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CBR: “No Surrender Shows How Comic Books do a Blockbuster Avengers Story”

Over on Comic Book Resources there’s a new article (with spoilers) summing up our Avengers: No Surrender story line and how our creative team delivered big budget entertainment in a weekly comic format.

“No Surrender manages to be simultaneously a story about each of these individual characters, and one about the entire Earth of the Marvel Universe. One that made coming back week after week thrilling and borderline addictive.”

Unveiling Snowguard, Canada’s Newest Hero

CBC Books has the exclusive reveal of SNOWGUARD, the new Marvel teen superhero joining the Champions! Amka first appeared in Champions #19 (April) and joins the team in issue 21 (June).

Click on through and find out more about this Inuk-Canadian hero!

Avengers: No Surrender is Complete!

Back in December 2016, Avengers Editor Tom Brevoort asked the writers of Avengers, U.S.Avengers and Uncanny Avengers if they wanted to pool their efforts to build a big weekly story to close out this era of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, clear the decks for Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness’s Avengers run, and ride the media wave happening for a li’l movie called Avengers: Infinity War.

Over the next six weeks we bounced ideas back and forth until we had a few story threads going, then got together in person at the Marvel offices in early February 2017 for a story summit day to hash it all out. In March we started delivering a script every two weeks, zipping along at that pace for the next eight months until the writing was all done. By New York Comic Con, Avengers: No Surrender had been announced and the writing team was finishing the script for the Epilogue issue…the same one that arrived in comic shops today to wrap up our big story.

To say it’s been a “roller coaster ride” is like saying Mjolnir is a “hammer.” The whole thing has been a wonderful, wild, and ridiculous experience from start to finish. Tom put together a creative team that did what Avengers do – tackle a battle bigger than any one person could handle.

As the tent post of the “Marvel Legacy” initiative, we took that theme and ran with it. The idea of “Legacy” permeates every part of our 16-part 16-week story: a shared history and how we’re remembered. It showed in the history of the Avengers and the addition of a “new” founding member, to the surprising origin of the title of “Grandmaster” and the secret “ace” in his twisted games, to the Hulk’s many deaths and returns brought to new light, or a character like Lightning who never felt like he’d made the most of his time as part of the team. Each element gave us a chance to explore the concept of legacy and create a framework for world-shaking “special effects” and epic battles.

26 heroes, 15 villains, and one Jade Giant, all swirling around in a crazy cosmic game with the fate of the world at stake. At every stage, our team elevated the material.

Mark Waid has done it all and still manages to make it look easy. His unflappable confidence when guiding these characters was the rock-solid base we needed to build from. He’s one of the most gracious and kind creators I’ve ever worked with.

Al Ewing is an idea machine with a ton of heart. Some of the warmest and wildest moments of No Surrender came from his fevered mind and I’m now a high-ranking member of the Al Ewing fan club.

Pepe Larraz, Paco Medina (with Juan Vlasco on inks), Kim Jacinto, and Sean Izaakse turned in the best pages of their careers (so far) with Mike Perkins, Joe Bennett, and Stefano Caselli heroically stepping in to help when Kim was busy with the arrival of his newborn son.

David Curiel, Jesus Aburtov, Morry Hollowell, Ruy Jose, and Federico Blee enhanced every page with stunning colors that brought mood, volume, and texture.

Mark Brooks delivered a stunning set of sixteen cover illustrations that gave the story a high-quality cohesive presence on the stands.

Cory Petit went above and beyond the call of duty with extensive lettering revisions under the gun from three writers and two editors.

Alanna Smith tirelessly ran the gauntlet of continuity and reference, while pulling together the back matter page material we called The Assembly to help make every issue extra-special.

Tom Brevoort started us on the path and made sure we kept the big goals in sight. There’s a reason why he’s the longest running editor currently at Marvel. He knows these characters and their world. His guidance and support at each step made No Surrender what it is.

And now we’re done.

Getting the chance to play with the big toys on the big team has been incredible. I cannot thank our crew enough for their hard work and don’t know how to fully express the gratitude I have for readers, retailers, and reviewers who have made this such a heartwarming and joyful project.

