The Champions and Avengers fight to take the lead against a new threat!

It’s the same old group with some not so same old problems. CHAMPIONS #13 sees our young heroes stepping up to bat with the likes of their childhood heroes, the Avengers, as writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos bring us up to speed on their life of heroics post SECRET EMPIRE.

“Following the events of SECRET EMPIRE, the kids are re-evaluating their mission statement – do they need to step up to bigger threats,” says Waid, This leads to both the Champions and Avengers responding to the same threat and while they manage to come together to subdue the initial threat, Waid says that’s when the real tension begins. “Some of the Avengers think that the Champions ought to guard the home front while they take on one of the biggest threats ever.” And as you can imagine that prompts a whole lot of, in the words of today’s youngins, ‘hells nah’ from the Champions.

“The teams have radically different ideas as to how to handle the first assault from the High Evolutionary,” notes Waid, “The biggest hurdle will be to get Vision and his daughter, Viv, to get on the same page.” But should that really surprise us? After all, it is very common for teenage synthezoids to rebel against their parents, #growingupsynthezoid, right?

Maybe that’s exactly what this team up needs, a little old school meets new school coming together to get the jobs done – ah -mixed school style. “You’ll see different combinations and pairings of the Champions and the Avengers than you’ve every imagined,” exclaims Waid, “Both teams are going to come out of this story with an altered view of the other – and I can’t promise that it’ll be a nice one.”

And if that isn’t enough to peak your interests, Waid did let slip he’s looking forward to a conversation between Ms. Marvel and Hercules. It’s flexibility meets brute force, I can only imagine what will come out of that chat. But whatever that may be, you can bet our young heroes come leave this battle with a new take on not just how to work as a team, but how to truly become the Champions today’s world needs.

Will the Champions become more like their older counterparts or stick to their new-age heroics? Find out in CHAMPIONS #13 written by Mark Waid with art by Humberto Ramos.

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With Hydra on the move, it’s time for the young heroes to fight back!

CHAMPIONS #10, written by Mark Waid with art by Humberto Ramos, finds its way to comic book retailers everywhere on July 5, but where do we find our young heroes? Split up and scattered in the wind in the aftermath of the Hydra attack on Las Vegas, the remaining Champions must hunt for their lost companions.

“They’ve been divided because some of them have been co-opted by resistance forces,” says Waid. “We have Hulk, Viv and Spidey, and the others are off the game board.”

That’s right, the Champions see their numbers dwindling and while the now threesome know that Cyclops remains with the X-Men and Nova got stuck out in space, Kamala hasn’t checked in and that means they have no idea of her whereabouts and what kind of danger she may be in.

Obviously, the team mounts a full-scale search and rescue mission after learning Ms. Marvel other Inhumans have been locked up in a Hydra camp. “It’s less about them figuring out a plan to deal with Secret Empire and more immediately the frustration that Ms. Marvel must be a victim of Hydra,” explains Waid, who’s pretty hush hush about just what goes on in this issue.

Champions #10 cover by Humberto Ramos

Waid did let slip, however, that our heroes will face a timeless rock and a hard place situation: “The moral dilemma is what do they do once they find the camp? If they let everybody out they run the risk of drawing attention to these people and having them gunned down. On the other hand, they can’t really just leave them there.” Looks like they’re going to have to put their heads together and think up an out of the box solution to this head scratcher.

Sadly the end of the issue doesn’t see things sewn up with a nice neat bow and while Waid proves reluctant to give away what’s coming, he alluded that the team wouldn’t be taking a frontline role in the resistance attack on Hydra in the immediate future.

“The series is going to have to touch to some degree on how the world has been transformed by Hydra and what happens on the other side of that, but there is always room once the team is reunited—if they are reunited—to get back to a large extent the sort of things they were dealing with before,” notes the writer.

Do our heroes succeed in busting out their jailbird member? Will the team reunite and join the fight against Hydra? Find out July 5 in CHAMPIONS #10!

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Viv Vision tries to access humanity with the help of Mark Waid!

Join the young android Viv as she attempts to navigate the complex and dangerous world of humanity, or at least the teenage version of it, in CHAMPIONS #9, written by Mark Waid with art by Humberto Ramos.

Hello Humans

Greetings, and welcome to my web log. I am Viv Vision, teen synthezoid and member of the youth hero group the Champions. I have created this web page as a way to participate in normal teen activities while simultaneously tracking my emotional development. I welcome honest critique and guidance along the way, as I am not yet fully familiar with the minutiae and nuances that accompany typical human behavior. To ensure that you have all information necessary to enable accurate feedback I will first briefly explain my history.

The super hero and synthezoid Vision created me along with my twin brother Vin and mother Virginia, as a means to humanize himself. Not long after we moved to Arlington, Virginia to begin functioning as a normal family, my brother was killed and my mother killed herself, leaving my father and me alone. Using the clarity my multiprocessor computer brain afforded me I chose to shut down my emotions as a form of self-preservation.

Yet in the brief time I have spent with the Champions I have discovered it not wise to fully shut them off as it can lead to unpredictable moments of emergence. In order to maintain constant control over my own being I must learn to coexist with my emotions. After speaking with popular human storyteller Mark Waid I realize that my true state of being is in fact a more traditional one: “Though a little cold or robotic, Viv was constructed to be an all American girl. I think she knows these emotions are buried inside and she looks in the mirror and wonders if it’s time to bring them out.”

