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Published February 19, 2020

The Brits Are Coming: Meet the Union, the New Super Team Coming in 'Empyre'

The latest Marvel Comic event will introduce a new team of heroes in 'The Union' by Paul Grist and Andrea Di Vito with a cover by R.B. Silva!

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EMPYRE is shaping up to be an event that shakes up the entire universe, and what better way to take on a space invasion than with an alliance of heroes that spans the globe? Marvel Comics presents THE UNION, a new five-issue series spinning out of EMPYRE that unveils the latest super team taking on the intergalactic threat! Comprised of Britain's greatest Super Heroes -- Union Jack AKA Joseph Chapman, Snakes, Kelpie, the Choir, and Britannia -- the Union is stepping in to assist the Avengers and Fantastic Four in a battle that will test the limits of the fledgling crew!

THE UNION #1, written by legendary British comic creator Paul Grist (JUDGE DREDD, JACK STAFF) with art by Andrea Di Vito, features characters designed by R.B. Silva, who also provided the cover:

The Union #1

Grist expressed his excitement over writing THE UNION: "Forty 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! New heroes! New adventures! And a team that's falling apart before it's even begun!"

Here's a closer look at Silva's character designs:

Britannia character design by R.B. Silva
Britannia character design by R.B. Silva
Kelpie character design by R.B. Silva
Kelpie character design by R.B. Silva
Snakes character design by R.B. Silva
Snakes character design by R.B. Silva
The Choir character design by R.B. Silva
The Choir character design by R.B. Silva

Said Silva: “I really like Medieval themes and when I was designing these, I thought of the series The Last Kingdom on Netflix. With Britannia and Kelpie, I wanted them to look like medieval warriors and I just simplified and modernized it from there. 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 three 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, written by Paul Grist with art by Andrea Di Vito, goes on sale in May. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more news about EMPYRE and all upcoming comic releases!

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