Avengers Assemble: A Rundown of the 'No Road Home' Team
Everything you need to know about Voyager’s new team in AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME!
Last year, Mark Waid, Al Ewing, and Jim Zub joined forces with a superstar lineup of artists for AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER, a weekly storyline that ended one era for the team and paved the way for the current AVENGERS series. However, there are still some loose ends from NO SURRENDER, and the writers of that story are coming back for its spiritual sequel, AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME.
Paco Medina will illustrate AVENGERS: NO ROAD HOME #1, which is available now. Voyager, the heroine introduced in NO SURRENDER, will play a vital role in the ten-part weekly story that will unfold in NO ROAD HOME. She’s the one who will assemble a team of classic Avengers, plus one new addition, to face a threat that could engulf the entire universe in darkness. Whatever happens next, it’s up to these heroes to save the day.
Although Voyager originally presented herself as Valerie Vector, her real name is Va Nee Gast, and she is the daughter of the Grandmaster. Voyager was Grandmaster’s mole within the Avengers, and he granted her teleportation powers and the ability to manipulate memories in order to make the team believe that she was a founding member.
Voyager may have had dark intentions at first, but she was moved by the Avengers’ selfless nature and their unyielding commitment to each other and their world. She confessed her true identity before fighting alongside them against the Challenger. The Avengers offered Voyager a place on the team, but she felt that she had a greater role to play by rehabilitating Challenger. It remains to be seen why she abandoned that post, and what threat will force her to bring the team together.
Clint Barton may not be a founding Avenger, but he’s been with the team since the days of Cap’s Kooky Quartet. He’s also no stranger to cosmic adventures through time and space since he was one of the few heroes on the makeshift team in AVENGERS FOREVER. Currently, Hawkeye is an advisor for Kate Bishop’s new team of West Coast Avengers, and he’s primarily been dealing with more Earth-bound threats – no matter how ridiculous they may be.
Hercules is another long-standing Avenger, but he has reinvented himself in recent years. During his first stint with the team, Hercules nearly got himself killed by the Masters of Evil when he disregarded Wasp’s orders. That experience humbled Hercules. He was also a primary member of the team during the pre-Onslaught era, and he only returned to the lineup within the last few years. Hercules also came to the realization that he hasn’t been living up to his own legend, and he took steps to rectify that. He fought with distinction during the NO SURRENDER storyline, and he may prove to be the team’s best warrior in this time of crisis.
Wanda Maximoff joined the Avengers alongside her brother Quicksilver and Hawkeye. For several years, the Scarlet Witch was unquestionably one of the greatest heroines on the team. Unfortunately, AVENGERS DISASSEMBLED unleashed Wanda’s dark side and she nearly destroyed the super team.
Years later, Wanda’s powers and sanity were restored, and she has attempted to redeem herself in the eyes of her teammates. She was also one of the key players in AVENGERS VS. X-MEN, UNCANNY AVENGERS, and NO SURRENDER.
Vision and Scarlet Witch once shared an epic romance that truly made them a super couple. Unfortunately, their bond never fully recovered after Vision was disassembled during their stint on the West Coast Avengers. Since their split, Vision attempted to create his own android family, including Viv Vision. Vision even attempted to entirely shut down his emotions to deal with his personal issues. Regardless, he is still an invaluable member of the team. But with Vision and Scarlet Witch once again fighting side-by-side, the sparks are gonna fly.
As Captain Marvel, Monica Rambeau rose through the ranks of the Avengers and became the leader of the team. She’s had a few codename changes since her days as a rookie heroine, but Monica redefined herself as Spectrum. With her command over light and the ability to transform herself into energy, Spectrum is quite literally the most powerful person on this squad. Her leadership abilities may also make her the natural choice to take charge of the situation.
Bruce Banner’s alter ego may currently be known as the Immortal Hulk, but perhaps “the Immoral Hulk” would be more accurate. Since his return from the dead during NO SURRENDER, the Hulk has rarely been more frightening or unpredictable. He is a founding member of the Avengers, but there have only been a few occasions when Hulk was stable enough to be an active part of the group. This isn’t one of those times, and that could prove to be a very big problem in the weeks ahead.
Until recently, Rocket was a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Unfortunately, he appears to have fallen out with his friends in the wake of INFINITY WARS. He’s not exactly a fan of life on Earth, but Rocket will find himself fighting alongside the Avengers in NO ROAD HOME. Perhaps he’ll even find a more permanent role with the team, once the current storyline comes to an end.
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