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The series kicks off in June with DARK AVENGERS #175 picking up where THUNDERBOLTS leaves off in terms of more than just issue numbers. The new team consists of Dark Scarlet Witch, Dark Spider-Man, Trickshot and Ragnarok lead by Luke Cage with Skaar tagging along as well. While the events that lead to this new direction remain a few months off, Parker did have some things to say about what necessitates the change.
“They crash—eventually,” he teases when asked how the two teams come together. “But for now the overseers of [the] Thunderbolts don't think Luke can ever bring back the time-lost escaped team, and they have a hazardous new mission they think is perfectly suited to the Dark Avengers.”
“That's the big question: do the people in charge of Thunderbolts even care about that, or [do] only Luke, Songbird and Mach V?” Parker posits.
“Luke certainly thinks he's died and gone to hell,” Parker says. “Or maybe that was the point, he's also being manipulated. And Luke Cage doesn't like being moved around like a chess piece, he's now actively going against the overseers plans.”
“They are going to Sharzhad, a country we introduced in HULK [during the ‘Hulk of Arabia’] arc Patrick Zircher and I did,” Parker says. “[It] is the land [ruled by] Sultan Magus, a powerful new foe in the Doctor Doom mold with a healthy distrust of western society.”
Walker and Shalvey will continue to share art chores on DARK AVENGERS as they most recently in THUNDERBOLTS. Parker explains the split, also noting that DARK AVENGERS will continue to showcase the time-hopping Thunderbolts members:
“Kev is still following the escapee Thunderbolts, and will be ushering in the return of Man-Thing as well as some other surprises. Declan will be with the present day team, and when the two stories collide, we may have to flip for it. Because though they seem separate, everything starts coming back together at lightning speed now.”