers character in peril.
Spoilers ahead for Avengers #675.
Avengers #675 opens with the former Living Lightning - now just “Lightning” - busting a crime ring, while considering doing more with his Avengers reserve status. As he contemplates his time as an Avenger, the sky turns red with crackling energy. Across the world, other Avengers encounter similar scenarios.
The various Avengers squads race to stop the natural disasters and mayhem that ensue as a result of whatever is causing the red skies, but no one can figure out what’s causing all the destruction.
Meanwhile in space, Captain Marvel realizes the Earth and the moon have completely disappeared from the solar system.
In Italy, something crashes out of the sky into the Coliseum - possibly a craft of some kind, though it is not identified.
Back in New York, Nadia Pym and Jarvis work to help civilians who are in danger from crumbling buildings. As Nadia saves some kids, Jarvis pushes a young boy out of the path of some debris - though Jarvis is crushed by the falling rocks.
Across the world, various heroes including Captain America, Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Champions, the X-Men, Squirrel Girl, Vision, Janet Van Dyne, and Enigma are frozen in some kind of blue stasis fields. As this occurs, an alert goes out across all active and reserve Avengers membership I.D.’s, leading the Avengers - including Lightning - to gather in New York. They’re joined by a distraught Nadia, who chastises the team when they refuse to go to Jarvis’ aid. Rogue says “Jarvis would understand,” prioritizing the civilian lives at stake, and Nadia storms off. Beast agrees to accompany Nadia back to the hospital, to help Jarvis.
As the various Avengers are all trying to figure out who made the call, a mysterious off-panel figure arrives. Hercules, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch all seem to recognize the figure, with Scarlet Witch saying “I always knew it. When we really needed you, you’d be back.”
The mysterious figure says they’re the one who called the assembly, and it’s revealed to be Voyager, the enigmatic hero depicted among the original Avengers in the marketing for "No Surrender."
No Surrender continues in Avengers #676, on shelves January 17.