Wherever I go from here, this was one I’ll always remember.

Avengers #689 Reviews

Avengers #689, the action-packed climax of our story, arrived in stores last week. What did the critics think? Read on and find out…

Adventures In Poor Taste: 8/10 “The writing team has continually made a point to highlight various characters throughout the story and give them their own identities and uses in a battle situation.”

Caped-Joel: 8.5/10 “It’s an issue that puts the focus on all the great things the Avengers can do when they’re fighting as a team.”

Comic Town: “The highlight for me was the art…Pepe Larraz. My brand new favorite. Give him an event book any time, every time.”

Comic Book University: Grade: A+ “This is absolutely one of my favorite Avengers stories ever…This is the stuff that makes me happy to be a comic book reader.”

Comicosity: 10/10 “No Surrender has been a widescreen epic since the first panel. The creative team figured out a way to highlight some lesser-known Avengers, but managed to keep the tale epic in scope and severe in consequence.”

Comicsverse: 8.7/10 “Living Lightning delivers a message that hits home: ‘We fight for those who can’t fight alongside us. To give them just a little hope.'”

Diskingdom: 8/10 “This is one heck of an issue as it’s full of action and brings a natural finish to a story I’ve been following for months. I found it interesting how the final battles with both elders were handled so differently.”

Do You Even Comic Book: 10/10 “Avengers #689 is too layered to breeze through and toss on the shelf. You’ll be back, because this one will pull you back with its tightly woven story and some of the very best visuals I’ve ever seen.”

Fortress of Solitude: 9/10 “A great reminder of why the Avengers are who they are and what they stand for.”

Geeked Out Nation: “Avengers #689 was an exciting exploration of what it means to be an Avenger. Some creative teams will miss that mark, but not this one…Ask for the full package of an event, and what you have is this.”

Legion Of Myth: 9/10 “That was a great end to this arc…I really, really enjoyed the issue.”

Rogues Portal: “With a satisfying climax to the No Surrender saga, Avengers #689 is the penultimate issue of an impressively epic superhero story that’s worth your time.”

Sci-Fi Pulse: Grade: A+ ” Perfect payoff. This is how to end an epic! The heroes are brave and smart, the villains tremendous. The story gives you all you could want and more and the art is to die for.”

Arriving in June- Avengers: No Surrender- The Complete Hardcover!

Pre-order now from your favorite local comic shop!


When the Earth is stolen, it triggers the end of an era for its Mightiest Heroes! The sky burns while mysterious cosmic objects crash down from above, wreaking havoc across the world! The Avengers are the last line of defense against the forces threatening to tear their planet apart — including Thanos’ Black Order and the new Lethal Legion! So it’s time to assemble like never before!

The teams you know and love from AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS, U.S.AVENGERS and OCCUPY AVENGERS come together to face a mysterious threat beyond any they’ve ever known in a truly epic adventure! Heroes will fall! Icons will return! And prepare to meet the newest original Avenger: Voyager! Who is she, where has she been — and why don’t you remember her?

Collecting AVENGERS #675-690.

352 PGS./Rated T+ …$50.00
ISBN: 978-1-302-91145-4
Trim size: oversized

Avengers: No Surrender
(collects Avengers #675-690)

The Earth has been stolen! The sky burns while mysterious cosmic objects crash down from above, wreaking havoc across the world – and the Avengers are the last line of defense between Earth and the mysterious forces threatening to tear it apart. It’s time to assemble almost everyone who has ever been an Avenger! Tension is high and peril is imminent, but there’s no option to surrender for the relentless Avengers!
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Champions #19 Reviews

The first issue of a new era of Champions! What did critics think of our debut? Read on and find out…

Black Nerd Problems: 8.5/10 “This issue is the start of a promising new adventure. We have a new team behind the wheel but the same feel. The smaller, more focused roster works in their favor”

Comic 8/10 “…everybody stepped up and delivered a really fun entry to this series. Instead of giving one character too much attention, this issue of Champions spread the love, allowing each and every member of the team to have their own moment or two.”

