Champions: Marvel Ends Teen Superhero Series | Screen Rant – Screen Rant

Marvel Comics’ long-running team of superpowered teenagers the Champions has finished a star-studded run after years of moderate success with fans.
Warning: Minor spoilers for Marvel’s Champions #10!
After months of modest success among the market, Marvel Comics is bringing Champions, its series on the “next generation of superheroes,” to a definitive finish. One of Marvel’s latest additions, Champions centered around a team of young heroes offered a new perspective on the life of being a superhero and developing teenager. The ending of the series now leaves a vacant spot to be filled by another team of worthy heroes.
A spiritual successor to Marvel’s cult-favorite Young Avengers, misfit teenage superheroes the Champions were introduced in their own respective solo series in 2016 during the fallout of the divisive eight-issue Civil War II event. Since its inception, the Champions has featured a host of young and culturally diverse Marvel legacy heroes from Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel), Miles Morales (Spider-Man), Riri Williams (Ironheart), Sam Alexander (Nova), and even a time-displaced Scott Summers (Cyclops) coming together to fight the battles well under the radar of other heroes. While Champions never quite reached an audience in the same fashion as Al Ewing’s Immortal Hulk or Jonathan Hickman’s X-Men, the team was a stark contrast to their adult counterparts and a refreshing addition to the Marvel Universe.
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Champions #10 from writer Danny Lore and artist Luciano Vecchio serves as the finale of the Killer App storyline and marks the end of the current Champions series. The final issue sees the Champions face off against college student and Roxxon Energy Corporation developer Andre Sims, who has amassed an army of formidable robot drones to take on the team using the full backing of his sinister benefactors. It does not take long for the Champions to thwart Sims’ plans, with only one real loose end remaining. Upon the title’s release to the public, Lore, Vecchio, and colorist Federico Blee made Champions‘ cancellation official in the closing letter pages to issue #10, expressing their admiration and respect for the devoted readers who continued to show support for the title during its run.
Before fans begin to pull out their pens with a host of conspiracy theories on why the series may have been canceled, it seems that Marvel and the Champions’ core creative team of Lore and Vecchio were always in mutual agreement on the series’ ending, according to Games Radar. Though Danny Lore and Luciano Vecchio’s Champions arc would only last for a handful of issues, that is more than can be said for other comics released nowadays. Not every comic book is allowed the opportunity to finish their comic series on a satisfying conclusion and bring together story threads established in previous issues. Throughout the past few years, it has become common for select Marvel writers to be taken away from their designated books without forming a resolution.
Champions is one of several Marvel comic titles that have received cancellations within the past year. The series follows in the footsteps of comic books like The Runaways, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Children of the Atom. As with those former books, the characters have seen an imminent return to the forefront so it’s safe to say that the Champions will be back to save the day in some form or another.
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Source: Games Radar
Hello world, enter Bryce Morris. Bryce is currently a college sophomore attending Rowan University with experience in writing for an online blog as well as an advertising agency. One day in the not too distant future, Bryce aspires to become a comic book writer. Bryce has always had his sights set on writing and in his down time can be found either watching a Marvel movie, reading a Marvel comic, or writing for Screen Rant… either or is acceptable.


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