Paul Grist has brought his distinctive style to a variety of titles over the last three decades, including titles like Jack Staff, Mudman, Kane and the classic St. Swithin’s Day with writer Grant Morrison. He’s a fun writer and talented artist from the UK, and now Marvel has recruited him for a new title called The Union.
Grist will team with artist Andrea Di Vito for the new five-issue miniseries that ties into Marvel’s big Empyre crossover series. It will feature Union Jack, the former Invaders member, along with four new characters designed by R.B. Silva: Snakes, Kelpie, the Choir and Britannia.
“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!” Grist told Marvel.com.
Grist has also been talking about the title on Twitter:
Here is the newly minted solicitation information for the first issue:
THE UNION #1 (OF 5)
PAUL GRIST (W) • Andrea Di Vito (A) • Cover by R.B. Silva
Variant Cover by Ema Lupacchino
DESIGN VARIANT COVER BY R.B. SILVA
VARIANT COVER BY TBA
EMPYRE VARIANT COVER BY TBA
The grand unveiling of The Union! A team of super heroes gathered from all over the United Kingdom, featuring Union Jack, Snakes, Kelpie, Choir, and their fearless leader, Brittania! But when disaster strikes on their first public debut, in the form of the invasion of Empyre, the fledgling team is immediately pushed to their limits! Don’t miss out on an exciting new chapter of Marvel from legendary creators, Paul Grist (JUDGE DREDD, JACK STAFF) and Andrea Di Vito!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99
And here’s a look at Silva’s character designs for the four new characters:
“I really like Medieval themes and when I was designing these, I thought of the series The Last Kingdom on Netflix,” Silva said. “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?’”
Look for the first issue in May.