Comic Book University: Grade: A “I can’t wait to see what else is going to happen. This looks really cool. It’s a great comic.”

Comics: The Gathering: 9/10 “Hold your heads up high, Champions fans!…Champions #19 concentrates very productively on character relationships, and if future issues deliver as strongly on plot development, this title is poised for greatness.”

Do You Even Comic Book: 9/10 “This first issue with this new creative team has me one-hundred percent on board and promises to be an enjoyable experience.”

Multiversity Comics: 7.5/10 “a new start under the leadership of Jim Zub and Sean Izaake, who craft an emotionally grounded beginning to the teenage superheroes trip in the great white north.”

Three Zub-tastic Marvel Comics for July!

Guest-starring the macabre Man-Thing!
The Champions’ mission in space (in INFINITY COUNTDOWN!) has left its mark, and the team tries to move on. A chance to bring life back to a desolate village might be just what they need – or push them even farther apart…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

Nova and the Champions fighting for Thanos? Strange allies abound and sacrifices will be made…One of these young heroes is about to lose everything.
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

…and if KITTY PRYDE fails to uncover them, another X-MAN will die! Has DOMINO’S luck finally run out?
And what is the SOTEIRA PROJECT?
32 PGS./Parental Advisory …$3.99

Avengers #688 Reviews

Avengers: No Surrender Part 14 of 16 arrived in stores last week. What did the critics think? Read on and find out…

AV Club: “These writers have managed to keep the stakes high and have a firm handle on how these characters play off of each other”

Caped-Joel: 8/10 “The book is good and it’s nice to see heroes being heroes…What’s not to love?”

Comic 8/10 “As with past chapters, this issue channels classic Avengers tales by mixing melodrama, heroic sacrifice, discussions about what it means to be an Avenger and to be part of a team”

Comic Book Corner: 9/10 “It’s really emotional, probably one of the more emotional chapters in the series and it really defines who the Avengers are…My hats off for this issue.”

Comic Book University: Grade: B+ “It’s still really good…I’m looking forward to seeing how this is going to end in two more issues.”

Comic-Watch: 8/10 “By focusing on Quicksilver’s struggle to give the remaining Avenger’s the reinforcements they need so desperately, the issue delves into exactly what it means to be a member of the team.”

Comicosity: 8/10 “With two chapters to go, Avengers #688 gives readers an ‘Avengers Assemble!’ moment that supercharges the remainder of this saga while promising even more Avengers awesomeness ahead.”

Comicsverse: 8.7/10 “You can tell the writers and artists were all in sync when producing these pages…Everyone is playing a part, everyone is helping. This is why the Avengers are so crucial.”

Diskingdom: 8/10 “This issue is all about getting the band back together and I really enjoyed how the writers did it, with Quicksilver standing out as a true hero.”

Do You Even Comic Book: 10/10 “For a character like Quicksliver, not much is ever out of reach. There’s a strange juxtaposition of being so fast and not fast enough that propels the story forward with an emotional weight worthy of the task at hand.”

Fortress Of Solitude: 9/10 “A fun action-packed issue that catapulted us right into the finale of this wonderful event”

Graphic Policy: 9/10 “This might be my favorite issue so far and that’s from an event that has delivered with almost every issue.”

Legion Of Myth: 10/10 “If you’re going to buy one comic this week, get this one. It just hits it all.”

Rogues Portal: “With just a couple more issues left in the No Surrender saga, Avengers #688 provides a poignant showcase for a stalwart member”

Shaking up Greymouth, NZ Makes National News

Sometimes you write a superhero comic while the biggest superhero movie of all time is coming out and wake up to discover that a single panel in your story spawned a national news article.

CBR: No Surrender Fourth Month Interview

Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and I were interviewed once again by Dave Richards at Comic Book Resources as we head into the final push to the end of Avengers: No Surrender. Some spoilers for AVENGERS #688, but also insight into where the story is at and the final battle to come. Give it a read!