Marvel’s new generation of heroes banded together to form their own type of team to stand opposite of the Avengers, taking on the name of The Champions near the beginning of 2017. After facing various issues & crises the team will face something new in 2019: a new creative team & new team members.
As revealed by Comic Book Resources, Champions #19 will usher in writer Jim Zub and artist Sean Izaakse as the new creative team, replacing the departing Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos. Zub and Izaakse will bring along The Wasp/Nadia Pym & Ironheart/Riri Williams as new team members alongside Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Hulk/Amadeus Cho, Nova/Sam Alexander, Spider-Man/Miles Morales and Viv Vision.
“I love the youthful energy and sense of possibility inherent in the Champions,” Zub said. “They’re go-getters, they’re explorers, and they’re still trying to find their way in the world. This is a cast of characters who don’t have dozens and dozens of issues under their belt, so we can really stake our claim and affect them in unexpected ways that will last.”
While missing from the initial image, there is no word officially on if the time-displaced X-Men: Blue Cyclops will remain on the team or if changes in that other title will be part of why he’s no longer with the Champion.
“The Champions are among the characters “frozen” right now in Avengers and I can’t reveal how that wraps up, but suffice to say that ‘No Surrender’ doesn’t change the main thrust of our young team of heroes,” Zub said. “Champions #19 is built as a perfect jumping on point for new readers, setting the team up for their new goals and thrusting them into danger right from the get-go. It’s classic teen superhero adventure with a contemporary flare. The first story is called “Northern Lights,” and it takes the Champions to the Arctic. Someone or something is repairing a cluster of glaciers that calved from the mainland and the team goes to investigate. What they find there is going to immediately put them on the defensive and give them some hard decisions to make. Mark [Original series writer, Mark Waid] had a lot of shorter 1 and 2-part stories and we’ll have some of those too, but I’m also adding in classic superhero-y subplots bubbling under the surface that will pay off later on. My goal is to channel the kinds of things I loved about teen books like New Mutants, Generation-X, or the New Warriors and bring it into our modern world with lots of surprises.”
Champions #19 arrives in April.