This week’s installment of Avengers: No Surrender from writers Al Ewing, Mark Waid and Jim Zub and artists Paco Medina and Joe Bennett delivers answers to a pair of mysteries, exploring both the Hulk’s resurrection and the true identity of the “lost Avenger” Voyager.
Spoilers ahead for Avengers: No Surrender #684.
Avengers: No Surrender #684 kicks off by showing how the Hulk returned to life after his death in Civil War II. After a brief recap of Banner’s origin story and his death at the hands of Hawkeye using a special Gamma-arrow, we’re given a “behind-the-scenes” look at his previous resurrections - when the Hand brought him back, and when he was resurrected by Arnim Zola. In both cases, Banner’s perspective offers some new insight. In the case of the Hand, Banner’s soul was awake and aware - and trying to convince Doctor Voodoo not to choose him over his brother to no avail. Then, in Zola’s case, Banner agrees to Hulk out and do what Zola wants as long as he allows him to die after.
But despite Banner’s death wish, the Hulk is immortal - he always manages to come back, his body “waiting” for resurrection. With his return, this concept sets the stage for his upcoming new ongoing series.
Meanwhile, Grandmaster and Challenger prod each others’ strategies, and Beast and Nadia Pym realize that Jarvis’ revelation from last issue that Voyager is an imposter is accurate - but before they can contact the others, Voyager arrives back at Avengers HQ with the Pyramoid she stole last issue. Her skin now blue, Voyager is revealed as Grandmaster’s daughter, using powers he granted to her to deceive the Avengers as his secret weapon. However, exhausted by years of manipulation by her father, Voyager plans to betray him.
But the Challenger has a weapon of his own - the Hulk. Hulk smashes his way through Captain Glory and Mentacle on his way to Avengers HQ to retrieve the Pyramoid from Voyager. The Avengers intercept him, but the seemingly mindless, rage-fueled Hulk quickly dispatches Enigma, Cannonball, Quicksilver, and Living Lightning who launches the full extent of his powers at the Hulk, but doesn’t make a dent.
Finally, the last line of defense arrives – Red Hulk, decked out in Iron Patriot armor.
The story continues in March 21’s Avengers: No Surrender #685.