Champions #9 cover by Humberto Ramos

Though accurate, I also wonder what the ramifications of my change will bring to the team. We have just begun working as one and any change, subtle or blatant, can drastically affect the dynamic thus far created. Waid continues: “Any shift in her personality or who she is at this stage of the team could be detrimental. The team has come to rely on her openness,” warning that this transparency is sometimes perceived as positive, as well as a weakness and source of irritation. Further confirming my impression that humans overcomplicate their interactions; alas I am here to learn your customs and functionalities, not impart my own logic.

Nevertheless, I will strive to maintain those characteristics viewed as positive; for example, Waid believes my ability to listen without interjecting my own problems or feelings onto others is my best quality. I will attempt to highlight this and the qualities others, like those reading this web blog, inform me are desirable while changing those deemed problematic in order to fully assimilate into human life and better serve and connect with my team.

As I said earlier, feel welcome to comment or message me your advice on what makes me an asset to the team and an ideal member of human society, and what aspects I need to correct. I am always online so expect a quick reply.

Thank you for your aid,

Viv

Be sure to check in June 7 and keep up with your favorite synthezoid teen’s progress in CHAMPIONS #9 written by Mark Waid with art by Humberto Ramos.

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Learn more about the group of teen heroes and their new path!

Following the fallout of Civil War II, Avengers Ms. Marvel, Nova and Spider-Man strike out on their own — joined by Cyclops, Viv Vision and the Totally Awesome Hulk. 

Join Mark Waid and Tom Brevoort this Friday, Sep. 30, for a live chat discussing these six young heroes determined to change the world in CHAMPIONS #1, debuting next week. They’ll give you all the details on this new series, the history of the Champions team, and answer all your questions! 

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Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos reunite to take Marvel's young heroes down a new path!

From the ashes of Civil War II arise the All-New, All-Different Champions. Sporting a classic name, they look to the future like no super team ever before, concerned with healing the deep rifts in the Marvel Universe and repairing the reputation of the super hero concept.

CHAMPIONS #1 boasts the reunited team of writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos, as well as an unprecedented group of the hottest Marvel teen heroes: Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Nova, the Hulk, Cyclops, and Viv Vision. The book will address topical issues that the creators hope will spur discussion and the place of youth activism in modern society.

Marvel.com: Mark, what will be the impetus after Civil War II that will drive your characters to form the new Champions?

Mark Waid: Without giving too much away, all I can tell you is that—to their mind—the reputation of super heroes has taken a very public beating and they’re very intent in proving to the world that super heroes still have value and still have relevance.

Marvel.com: Which ones of these young heroes pull this team together and set its tone?

Mark Waid: The young Avengers who come over—Nova, Ms. Marvel and Spider-Man—are the most vocal of the new members and do the recruiting. Ms. Marvel is especially stung over a particular relationship of hers that now seems to be forever destroyed.

Marvel.com: What do the older heroes think of the Champions when they first appear?

Mark Waid: If [the Champions] play their cards right and stick to their overall mission statement, they won’t have to deal too much with the older heroes.

Marvel.com: What will the team’s first act be once they form? What kind of things will draw their attention?

Mark Waid: Again, I’m hesitant to give too much away; let’s just say that the sorts of things that draw the attention of the Champions have less to do with the Circus of Crime or the Absorbing Man and far more to do with helping people their age around the world achieve more personal moments of heroism, all in the midst of bigger stories.

Marvel.com: So, will the book feature any super villains in the traditional sense?

Mark Waid: Editor Tom Brevoort and I have drawn the line in the sand by saying that if the Circus of Crime shows up by issue #4, we have failed. Though certainly super villains roam the Marvel Universe in abundance and many will no doubt cross paths with our heroes, the primary job of the Champions is not to punch criminals; it’s to deal with common-people problems in ways that the bigger super-groups aren’t built to.

Marvel.com: Who of the teen cast may need to most coaching to get into the spirit of the team? 

Mark Waid: Viv Vision. Not that she’s not a good kid, it’s just that the rest of them are used to being super heroes by now, whereas this is a big adjustment for Viv.

Marvel.com: What’s going to be the biggest challenge of this book for you as a writer?

Mark Waid: Staying away from the Circus of Crime.

Marvel.com: How’s it feel to be working with Humberto again?

Mark Waid: Spectacular. Frankly, that was as much the draw for me as the cast and the mission statement. To be able to work with Humberto on anything is a thrill and a half.

Marvel.com: Okay, Humberto; how does it feel to be working with Mark again and on CHAMPIONS?

Humberto Ramos: Mark is not only one of the most talented writers in the industry, but he’s also a mentor and an inspiration to me.

Marvel.com: Which ones of the Champions are you most looking forward to drawing and why? Which ones haven’t you drawn before?

Humberto Ramos: I can’t wait to dive back into a book [with a teenage cast]. All of them present a challenge and are exciting for me to try to portray their rebel spirit and their strength, as well as the curiosity and the fears the teenage years bring.

So, I want to draw them all, but I’m curious about Viv the most, because she’s still an enigma to me.

Marvel.com: Do you plan to revise any of the costumes?

Humberto Ramos: I kind of have already. [Laughs] Just a little, and if Tom Brevoort allowed me I would love to do some more. Still, honestly, I don’t really think any revisions are needed but hey, you asked me.

Marvel.com: How would you describe your overall feeling about CHAMPIONS? What do you love most about it?

Humberto Ramos: I love teenage books. I love drawing them and I’m willing to give my best to readers and make them feel excited every time they go to the store and pick up our book. 

Marvel.com: Do you look forward to designing new characters for the book?

Humberto Ramos: Am I doing that? Sign me up! Only Mark and Tom know at this point if I will, but if you ask me, I’m voting yes!

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