Really Marvel? You wait until gone 10pm in the UK before unveiling in full the new British Marvel superteam, The Union, from Paul Grist and Andrea Di Vito? Fair enough… at least Bleeding Cool got to tease it.
Once upon a time, Paul Grist pitched a Union Jack story. Marvel rejected it, so he turned it into Jack Staff. This time he won't need to.
"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!" says Grist. "New heroes! New adventures! And a team that's falling apart before it's even begun!"
So as well as Union Jack, we have Snakes from Northern Ireland.
Kelpie from Scotland
The Choir from Wales
And their leader (of course) Britannia from England. And designs by R.B. Silva
"I really like Medieval themes. With Britannia 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 is published in May.