War is spreading across the Marvel Universe once more this summer with the Empyre event, and out of war shall rise a new superteam, one not from New York or any of the usual U.S. spots where one can find Marvel superteams with books.
After teasing this new team last week, Marvel has fully unveiled who is part of this new U.K. based team known as the Union.
Coming in May in a five-part miniseries from Paul Grist & Andrea Di Vito, The Union stars longtime Marvel stalwart Union Jack alongside a new cast of characters: Snakes from Northern Ireland, Kelpie from Scotland, The Choir from Wales and a new version of Britannia who is the leader of the team.
“40 years ago, Roger Stern and John Byrne introduced a new Union Jack into the pages of Captain America! This is the comic I’ve been waiting 40 years to write!” Grist said. “New heroes! New adventures! And a team that’s falling apart before it’s even begun!”
Artist R.B. Silva provided the looks for the characters, featured in the shared concept art from Marvel. Joining Union Jack will be the best heroes the UK has to offer including Snakes from Northern Ireland, Kelpie from Scotland, The Choir from Wales, and their fearless leader, the legendary Britannia! With new heroes comes new designs and hit artist R.B. Silva (Powers of X) was delighted to provide dynamic looks for the whole cast!
“I really like Medieval themes. With Britania and Kelpie, I wanted them to look like medieval warriors and I just simplified and modernized it from there,” Silva explained. “For Snakes, I thought of the visual for the Executioner. Someone the enemy will fear from just a look. And for the Choir, more of a light visual, something that can enable quick movements. On her knife I put 3 dragon’s heads. I know on Wales’ flag they have a dragon with only one head but I thought, why not three?”
The Union #1 arrives in May.